The City of San Marcos’ City Council recently voted to join the Clean Energy Alliance (CEA), becoming the joint power authority’s fifth member alongside Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Escondido. San Marcos will work with the CEA over the next 16 months to launch a community choice aggregation (CCA) program for residents and local businesses. The program in San Marcos is expected to launch in April 2023.
“Joining CEA is a significant milestone in our city’s efforts to achieve our Climate Action Plan goals,” said San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones. “Beyond providing our community with renewable energy options at competitive rates, the program will allow us to have local control and use revenues for community programs in the future.”
Before the San Marcos City Council unanimously voted to join CEA on November 8, 2021, the city conducted extensive research, which involved assessing other community choice energy options. A robust feasibility study confirmed that partnering with CEA would lead to the successful implementation of a CCA program. In late 2021, the CEA submitted an updated implementation plan reflecting the addition of San Marcos as a new member.
“Like the rest of our CEA members, San Marcos has shown their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and serving their community with a locally controlled program,” said CEA Vice Chair Dave Druker. “We’re proud to have been chosen as their partner to launch a CCA program and we look forward to serving the San Marcos community as we work together to make California greener.”
CEA began providing clean energy to the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar and Solana Beach in May, 2021. With the recent additions of Escondido and San Marcos, CEA is now made up of five associate members. Further expansion is on the horizon as the cities of Oceanside, Vista and San Clemente consider launching CCA programs and joining CEA.