CARLSBAD — The Carlsbad City Council voted 5-0 on July 11 to approve participation in a joint technical study that would assess the feasibility of a community choice aggregate (CCA) in Carlsbad and partnering cities.
CCA, also called community choice energy, is the process in which a jurisdiction such as a county or a city forms an agency that buys power on the open market, choosing the source of the power based on the community’s choice.
The energy would still be delivered on SDG&E infrastructure, but the agency would control where it receives the energy.
In addition to Carlsbad, the North County cities of Encinitas, Del Mar and Oceanside have discussed forming a nonprofit electricity provider alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric.
Carlsbad joins Del Mar and Encinitas in joining the study.
Oceanside voted last year to support the technical study in practice but wants to know the cost of the study before allocating funds.