Advancing and Accelerating the Clean Energy Economy
he Clean Energy Economy is evolving all around us. Today San Diego has over 69,000 solar customers, representing almost 460 MW of clean, renewable electricity. Soon, that total will be capped at 617 MW. Community Electricity Choice provides a simple, proven tool to redress the devastation likely to result from that CAP. See our work on Net Metering.
Looking ahead, our task is educational as well as defensive. In the Clean Energy Economy, electricity users can be both sellers and buyers. The grid will be a two-way platform, with many new services providers to help us do many things: minimize usage while maximizing comfort. Sell excess kWh OR "nega-watts" at the best times, enabled by residential electricity storage. We'll have solar-charged EVs and we'll be able to pool our excess generation for bid into specialized markets when economic signals --on our phones-- suggest. For businesses, these new technologies, new service providers and the "internet of things" promises a plethora of opportunities to shape and control energy use and expense.
Explaining this stuff, calling out benefits and pitfalls, is our third key plank. SDED watches policy, economic and technological developments for impact on Community Choice programs in general, on the San Diego Choice effort in particular, and on our audiences -- businesses, communities and the environment. Here are our two hottest issues now: