The largest and most important action to reduce GHG in Escondido will be decided this Wednesday. The Council will be deciding if it will participate in the Clean Energy Alliance. Please see this action alert from our allies at Sierra Club North County Group.
A series of very important decisions will be made in the next few weeks about the North County’s energy future. Even if you have been sitting on the sidelines till now, please get involved. Sierra Club and our allies are advocating for the North County cities to join the Clean Energy Alliance, a community choice energy program that already includes Carlsbad, Del Mar, and Solana Beach.
The time for a clean energy future is here. Please support this action. Comment here and/or attend the meeting on October 27, at 5 PM when Escondido will decide its energy future. Please communicate your support to the Mayor and City Council
Sierra Club comment letter is here.
October 20, 2021
Honorable Mayor McNamara and City Councilmembers, City of Escondido
RE: Sierra Club NCG SUPPORT Escondido participation in Clean Energy Alliance
Dear Mayor and City Council:
Sierra Club North County Group (NCG) is in strong support of the city’s participation in the Clean Energy Alliance which we understand will be heard at the October 27, 2021 meeting. This action will enable Escondido to begin to enjoy all the benefits of a CCA in 2023.
The Clean Energy Alliance (CEA) serves the residents of Carlsbad, Del Mar and Solana Beach and is the North County CCA. The feasibility study says that joining an existing CCA will save Escondido time, money, and valuable staff resources. A partnership with other North County cities will increase the economies of scale and benefit all of the cities.
There are several compelling reasons to move forward with this decision.
Some of the other benefits of a CCA are:
The City of Escondido should move forward on a CCA now. The benefits are significant, local control, local jobs, local investment and more renewables. And, it will save Escondido residents and businesses money at the same time. It’s time for a real choice for where our electricity is coming from instead of the current monopoly.
We are in the midst of a climate crisis and we need to do everything we can to reduce GHGs. We can’t afford to keep putting off action. We should pursue more renewable energy now at less cost.
Sierra Club NCG urges the Escondido City Council to join the Clean Energy Alliance on October 27, 2021.