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San Diego Community Power rolls out in select cities May 1

The nonprofit energy provider that started in 2019 will add San Diego and Chula Vista to its list of cities in the county by automatically enrolling SDG&E customers.

SAN DIEGO — Customers won't have to do anything to opt into San Diego Community Power, but they will notice a change on their bill. Here's what you need to know.

What is the San Diego Community Power Program?

Karin Burns, CEO of San Diego Community Power says SDCP is  a nonprofit public agency that provides cleaner electricity at competitive rates and gives people choice. "Our mission is to deliver 100% clean energy to our customers at an affordable cost and at the same time investing back into our communities.” 

When does this new program start?

  • May 1 for San Diego and Chula Vista
  • Spring 2023 for National City and Unincorporated San Diego County
  • Imperial Beach, La Mesa and Encinitas are already enrolled

How will you be billed?

Customers will be billed the same way they are currently.

San Diego Gas & Electric says, "While SDG&E will no longer be responsible for buying electricity to serve SDCP customers, we will continue to operate and build the infrastructure needed to deliver clean, safe and reliable electricity to them, as well as provide billing, meter reading and other customer services."

Will this cost more?

"No, it will be about 1% to 2% cheaper for the base plan," CEO Karin Burns said.

Can I opt out?

To stick with SDG&E, customers can opt out of SDCP at any time online or by phone, but cannot opt back in for SDCP for at least a year.

WATCH RELATED: Community Power letters coming in mail to San Diego residents (March 2022).

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