The San Diego Energy District 2020 Virtual Symposium
Decarbonize & Take Control of Your Community’s Energy Needs
In 2019, an unprecedented number of California communities started forming Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs). In light of the climate emergency, it is encouraging that most of them will offer plans with a higher ratio of renewable energy than the state-mandated minimums. This means that procuring enough renewable energy to serve all the utilities in California may be more difficult in the future. In particular, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) has said that the Resource Adequacy requirement for 115% of projected demand will be very hard to procure.
After many years of advocacy for the formation of CCAs, the San Diego Energy District (SDED) has shifted its focus from advocacy to education, beginning with our 2019 webinar series. The webinar series had 725 attendees from 235 organizations.
The latest major SDED public event was held in cooperation with the UCSD Center for Energy Research and the Center for Community Energy. On June 5, 2020, SDED held a 1-day virtual Community Energy Symposium* to inform elected officials, government personnel, CCA staff, and concerned citizens about the issues, regulations, and resources they will need to be familiar with as they form CCA agencies in San Diego County and other areas in California. The symposium emphasized areas of significant importance, including Distributed Energy Resources and other programs such as microgrids and Demand Response that allow CCAs to speed decarbonization and avoid Resource Adequacy risk and high-cost energy purchases.
* This event was originally scheduled as an in-person symposium to be held in San Diego. In early March, due to the COVID-19 health concerns, it was changed to a virtual symposium.
Our Keynote Speaker
The Honorable Mike Levin, US Representative from California’s 49th Congressional District, was our keynote speaker on June 5. Levin is a passionate leader on environmental protection and clean energy. In Congress, his top priorities include combating climate change and capitalizing on the economic benefits of a sustainable energy future.