San Diego Provides Remaining OK to SDG&E Franchise Deal, Rebuffing Local weather Critics

Sunrise Powerlink
SDG&E’s Sunrise Powerlink brings power through the desert to San Diego. Photo courtesy SDG&E

The City Council gave final approval Tuesday to a 10-year agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric to provide energy services to San Diego residents and businesses, with the option of extending it a second 10 years.

The City Council gave its initial approval of the agreements in a 6-3 vote on May 25. The same members of the council who dissented then — Joe LaCava, Monica Montgomery Steppe and Vivian Moreno — voted no on Tuesday.

“In giving its final approval to the gas and electric franchise agreements I negotiated with SDG&E, the City Council has made a responsible decision in favor of a better deal for all of us,” said Mayor Todd Gloria.

“These financially sound, short-term pacts will ensure continued reliable delivery of energy to San Diego residents and businesses and give the city the flexibility to change course when and if it makes sense to do so,” he said. “I want to thank the City Council members who recognized this deal creates certainty, accountability and a pathway to achieving climate equity in all our neighborhoods.”

SDG&E has held exclusive franchises with the city to provide gas and electric service since 1920. The agreements allow the franchisee to use the public right-of-way to install and maintain the infrastructure — such as pipes, poles and wires — necessary to provide energy to San Diego’s residents and businesses.

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