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County haults bringing in new power company

Supervisors hold off on giving SDG&E competition
Posted at 7:07 PM, Feb 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-15 22:07:46-05
Jauhn Schneck is new to San Diego. He and his family are just trying to make ends meet, like everyone else. When it comes to his power bill he's all for more competition in the market.
 
"I think us as Americans we're supposed to understand that America isn't supposed to be monopolized economy period."
 
Right now, SDG&E is the only company that provides power in San Diego. But, some are proposing that the county start its own company. That would come in the form of Community Choice Aggregation or CCA.
 
The CCA would buy energy with an emphasis on renewable and sell it to the consumer. In theory, more competition means lower prices. 
 
"Having a monopoly like SDG&E is actually bad for our economy and it's bad for anything," said Schneck. "If you have the idea or feeling that you're in a monopoly and you cant get out of a monopoly then you're kind of just stuck with what you have and nobody is actually satisfied." 
 
Schneck says it shouldn't stay that way. 
 
"If you say, 'I don't like my cell phone service or I don't like my water,' that's good. But here you can't do that. You're stuck with one and you're stuck with their customer service, electricity, their outages, everything."
 
County supervisors voted down funding a study but will look at how other communities are using the same kind of plan and revisit the issue in about 12 months.