Our Mission

Protect Our Communities defends communities and nature in San Diego County, Imperial County, and Northern Baja California from harmful energy projects and advances better energy solutions through advocacy and law.

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Smart Energy Alternatives

One of the misconceptions about the Sunrise Powerlink is that we need it in order to have clean energy in San Diego. However, SDG&E refused to build the project if they were required to carry any clean energy on the line. In addition, the Administrative Law Judge found that SDG&E could meet the state requirements for renewable energy without the line.

Bill Powers report on clean energy alternatives that can meet San Diego’s needs without new transmission is linked below. The executive summary of the report reads:

The San Diego region is poised on the brink of a new energy future, and the path it charts now will determine in large part the success of its people, its economy, and its ability to provide a cleaner, more secure energy supply for generations to come.

San Diego Smart Energy 2020 paves the way for a shift from reliance on fossil fuels and imported power to an array of local solutions that include energy efficiency measures with emphasis on high efficiency air conditioning systems; common-sense weatherization and conservation; the proven technology of solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, for large commercial use as well as on homes; small, highly efficient natural gas-fired power plants that generate both power and heating/cooling; adoption of smart grid procedures that improve the efficiency of the grid by monitoring and controlling the flow of electricity on a continuous basis; and the widespread institution of green building design principles.

San Diego Smart Energy 2020, the strategic energy plan for San Diego County described in this report, provides a working blueprint of realistic methods to reduce greenhouse gases from power generation by 50 percent over current levels by 2020 while increasing the total electricity supply from renewable energy resources and maximizing locally generated power. The plan is economically feasible for residents and businesses alike.

Read the entire report here: Smart Energy Plan 2020