San Diego Padres First National League Team Powered by 100% Renewable Energy
The Padres join a growing list of Power100 Champions, leading the region to a sustainable future
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – (April 20th, 2022) – San Diego Community Power (SDCP), the not-for-profit community choice energy program, today announced the San Diego Padres decision to opt-up to SDCP’s Power100 service tier. As a Proud Power Provider for the San Diego Padres, SDCP will now be providing Petco Park and its affiliated facilities 100 percent renewable and carbon free energy. This announcement only furthers the growing partnership between the Padres and SDCP, who also sponsors “Tonight’s Lights” at all Padres home games, and will be the gameday sponsor of the Fernando Tatis Jr. Player’s Hat Giveaway on June 8th. The Padres now join a growing list of Power100 Champions, including Sharp Healthcare, the San Diego International Airport and Illumina.
“The Padres are proud to be a leader in environmental sustainability and energy efficiency in professional sports,” said Erik Greupner, Padres Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to further elevate Petco Park’s standing as one of the greenest ballparks in America by becoming a Power100 Champion and utilizing clean, renewable energy through our partnership with San Diego Community Power.”
By opting-up to Power100, Petco Park will become the first National League stadium to be powered by 100 renewable and carbon free energy. Petco Park, which continually ranks as one of the top ballparks in the MLB, had the third highest attendance across all stadiums during the 2021 Padres season.
Said SDCP Board Chair Joe Mosca, “The Padres and SDCP make a great team. We couldn’t be more excited to build our partnership with the Padres and welcome them as a Power100 Champion. By bringing choice into the region, we’re giving customers power over their energy future – and we hope this inspires more of our businesses and residents to choose 100% renewable power.”
Residential Rollout Brings Cleaner Energy and Choice
SDCP continues to build momentum as the clean power provider of choice in the region. Last year, SDCP launched commercial and industrial service for 72,000 customers in the cities San Diego, Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, and La Mesa. “We are thrilled that the region’s business leaders are answering the call to fight climate change,” said Karin Burns, CEO of SDCP. “By participating in our service, businesses and families are supporting healthier communities powered by clean, renewable energy.” Residential service began enrollment in February 2022, with residents in Imperial Beach being enrolled in February, La Mesa in March, Encinitas in April and San Diego and Chula Vista in May. The unincorporated areas of the County of San Diego and National City will be enrolled in 2023, bringing SDCP’s customer count up to 1 million.
SDCP offers two service levels, PowerOn, which provides 50% renewable energy, and Power100, a 100% renewable energy service. As a local not-for-profit, SDCP reinvests all excess revenue back into the community. SDCP customers can change service levels or opt out of the service at any time. SDG&E will continue to deliver power, manage monthly billing and customer service, and provide ongoing system maintenance.
Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs, like SDCP, were enabled by state legislation as part of the solution to the 2001 energy crisis, allowing local communities to control the energy they buy and address constraints on competition that contributed to the problem. Locally-elected officials govern CCAs with consistent input from a Community Advisory Committee. All decisions on energy procurement, rates, and reinvestment are made at open meetings giving member city residents and businesses a voice in energy choices.
There are currently 23 CCAs operating successfully across California and providing reliable service to more than 11 million customers in more than 200 cities and counties.
ABOUT SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY POWER
San Diego Community Power (SDCP) is a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) committed to providing municipalities, businesses, and residents in our member agencies with clean, renewable energy at competitive rates and investing in innovative programs that benefit the environment and the economy in our communities. SDCP will source cleaner electricity for over 960,000 customer accounts in the cities of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, and San Diego, and the unincorporated communities of San Diego County. Learn more at www.sdcommunitypower.org.