The city’s bold commitment to renewable energy, it turns out, comes with a big caveat.
San Diego will continue relying on natural gas years into the future – even if it achieves its pledge to use 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.
The city made its bold promise to quit using fossil fuels in December when it adopted a legally binding Climate Action Plan aimed at cutting San Diego’s carbon footprint in half over 20 years.
But the renewable energy commitment, it turns out, comes with a big caveat.
It doesn’t count natural gas used for things like heating homes or powering ovens and water heaters. The much-celebrated commitment to use 100 percent renewable energy is in fact a commitment to use 100 percent renewable electricity.
That’s no small exception.