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Two new alternatives to San Diego Gas & Electric will begin serving electric customers in some areas of the county in 2021. Community Choice Aggregation Energy Programs, or CCAs, act as an alternative to investor-owned utilities by purchasing their electricity. own energy contracts that promise to come from cleaner energy sources at prices equal to or lower than those of traditional utilities. Starting in May and June, the Clean Energy Alliance plans to start serving approximately 58,000 customer accounts in Del Mar, Solana Beach and Carlsbad. A much larger CCA called San Diego Community Power will also be deployed in 2021. It will serve approximately 770,000 accounts in five cities – San Diego, Chula Vista, Encinitas, La Mesa and Imperial Beach. Municipal, industrial and commercial customers are expected to switch from SDG & E to SDCP starting in March. However, the large number of SDCP’s estimated 700,000 residential customers will not be transferred until January 2022. Under state regulations, utility customers are automatically enrolled in their respective communities’ CCAs, but if the clients wish to stay with SDG & E, they can do so by opting out for free.