The city’s been working to draft and approve a Climate Action Plan, which would aim to cut San Diego’s greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035.

But as Mayor Kevin Faulconer prepares to release his own version of the plan this month, the biggest question appears to be whether it should simply be a guide for future efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, or an enforceable mandate with bite to match its bark.

READ MORE: The Biggest Decision the Mayor Has to Make on the Climate Action Plan

In this San Diego Explained, Voice of San Diego’s Andrew Keatts joins NBC 7’s Catherine Garcia to explain the hurdles the Climate Action Plan faces, and how a concept known as community choice aggregation could take energy purchases out of the hands of San Diego Gas & Electric for the city to invest in more renewable sources of energy.

Matthew is a freelance contributor to Voice of San Diego. You can reach him at

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