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King City Backs out of Monterey Bay CCE

A hugely popular renewable energy program sounds like nothing but fun in the sun to most government leaders, but a couple communities are now signaling they may pass on the chance to join the party. King City and Del Rey Oaks are the only two municipalities out of 21 that have voted not to join […]

King City May Consider Its Own Energy Program

The King City Council has decided to look outside of Monterey Bay Community Power and consider the feasibility of establishing an independent community choice energy program. The Community Choice Energy (CCE) or Aggregation (CCA) becomes the electric power provider and PG&E continues to transmit and bill the power. Customers can opt out of the program […]

Battery Storage Facility Proposed for Santa Paula

Santa Paula could soon be on the frontline of an emerging trend in energy storage: putting power into large batteries to use in an emergency or when electricity supplies run low. Folsom-based ZGlobal Power Engineering and Energy Solutions has applied to the city of Santa Paula for a permit to build a battery storage facility at […]

OPINION: San Benito County moves toward Community Choice Energy

The Green Business Committee (GBC) of the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce was assembled in 2009 to promote technologies, business practices and policies that encourage the efficient use of natural resources. As the Committee’s mission statement says, “The Green Business Committee was formed to celebrate economic vitality with environmental sustainability. We believe in meeting […]

Council Approves Joining the MBCP and Community Choice Aggregation – Public Hearing Held regarding MBCPA at Council Meeting

GONZALES — Over the past two Gonzales City Council meetings, the council invited the public to speak out about the city’s intentions to join in on a joint powers authority (JPA), with 21 other cities and jurisdictions in the Monterey Bay Community Power Authority (MBCPA). The introduction and first reading of ordinance No. 2017-101 authorizing […]

Luis Alejo: Community Power OK, raw deal isn’t

When I voted for Senate Bill 350 in 2015 while serving in the Assembly, California once again raised the bar for the rest of the nation to make greater investments in renewable energy. In fact, it made it law that California would achieve 50 percent renewable energy by 2030. To carry these goals further, local […]

County Supervisors Finalize Signing on to Monterey Bay Community Power Authority

Salinas >> Still divided over governance, a split Board of Supervisors finalized joining the Monterey Bay Community Power authority on Tuesday. By a 3-2 vote, the supervisors approved under its consent agenda a community choice aggregation ordinance allowing the county to participate in the fledgling tri-county power agency that plans to take over electricity purchasing […]

Council Passes Ordinance regarding MBCPA

SOLEDAD – In a 5–0 vote, the Soledad City Council on March 8 voted to authorize the implementation of a Community Choice Aggregation program between the City of Soledad and the Monterey Bay Community Power Authority (MBCPA). The issue was introduced in December 2016, when the Soledad City Council heard a presentation from ZeroCity LLC […]

SoCal Edison Seeks 55MW of Distributed Energy Resources to Keep Santa Barbara’s Lights On

Utility Southern California Edison has been asking for batteries, demand response and other distributed energy resources to solve a host of its grid needs, from long-term capacity needs caused by the San Onofre nuclear power plant shutdown, to the immediate shortfalls caused by the Aliso Canyon closure. Now it’s asking for distributed energy resources (DERs) that can help it help prevent […]

Monterey County Supervisors, Divided, Agree to Join New Alternative Power Agency

During the March 7 Monterey County Board of Supervisors meeting on joining the newly formed Monterey Bay Community Power agency, it was unclear how the vote would go. Even though six jurisdictions had already signed up, the largest prospective member – Monterey County – could’ve chosen to sit it out. Hanging in the balance: The […]