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Monterey Bay Community Power Agency Hires Interim CEO, Works on Implementation Plan

Monterey Bay >> Officially formed earlier this year, the Monterey Bay Community Power agency is starting to take shape. This week, the tri-county agency announced the hiring of its first executive officer, Pacific Grove resident and longtime utility administrator Tom Habashi, who will serve as interim CEO. Habashi, who spent the last year as CEO […]

First Solar Begins Construction on Cuyama Solar Power Facility

San Luis Obispo-based First Solar began construction of a 40 megawatt solar facility in Cuyama on July 25. Construction is expected to provide 200 jobs and the facility will generate enough electricity to power 16,000 homes on average when it is fully operational — displacing 30,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. Peninsula Clean […]

Monterey Bay Community Power Selects CEO

WATSONVILLE — Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a regional initiative among local government agencies to provide electricity to residents and businesses throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties, selected Tom Habashi as interim CEO by the MBCP Policy Board. The decision was made at the July 12 joint meeting of the Policy and Operations […]

Thinking Solar? Ventura County Homeowners Can Learn about Options

Although the promise of free electricity is appealing, for many Ventura County homeowners, purchasing a solar-powered system can be a daunting process. With the variety of options on the market, many feel overwhelmed when deciding which company to work with and what equipment to install. Another major decision is whether to purchase the system outright, […]

California Solar Farm Shrinks in Deal with Environmentalists

A solar project that would have erected 1.2 million shiny solar panels over four square miles of remote Central California range will be cut sharply in size, under an agreement Friday with environmental groups that are concerned about the impact to endangered wildlife. The San Jose Mercury News reported that New York-based Con Edison Development […]

Monterey Regional Airport Poised to Go Solar

Just off of a road behind the Monterey Regional Airport’s airstrip, a lone construction worker smoothes over a freshly poured concrete pad on a fenced-off sandy lot. A few feet away from him, a bundle of steel beams glitter in the sunlight. “We’re so glad that those beams came in on time,” Airport Project Manager […]

Community Energy on Its Way

Tri-County CCE Coalition May 3 was a momentous day for our region when representatives of Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) met as the first tri-county Community Choice Energy (CCE) agency in California. MBCP will oversee the most impactful environmental strategy local governments can take to meet established state and regional climate goals. Elected and administrative […]

Improving North County: Energy Efficiency Is Everyone’s Business

Energy efficiency is just one important factor in addressing future state and local energy needs. The necessity to review our electrical infrastructure is essential. If we don’t prepare now, we could risk energy shortages and disruptions down the road. The main electrical grid system that serves California and brings power to our Central Coast is […]

Agency to Study Oxnard Power Plant Alternatives

The manager of California’s electricity grid agreed to conduct a study of clean energy alternatives to replacing an existing natural gas facility in Oxnard with a new, more efficient fossil fuel plant. In a five-page filing with state regulators on Friday, the California Independent System Operator asked for a deadline of Aug. 16 to complete the project. […]

Santa Barbara County Energy Choice Forum

On June 7, 2017, Santa Barbara County Energy Choice held a Community Choice Energy forum at Faulkner Gallery in the Santa Barbara Public Library. This free public event was hosted by Santa Barbara Energy Choice and included the following speakers, Cathy DeFalco from Lancaster Choice Energy, J.R Killigrew from Marin Clean Energy, Joe Galliani from South […]