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Real-World Experience

Based on the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) law passed by the state Legislature in 2002, Community Choice Energy programs started taking off in 2010 and are now rapidly proliferating. Community Choice programs have empowered local communities to decide where their electricity comes from and enhanced the economic vitality of the regions where they have been […]

Seize the Future

Opinion By now, you may have heard about Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs. CCE programs offer residents and businesses a choice of who they purchase their electricity from. CCE programs also empower local governments to control electricity purchasing decisions for the benefit of their communities rather than ceding that control to the state’s investor-owned utilities. […]

Is An Alternative Energy Choice Too Expensive for Santa Barbara?

A study on the prospect of government-run energy in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties found the program would not be economically feasible. “We’re different,” Jen Cregar, project supervisor with Energy & Sustainability Initiatives, told the Santa Barbara County supervisors. “We are not the same as everyone else.” Though the so-called Community Choice […]

Puente Alternatives Cheaper Than Gas Power Plant

Renewable energy alternatives are technically and economically superior to the proposed gas Puente Power Project in Oxnard. The Ventura County Taxpayers Association’s guest commentary supporting the Puente gas plant in the Sept. 8 issue of the Business Times contained inaccurate and misleading information. It’s true that a recent California Independent System Operator (CAISO) study concluded […]

A 100 Percent Clean-Energy Future Is Possible for SLO

By now, you may have heard about Community Choice Energy programs. CCE programs allow residents and businesses to choose their electricity provider, and they empower local governments to control electricity purchasing decisions for the benefit of their communities, rather than ceding that control to the state’s investor-owned utilities. There are eight CCE programs operating in […]

New CCA Jobs in the Monterey Bay Area

Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) is currently seeking highly motivated people to fill several positions. Please click on each job title below for a detailed job description: –  Finance Manager –  Key Accounts Manager –  Board Clerk / Executive Assistant –  Community Events & Outreach Coordinator The employment application and job descriptions can also be […]

Bills Seen as Threat to Monterey Bay Community Power Stall in Legislature

Two state bills seen as putting a local power initiative in jeopardy stalled this week after a surge of opposition from local leaders and environmental groups. And with the threat of increased and uncertain fees now stymied, leaders say local energy project Monterey Bay Community Power is moving ahead. “We’re relieved and we’re going to […]

Last-Minute Legislation Could Pull Plug on Monterey Bay Community Power

Supporters of an effort to take local control of electricity scrambled over the weekend to push back against last-minute legislation that put the future of such projects in jeopardy and had advocates crying foul. Near-identical state assembly bills 813 and 726 were heavily amended Friday evening to include provisions that advocates say would freeze new […]

Clean Energy Initiative Launches in Santa Barbara

The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) is launching the Santa Barbara hub of Energize California, an initiative designed to strengthen the region’s clean energy economy, 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, at The Sandbox Santa Barbara. 414 Olive St. Title of the launch is From Policy to Technology: Charting Santa Barbara’s Clean Energy Future. It will showcase […]

Energy Needs Can Be Met without New Oxnard Power Plant, Study Shows

A new state commissioned study has revealed that alternative energy sources can generate enough electricity for the region without the need for a new gas-fired power plant in Oxnard. The study from the California Independent System Operator, the agency tasked with maintaining the state’s power grid, shows that renewable alternatives primarily consisting of battery storage […]