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Monterey Opts to Join Community Choice Energy Program

Monterey >> The City Council received a round of applause from attendees of Tuesday’s meeting after unanimously deciding to move ahead as a member in the Community Choice Energy Program. The tri-county initiative that will take over power purchasing control from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and put it into the hands of a new regional […]

Santa Cruz County Board of Sups Vote to Join Monterey Bay Community Power

The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors has joined a growing list of Central Coast governments opting to provide clean, locally managed power to residents and businesses across Monterey Bay. Tuesday’s unanimous vote means Santa Cruz County will join Monterey Bay Community Power, a new Community Choice Energy entity allowing Monterey Bay governments, acting on […]

SCE Seeks New Distributed Energy Resources in the Goleta Area

ROSEMEAD, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Southern California Edison has launched a Request for Offers (RFO) to acquire new distributed energy resources to bolster grid resiliency in the Santa Barbara-Goleta area. The RFO is seeking a range of new distributed energy resources including: energy storage, demand response, permanent load shift, combined heat and power, fuel cells, solar PV paired with energy […]

PG&E Narrows Scope of the CPUC Proceeding to Shut Down the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Plant by Unilaterally Withdrawing Its Procurement and Cost Allocation Requests

On February 27, 2017, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (“PG&E”) announced it is withdrawing several portions of its plan to close its 2.3 gigawatt Diablo Canyon Power Plant near San Luis Obispo by 2025. Specifically, PG&E has withdrawn its requests that the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) authorize PG&E to replace Diablo’s generation capacity with […]

Editorial, March 1, 2017: Time to Move Forward with Monterey Bay Community Power

Electricity rates are going up again for PG&E customers. The higher electricity costs, which take effect today, mark the second time in two months power bills have spiked for PG&E customers. A typical residential bill will go up nearly $12 a month to $110.77, due to the new rates and changes in billing tiers. Gas […]

State Bill Introduced to Study Desalination Plant at Diablo Canyon

Could there be a future for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s desalination facility after all? With no current plans for the desal plant once it closes in about nine years, California 35th District Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham has introduced new legislation in the hopes of changing that. “To me, it’s just like recycling. We need a drought-proof […]

Andy Hartmann: We can do better by focusing locally on community power

Guest commentary The jurisdictions that make up the Monterey Bay community have been asked to consider joining an emerging Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program known as Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP). A draft joint powers agreement has recently been circulated for immediate approval by our cities and counties. IBEW Local 234 believes that a properly […]

Mighty Heidi: Heidi Harmon wants SLO to be a net-zero emissions city. Can it happen? 

Before becoming the mayor of San Luis Obispo, Heidi Harmon often searched for symbolic victories in her progressive and environmentally centered political career. One of her favorites happened during her campaign for the 35th District State Assembly seat in 2014. Running against Republican incumbent Katcho Achadjian, Harmon recognized from the outset that she’d likely lose […]

Ojai Company Leads Way to Reliable, Clean Energy

The Feb. 10 article in the Pacific Coast Business Times, “Power to the people: SimpliPhi to double production at Ojai battery storage plant,” about how the Ojai company is positioning itself for growth, can be viewed through the lens of current trends in energy policy. Policy-makers in California and Washington, D.C., should throw open the […]

Horacio Amezquita: Farmworkers support clean-energy proposal

I am a proud member of the San Jerardo Farmworkers Cooperative in the Salinas Valley. San Jerardo’s residents work the land. We spend the day with our hands in the soil and our backs to the sun. If there is any community who understands that the Earth’s climate is dramatically impacting our planet, it is […]