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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 […]

REC Solar Completes Solar Project for San Antonio Winery’s Paso Robles Production Facility

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–San Antonio Winery, the founding winery of Riboli Family Wine Estates, has completed a solar project that will supply energy to its new world-class production facility and hospitality center in Paso Robles, California. The 517-kw rooftop system was designed and built by REC Solar, a California-based provider of commercial, public sector […]

Central Coast Power is Finalizing Their CCE Feasibility Study

In an email sent August 19th, Central Coast Power informed their subscribers that they are finalizing their Community Choice Energy (CCE) feasibility study. The study is currently under peer review, and will be made available to the public mid-September, 2017. The email also states that the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors is expected to consider […]

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, […]