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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 […]

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 […]