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Impact of PG&E Exit Fee on Community Power Customers Debated

Salinas >> An average Monterey County customer of the proposed new Monterey Bay Community Power agency would pay a monthly $10.60 “exit fee” to PG&E that could last for decades, but there is disagreement over how that charge could impact customers’ power bills. According to Santa Cruz County supervisorial aide Gine Johnson, who has played […]

Monterey Bishop: Green Power Protects the Environment and the Poor

MONTEREY >> Of the 21 jurisdictions eligible to participate in a regional energy initiative, only Sand City and Hollister have shown reluctance to join in the efforts. Now top Catholic clerics in the area are urging parishioners to contact their elected officials and ask them to support the Monterey Bay Community Power project, an effort […]

Demand for Solar Power Climbing

When REC Solar finished a solar energy installation for Taylor Farms in September in Gonzales, Calif., it represented the company’s 100th completed project in the agriculture sector. Garrett Colburn, director of marketing communications and demand generation for REC Solar, said the 20-year-old San Luis Obispo, Calif.-based company has done most of its ag-related work in […]

Competing Plans Afoot for Offshore Utility-Scale Wind Farm

In December the federal agency that decides what kind of energy development takes place in our nation’s coastal waters issued a guidebook to understanding how renewable energy projects get approved and built. It’s a wonky topic of particular interest to the Central Coast, as firms jockey to build an offshore wind farm near Morro Bay. If Alla Weinstein […]

Local Governments to Join Monterey Bay Community Power

SANTA CRUZ — Following approximately 100 community meetings and presentations, as well as in-depth discussions with elected officials and staff, 19 local governments have taken formal actions signaling their interest to join Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a regional project among local government agencies to provide electricity to residents and businesses throughout Monterey, San Benito and […]

Make Climate Action SLO City Major Priority!

Community Choice Energy Supporters: Your first big action of the big year ahead is coming up next week, Tuesday, January 10, when SLO City has our major goal setting community forum.  We have a City Council that is ready to take action, they just need us to back them up. It is important that we have a […]

‘Community Choice’ Electricity Set for 2018

By Spring 2018, electricity consumers in Santa Cruz, Monterey and San Benito counties likely will be using power that is at least 50 percent from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar. Under plans endorsed by all but one municipality – Sand City – in the three counties, a new Monterey Bay Community Power […]

Curious about Community Choice Energy for the Central Coast?

Who We Are Central Coast Power is a consortium of local governments that has formed to explore the feasibility of a CCE program to empower our local COMMUNITY with the CHOICE of how and where our electricity is created and enhance the SUSTAINABILITY and ECONOMIC vitality of the tri-county region. All 27 jurisdictions throughout San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura Counties that […]

Poll Surveys Monterey County Residents on Green Energy Initiative

Monterey County >> A majority of all unincorporated Monterey County residents who responded to a survey about a still little-known tri-county community choice energy initiative would only back the proposal if their electric bills stay the same or decrease. About 1 in 3 would pay an additional $5 or more per month on their bills […]

Local Governments Move to Break PG&E Monopoly

Just a few months ago things looked shaky, with both the city of Salinas and Monterey County contemplating bowing out of a plan to break Pacific Gas & Electric’s local monopoly. The plan was to do it with clean energy. But now, 19 local governments have announced their intention of joining Monterey Bay Community Power to create […]