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Monterey Bay Community Power Is a Good Deal

The Central Coast in general and Monterey County communities in particular have arrived at an important moment that will determine whether we continue to be leaders in the field of innovation and environmental protection. On Tuesday, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will consider whether to join Monterey Bay Community Power, an effort several years […]

New Governance Proposal for Community Power Agency Heads to Supervisors

Salinas >> A governance proposal allowing the largest jurisdictions extra voting power on a proposed Monterey Bay Community Power agency is expected to be presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Under the proposal, Monterey County, the city of Salinas and Santa Cruz County would be offered two votes each on an 11-member policy […]

City and County Vote Unanimously to Join Monterey Bay Community Power Authority

In a display of unity, the Hollister City Council and the San Benito County Board of Supervisors adopted resolutions to approve the Joint Powers Agreement. In doing so, they joined Santa Cruz and Monterey counties as members of the Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) Authority, a nonprofit government entity that will compete against PG&E to purchase wholesale electrical […]

Letter: City should support the energy deal

To borrow from Lincoln, “Of the people, by the people, and for the people,” these words can apply to a program called Community Choice Energy (CCE) tasked to provide solar and wind sourced electricity for communities. “Of the people” can refer to the citizens of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties who have already cooperated in […]

The CPUC and Environmental Justice

Opinion California is moving faster than expected toward a clean energy future with ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and new innovations in renewable energy. However, there is still work to be done to ensure that all Californians can benefit from the cleaner air, local jobs and economic benefits clean energy can bring. State regulatory agencies […]

Guest View: Monterey Bay Community Power Is Right for Hollister

Like the vast majority of Californians, especially those on the Central Coast, I view the threat to our planet from climate change as an over-arching, existential issue. That’s why I strongly support the proposal currently before the Hollister City Council for Hollister to band together with all of the jurisdictions in San Benito, Monterey and […]

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 […]