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Central, South Coast Counties, Cities Look at Bringing More Renewable Electricity to Region

Would you like to get more of your electricity from solar power, or other renewable sources? A study is underway to see if Ventura, Santa Barbara, and San Luis Obispo Counties, as well as the cities in the region might want to pursue a program which might make it possible. Angie Hacker is Division Chief […]

Saving the Planet, One Rooftop at a Time

A program to make solar panels more affordable just plugged in its 500th customer in Santa Barbara. The Community Environmental Council’s Solarize program connects homeowners with group-discount pricing with solar companies, reputable and trusted installers, as well as workshops to help them understand the new systems and the choices available. With its 500th installation, at […]

Committee Recommends Signing on to Monterey Bay Community Power Initiative

Salinas >> In a key preliminary step, a county alternative energy and environment committee recommended on Wednesday the Board of Supervisors sign on to a resolution of intent to join the Monterey Bay Community Power agency, which promises to take over local control of electric power purchasing from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. and promote […]

Community Power Aggregator Takes Big Step Toward Reality

Say you could buy your power from some entity other than PG&E, the investor-owned utility that puts shareholder returns ahead of its customers. Say the power you buy focused on renewable sources – and getting as much energy as possible from hydro, wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and biogas. And say you could buy that power […]

Monterey, Calif., Diocese Enters ‘New Era’ with Sustainable Energy Program

The four-county Monterey diocese has teamed up with the Romero Institute, a nonprofit law and policy center focused on social justice issues, to promote renewable energy and the creation of a Community Choice Energy program (CCE). “CCE, which became law in California in 2002, allows cities and counties a say in their energy provider by […]

Green Energy Initiative Explored

Governments overseeing Ventura County and the 10 cities are studying a program that could bring local control to energy purchasing and pricing, officials said Tuesday. Sue Hughes, a manager with the county, said the jurisdictions are looking at starting a Community Choice Energy program, a new but tested model for providing electricity. Across the state, the programs offer a higher share of […]

Ventura Explores Cooperative Electricity Purchases

The County of Ventura is exploring Community Choice Energy to bring local control to energy purchasing and pricing options. The research is a joint effort with the counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and a number of cities in the region. Community Choice Energy allows the community to determine what type of energy mix […]

Latest Edition of ‘Going Green’ Talks Energy Options

The latest episode of “Going Green TV,” hosted by David Huboi and Shawn Novack and produced by CMAP-TV, discusses Community Choice Energy, featuring a presentation from Margaret Bruce of Monterey Bay Community Power and a question-and-answer session with members of the Green Business Committee.

A green alternative to PG&E is being proposed

Local governance issues push the launch of Monterey Bay Community Power back to 2018. The plan now will be to start making purchases in the California renewable energy markets sometime in 2017 to support a 2018 launch. “The city of Monterey had originally planned to put the decision to join the JPA and start making […]

Community Power agency cost, governance draws local officials’ concern

Starting a Community Choice Energy program has drawn concerns in Monterey County. Some of the main concerns are over cost: how startup costs will be shared amongst cities and the county, and uncertainty that the new energy provider will be able to deliver lower rates to its energy customers than PG&E. “According to a Monterey County administrator […]