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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 […]

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 […]