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West Hollywood Opts in for 100% Renewable Energy

On February 20th, the West Hollywood City Council voted to opt in to Clean Power Alliance’s 100% clean energy option. Clean Power Alliance (CPA), formally Los Angeles Community Choice Energy (LACCE), is the largest Community Choice Energy program in the state. Joining a community choice program has been a goal for the city since 2015 […]

Move by big three utilities to tilt the playing field in their favor

IOU “Code of Conduct” under attack The original Community Choice law in California, AB 117 (2002), required the big electric utilities to “cooperate fully” with local governments evaluating Community Choice. The experience of the first cities and counties to pursue Community Choice made it painfully clear that the utilities did not seem to understand what […]

Local Balancing Is the Key to California’s Clean Energy Future. Regionalization Isn’t

California needs a sustainable and affordable energy system that can deliver an all-renewable energy supply and manage that supply cost-effectively. Instead of creating an interstate entity that may not be aligned with California’s renewable energy goals, we should build an energy system that provides the modern grid California will actually need going into the future — one […]

PG&E reaches green energy goals early, but hurdles loom

PG&E has reached a state-mandated renewable energy goal three years earlier than required, the company said, but fresh challenges loom as the company’s last nuclear power plant is slated for deactivation. The utility has reached the state-imposed 2020 renewable energy goal of producing 33 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources, it said. “Reducing […]

Mayor, Others Introduce New Environmental Initiative

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, other city officials and community environmental advocates presented an initiative this morning designed to meet international goals laid out by the Paris climate agreement as well as local goals of sustainable water supply. In 2017, many cities and counties all across California voiced their protest to President Donald Trump’s announcement […]

Details of local power start-up promise cheaper rates, more control

There has been much debate on how to get greener, cheaper power and not pay the profits of an investor-owned utility. However, soon, for most residential customers this will actually become a reality when the Monterey Bay Community Power gets switched on in July. Marc Adato, Community Outreach & Events Coordinator for Monterey Bay Community […]

Wind farms could boost our post-Diablo economy

As your Feb. 4 editorial, “Wind farms could be banned off the Central Coast,” points out, it’s hard to believe that offshore wind turbines would interfere with U.S. Naval operations but drilling platforms wouldn’t. The Central Coast has two golden opportunities to replace the energy, jobs and tax revenue that will be lost when the Diablo Canyon […]

Proposed Calif. Offshore Oil Drilling Faces Opposition

Santa Barbara County’s response to the Trump Administration’s initiative to allow offshore oil drilling in nearly all United States coastal waters is projectively negative, most demonstrated by Congressmen Salud Carbajal’s call for the exemption of California’s Central Coast from oil drilling. On Jan. 4, 2018, the District of Interior’s (DOI) Bureau of Ocean Energy Management […]

The county should reconsider Community Choice Energy

As members of the Earth Care Committee at St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, we consider wise stewardship of the resources in this county a sacred responsibility. We share this as Christians with all the major spiritual traditions of the world. Two years ago, several of our members attended and spoke at a Board of Supervisors meeting […]

Southern California Edison Offers $10,000 Incentive On BMW i3

California is different from the rest of the United States. People there are deeply committed to renewable energy, eliminating fossil fuels, and protecting the environment. Even its utility companies embrace clean energy, albeit as a result of an aggressive Renewable Power Standard mandated by the state government. Southern California Edison, which serves customers in the greater Los […]