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Monterey County may not be able to afford joining regional power agency

“According to a report to the Alternative Energy and Environment Committee on Thursday, the county may have difficulty finding the projected $2.25 million in startup costs in the 2016-17 budget to join the Monterey Bay Community Power Project.” Monterey County may not be able to afford joining regional power agency, by Jim Johnson, Monterey Herald, April 28, […]

Opportunities, Empowerment: SJ Supervisor Candidates Speak on Top Concerns

Candidates for the District 1 seat in San Joaquin County debate, and aside from water, job creation and community empowerment are priorities. “The five candidates answered a handful of questions posed by the League of Women Voters of San Joaquin County, the Stockton Chamber of Commerce and the Associated Students of San Joaquin Delta College.” […]

Greener generation begins with CleanPowerSF

By Lizzie Johnson  |  San Francisco Chronicle  |   May 1, 2016 “We are being rewarded for the amount of time it took us to launch this program, because it is now better and more cost-effective than it would have been had we launched five years ago,” said Barbara Hale, assistant general manager for power […]

Local Energy – Sonoma County Community Choice Energy

A great article about Community Choice around the state of California and a nice summary of CCA facts. All of the CCEs online so far offer a larger portion of renewable energy than PG&E,and cost a bit less. All offer a 100% green option for just a slightly higher rate. Importantly, the income generated by […]

Economic Summit Highlights Innovations, Collaborations in Monterey Bay Region

Monterey Bay Community Power in the news: “Johnson said there are 18 cities signed on to the local effort from Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties and that the 3-year-old endeavor will probably come to fruition with a launch in October.” Visit www.MBCommunityPower.org for more information. Economic summit highlights innovations, collaborations in Monterey Bay region, By […]

MCE Clean Energy Adds 7 New Municipalities, Raising Prospect of Lower Rates

MCE adds 7 new municipalities. “Dawn Weisz, Marin Clean Energy’s executive officer, said the extra revenue generated by the addition of Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena, Calistoga and Yountville could result in an average 8 percent reduction in Marin Clean Energy’s rates.” Marin Clean Energy Adds 7 New Municipalities, Raising Prospect of Lower […]

A California Farmer Who is Preparing for Climate Change

The effects of climate change are starting to impact crop yields in California’s Central Valley. Don Cameron is a farmer, solar power advocate, and leader in the effort to improve groundwater recharge in the Valley. He sees a connection between climate change and the need to plan for responsible groundwater use. “Cameron, who is also a board member of the […]

Energy program spreads through SJ

  “A program that allows homeowners to pay for energy efficiency upgrades over time, without putting money down upfront, became available on Tuesday to residents living in unincorporated San Joaquin County.”   Energy program spreads through SJ, by Alex Breitler, Record, April 19, 2016.

City to explore JPA focused on providing clean energy

The City of Martinez is exploring joining a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) to become the default energy provider to their community. The article does not explicitly state that it will be Contra Costa County’s JPA, but it seems like they would be the likely agency. “The city approved early plans on Wednesday to explore joining a new […]

Central San Joaquin Valley Farmers, Packers Bet Big on Solar to Cut Power Costs

Farmers are seeing the benefits of solar both through cost reduction and as a way to fortify their infrastructure to protect against outages. “Solar and agriculture experts say solar is one of the few ways farmers can control rising business costs. Many growers have little to no flexibility in cutting expenses like feed, labor and […]