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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 […]

Rejection of Community Choice Energy is astonishing

Republicans must be terrified by the prospect of learning the truth. That’s the only conclusion one can draw from the astonishing news that the Republican majority on the SLO County Board of Supervisors — Lynn Compton, Debbie Arnold and John Peschong — used their power to veto further exploration of the fiscal implications of adopting […]

Cal Poly to save millions of dollars with new solar farm

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. – Under a bright sunny sky, Cal Poly flipped the switch today on a brand new solar farm located on the western edge of its campus. The 18.5-acre facility is the university’s first major energy project since announcing a goal of climate neutrality during 2015-16 academic year. “This fits right into our […]

SLO County supervisors hit new low with rejection of Community Choice Energy

On Tuesday, county supervisors voted to file and forget a feasibility study on the establishment of a Community Choice Energy program. In so doing, the board majority set a high bar: They are going to have to work hard for the rest of the year to come up with a vote that can wrestle away […]

Camarillo: Council action gives residents a choice

By about this time next year, Camarillo residents and businesses may be seeing lower electric bills. The Camarillo City Council voted unanimously Jan. 10 to move forward with plans to bring in an alternate supplier of electricity to compete with Southern California Edison. Gary Gero, chief sustainability officer for Los Angeles County, gave a presentation […]

Central Coast Reacts To Proposed Offshore Oil Drilling Plan

New offshore oil and gas wells could be coming to the coast of California.  The Trump Administration has proposed an expansion of drilling operations in nearly all federal waters. At the end of Monterey’s Commercial Wharf, there’s a tiny shack where you can buy abalone by the pound. Nearly all of the company’s California Red […]

Nuclear power receives its death sentence in California: Regulators vote to shut down Diablo Canyon

The last remaining nuclear power plant in California will begin shutting down operations in six years, after state regulators Thursday unanimously approved a plan outlining details of the closure. “We chart a new energy future by phasing out nuclear power here in California,” Michael Picker, the president of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) said […]