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Goleta Commits to 100% Clean, Renewable Energy

Goleta has become the 51st city in the country to commit to transition to 100 percent clean and renewable energy. The Goleta City Council this week unanimously approved a resolution to adopt a goal of 100 percent renewable electricity for all municipal facilities and community-wide electricity supply by 2030. Additionally, at least 50 percent of […]

Greenpower Event to Raise Awareness, Resources, Honor Leaders, for Monterey Bay Region Renewable Energy Alternatives

Greenpower — a movement to give communities local control, choice, and renewable energy alternatives — will host an event Friday to focus on its cause and honor those who have worked to get it on its feet. “The goal is to raise awareness about us, what we do, what we’re working on, and to honor […]

Ventura County Will Explore Joining L.A. Venture to Create Renewable Energy

Ventura County officials will explore teaming up with Los Angeles County in a venture to produce renewable energy and slow down climate change, county supervisors decided Tuesday. Under state law, local governments can establish their own organizations to generate and distribute power. The intent is to boost the amount of power produced from renewable sources, such as […]

Santa Barbara Gives Community Energy Plan Another Look, Pursues Local Energy Plan

The Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday voted to take another look at the costly Community Choice Energy plan, and also develop a local strategic energy plan to help increase renewable energy options. The vote was 5-1, with councilman Frank Hotchkiss voting No. Mayor Helene Schneider was absent. “This is the right direction,” said Councilman […]

Tipping Point for Natural Gas: Huge Project Canceled in California

So … that was fast. US natural gas stakeholders barely had time to congratulate themselves for pushing coal out of the power generation market, and it looks like karma is already getting the last laugh. Low-cost renewable energy is beginning to nudge natural gas aside. In the most recent and striking development, California’s massive 262-megawatt […]

Real-World Experience

Based on the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) law passed by the state Legislature in 2002, Community Choice Energy programs started taking off in 2010 and are now rapidly proliferating. Community Choice programs have empowered local communities to decide where their electricity comes from and enhanced the economic vitality of the regions where they have been […]

Seize the Future

Opinion By now, you may have heard about Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs. CCE programs offer residents and businesses a choice of who they purchase their electricity from. CCE programs also empower local governments to control electricity purchasing decisions for the benefit of their communities rather than ceding that control to the state’s investor-owned utilities. […]

Is An Alternative Energy Choice Too Expensive for Santa Barbara?

A study on the prospect of government-run energy in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo counties found the program would not be economically feasible. “We’re different,” Jen Cregar, project supervisor with Energy & Sustainability Initiatives, told the Santa Barbara County supervisors. “We are not the same as everyone else.” Though the so-called Community Choice […]

Puente Alternatives Cheaper Than Gas Power Plant

Renewable energy alternatives are technically and economically superior to the proposed gas Puente Power Project in Oxnard. The Ventura County Taxpayers Association’s guest commentary supporting the Puente gas plant in the Sept. 8 issue of the Business Times contained inaccurate and misleading information. It’s true that a recent California Independent System Operator (CAISO) study concluded […]

A 100 Percent Clean-Energy Future Is Possible for SLO

By now, you may have heard about Community Choice Energy programs. CCE programs allow residents and businesses to choose their electricity provider, and they empower local governments to control electricity purchasing decisions for the benefit of their communities, rather than ceding that control to the state’s investor-owned utilities. There are eight CCE programs operating in […]