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Monterey Bay Community Energy Customer Rebates and Community Investment

In 2018, MBCP plans to provide $4 Million in customer rebates and invest $3 million in local GHG reducing programs while building reserves for financial stability. MBchoice, the primary service for automatic enrollment, provides a 3% rebate on generation charges, annually in December. MBgreen+ directs the 3% rebate to invest in the build-out of new, […]

SLO County could be a ‘renewable energy hub’ after Diablo closes. Here’s how, Carbajal says

Congressman Salud Carbajal announced a new bill Monday to encourage investment in renewable energy businesses in San Luis Obispo County. The bill, called the Energy Opportunity Zone Act, is targeted to help the region stay competitive in the energy sector once one of its main energy producers, Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant, closes in 2025. “When […]

San Luis Obispo hires first city sustainability manager

The city of San Luis Obispo has hired its first sustainability manager. Chris Read, a former San Luis Obispo County senior sustainability and energy program coordinator, was introduced to the City Council on Tuesday. Read will be responsible for the administration, development and management of environmental sustainability and climate action policies and programs. “I cherish the […]

Santa Paula Council Votes to Join Community Choice Aggregation

What is Community Choice Aggregation? CCA or Community Choice Aggregation is an alternative approach for communities to buy power rather than buying through traditional investor owned utilities (IOU). The CCA movement was an outgrowth of energy deregulation. California’s law was approved in 2002, although Massachusetts was the first state to pass a CCA bill. Source Santa […]

Legislation Introduced to Remedy Diablo Canyon Decision

The California Senate majority leader today joined with an Republican Assemblymember to introduce bipartisan legislation to remedy multiple shortcomings in the recent California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decision related to the retirement and replacement of California’s last nuclear power plant. The phase out of the Diablo Canyon nuclear plant near San Luis Obispo by August 2025 offers […]

Clean power on its way to San Benito

After five years of work, electricity consumers in San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz counties this month began receiving lower cost, “cleaner” electric power. The Monterey Bay Community Power agency began delivering power to business and commercial customers March 1. Residential customers will be connected to agency’s “green” power sources July 1. Residents and businesses […]

First to 1,000 Solar Powered Homes in Paso Robles

MR. ROBINSON’S NEIGHBORHOOD — A LITTLE GREENER NOW Last month, Paso Robles resident Dan Robinson decided he wanted to save money and do the right thing when he called Solarponics and applied for a solar energy permit to install solar on his home. Little did he know that his application would be the 1,000th alternative […]

Monterey Bay Community Power: Green energy agency bolstered by regional cooperation

Monterey Bay >> It took five years of work, dozens of public meetings, more than 100 presentations to community interest groups, and a year of organization to take the Monterey Bay Community Power agency from concept to consummation. Officials and others from Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties celebrated on Thursday the official start […]

Ban on fracking, oil expansion in San Luis Obispo County proposed for Nov. ballot

Volunteers have begun gathering signatures to place the “Protect Our Water, Air, and Land: Ban Fracking and Oil Expansion in SLO County” Initiative on the November 2018 ballot. The initiative is sponsored by the Coalition to Protect San Luis Obispo County, a group of local volunteers working to protect local water, air and soil from pollution […]

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 […]