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SLO County asks for another study of Monterey Bay Community Power

Unsatisfied by a recent fiscal analysis of Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors wants to commission another to help it decide whether to join the Community Choice Energy agency, which is expanding to serve six SLO County cities over the next two years. At its Oct. 1 meeting, […]

SLO Climate Strike pushes for policy change at county level

People from all over San Luis Obispo County gathered outside the county courthouse to take part in the second global climate strike Friday, Sept. 27. San Luis Obispo’s strike was part of a global day of action in which over 6 million people participated in rallies across 123 countries, all participating for the cause of bringing an […]

Power pivot: Community Choice Energy arrives on the Central Coast

The expansion happened fast. In the span of a year, 10 Central Coast cities and Santa Barbara County all had voted, one after the other, to join as members of Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a growing Community Choice Energy (CCE) utility that currently serves Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. It started with San Luis […]

Vote delayed on SLO’s electric-building law; councilwoman accused of conflict of interest

Just as the San Luis Obispo City Council was preparing to approve a new clean energy choice law, the vote has been delayed to consider a conflict-of-interest claim. A utility labor union alleges that Vice Mayor Andy Pease should have recused herself on Sept. 3 from voting to support a policy that encourages new construction […]

Energy plan may bring more solar, wind power to Santa Barbara County

A Strategic Energy Plan adopted by the Santa Barbara County Board of Supervisors could allow the development of projects to provide power to critical facilities during disasters and public safety power shutdowns, make the county more energy independent, give ranchers a way to supplement their income and increase the use of renewable resources to reduce […]

SLO council passes policy to make new buildings all-electric — but gas is still an option

With an eye on its ambitious 2035 carbon neutrality target, 10 years ahead of California’s statewide goal, San Luis Obispo’s City Council passed a new energy policy Tuesday that paves the way for all-electric new buildings. The council — voting 4-1 with Councilwoman Erica Stewart casting the sole “no” tally — heard from dozens of speakers […]

SLO Could Pass the Next Landmark Clean Energy Building Code

Momentum is building across California to address a longstanding pollution blind spot: natural gas use in buildings. With a city council vote next week, San Luis Obispo, the coastal city of 48,000 halfway between LA and San Francisco, could become one of the first cities in the state to pass landmark policy aimed at transitioning […]

City Council votes for clean energy: community choice aggregate approved

Carpinteria’s City Council voted unanimously to move forward with joining a community choice aggregate (CCA) at its Aug. 26 meeting. The 4-0 vote (with Councilman Al Clark absent) directed staff to move forward in preparing a city contract to join the CCA of the Monterey Bay Community Power Authority (MBCP) with a budget appropriation of […]

Ten more jurisdictions are in process of joining Monterey Bay Community Power.

Monterey Bay Community Power is fast outgrowing its name. The agency was founded two years ago to pool together the buying power of ratepayers in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Since then the cost savings and MBCP’s emphasis on emission-free sources of electricity have proven attractive to communities throughout California’s central coast. The governments of 10 […]

Santa Maria Council Narrowly Votes to Join Monterey Bay Community Power Program

After balking at the idea three months ago and expressing more doubts Tuesday night, the Santa Maria City Council narrowly voted to join the Monterey Bay Community Power program. The City Council agreed, with a 3-2 vote, to participate in the nonprofit community choice energy organization, giving residents an alternative to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Council members Gloria […]