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Grover Beach City Council discusses Community Choice Energy program

The Grover Beach City Council is considering an energy plan that could potentially save customers hundreds of thousands of dollars. The council received information about the concept of Community Choice Energy, or CCE, and Monterey Bay Community Power on Monday. During the meeting, officials said the program could save the residents upwards of $820,000 over […]

Pushing the future: Two SLO County cities join a clean energy program

Our region has a tremendous opportunity to develop and benefit from a clean local energy economy. In support of this, we are thrilled to announce that community choice energy is coming to Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. Starting in January of 2020, if you are a resident of or operate a business in either […]

More cities explore Community Choice Energy

Following the lead of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, more SLO County cities are now in talks with Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) about becoming partner agencies—as the budding public electricity provider looks to expand south. J.R. Killigrew, director of communications for MBCP, gave presentations to the Paso Robles City Council on April 2 […]

Navy may oppose wind farms off Morro Bay — but that doesn’t mean it can’t happen

The dream of Morro Bay as a new hub of offshore renewable energy production in California could be over before it even gets its sea legs — or it could just be ramping up. The Navy is expected to make an announcement in the coming weeks on whether it will support fields of 700-foot floating wind turbines […]

Hundreds of new oil wells could soon triple Santa Barbara County production

Environmental groups and local residents are sounding alarms that proposed drilling projects would triple onshore oil production in Santa Barbara County — to which the oil industry says, “What’s wrong with that?” Three companies propose to add hundreds of new wells and associated pipelines to extract thick crude using thermally enhanced recovery — an energy-intensive […]

Montecito Fire Protection District Board unanimously votes to proceed with Community Microgrid efforts

NEWS RELEASE: Montecito Fire Protection District Board unanimously votes to proceed with Community Microgrid efforts Clean Coalition and World Business Academy applaud this milestone as a significant step in the Montecito Community Microgrid Initiative, which will provide the area with renewables-driven resilience and emergency preparedness Santa Barbara, CA — The Clean Coalition and the World […]

Monterey Bay Community Power celebrates its one-year anniversary and looks to the future.

When we flip a switch or plug in our phones, we don’t usually think about how or where that power comes from. From customer to source, our power structure pre-dates thoughtful consumption: The first electricity grid was built 100 miles north in San Francisco in 1879, 15 years before the radio was invented. California still […]

If you want a gas stove at home, it could cost you extra under new SLO proposal

The San Luis Obispo City Council wants to discourage the use of gas appliances in favor of electric in new housing to help push along its ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2035. Meaning, if you want a gas oven in your new home, it’ll cost you (if all goes as planned). City staff doesn’t […]

As PG&E begins bankruptcy proceedings, Monterey Bay Community Power gauges uncertainty.

Last July, you might’ve noticed a change on your monthly bill from Pacific Gas & Electric. Or maybe not. But unless you opted out, residents of Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties were automatically enrolled as customers of Monterey Bay Community Power, a new community choice aggregation model, or CCA, that buys electricity from […]

Electric Cars Cost Less Than You’d Think

Electric Drive 805, a new coalition between Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties, wants all car drivers to know about the financial feasibility and benefits of purchasing electric vehicles. The coalition is also encouraging more locations to install charging stations, such as at housing complexes, workplaces, and community centers. According to Danny McQuillan, a […]