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The City of Carpinteria Pursues Community Choice and Strategic Energy Planning

The City of Carpinteria has opted to move forward with both Community Choice Energy and Strategic Energy Planning, which is in line with Carpinteria’s policies regarding sustainable communities and making our area more resilient. Now, did you understand anything in that last sentence? Because about four years ago I wouldn’t have either. The world of […]

Instead of joining Monterey Bay Community Power, Del Rey Oaks looks to team up with King City.

When Monterey Bay Community Power was formed in 2017, Del Rey Oaks was the only city on the Monterey Peninsula to not join the carbon-free energy cooperative, despite a petition signed by about 200 of its residents asking that it do so. The primary reasons were risk and a lack of representation: If the cooperative, […]

Monterey Bay Community Power signs deal for wind power from New Mexico

Monterey >> While Monterey Bay Community Power typically looks for local clean power sources, its latest deal will bring in energy from New Mexico for a good reason. Peak energy demand takes place in the evening hours as people get home from work, right as the sun sets and solar energy levels wind down. “There’s […]

Pattern signs power purchase agreements with two California utilities

Officials with Pattern Energy Group 2 LP, also known as Pattern Development, announced Tuesday the company signed 15-year power purchase agreements with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power to deliver wind power from the 200 megawatt Duran Mesa Wind project currently in development near Corona. The village lies at the northern border of Lincoln County. The […]

San Barbara city council approves CCE technical study

At the July 23 City Council meeting, the City Council voted unanimously (4-0 with Councilman Stein absent) to receive and file a Community Choice Energy (CCE) Technical Study and direct staff on future participation in a regional CCE. Councilmembers and several members of the public spoke in support of this action. Approval of the motion […]

SLO is adding ‘ultra-fast’ car charging stations along Hwy. 101

A plan to install four fast-charging stations to power electric vehicles at a park and ride on Calle Joaquin Road in San Luis Obispo is moving forward with anticipated completion by the end of this year or early 2019. The new direct current (DC) fast charging stations are envisioned as part of a broad network along the Highway […]

Super-Size Storage in Moss Landing

Pacific Gas and Electric has released plans to build four battery storage facilities in and around Moss Landing, Calif., including one that would be the largest in the world. Let’s start with that big one: The utility is working with Vistra Energy to build a 300-megawatt lithium-ion battery system that would be capable of operating for four hours before […]

How is Santa Cruz doing on climate action?

Ten years ago, the City of Santa Cruz initiated the first greenhouse gas reduction program on the Central Coast. The City Climate Action Plan outlined how city staff could partner with the community to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from city functions, local businesses and those that live here. Recently Tiffany Wise-West, the city sustainability coordinator […]

King City Community Power launches service Monday

KING CITY — King City Community Power, a local electric energy service, is set to launch next week with the City of King now becoming the default electric power provider for the community in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), which will continue to transmit and bill for the power. Under the Community Choice Aggregation […]

EnBW to support California floating project in Morro Bay

US: EnBW has entered the US offshore market by forming a joint venture (JV) with Seattle-based developer Trident Winds to build an up-to 1GW floating project off the coast of central California. The planned site off the coast of Morro Bay could be California’s first large-scale floating wind farm, the partners claimed. It would consist […]