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State Bill Introduced to Study Desalination Plant at Diablo Canyon

Could there be a future for the Diablo Canyon Power Plant’s desalination facility after all? With no current plans for the desal plant once it closes in about nine years, California 35th District Assemblymember Jordan Cunningham has introduced new legislation in the hopes of changing that. “To me, it’s just like recycling. We need a drought-proof […]

Andy Hartmann: We can do better by focusing locally on community power

Guest commentary The jurisdictions that make up the Monterey Bay community have been asked to consider joining an emerging Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program known as Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP). A draft joint powers agreement has recently been circulated for immediate approval by our cities and counties. IBEW Local 234 believes that a properly […]

Mighty Heidi: Heidi Harmon wants SLO to be a net-zero emissions city. Can it happen? 

Before becoming the mayor of San Luis Obispo, Heidi Harmon often searched for symbolic victories in her progressive and environmentally centered political career. One of her favorites happened during her campaign for the 35th District State Assembly seat in 2014. Running against Republican incumbent Katcho Achadjian, Harmon recognized from the outset that she’d likely lose […]

Ojai Company Leads Way to Reliable, Clean Energy

The Feb. 10 article in the Pacific Coast Business Times, “Power to the people: SimpliPhi to double production at Ojai battery storage plant,” about how the Ojai company is positioning itself for growth, can be viewed through the lens of current trends in energy policy. Policy-makers in California and Washington, D.C., should throw open the […]

Horacio Amezquita: Farmworkers support clean-energy proposal

I am a proud member of the San Jerardo Farmworkers Cooperative in the Salinas Valley. San Jerardo’s residents work the land. We spend the day with our hands in the soil and our backs to the sun. If there is any community who understands that the Earth’s climate is dramatically impacting our planet, it is […]

Monterey Bay Community Power Is a Good Deal

The Central Coast in general and Monterey County communities in particular have arrived at an important moment that will determine whether we continue to be leaders in the field of innovation and environmental protection. On Tuesday, the Monterey County Board of Supervisors will consider whether to join Monterey Bay Community Power, an effort several years […]

New Governance Proposal for Community Power Agency Heads to Supervisors

Salinas >> A governance proposal allowing the largest jurisdictions extra voting power on a proposed Monterey Bay Community Power agency is expected to be presented to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. Under the proposal, Monterey County, the city of Salinas and Santa Cruz County would be offered two votes each on an 11-member policy […]

City and County Vote Unanimously to Join Monterey Bay Community Power Authority

In a display of unity, the Hollister City Council and the San Benito County Board of Supervisors adopted resolutions to approve the Joint Powers Agreement. In doing so, they joined Santa Cruz and Monterey counties as members of the Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) Authority, a nonprofit government entity that will compete against PG&E to purchase wholesale electrical […]

Letter: City should support the energy deal

To borrow from Lincoln, “Of the people, by the people, and for the people,” these words can apply to a program called Community Choice Energy (CCE) tasked to provide solar and wind sourced electricity for communities. “Of the people” can refer to the citizens of Monterey and Santa Cruz counties who have already cooperated in […]

The CPUC and Environmental Justice

Opinion California is moving faster than expected toward a clean energy future with ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and new innovations in renewable energy. However, there is still work to be done to ensure that all Californians can benefit from the cleaner air, local jobs and economic benefits clean energy can bring. State regulatory agencies […]