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Montecito Explores Microgrid for Emergency Services

A Santa Barbara environmental think tank has teamed up with a Menlo Park renewable energy nonprofit on an ambitious new effort to build a mini, self-sustaining electrical grid to power Montecito’s critical water and fire protection facilities. The Montecito Community Microgrid Initiative — as explained by the World Business Academy and the Clean Coalition in a joint […]

Worth Noting: Arvin receives $2.3 million grant for three electric buses

The city of Arvin will purchase three electric buses, along with electric charging station infrastructure, using a $2.3 million grant from the Federal Transit Authority, the city announced Wednesday afternoon. “Arvin is excited to be at the forefront of a much-needed change in attitude toward public transportation and improving our state’s air quality,” Arvin City […]

Use the force: California’s climate and energy goals vs. the California Public Utilities Commission

On Nov. 7, six members of the public attended the inaugural meeting of the board of directors of Central Coast Community Energy at San Luis Obispo City Hall. You should’ve been there. The four-member board, in the course of a quietly undramatic one-hour meeting, saved from oblivion what will likely prove to be the most […]

Central Coast Community Energy dissolves; cities to join Monterey program

Central Coast Community Energy’s first official board meeting on Nov. 7 was also its last. The new Community Choice Energy (CCE) partnership between SLO city and Morro Bay collapsed as quickly as it coalesced, after an Oct. 11 regulatory decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) crushed the local program’s financial outlook. The CPUC raised the […]

EDF Renewables signs PPAs with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power

EDF Renewables North America announced the signing of two 20-year PPAs for the 128 MWac with 40 MW/160 MWh battery storage Big Beau Solar+Storage Project in Kern County, California. Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) will purchase 55% of the output, and Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) will purchase 45%. The Project is slated to achieve […]

California regulators approve the world’s biggest battery projects

Batteries are getting big in California. And by big, I am talking about Dynegy’s plan to build a 300 MW battery project to replace a gas-fired power plant in Moss Landing, California. Today the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved four contracts for battery storage contracts that utility Pacific Gas & Electric Company signed with […]

Key Changes Affecting Community Choice Energy for Santa Barbara County

Greetings Santa Barbara County CCE Stakeholders, The formation plans for a local community choice energy (CCE) program have been paused due to several key items that have emerged since our local municipalities opted to form a CCE joint powers authority this past summer. These items may affect the viability of a local CCE program, and some of […]

Monterey Bay Community Power announces solar deals

Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) recently signed two long-term solar development agreements, one of which will be the largest utility-scale, solar-plus-storage project ever built in California. With the approval of these two projects, MBCP will be making significant contributions to grid stability for California and to utility-scale storage capacity for California and the Nation. The […]

MBCP Sets the Record Straight on Electricity Cost

As you may already be aware, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) voted for the “Alternate Proposed Decision” that was less in MBCP’s favor than the original “Proposed Decision,” regarding the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) that utilities like PG&E can charge. The news coverage and many conversations on social media across the State have […]

Joint solar+storage project planned for Silicon Valley, Monterey Bay

Canadian Solar announced its wholly owned subsidiary Recurrent Energy has signed two 15-year power purchase agreements with Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power for a 150-MWac solar power system with 180 MWh of battery storage. This joint procurement effort represents the largest contracted solar+storage project in California to date. This partnership resulted from […]