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Santa Maria to reconsider joining community choice energy program

After postponing a decision three months ago, the Santa Maria City Council on Tuesday will reconsider joining the Monterey Bay Community Power Authority’s community choice energy program. Community choice energy programs are meant to serve as an alternative to investor-owned utility energy supply systems. Under the CCE system, which was established by a 2002 state law, local […]

If Morro Bay gets a wind farm, here’s who would buy the electricity

Though a firm decision is still likely a year away, some of the key players in a plan to make the Morro Bay coast home to a mass of floating wind turbines are getting their ducks in a row now. On Thursday, Castle Wind LLC announced it has entered into an agreement with a Community […]

San Benito Health Foundation unveils a solar-powered healthcare center

HOLLISTER, Calif. – The San Benito Health Foundation’s Community Health Center in Hollister has just become California’s first fully self-sufficient, zero-carbon healthcare facility after installing a solar-powered micro grid system. The foundation held a ribbon-cutting and open house event Wednesday, celebrating the upgraded facility that also underwent internal renovations. The building is now being powered by the […]

Carpinteria: Power in choices

Several years ago, I wrote about community choice energy (CCE) in this column, and as the city of Carpinteria nears a decision regarding who has the buying power of our energy, I thought a reintroduction to the topic would be helpful. Historically, electricity in California has been handled primarily by investor-owned utilities like Southern California […]

PG&E wants to increase your bill to decommission Diablo Canyon. Here’s how to weigh in

As the 2025 closing date for Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant creeps closer, PG&E is looking into how it hopes to fund the much longer process of decommissioning. Its solution will likely come out of your bill. A pair of meetings will be held in San Luis Obispo this week to garner local feedback on the plan. […]

If towering wind turbines come to Central Coast ocean waters, how visible would they be?

San Luis Obispo County could one day see large collections of behemoth floating turbines spinning off its shores as the federal government explores the ocean’s potential as a source of wind energy generation. The idea of possibly hundreds of turbines as tall as 700 feet has attracted interest from several companies, while the U.S. Navy […]

Guadalupe votes to join Monterey Bay community power program

To provide residents with options for lower-cost electricity from carbon-free sources, the Guadalupe City Council on Tuesday narrowly approved a resolution to join Monterey Bay Community Power Authority‘s community choice energy program. Community choice energy programs are an alternative to the investor-owned utility that allow local governments to purchase power on behalf of residents and businesses […]

Taking Charge of Your Energy Use: A Hero’s Journey

When MBCP launched its Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Incentive Program it was no surprise that Thomas was the first resident to turn in his application. With a work commute to San Jose State University and California State University Monterey Bay, this Salinas local was ready to replace his older Nissan Leaf with a higher range EV at […]

Santa Barbara County Considering CCA

The board began considering developing or joining a Community Choice Energy program back in 2015, when the staff was directed to gauge regional support for joining a program. Community Choice Energy allows members to decide where and how their electricity is generated, including building their own generating facilities. Power is transmitted through the lines of […]

Talks with MBCP on hold

ATASCADERO — The Atascadero City Council will not be making time at their Aug.13 meeting to hear again from the Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a timetable set by the alternative energy provider for the City to join all other San Luis Obispo County municipalities in enrollment. The decision was taken at the end of the […]