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SLO council passes policy to make new buildings all-electric — but gas is still an option

With an eye on its ambitious 2035 carbon neutrality target, 10 years ahead of California’s statewide goal, San Luis Obispo’s City Council passed a new energy policy Tuesday that paves the way for all-electric new buildings. The council — voting 4-1 with Councilwoman Erica Stewart casting the sole “no” tally — heard from dozens of speakers […]

SLO Could Pass the Next Landmark Clean Energy Building Code

Momentum is building across California to address a longstanding pollution blind spot: natural gas use in buildings. With a city council vote next week, San Luis Obispo, the coastal city of 48,000 halfway between LA and San Francisco, could become one of the first cities in the state to pass landmark policy aimed at transitioning […]

City Council votes for clean energy: community choice aggregate approved

Carpinteria’s City Council voted unanimously to move forward with joining a community choice aggregate (CCA) at its Aug. 26 meeting. The 4-0 vote (with Councilman Al Clark absent) directed staff to move forward in preparing a city contract to join the CCA of the Monterey Bay Community Power Authority (MBCP) with a budget appropriation of […]

Ten more jurisdictions are in process of joining Monterey Bay Community Power.

Monterey Bay Community Power is fast outgrowing its name. The agency was founded two years ago to pool together the buying power of ratepayers in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. Since then the cost savings and MBCP’s emphasis on emission-free sources of electricity have proven attractive to communities throughout California’s central coast. The governments of 10 […]

Santa Maria Council Narrowly Votes to Join Monterey Bay Community Power Program

After balking at the idea three months ago and expressing more doubts Tuesday night, the Santa Maria City Council narrowly voted to join the Monterey Bay Community Power program. The City Council agreed, with a 3-2 vote, to participate in the nonprofit community choice energy organization, giving residents an alternative to Pacific Gas & Electric Co. Council members Gloria […]

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. […]