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Community Power agency cost, governance draws local officials’ concern

Starting a Community Choice Energy program has drawn concerns in Monterey County. Some of the main concerns are over cost: how startup costs will be shared amongst cities and the county, and uncertainty that the new energy provider will be able to deliver lower rates to its energy customers than PG&E. “According to a Monterey County administrator […]

Inventor of Community Choice Describes CCA 2.0

How can Community Choice power the energy revolution? “The next five years will see more change in the energy industry than has occurred in the previous fifty years.” So begins “Community Choice Aggregation 2.0 Strategies for Distributed Energy Resources in a CCA Environment,” a recently released a white paper by the inventor of Community Choice […]

MBCP gains momentum for Oct. 2016 launch

by Daniel Paul Nelson, Romero Institute The Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) project continues to move forward. As June comes to a close, Community Choice energy (CCE) is nearing its launch in the tri-county area of Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito! On June 9th, the MBCP Project Development & Advisory Committee (PDAC) convened its 2nd and […]

California utility to close Diablo Canyon nuclear power reactors by 2025

Plans to close the last active nuclear plant in California have been laid for 2025. The Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant in Avila Beach, CA is scheduled to shut down. Update 6/23 12:24 PM: PG&E cites Community Choice Aggregation as a factor in their decision. Please see this press release from PG&E, second paragraph. “The […]

Santa Cruz County/MBCP Study Session

contributed by Margaret Bruce On June 9th, the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors chambers were filled to nearly standing-room-only capacity to hear presentations on Community Choice technical study recommendations, and next steps for the tri-county Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) initiative (Monterey Bay, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties). Supervisor Bruce McPherson set an […]

Monterey Bay will be the largest CCE, geographically, in California

by Daniel Paul Nelson, Romero Institute On May 27th, the Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) initiative presented results from its recently completed technical study to elected officials and members of the public at the Monterey County Board of Chambers. MBCP initiative comprises two bodies investigating and promoting the possibility of Community Choice Energy (CCE) in Monterey, […]

Study: Monterey Bay Community Power feasible, solar development may take time

Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) is starting to gain momentum and could launch by October of this year. “A committee of 14 representatives from the three counties produced a feasibility study concluding a joint powers agency could serve 285,000 customers — 86 percent residential, 12 percent commercial, 2 percent ag — at a cost comparable […]

A Billion Watts for the South Coast

Santa Barbara will hit one gigawatts of installed solar infrastructure within the next few months. The question now is how can they get more renewable energy on the grid? Santa Barbara County Energy Choice (CEC) is trying to set up a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that will focus on locally produced, renewable energy. “We are now […]

Monterey County may not be able to afford joining regional power agency

“According to a report to the Alternative Energy and Environment Committee on Thursday, the county may have difficulty finding the projected $2.25 million in startup costs in the 2016-17 budget to join the Monterey Bay Community Power Project.” Monterey County may not be able to afford joining regional power agency, by Jim Johnson, Monterey Herald, April 28, […]

Community Choice Aggregation 

One of the most prominent benefits of CCAs is that it offers communities with local control over energy decisions; choosing who provides their communities energy and what will be used to provide it. CCA offers energy independence, price stability and more efficient Energy Efficiency programs.