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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 […]

Could concerns over SLO County’s iconic ocean views sink offshore wind farms?

The federal government confirmed this week that sites off Diablo Canyon and Piedras Blancas are among the areas that will be considered for wind-farm leases that could put dozens 700-foot-tall floating turbines within sight of some of the Central Coast’s most iconic areas. Meanwhile, the representative of a prominent North Coast family is among those […]

Revised PG&E ‘exit fee’ impact to vary on MB community power, customers

MONTEREY — Despite statewide and local warnings about the potential impact of a revised Pacific Gas & Electric Co. “exit fee” approved by the California Public Utilities Commission last week, Monterey Bay Community Power officials said the relatively new power agency is sticking to its promise to keep their bills lower than PG&E’s and is […]

At last, Community Choice

On Sept. 18, the SLO City Council approved a Community Choice Energy (CCE) program in accordance with California’s Community Choice Aggregation law. The council also directed staff to come back with a plan that will make the city “carbon neutral” by 2035, one of the most ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals in the world, beating […]

SLO wants to be carbon-neutral 10 years faster than the rest of California

The City Council wants San Luis Obispo to be carbon-neutral by 2035, an ambitious target that’s 10 years earlier than Gov. Jerry Brown’s statewide goal of 2045. The council last week directed staff to move forward with a climate action plan that could mean new building codes and ramping up citywide electrical vehicle charging stations, among […]