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Atascadero, SLO County won’t join Monterey Bay Community Power

Atascadero and unincorporated San Luis Obispo County residents will not have Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) as a choice for electricity in 2021—a decision that breaks away from the recent votes of six other local cities. On July 9, a divided Atascadero City Council opted not to agendize a decision to join MBCP, a public community […]

Guadalupe tables decision on community choice energy

The Guadalupe City Council opted Tuesday to wait for more information before making a decision about whether to join Monterey Bay Community Power Authority‘s community choice energy program. Community choice energy programs, which are government run, are an alternative to the investor-owned utility that allows local governments to purchase power on behalf of residents and businesses […]

With Calif. cap-and-trade funds, a city plagued by pollution plans swift transformation

A tool that helped direct $66.5 million to Fresno could provide a template for other states seeking to counteract the effects of pollution in vulnerable communities. As proponents of the Green New Deal seek to create jobs and protect vulnerable communities while fighting climate change, California has had a statewide program to accomplish those goals […]

Atascadero, SLO County on the fence about community choice energy

As cities throughout San Luis Obispo County take steps to join Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), two local jurisdictions remain undecided. Following a presentation by MBCP Communications Director J.R. Killigrew on June 25, the Atascadero City Council opted not to put a decision to join the community choice energy (CCE) agency on a future agenda. […]

Checkmate? House blocks money to drill for oil off California coast

When President Trump boldly announced that he was going to expand oil drilling off coastlines across the United States, including California’s, he drew cheers from the oil industry and dread from environmentalists and coastal tourism leaders. Two years later, his plans for new drilling are hitting a potentially fatal setback: Nancy Pelosi and the Democrats […]

Central Coast Power: Updated Santa Barbara County CCE Study

Formation plans for a local community choice energy (CCE) program were paused last summer to enable Pacific Energy Advisors (PEA) to update the previously prepared CCE financial feasibility model in order to address several key items that had the potential to adversely affect the viability of a local CCE program. The update explored the impacts […]

The Monterey Bay area embarks on a plan to meet California’s renewable energy targets

When California lawmakers passed Senate Bill 100 last year, they committed to an eye-grabbing goal: 100-percent clean electricity by 2045. Already, the Monterey Bay area has met this target thanks to a public agency that buys energy on behalf of nearly all ratepayers in the region. Monterey Bay Community Power revealed how it has achieved […]

Santa Maria delays decision on joining Monterey Bay Community Power

As Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) continues to expand southward and throughout most of San Luis Obispo County, Santa Maria is weighing whether to join the public electricity provider. MBCP services Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties, with cities throughout SLO County also joining. The community choice energy (CCE) agency is one of 19 throughout […]

Community Choice Energy – A Small Town Turnaround

Community Choice Energy – A Small Town Turnaround By Alison Kerr, Mayor of Del Rey Oaks In the spring of 2017, Del Rey Oaks made a name for itself when our city council voted against the opportunity to join Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP).  We held the dubious distinction of being one of only two cities […]

Grover Beach, Paso Robles vote to join Monterey Bay Community Power

The Grover Beach and Paso Robles city councils took their first official steps to join Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) the week of May 20—kicking off what’s expected to be a countywide exodus from PG&E to the northernly public electricity provider over the next few months. Both city councils voted to adopt first readings of ordinances to […]