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SLO, Morro Bay will offer carbon-free energy by 2020 — thanks to a new partnership

By 2020, the cities of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay will be providing carbon-free energy to power homes, appliances and more. That’s because the cities have joined with a Monterey-based program that provides community choice energy. On Wednesday, San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay joined Monterey Bay Community Power’s community choice energy (CCE) program following a […]

EnBW JV eyes California offshore community benefits

A joint venture between EnBW North America and Trident Wind has signed a community benefits agreement with Morro Bay city council to support the 1GW Castle Wind offshore project off the California coast. The agreement aims to help maximise economic and other benefits during development, construction and operation of the wind farm, if a lease […]

We’ve turned our backs on wind energy. That’s a mistake

In the 1980s, California was a wind energy superpower — No. 1 not just in the United States, but also in the world. As scores of huge turbines appeared in places like the Altamont Pass east of San Francisco and San Gorgonio Pass near Palm Springs, a name was coined: The Great California Wind Rush. […]

Montecito Explores Microgrid for Emergency Services

A Santa Barbara environmental think tank has teamed up with a Menlo Park renewable energy nonprofit on an ambitious new effort to build a mini, self-sustaining electrical grid to power Montecito’s critical water and fire protection facilities. The Montecito Community Microgrid Initiative — as explained by the World Business Academy and the Clean Coalition in a joint […]

Worth Noting: Arvin receives $2.3 million grant for three electric buses

The city of Arvin will purchase three electric buses, along with electric charging station infrastructure, using a $2.3 million grant from the Federal Transit Authority, the city announced Wednesday afternoon. “Arvin is excited to be at the forefront of a much-needed change in attitude toward public transportation and improving our state’s air quality,” Arvin City […]

Use the force: California’s climate and energy goals vs. the California Public Utilities Commission

On Nov. 7, six members of the public attended the inaugural meeting of the board of directors of Central Coast Community Energy at San Luis Obispo City Hall. You should’ve been there. The four-member board, in the course of a quietly undramatic one-hour meeting, saved from oblivion what will likely prove to be the most […]

Central Coast Community Energy dissolves; cities to join Monterey program

Central Coast Community Energy’s first official board meeting on Nov. 7 was also its last. The new Community Choice Energy (CCE) partnership between SLO city and Morro Bay collapsed as quickly as it coalesced, after an Oct. 11 regulatory decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) crushed the local program’s financial outlook. The CPUC raised the […]

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 […]