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MBRCAC Quarterly Newsletter | Summer 2016
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Be sure to join us at the next Compact meeting on Thursday, July 21st at the Castroville Public Library! Scroll down to see what your fellow Compact members have been up to and read up on some exciting Climate Summit news! 
MBRCAC Quarterly Newsletter | Summer 2016
Monterey Bay Community Power Completes Community Study Sessions

Three Community Study Sessions were hosted by Monterey Bay Community Power in Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties in May and June. 

These study sessions provided an update on the current state of Monterey Bay Community Power and presentations reviewing financing/credit, legal aspects of the CCE, the results of the Technical/Feasibility Study, and the goals and reccommendations of the Project Development Advisory Committee (PDAC).

Best Practices Recommendations: 
  • Stand alone regional JPA for economy of scale in procurement, financing, & long-term operations
  • Keep local control of operational decisions/revenue streams
  • Utilized existing CCE expert consultants and back-end administrative systems
  • 11-13 board members comprised of elected officials and alternates
  • Technical Advisory Committee of industry experts without a conflict
  • Board representation structure similar to that of the Monterey Bay Air Resources District 
  • Regionally equitable relative to population & electricity usage 
UCSC Climate & Energy Strategy Update

UCSC is in the process of completing their Climate & Energy Strategy (CES). The intention of this study is to utilize the information to develop a campus roadmap for achieving carbon neutrality by 2025. The results of this year-long study will identify specific policy updates, energy efficiency, conservation, and renewables projects to develop the most cost-efficient and effective projects to achieve the goals set by UCSC. 

At the July 21st Compact meeting, UCSC's Climate Action Manager Chrissy Thomure will present an update on the  CES.  
 
City of Monterey Approves New Climate Action Plan 

The City of Monterey approved it's new Climate Action Plan (CAP) in late June. This CAP is Monterey's effort to address global environmental issues at a local scale.

For more information, please attend the July 21st Compact meeting where Sustainability Manager of the City of Monterey, Ted Terrasas, will provide an update on the status of the Climate Action Plan. 
2016 Climate Summit Update 

Save the date! The Climate Summit will be held on Thursday, October 27th!

We have some very exciting Summit news to share with you! Please join us at the July 21st CAC meeting for a Climate Summit update including developments on location and speakers! 
 
Climate Action Compact Community Progress Report 

With the Climate Summit rapidly approaching, the Compact will be composing a report to showcase the progress of the Compact and it's members to the community at the upcoming Climate Summit. The Compact will collect information from all members regarding climate action projects/initiatives implemented since the 2013 Climate Summit. 

All Compact members will receive a reporting template this week.  Please submit this template by Thursday, August 25th to Kelsey Albers at kelsey@emergingecologies.com 
 
Upcoming Webinars 

AMBAG will be supporting two specialized Education & Training Webinars before the end of this year! The topics include:
  • Building ZNE/passive homes
  • Best practices in community-wide CAP implementation
Stay tuned for additional details in the next Compact newsletter. 
2016 Quarterly Steering Committee Meetings

Where: Castroville Library Community Room located at 11160 Speegle Street, Castroville, CA 95012

When:
  • Thursday, July 21st from 2pm-4pm 
  • TBD


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