SLO County Supervisors vote to study green energy choices with Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties

Oct 6, 2015

San Luis Obispo County is moving forward with plans to bring green energy choices to Central Coast power customers. 

Credit flickr member Andrew Imanaka

Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to join a feasibility study being done by Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties. SLO County will also look at whether going it alone would make more sense.

The green power option is called Community Choice Aggregation and it's currently being done by other communities in the state, including Marin and Sonoma Counties in the Bay Area and the city of Lancaster in Southern California.

Supervisors Bruce Gibson, Adam Hill and Frank Mecham voted in favor of the study.

"It's basically introducing another player into the utility market other than PG&E," said Hill. "Actually getting the information and being able to move to the next step is a little bit complicated, but it seems like there's a lot of community support for it."

Those voting against the plan included Supervisors Debbie Arnold and Lynn Compton who expressed concerns over costs, according to Hill.

The San Luis Obispo County supervisors could pick up the issue again about a year from now.