Clean Air Express Electric Commuter Bus Debuts in Santa Barbara County

Residents in Lompoc, Santa Maria, Buellton, Solvang, and adjacent unincorporated areas can now use the new Clean Air Express battery-electric bus to commute to their jobs in Goleta and Santa Barbara. The bus features a 220-mile range that easily meets the longest round trip in service of 150 miles.
The all-electric bus combined with the replacement of a diesel bus eliminates 450 tons of CO2 annually, equivalent to CO2 emissions from more than 80 residential homes’ electricity use for one year. Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) is a sponsor of the bus. It’s charged at SBCAG’s Transit Facility in Goleta with 100% renewable electricity.
“We know that transportation is one of the largest contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in the United States,” said Santa Barbara County Supervisor and CCCE Vice-Chair, Das Williams. “A switch to cleaner, quieter, and smoother public transit options is a switch in the right direction, one that is imperative for our future – for our children and neighbors. Today we see just how the zero-emission vehicle industry’s evolving technology is changing the game for long-range transportation options improving the efficiency, experience, and commuter benefits to save energy and the environment.”

The Clean Air Express is managed by the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments and is funded by Measure A and the County of Santa Barbara.

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Central Coast Community Energy’s Rates to Change in March for Customers in PG&E Service Area

Beginning March 1, Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) electric generation rates will no longer be calculated as a percentage of PG&E rates. As directed and approved by our Board of Directors made up of your local elected representatives, CCCE will provide straightforward, stable rates that are based solely on the cost of serving our residential commercial, agricultural, and industrial customers.
Setting rates based strictly on the cost to serve you makes rates more reliable, transparent, and fair while allowing CCCE to remain highly competitive with PG&E. As PG&E’s rates are set to increase through a California Public Utilities Commission process, CCCE’s rates will continue to be lower across all customer classes. CCCE will continue reinvesting in our customers and local communities through increased program offerings supporting electrification in buildings and transportation.
CCCE customers have the same access to rate assistance programs as customers of PG&E. Rate relief provided through the CARE, FERA, AMP, HEAP or Medical Baseline programs also apply to CCCE customers.
*March 1 rate changes apply only to CCCE customers in PG&E service area.

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City of Atascadero Votes Unanimously to Join Central Coast Community Energy

The Atascadero City Council voted unanimously to move forward with joining Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE), putting Atascadero households and businesses on a course to begin receiving energy service from the community-focused public agency in January 2024. Atascadero is the final city in San Luis Obispo County to join CCCE, bringing the total number of Central Coast communities served by the agency to 34. 

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