Monterey Bay Community Power is embarking on a feasibility study after Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties, along with their 18 cities, earlier this year approved joining together in an effort to advance community choice aggregation. The feasibility study is to be completed late this year followed by a six-month review of the results culminating in June 2015 with a decision on whether or not to go forward. Concern about reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with power use is one of the driving forces behind the community choice movement, according to Virginia Johnson, a representative for the organization. She testified to the Senate Energy, Utilities, & Communications Committee June 23 on AB 2145. Water and sanitation agencies in the counties need to cut their greenhouse gases and envision doing so by using methane produced at water treatment plants to make power. The California Strategic Growth Council helps with the feasibility study funding that’s led by Santa Cruz County.