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Monterey Bay Community Power

MONTEREY BAY COMMUNITY POWER – YOUR NEW ELECTRICTY PROVIDER

Beginning in March 2018, Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) will provide electricity customers in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties with clean, carbon-free power at a lower cost than PG&E.

MBCP is a Community Choice Energy (CCE) agency established by local communities to source carbon-free electricity while retaining PG&E’s traditional role delivering power and maintaining electric infrastructure.  PG&E will continue to charge for transmission and distribution costs as well as provide billing and customer support services, so MBCP customers still receive only one bill. CCE agencies already successfully serve customers clean energy at competitive prices throughout California and around the country.  Many other California cities and counties are already in the process of rolling out new CCE programs to serve their local communities, including the City of San Jose, Los Angeles County, and many more.

What it Means for the Agricultural Community

MBCP is working with leadership at the Monterey County Farm Bureau and Grower-Shipper Association of Central California to identify issues and concerns from the agricultural community and create opportunities for collaboration.

In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and promoting local economic development, MBCP is committed to lowering electric costs for customers. MBCP has designed its rates to mirror PG&E’s to help make customers’ transition to community choice energy seamless.  MBCP also believes that PG&E’s Net Surplus Compensation rate does not adequately compensate net-generator NEM customers for the value of their surplus energy. MBCP will pay all net-generator NEM customers significantly more for their surplus energy, well above PG&E’s wholesale rate. In the future, MBCP will continue working with the agricultural community to make sure all programs are efficient and economical for the unique energy usage needs of agricultural customers.

During its launch in 2018, MBCP will source power through the wholesale market from locations outside the tri-county region.  For the foreseeable future, MBCP does not expect to source any utility-scale projects from within the region. Large projects are typically more cost-effective in other regions that don’t have the dense economic development of Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties.

Community Choice Energy Model Benefits Entire Tri-County Community – And the Planet

California’s Community Choice Energy model reduces greenhouse gas emissions and helps ensure local economic vitality because CCE agencies help control electric generation costs and surplus revenues. Dollars that would normally flow to PG&E and its shareholders stay in the community. MBCP will return surplus revenues directly to customers in the form of a rebate.  If a customer takes no action after enrollment, they will automatically receive an annual rebate of at least 3% of their total electric generation cost as a periodic credit on their bill. Alternatively, customers can choose to donate this rebate to one of MBCP’s community programs, MBgreen+ or MBshare.

With a focus on the future growth of renewable energy in the tri-county area, the MBgreen+ option allows customers to redirect their rebate to support the procurement of local renewable resources.

The MBshare program is geared toward local giving by allowing customers to donate their rebate to fund local non-profit projects that lower greenhouse gas emissions and support low income rate-payers. MBCP staff are in initial discussions with community foundations to review possible donor options.

MBCP will be considered the default electric generation provider, meaning customers will be automatically enrolled with MBCP unless they choose to remain with PG&E bundled service.  Customers will receive multiple advance notifications and have convenient ways to opt out.  All non-residential customers will be enrolled in March on their normal billing date.  All residential customers will be enrolled in July.  Most non-residential net energy metering (NEM) service agreements will be enrolled in July along with residential customers.  In the meantime, MBCP staff are working to make these transitions go smoothly by educating businesses, organizations and residents through outreach efforts in all three counties.

The 2018 launch of Monterey Bay Community Power will be the culmination of a multi-year long effort driven by a diverse group of stakeholders from elected officials and policy-makers to volunteers and experts in the renewable energy industry. MBCP is a joint powers authority, governed by a Policy Board and an Operations Board. All board meetings are open to the public, with agendas posted in advance.

Land-use Concerns

MBCP will source power through the wholesale market from locations outside the tri-county region.  For the foreseeable future, MBCP does not expect to source any utility-scale projects from within the region. Large projects are typically more cost-effective in other regions with less dense development than Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito counties.

PG&E Announced Significant Rate Increases for All Customers

MBCP is ready to address possible reasons for the increase, discuss what the future may hold for rates, and consider ways to mitigate the impact through MBCP programs and cost savings. MBCP is committed to lowering electricity costs for customers and will continue working with the agricultural community to make sure all programs are effective and economical for the unique energy usage needs of agricultural customers.


For information about enrollment, rates and billing, service options and more, visit www.mbcommunitypower.org . For information about MBCP outreach or to inquire about hosting a workshop at your business, organization or community site, email marketing@mbcommunitypower.org

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