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Monterey Bay Community Power Launches, July 1, 2018

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  • 2 July 2018
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Monterey Bay Community Power Launches, July 1, 2018

If you live in Monterey, Santa Cruz or San Benito Counties you should have hopefully received a notice or two in the mail introducing Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) as a new option as your energy provider. MBCP began providing power to commercial customers back in March, and as of July 1st will begin providing power to all residential customers in the tri county area.

Becoming an MBCP customer could not be easier, simply take no action, you will automatically be enrolled as a customer. This is the case because CA law defaults to the local energy provider (MBCP) unless the customer opts out to another option (PG&E).

Key things to remember:

  • The default portfolio (MBChoice) for provided energy is  100% carbon free and purchased from solar, wind and hydroelectric sources
  • PG&E will still maintain and repair their grid as well as issue billing statements (your bill will look the same, but will have a line item for MBCP power charges).
  • MBCP’s electric generation rates will match PG&E’s, and will be inclusive of costs related to PG&E’s exit fees
  • Customer cost savings will result from a minimum 3% rebate in 2018 for all customers
  • MBCP’s MBgreen+ and MBshare programs give customers the option to allocate or donate their rebate savings directly into local green energy projects or local programs focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and/or providing support for low-income rate payers
  • If a customer opts out (stays with PG&E) during the 4 months grace period (2 months before and two months after the date of enrollment), s/he can opt back in without penalty
  • If a customer opts out past 2 months of enrollment, they are charged one time $5 ($25 for commercial customers) and can’t opt back in before one year from the date of opting out.

For more information, please check our web page, monterey.org/Services/Environmental-Programs/Energy/Community-Choice-Energy, visit the MBCP website at mbcommunitypower.org or give them a call at (888) 909-MBCP (6227).