May 2017 Update

Monterey Bay Community Power Launches

Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) is a new energy agency made up of local governments that will provide an alternative to PG&E power for all ratepayers in Santa Cruz, San Benito and Monterey Counties. Up to this point, energy ratepayers have had one option when it comes to energy providers, but MBCP will give ratepayers a choice about where they want their power to come from.

Given the climate challenges we are currently facing, this is a critical issue as the standard PG&E energy rate consists of 30% renewable energy, while MBCP is projected to double that and offer 60% renewable energy with no increase in rates.

The goal of MBCP is to increase utilization of renewable power, create local sustainable energy sources , and create green jobs. MBCP will still partner with PG&E for usage of the PG&E energy grid, repair and billing services. In fact, MBCP customers will still receive a PG&E bill with the only difference being that there will be a MBCP line item. This is a critical point because all of the revenue that MBCP receives from ratepayers will be used for local renewable energy projects or decreasing energy rates rather than used out of the area as determined by PG&E.

Every city and county in the tri county area, with the exception of King City and Del Rey Oaks, is a member of MBCP. The MBCP boards will begin meeting in May of 2017 to begin making critical decisions about financing, staffing, and energy procurement choices that need to be made now in order to begin offering energy to customers in early 2018.

Over the next several months, you will most likely see a mailer(s) introducing MBCP and informing you that if you do not “opt out” of the program, you will become a customer of MBCP. The reason you need to “opt out” in order to stay with PG&E is that California law states that the local provider is the default energy provider, which in this case would be MBCP. Up to this point, PG&E has been the only option, so no choice was possible.

To become an MBCP customer, no action is necessary on your part, simply do not opt out (and stay with PG&E) when you are contacted by mail

Monterey Bay Community Power

Monterey Bay Community Power LogoMonterey Bay Community Power is a regional project among local government agencies that aims to provide electricity to residents and businesses throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties through the new Community Choice Energy (CCE) model. CCE enables communities to choose clean-source power at a cost equivalent to PG&E, while retaining PG&E’s role in maintaining power lines and providing customer service. The CCE model helps ensure local economic vitality because money from rates paid by local customers stays local. Surplus revenues that would normally flow to PG&E will stay in the community to help fund renewable energy projects, create jobs and stimulate the economy.

To learn more, read the FACT SHEET , watch the video below and visit the Monterey Bay Community Power website at

Environmental Programs
526 Pierce Street
Monterey, CA 93940
Voice: (831) 646-5662

8am to 5pm
Monday - Friday

Ted J. Terrasas, REHS Sustainability Coordinator