Monterey Bay Community Power Project Community Meeting

Monterey Bay Community Power Project Would Provide Consumer Choice, Increase Renewable Energy and Stimulate the Local Economy

On Tuesday, October 4, 2016, the City of Watsonville will be hosting an informational meeting regarding the Monterey Bay Community Power Project.  The meeting will be held in the Community Room located at 275 Main Street, 4th floor at 6:00pm. 

On March 26, 2013, Watsonville City Council passed a Resolution confirming the City’s participation in the technical feasibility study for this project.  Monterey Bay Community Power is a region-wide collaborative partnership of all 21 local governments within the greater Monterey Bay area, including the Counties of Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Benito and all 18 cities located within. This project aims to provide electricity to residents and businesses throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties.

The feasibility study (and an independent peer review) was completed in April 2016.  The study indicates that establishing a successful Community Choice Energy agency within the Monterey Bay Region is highly feasible with a wide range of options. In particular, the study identified the following favorable economic and environmental outcomes:

  • Local control over electricity rates and complimentary programs;
  • A significant increase in procuring and generating renewable electricity for the region;
  • The potential value of redirected revenue to benefit the local economy and create green jobs.

Established by State law AB 117, 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.

The City of Watsonville invites residents to come and learn more about how this model of providing energy to households and businesses can be successfully implemented in our community.

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