Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) is a regional project among local government agencies that provides electricity to residents and businesses throughout Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties through the Community Choice Energy (CCE) model. CCE enables communities to choose clean-source power at a cost equivalent to the existing utility, 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.
MBCP anticipates delivering 100% of its electrical energy from greenhouse gas-free sources in the very first year. In total, the program has the potential to reduce the region's carbon dioxide emissions by nearly 17.5 billion lbs over the next 10 years.