Though MBCP and PG&E are separate organizations, for customer convenience MBCP’s electric generation charges are included on your PG&E bill. Your electricity is provided at the same rates as PG&E, plus it will be 100% carbon-free and you’ll receive a minimum 3% rebate. You also have the option to direct your rebate to fund local green energy projects or local nonprofits that support programs that serve low-income ratepayers and/or efforts related to climate change.
- PG&E will no longer charge you for electric generation; MBCP now procures energy on your behalf from carbon-free energy sources.
- PG&E will continue to charge for electric delivery – the transmission and delivery of your electricity – as well as required regulatory and program charges, at the same rates they always have. To learn more about your PG&E energy statement visit pge.com.
- MBCP will match PG&E’s electric generation rates, inclusive of PG&E’s exit fees. Thanks to the minimum 3% rebate, your cost will always be lower than PG&E’s electric generation charges.
- There will never be any duplicate charges. MBCP and PG&E are charging for separate services on the same bill.
The sample bill below provides further explanation.
This is your PG&E account number, which you will need if you’d like to opt over to MBgreen+ or MBshare, MBCP’s optional programs that direct your rebate to local investment. Your PG&E account number is also needed to opt out of MBCP service and return to PG&E.
2PG&E Delivery Charges
PG&E charges to deliver electricity over their existing transmission lines, maintain infrastructure and other fees that support customer service and billing.
3MBCP Generation Charge
This charge is to cover Monterey Bay Community Power’s cost of purchasing clean, carbon-free electricity for customers.
4Total Amount Due
Includes PG&E’s electric delivery charge, MBCP’s electric generation service and PG&E gas service, if applicable. This is the total amount you pay to PG&E, conveniently on one bill for services proved by both PG&E and MBCP.
5Your Electric Charges Breakdown
This is the sum of charges from PG&E only, including distribution and other fees, taxes and programs that fund regional or statewide programs such as assistance and efficiency rebate programs.
6Service Agreement ID
A service agreement documents your particular arrangement with PG&E (including billing days, metering information, and other factors) in order to calculate applicable charges. For customers with multiple meters under a single PG&E account, each meter will have a unique Service Agreement ID number.
This marker shows the highest tier you are being charged at. If your electric use is more than your Tier 1 Allowance, which is set by state law, and crosses into Tier 2 or 3, the price you pay per kWh will increase.
This is the generation fee now provided by MBCP’s generation service, so PG&E credits this charge back to your account to avoid any duplication of generation fees.
9Power Charge Indifference Adjustment
PG&E charges Monterey Bay Community Power customers a Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA), which is calculated based on the number of kilowatt-hours used each month. The PCIA is intended to ensure that MBCP customers pay the difference between what PG&E paid for power contracted to serve them prior to their switch, and the current market value of that power. For most MBCP customers, the PCIA is currently two to three cents per kilowatt-hour, depending on when the customer switched to Monterey Bay Community Power and whether they are a residential or a commercial customer. MBCP’s rate setting process is inclusive of the PCIA charge, so that in total, customers still save money compared to PG&E’s rates.
10Franchise Fee Surcharge
The franchise fee is collected from PG&E to cover costs associated with rights to use public streets to provide gas and electric service. MBCP’s rate setting process is inclusive of the Franchise Fee Surcharge, so that in total, customers still save money compared to PG&E’s rates.
11Utility Users’ Tax
The utility users tax does vary from city to city in MBCP’s service area, and may not apply to every community in our jurisdiction.
12ESP Customer Number
This is your Energy Service Provider (ESP) Customer number for MBCP.
This is your rate schedule determined by PG&E.
14Utility Users Tax
The Utility Users Tax does vary from city-to-city in MBCP’s service area, and may not apply to every community in our jurisdiction.
Energy Surcharge This fee is collected on behalf of the California Energy Commission and applies to all customers, regardless of service provider. The California legislature established the Energy Commission tax in 1975. The tax provides additional funding for the California Energy Commission.
We’re Here to Help.
MBCP and PG&E are dedicated to working together to make your power service and billing as simple and convenient as we can. If you have questions about your MBCP charges, call us at (888) 909-MBCP (6227) (phone support available beginning January 2, 2018) or email us at email@example.com. For questions about PG&E charges, call PG&E at (866) 743-0335.