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We hope others will join us in switching to MBprime. Supporting Monterey Bay Community Power is the right decision for our community and switching to MBprime for 100% renewable energy is the right decision for the health of our ocean and our planet.”
As a major agricultural engine in the Monterey Bay, Dole is constantly exploring opportunities to help reduce costs and create better end products for our customers. Monterey Bay Community Power delivered on its promise for carbon-free electricity and its customer rebate which Dole greatly benefited at over $50,000 in bill savings this year.”
If you have questions, you’re not alone.
You will continue to receive one bill from PG&E. There will be a new MBCP page for electricity generation charges within this bill. The cost of electricity generation will be lower with MBCP, who also accounts for PG&E’s Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) and their franchise fee. The net result is that electric generation costs will be lower than PG&E’s. You will see MBCP’s generation charge as a new line item that replaces PG&E’s electric generation charges.
Resources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric which do not produce greenhouse gases are considered carbon free, and the power generated from these resources is considered carbon-free energy.
Yes. In addition to providing clean energy at a lower cost, MBCP customers are able to take advantage of the same discounts offered by the investor-owned utility and the State of California (CARE, FERA, LIHEAP, Medical Baseline), as well as PG&E’s employee and retiree discounts. MBCP strives to make electric generation charges affordable to all, regardless of income. There is no need to reapply with Monterey Bay Community Power. New CARE, FERA and Medical Baseline enrollments or renewals must still be done through PG&E’s customer service center or website.
Monterey Bay Community Power is a locally-controlled public agency providing carbon-free and renewable electricity to residents and businesses in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties, as well as the Cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. MBCP is based on a local energy model called community choice energy that partners with the local utility (in our case PG&E) which continues to provide consolidated billing, power transmission and distribution, customer service and grid maintenance services. PG&E accounts within MBCP’s service area will be enrolled in MBCP’s default electric program, MBchoice unless they choose to opt-up to MBprime, 100% renewable energy or they opt-out and return to PG&E bundled service. MBCP provides a customer bill savings on electric generation rates, inclusive of any exit fees, when compared to PG&E.
MBCP offers three key benefits: reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, lower cost to customers and investment in our local community. MBCP’s default power portfolio, MBchoice, is carbon-free, sourced from renewable sources such as solar, wind, and carbon free sources such as hydroelectric generation. MBCP will not procure power from fossil-based sources. MBCP’s electric generation rates will cost less than PG&E’s, inclusive of costs related to PG&E’s exit fees.
The counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz approved participation in MBCP, as well as the cities of Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Capitola, Carmel, Gonzales, Greenfield, Hollister, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, San Juan Bautista, Sand City, Seaside, Soledad, Watsonville, Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo.
Monterey Bay Community Power began serving customers within Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties in Spring 2018 with the exception of King City and Del Rey Oaks. Non-residential (commercial, industrial, agriculture and government) customers were enrolled in March 2018 and residential customers were enrolled in July 2018. The Cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo enrolled in service in January 2020. New customers receive a total of four enrollment notices via U.S. Mail, two in the 60-day period prior to their enrollment date, and two in the 60 days following.
In response to the effects of energy deregulation in 1997 and the energy crisis that followed in 2000-2001, Assembly Bill 117 was passed by the CA Legislature in 2002 to establish Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) also known as Community Choice Energy (CCE). CCE is a new way for California communities to provide local residents and businesses with a choice of electric providers and sources of electricity. The CCE model enables communities to purchase their own electricity and divert excess revenues to local community investment, rather than to shareholders of investor-owned utilities. There are currently eight operational CCEs throughout the state, with many more communities forming their programs. Existing CCEs include: Silicon Valley Clean Energy, serving Santa Clara County; MCE Clean Energy, serving Marin, Napa and parts of Contra Costa County; Sonoma Clean Power, serving Sonoma and Mendocino counties; Lancaster Choice Energy, serving the City of Lancaster; CleanPowerSF, serving the city and county of San Francisco; Peninsula Clean Energy, serving San Mateo County; Redwood Coast Energy Authority, serving Humboldt County; and Apple Valley Choice Energy, serving the Town of Apple Valley.
MBCP’s energy is procured from carbon-free sources such as solar, wind, biomass and hydroelectric power. The projects that produce our electricity are located in California, and on the western grid. The exact proportion of each varies with time, based on demand and availability. MBCP will have short- and long-term contracts with a variety of power suppliers to meet the energy needs of our community; however, most of MBCP’s long-term power contracts will be from CA sources. Monterey Bay Community Power will provide detailed information about it’s power supply resources in its annual Power Source Disclosure statement. CCEs negotiate the purchase of electricity on the open market by entering into power purchase agreements with energy providers. All energy that is generated is identified by certificates that guarantee the type of energy and location of production. CCEs must also enter into a contract with PG&E to transmit the electricity that the CCE buys over PG&E’s transmission lines.
No. Monterey Bay Community Power works in partnership with PG&E. MBCP assumes responsibility for electric power procurement and purchases clean, carbon-free and renewable electricity for homes and businesses. However, PG&E continues to provide customer billing, receives payments, performs power line maintenance, resolves outages and remains responsible for all gas services.
The MBCP Project Development Advisory Committee was formed in 2013 to study the feasibility of a community choice energy model for Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito counties. In 2017, City Councils and Boards of Supervisors in the tri-county region voted to participate, and service will begin in 2018.
In response to the effects of energy deregulation in 1997 and the energy crisis that followed in 2000-2001, Assembly Bill 117 was passed by the CA Legislature in 2002 to establish Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) also known as Community Choice Energy (CCE). CCEs provide savings to the communities they serve through utility-scale power purchasing that would not be possible if we enrolled one account at a time. CCEs are currently authorized in California, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, and Rhode Island.
AB 117 was passed to allow local governments to procure electricity on behalf of their residents, businesses, and municipal accounts from an alternative supplier while still receiving transmission and distribution service from their existing utility provider. CCEs are an attractive option for communities that want more local control over their electricity sources, more green power than is offered by the default utility, and lower electricity prices. Participation in CCE is voluntary. While AB 117 requires MBCP to be the primary electricity provider for all customers within our service area, customers are able to return to the investor-owned utility’s (PG&E/SCE) bundled electric service at any time.
Yes. CARE, FERA, HEAP and Medical Baseline is available to Monterey Bay Community Power customers, as well as PG&E customers, and provides the same discount regardless of enrollment with Monterey Bay Community Power or PG&E. Customers enrolled in Monterey Bay Community Power continue to receive their CARE, FERA, HEAP and Medical Baseline discount within their PG&E delivery charges; there is no need to reapply with Monterey Bay Community Power. New CARE, FERA and Medical Baseline enrollments or renewals must still be done through PG&E’s customer service center or website.
Yes, MBCP customers remain eligible for PG&E rebate programs.
Resources such as wind, solar and hydroelectric which do not produce greenhouse gases are considered carbon free, and the power generated from these resources is considered carbon-free energy.
Companies that generate electricity are required by state law to identify their resources and file a detailed report on the content of their generated power. MBCP is also required to submit this information to state regulators to ensure compliance with the law. These reporting requirements allow us to be sure that our energy generation does not add CO2 to the atmosphere.
The cost of electricity generation will be lower to account for PG&E exit fees (aka Power Charge Indifference Adjustment) associated with the change in service. The net result is that electric generation costs will match PG&E’s. You will see MBCP’s generation charge as a new line item that replaces the same charge from PG&E, as well as the PCIA fee which is absorbed in MBCP’s lower generation cost.
PG&E charges Monterey Bay Community Power customers a Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) and a Franchise Fee Surcharge. Both of these charges are factored into MBCP’s rate setting process so that in total, customers still pay the same as they would under PG&E’s generation rates without the fees – zero net increase. To learn more about PCIA please visit our Regulatory/Legislative webpage.
MBchoice is Monterey Bay Community Power’s standard electricity offering, available as the primary default to all customers at the time of enrollment. In addition to being carbon-free, MBchoice is classified as 30% renewable, exceeding State requirements. MBCP provides a savings for MBchoice customers when compared to PG&E’s electricity generation service.
Yes, MBCP offers MBprime which is supported by 100% eligible renewable energy generated exclusively from solar and wind, assuring a positive influence on the health of our oceans and our air.
MBprime is available to all customers at an added cost of less than one penny per kilowatt hour (.8c/kWh) or approximately $3 – $7 extra per month for residential customers who fall within the average monthly consumption of 300 – 500 kilowatt hours of electricity per month.
You can choose MBchoice or MBprime at any time. To change your subscription, visit our Service Offerings web page or call 1-888-909-MBCP (6227).
You can opt-out at no charge 60 days prior to initial service and 60 days after enrollment. After 60 days, there will be a $5 administrative fee charged for residential accounts, or $25 for commercial accounts. See our Opt Out web page for more information.
Yes. Existing NEM customers will be enrolled in MBCP’s Net Energy Metering program for their power generation charges. The program will operate by the same principles as PG&E’s NEM program, which remains in effect for the delivery charges and other bill components.
Since PG&E requires NEM customers to true-up when they enroll with a community choice energy provider, MBCP will place NEM customers in one of two NEM enrollment months closest to their normal true-up date, in order to minimize any potential disruption to the customer’s expected NEM value. January 2020 will be the first NEM enrollment month, followed by April 2020 for the Cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. All other communities MBCP serves are already enrolled. If you have any questions or concerns about your NEM enrollment, please contact us at 888-909-6227.
Yes. A customer transitioning to service with MBCP will remain grandfathered on the original NEM design if they were on it before switching to MBCP.
When you become an MBCP customer, you will true-up with PG&E. To minimize any potential lost credits, MBCP has two NEM enrollment months and will place NEM customers in the month closest to their true-up date. The only current enrollment is for the Cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo. All other communities that MBCP serves are already enrolled. If you have any questions or concerns about automatic enrollment, please contact us at 888-909-6227.
Depending on the rate plan and system production, Monterey Bay Community Power solar customers can save money compared to PG&E solar customers. If you are a net consumer of electricity, you can save money on your electric generation charges with MBCP. If you are an annual net generator of electricity, MBCP will compensate you at a significantly higher rate than PG&E
The financial incentives for solar are largely unchanged with MBCP. As the electric delivery provider, PG&E still limits the size of solar systems to 110% of expected total usage. However, for solar customers that are also Net Generators, MBCP’s Net Surplus Compensation rate is significantly higher than PG&E’s. To find out the current NSC rate, please call us at 888-909-6227.
There is no need to wait to go solar.
Yes. With Monterey Bay Community Power, customers will continue to have an annual true-up for both MBCP and PG&E charges. The true-up date will be the anniversary of their enrollment with MBCP, instead of the anniversary of their system interconnection. MBCP automatically enrolls solar customers close to their original true-up date in order to minimize disruption to customers.
Per state law, MBCP will mail an enrollment notice to every customer four times, including two times within 60 days prior to the start of service and two times within 60 days following the start of service.
California’s CCA law requires Monterey Bay Community Power to become the primary provider of electric generation for customers within our service area, which means all eligible customers will be enrolled and can opt-out to return to PG&E’s electricity bundled service at any time.
At launch, Monterey Bay Community Power customers are enrolled in MBCP’s MBchoice standard service, unless you opt-out to remain with PG&E service. For the first 60 days of MBCP service, you can opt out at no charge. After the initial 60-day period, there will be a small one-time service fee to opt out ($5 for residential customer accounts and $25 for commercial customer accounts). MBCP customers can switch from MBchoice to MBprime service at any time, free of charge. Once enrolled in MBprime, customers may choose to return to MBchoice at no cost. Customers of MBCP choosing to opt out of MBCP services and return to PG&E bundled service will be subject to the standard opt out terms and conditions, and additional fees may apply. Terms and Conditions for all services are available on our website.
There is no charge for opting out of Monterey Bay Community Power before or within the first 60 days of service. After the first 60 days of service, Monterey Bay Community Power will charge a one-time administrative fee of $5 for residential accounts or $25 for commercial accounts. You always have the choice to return to PG&E’s bundled service. You can opt out on our website or by calling 1-888-909-MBCP.
Customers who opt out within the enrollment period or in the first 60 days of Monterey Bay Community Power service may return to Monterey Bay Community Power service at any time. Customers who opt out after the first 60 days of service with Monterey Bay Community Power will be prohibited by regulation from returning to Monterey Bay Community Power for one year.
If you are enrolled with MBCP, your PG&E/SCE paper or electronic bill will include “Monterey Bay Community Power Electric Generation Charges” on the first page, under Your Account Summary.
MBCP currently serves the County of Monterey, County of San Benito, County of Santa Cruz, City of Capitola, City of Carmel, City of Gonzales, City of Greenfield, City of Hollister, City of Marina, City of Monterey, City of Pacific Grove, City of Salinas, City of San Juan Bautista, City of Sand City, City of Santa Cruz, City of Scotts Valley, City of Seaside, City of Soledad, City of Watsonville, City of Morro Bay, and the City of San Luis Obispo.
Service begins in early 2021 for the County of Santa Barbara, City of Arroyo Grande, City of Carpinteria, City of Del Rey Oaks, City of Goleta, City of Grover Beach, City of Guadalupe, City of Paso Robles, City of Pismo Beach, City of Santa Maria, and the City of Solvang.
Monterey Bay Community Power provides electricity generation only. As a Community Choice Energy program, our scope is limited to generation services and cannot expand to include metering services. PG&E owns and maintains the energy distribution system, including the meters at your home or business. Therefore, Monterey Bay Community Power does not have any control over whether or not our customers receive Smart Meters from PG&E. If you wish to opt out of a Smart Meter, please contact PG&E directly at 1-800-743-5000.
Establishing service is easy. Contact PG&E one week before you will need service at your new address and schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-743-5000. New customers who move into the Monterey Bay Community Power service area and contact PG&E are automatically enrolled into Monterey Bay Community Power and will be mailed two notices within the first 60 days of service with information about their options.
The Monterey Bay Community Power Policy Board sets rates according to agreed-upon goals of the program and the cost of its energy contracts during that period. MBCP is committed to offering electric generation rates at a savings compared to PG&E, inclusive of the utility-imposed exit fee. Rates are developed, discussed, evaluated and approved at public meetings, where the public is welcome to speak and give feedback. For detailed rate information, please see our residential and business rate pages on our website.
The Monterey Bay Community Power Board is committed to providing the cleanest electricity at the most competitive prices possible. Developed to benefit Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties, and the Cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo, clean, affordable energy is one way we plan to do that. As a public entity, Monterey Bay Community Power is here to serve and benefit all of the residents and businesses in its service territory. We do not have shareholders that we need to serve. We work for you, the local customer.
Yes. CARE, FERA HEAP and Medical Baseline is available to Monterey Bay Community Power customers, as well as PG&E customers, and provides the same discount regardless of enrollment with Monterey Bay Community Power or PG&E. Customers enrolled in Monterey Bay Community Power continue to receive their CARE, FERA and Medical Baseline discount within their PG&E delivery charges; there is no need to reapply with Monterey Bay Community Power. New CARE, FERA and Medical Baseline enrollments or renewals must still be done through PG&E’s customer service center or website.
No. You will continue to receive just one bill from PG&E. Monterey Bay Community Power’s charges for electricity generation are included as a line item on your PG&E bill. PG&E will continue to charge for the transmission and delivery of electricity, along with a variety of other regulatory and program charges at the same rates they always have. There are no duplicate charges for electricity generation.
PG&E charges Monterey Bay Community Power customers a Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) and a Franchise Fee Surcharge. Both are 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. The PCIA and Franchise Fee charges are factored into MBCP’s rate setting process so that in total, customers still save money compared to PG&E’s rates.
This is a state-required “high usage surcharge” that is applied to the part of the energy that exceeds four times the baseline allowance, and applies to all Tiered Rate plan (E-1) customers. It is not an MBCP charge. You can learn more about the surcharge here.
No. Monterey Bay Community Power’s rate structure mirrors those of PG&E. For more information, visit our rates web pages.
Not through MBCP. SmartRate is a PG&E program that provides you a small discount during summer months in return for a higher rate up to 15 SmartDays a year, where you pay a much higher price for usage. Monterey Bay Community Power rate schedules are designed to follow the same rates as PG&E, however at this time we do not have an equivalent SmartRate program, since PG&E is in the process of implementing time of use as a default rate, which could lead to phasing out this special rate. Instead, you will have carbon-free electricity at equivalent rates to PG&E year-round, and will have the chance to participate in similar dynamic rates as they become available in the future.
Yes, the California Climate Credit is part of California’s efforts to fight climate change. The credit is from a state government program that requires power plants and other large industries that emit greenhouse gases to buy carbon pollution permits from auctions managed by the Air Resources Board. The credit on your electricity bill is your share of the payments from the State’s program.
If you use the Budget Billing option with PG&E, your PG&E natural gas charges and your electric delivery charges will still be leveled from month to month. Electric generation charges cannot be leveled in the MBCP program and will vary with each bill. For most customers, these charges do not vary greatly from month to month during the year.
In 2018, California State Regulators unanimously voted to shut down the Diablo Canyon Power Plant in an effort to expand sources of renewable energy. PG&E announced in agreement to shut down the plant and filed its 2018 Nuclear Decommissioning Cost Triennial Proceeding application with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). In this application, PG&E presented the costs (planning and preparation for decommissioning activities, obtaining necessary regulatory approvals and permits, demolition and disposal of existing site facilities, site restoration activities, managing spent nuclear fuel storage until disposal by the Department of Energy, and maintaining necessary security operations) that are necessary to safely and responsibly decommission Diablo Canyon Power Plant and to complete decommissioning and remediation activities associated with Humbolt Bay Power Plant Unit 3.
Yes, commercial customers will receive a cost savings on their generation charges from MBCP.
No, reliability will not be affected. MBCP provides electric generation services, but responsibility for power transmission, distribution, billing and service reliability remains with PG&E. PG&E continues to maintain the power distribution network and repair any outages.
Direct Access (DA) customer accounts are not automatically enrolled with Monterey Bay Community Power. DA customers in MBCP’s service area will stay with their current DA provider, unless they choose to change providers and enroll in the Monterey Bay Community Power generation service.
Monterey Bay Community Power’s commercial rate schedules are designed to parallel PG&E rate schedules, and apply to generation-related charges only. For instance, MBCP maintains an equivalent schedule for all current commercial rate schedules (e.g. A-1, A-10, E-19) provided by PG&E. This includes time-of-use and NEM rate schedules.
Monterey Bay Community Power rate schedules describe generation-related charges only. By law, PG&E delivery charges remain the same, whether you receive generation services from MBCP or PG&E. The bill will also include PCIA exit fees which are accounted for in MBCP rate setting. Commercial customers will receive a lower rate and lower electric generation cost compared to PG&E.
Only slightly. Large commercial energy customers are usually on rate schedules that have demand charges. These are complex and are comprised of generation, distribution and transmission-related charges. Demand charges are based on peak monthly kilowatt demand for a given interval. The distribution and transmission portion of the demand charge remains with PG&E, as it is on the current PG&E rate schedule. This represents the majority of the current demand charge. The rate for the smaller generation portion of the demand charge is set by MBCP.
As a Monterey Bay Community Power commercial customer, you are no longer eligible for PG&E’s Peak Day Pricing (PDP) program, an opt out program that offers regular rate demand credits in return for peak period energy surcharges on 9-15 event days. MBCP customers are eligible for all other Demand Response-related programs, through direct enrollment with a program aggregator or PG&E as applicable. These include the Base Interruptible Program (BIP), Capacity Bidding Program (CBP), Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM), Automated Demand Response (ADR) and others.
Yes. The California Public Utilities Commission authorizes PG&E to collect fees (called public goods charges) from all customers to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy incentive programs. PG&E will still collect these fees and Monterey Bay Community Power commercial customers remain eligible for the broad range of energy efficiency rebates, incentives and services currently offered by PG&E.
Rates are developed by MBCP staff and are approved by the Monterey Bay Community Power’s governing Board of Directors in a public meeting process.
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