Soon to Be Central Coast Community Energy - September 2020

Ag Electrification

Electrifying the Agricultural Sector

Agriculture is a key economic industry along the Central Coast 
The agricultural sector accounts for nearly 8% of California’s total GHG emissions. Here on the Central Coast, the Ag community sprawls across much of MBCP’s service area, playing a pivotal role in regional economics as well as our region’s commitment to sustainability.

 

Partners in Mitigating Climate Change
Many of MBCP’s Ag customers have already taken steps to reduce the environmental impact of their operations. As a local partner in reducing GHG emissions, MBCP has identified the electrification of the Ag sector as a key opportunity and initiative for future Energy Programs.

 

Fuel Switching
Electrification, often referred to as “fuel switching,” has a variety of benefits for ag businesses, the surrounding communities as well as the people who work in the fields every day. Some benefits include; cleaner air for the region, more efficient technology, regional GHG reduction, and cost savings. 

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AG Electrification Programs:

AG Electrification Grant Program:
 

      • MBCP is offering a total of $160,000 for the AG sector to apply to the electrification of equipment such as tractors, forklifts, diesel-powered irrigation pumps, light/heavy duty trucks, coolers/boilers and more
      • Eligible applicants are able to receive up to $20,000 each 
      • Program launches July 27, 2020 at 1pm
      • Applications will be accepted through August 22, 2020. 

Programs Under Development:

 

MBCP is excited to receive feedback from its AG customers about what electrification projects are important to them in order to produce even more meaningful and impactful AG specific energy programs