Unifying the Central Coast

Unifying the Central Coast

MBCP is well on its way to a successful expansion along the Central Coast. By bringing on additional jurisdictions as member agencies, MBCP will enlarge CCEs’ geographic footprint in California and expand the political influence of our trade organization, California Community Choice Association (Cal-CCA).
MBCP’s geographic service area is limited to Santa Cruz, San Benito, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties.  MBCP staff believes that similar strategic benefits exist within the Central Coast and will not pursue additional regions to the north or east. MBCP will continue to support the establishment of CCAs in areas where community choice energy is  not yet an option to ratepayers. California’s Central Coast spanning from Santa Cruz County in the North to Santa Barbara County in the South, has a rich connection through its key industries such as agricultural, government, tourism and hospitality, healthcare and education, transportation infrastructure, geography, rural setting, demographics and coastal climate.

Enrollment Status in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties

City/County Current Step Enrollment Date
San Luis Obispo Enrollment period begins November, 2019 January, 2020
Morro Bay Enrollment period begins November, 2019 January, 2020
Grover Beach Grover Beach approved as a JPA member Dec. 4, 2019 Early 2021
Del Rey Oaks Del Rey Oaks approved as a JPA member Dec. 4, 2019 Early 2021
Paso Robles Paso Robles approved as a JPA member Dec. 4, 2019 Early 2021
Pismo Beach Pismo Beach approved as a JPA member Dec. 4, 2019 Early 2021
Guadalupe Guadalupe approved as a JPA member Dec. 4, 2019 Early 2021
Arroyo Grande​ Arroyo Grande approved as a JPA member Dec. 4, 2019 Early 2021
Santa Maria Santa Maria approved as a JPA member Dec.4, 2019 Early 2021
Santa Barbara County Santa Barbara County approved as a JPA member Dec. 4, 2019 Early 2021
San Luis Obispo County Pending a feasibility study
Atascadero No planned action
Carpinteria Carpinteria approved as a JPA member Dec. 4, 2019 Early 2021
Goleta Goleta approved as a JPA member Dec. 4, 2019 Early 2021
Solvang Solvang approved as a JPA member Dec. 4, 2019 Early 2021
Buellton No planned action
MBCP Currently Serves: 
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 Morro Bay, City of Pacific Grove, City of Salinas, City of San Juan Bautista, City of San Luis Obispo, City of Sand City, City of Santa Cruz, City of Scotts Valley, City of Seaside, City of Soledad, City of Watsonville

Service Begins Early 2021: 

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, City of Solvang



Thank you for your interest in joining
Monterey Bay Community Power!

Joining Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) is the most cost-effective solution to empower communities with choice and electricity savings.

Community Choice Energy (CCE) agencies like MBCP deliver more local control, cost savings, innovative energy options, and impactful energy programs than the alternative. The cities of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay elected to join MBCP in 2018 in order to take control of their ratepayer dollars to expand consumer choice, reduce utility costs, and invest in California’s renewable energy projects.

Those same benefits have inspired cities and counties throughout California to follow suit and pursue community choice energy through approximately 20 CCE agencies, serving over 10 million customers.

Most cities within the County of San Luis Obispo and the County of Santa Barbara have now joined MBCP’s already existing 19 member jurisdictions spanning the Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties, equaling 32 member jurisdictions and signaling a unified Central Coast.

As a result, these cities and counties exercise more local control over energy-related decisions through MBCP’s publicly appointed Community Advisory Council, Operations Board and Policy Board.

By joining MBCP, communities would have more discretion over how their ratepayer dollars are invested, including lower rates and/or local energy programs. Becoming part of our existing Community Choice Energy (CCE) agency can help governments and their constituents achieve a powerful range of objectives without investing millions in creating a new CCE. 


Read on to learn about the process of joining our CCE. 



Returned to our community in the form of rebate savings in our first partial year of operation 2018.


$14 M

Estimated rebate savings for customers in our second year of operation 2019.


Roadmap for Joining MBCP

This is an opportunity for the City or County to provide a public setting through a council meeting or workshop where the community can learn more about Monterey Bay Community Power and the Community Choice Energy model.

These two items will allow for the City or County to formally adopt a resolution to join MBCP’s Joint Powers Authority (JPA) and introduce/read for the first time, an ordinance for the City of County approving MBCP’s JPA.  Here is the City of San Luis Obispo’s Resolution  SLO and Morro Bay are joining MBCP January, 2020.

Per state law, a second reading of the ordinance is necessary to formalize the City or County’s approval of joining MBCP as a member of the JPA. Here is the City of SLO’s Ordinance document for reference. 

MBCP will move forward with requesting PG&E load data for the City or County to analyze the associated cost of including those customers 

MBCP will introduce the inclusion of the new communities to the Community Advisory Council then Operations Board for recommendation to the Policy Board to final approval.

The city or county will have an opportunity to decide upon their board representation consistent with MBCP’s board structure for the Community Advisory Council, Operations Board and Policy Board. 

The chosen elected official from the new board seat will be sworn in by the MBCP Policy Board.

With the approval of the policy board, MBCP will submit the amended implementation plan and Joints Powers Authority agreement to the CPUC for certification. It normally takes 90 days to certify the amended implementation plan. Here is our most recent Amended Implementation Plan 


We welcome your questions and encourage you to reach out to us any time. Please email info@mbcp.org or call 831-641-7222 to know more about joining MBCP.


Competitive and Lower Electricity Rates

MBCP delivered a savings for electricity generation to customers in 2018 totaling $4.4 Million invested back into the community. This savings increased for 2019, totaling over $14 million. Economies of scale create efficiency and cost-effective administration. Communities can minimize redundancy and capitalize on collective investments in local energy projects, long-term power contracts, human resources, and community outreach. 

Minimize start-up costs: Currently, there is minimal cost to join MBCP. Creating a new local program would require significant capital for start-up financing and could take years to begin providing service at comparable rates. As more communities collectively join at the same time, start-up costs can be shared or reduced. MBCP’s long-term renewable and carbon-free energy contracts at low wholesale prices. MBCP’s energy procurement practices provide communities with protection against future market fluctuations. MBCP has significant operating reserves of $100 million as of December 2019, which can help with future energy market fluctuations, rate competitiveness and financing. MBCP will be able to fund local investments faster and and estimates reaching its reserve target of 50% of operating expenses in less than two years.


Transition to a Cleaner, More Efficient Energy Supply

MBCP’s current electricity mix is generated from only carbon-free and renewable sources including solar, wind and hydro and in 2021 three MBCP renewable projects will go live in partnership with Silicon Valley Clean Energy: Wind farm in NM and two Solar + Storage projects in CA – one of which is the largest to date in CA MBCP was able to contract for all three renewable projects in its first partial year operation even while building reserves, providing a savings to customers and setting aside money for local greenhouse gas reducing projects.


Customer Choice and Local Control

Your constituents will have a choice in their electric provider and power mix that their dollars support for the first time and they will have a voice at our public meetings. MBCP is accountable to the communities it serves, instead of to investors. It is self-sustaining through revenue and is not tax-payer funded.


Local Jobs Creation and Local Power Resiliency

CCAs aim for local renewable energy projects including micro-grids and becoming a solution for inter-connectivity obstacles to unlock economic opportunities for local businesses, often leading to job creation. MBCP invested $450k in 2018 in local contracts to support the local economy.


Complementary local energy programs

MBCP sets aside a percentage of its revenue, annually for local programs to further reduce Greenhouse Gasses locally. Some examples of programs are, electric vehicle (EV) incentives, EV charging station incentives, community solar projects, electrifying public transportation and built environment sectors, etc. The estimated amount dedicated for energy programs in 2020 is $4.5 MM.

MBCP has invested approximately $725,000 for its Electric Vehicle incentive program, MBeVIP to support income-qualifying customers and public agencies. MBCP partnered with Grid Alternatives, a nonprofit organization that brings solar technology to communities that would not otherwise have access, to support income-qualified homeowners via its “Project Sunshine” program.

MBCP will create an innovative electrification strategic plan to unlock the economic and environmental benefits of an electrified Central Coast through transportation electrification, building electrification and distributed energy resources. MBCP is developing a cutting-edge micro-grid program to provide greater access to electricity due to grid constraints while supporting economic opportunities.


Our door is open, please contact info@mbcp.org should you have questions.