Information provided by Monterey Bay Community Power.
Monterey Bay Community Power announced on Dec. 5 that its Policy Board unanimously approved the agency’s continued expansion, which will add new areas to the agency’s 21 existing member jurisdictions. The new additions include the cities of Arroyo Grande, Carpinteria, Del Rey Oaks, Goleta, Guadalupe, Grover Beach, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, Solvang, and Santa Barbara County.
According to a recent release, the expansion means MBCP will become the largest (geographically) of all 19 community choice energy agencies operating in the state. Collectively, community choice energy agencies now serve more than 10 million customers in California.
“The remarkable growth of MBCP and community choice energy along the Central Coast affirms our region’s long-standing commitments to environmental stewardship and economic stimulation,” said CEO Tom Habashi. “Unifying the Central Coast in these terms not only benefits our own region, it supports the growth of California’s CCE community and the potential to influence important energy-policy decisions being made in Sacramento.”
MBCP will add over 130,000 customers to reach an estimated total customer base of over 430,000, spanning 8,000 square miles and supporting customers across two different investor-owned utility service territories, the release said. Through its carbon-neutral power mix, MBCP estimates reducing carbon emissions an extra 240,000 metric tons in 2021, equal to removing over 50,000 cars off the road for one year.
The addition of the 11 new member jurisdictions from San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties created five new seats on MBCP’s Policy Board, who were sworn in immediately following the expansion approval at the Dec. 4 meeting. Customers within the newly approved jurisdictions are set to begin receiving electric generation service from MBCP in early 2021, which is when they also gain access to MBCP’s local energy programs that reduce local greenhouse gas emissions and help solve energy resiliency issues, transforming and helping to decarbonize the Central Coast, the release said.