Information provided by Monterey Bay Community Power.
Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) has enrolled over 100 customers in its MBprime program, according to a press release dated July 16.
Monterey Bay Community Power rolled out its 100 percent eligible renewable service program on July 1, along with residential enrollment. MBprime is designed to further reduce the environmental impacts of generating electricity while reducing dependence on fossil-fuels, the press release stated.
The press release also states MBprime plans to address customer requests for a service offering that meets and exceeds California’s current Renewable Portfolio Standard goals; 33 percent of electricity generated by eligible renewable energy by 2020 and 50 percent by 2030.
MBprime provides electricity generated from eligible renewable sources such as wind and solar. Although all MBCP service offerings provide electricity generated from carbon-free sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric, the State of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, established in 2002, does not include large-scale hydroelectric. By offering a product which exceeds RPS standards, Monterey Bay Community Power is satisfying the needs of customers with the highest standard for sustainability, while also contributing to a more diverse electricity supply for the state, the press release stated.
MBCP had planned to operationalize a 100 percent renewable offering in 2019, according to the press release. Feedback from residential and commercial customers, like Monterey Bay Aquarium, called for an accelerated rollout, prompting Monterey Bay Community Power Board approval for MBprime on April 4, 2018 and making the offering available to all MBCP customers beginning July 1.
"I feel good moving to 100 percent renewables; well worth paying a little bit more," said Robert Frischmuth, Pacific Grove resident and director at Communities for Sustainable Monterey County.
At an extra cost of $0.01 per kilowatt hour, MBprime will add an estimated $3 to $5 a month to the average residential customer’s electric bill. With enrollment for residential customers taking place throughout July, Monterey Bay Community Power anticipates MBprime growing in popularity while increasing the degree to which MBCP is utilizing Renewable Portfolio Standard-eligible renewable energy, the press release said. MBCP reports over 100 customers have already enrolled in MBprime, with the Monterey Bay Aquarium leading the way.
“All of us at the Monterey Bay Aquarium applaud and appreciate Monterey Bay Community Power’s effort to address our strong commitment to switching to renewable energy for the health of the ocean and the planet, and to help us reach our sustainability goals,” said Margaret Spring, vice president of conservation & science and chief conservation officer. “We see this as a win not just for the Monterey Bay Aquarium, but also for our community, our State, and ultimately, our ocean. We hope others will join us in enrolling in MBprime.”
Another milestone reached, Monterey Bay Community Power continues to grow and evolve.
“Exceeding the Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) and raising the bar for our own practices around power procurement has always been our goal but it took a world-renowned institution like the Monterey Bay Aquarium to help get us there so quickly,” said MBCP CEO Tom Habashi.
The public not-for-profit agency says it is placing the will of tri-county businesses and residents atop its many considerations around upholding the core mission to provide local choice, clean energy and economic vitality for the region.
MBprime customers will receive a 3 percent rebate on their electricity generation charges, to either keep or redirect toward one of MBCP’s rebate offerings: MBgreen+ or MBshare.
Monterey Bay Community Power is a Community Choice Energy agency established by local communities to source carbon-free electricity for Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties while retaining PG&E’s traditional role delivering power and maintaining electric infrastructure. As a locally controlled not-for-profit, MBCP is not taxpayer funded and supports tri-county economic vitality by providing cleaner energy at a lower cost, supporting low-income rate payers, and funding local renewable energy projects.
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