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Watch: Monterey Bay Community Power gains momentum

Source: Monterey Bay Community Power.

December 8, 2016 — Santa Cruz, CA

Nineteen Local Governments Signal Interest to Join Monterey Bay Community Power

Following approximately 100 community meetings and presentations, as well as in-depth discussions with elected officials and staff, 19 local governments have taken formal actions signaling their interest to join Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a regional project among local government agencies to provide electricity to residents and businesses throughout Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. Monterey Bay Community Power aims to provide consumer choice, increase renewable energy and stimulate the regional economy.

About MBCP

Participating Local Governments:

Counties: Monterey County, San Benito County and Santa Cruz County

Cities: Capitola, Carmel, Del Rey Oaks, Gonzales, Greenfield, King City, Marina, Monterey, Pacific Grove, Salinas, San Juan Bautista, Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, Seaside, Soledad and Watsonville

Timeline of next steps for Monterey Bay Community Power:

  • December 2016 – Additional planning and due diligence by staff representatives of participating local governments.
  • January/February 2017 – Ordinances to be passed by local government boards and councils, resulting in formation of a joint powers authority (JPA) to launch and govern Monterey Bay Community Power.
  • Spring 2018 – Begin serving customers throughout the Monterey Bay area.



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