The Scotts Valley City Council voted unanimously yesterday (02/01/2017) to give Scotts Valley residents an alternative option to PG&E, which claims to be a cleaner energy via Monterey Bay Community Power – MBCP.
MBCP looks to provide electricity to San Benito, Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties through the Community Choice Energy Model, according to the website for MBCP at www.montereybaycca.org. In addition, MBCP claims to be beneficial to local communities by maintaining local control of power, keeping money local, and keeping similar rates as PG&E while providing cleaner energy yet still using PG&E’s existing energy and power lines.
While there is a possibility and probability that PG&E could have an “exit fee” for customers who choose to switch to MBCP, discussion about how to offset those costs were had at the council meeting with a clear and definitive plan to offset those plans not solidified. More in this to follow. There would be no startup costs to residents for switching to MBCP by the energy provider.
Residents of Scotts Valley may be getting a PG&E notice beginning sometime this summer notifying of the upcoming energy option as the plan to implement and launch the new program is aimed at April, 2018.
A community awareness campaign that informs residents and communities about their energy options is expected to be put together later this year with a focus on educating consumers on their choices that they will have.
To learn more about MBCP, visit their website at: www.montereybaycca.org
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