A San Luis Obispo regional Community Choice Energy Program would offer competitive rates while investing the revenue into meeting the vision and values of our communities. Rate Savings, local buildout through energy efficiency, feed-in-tariffs, and municipal projects would all provide a local return on investment and at the same time build community resilience.
In California, Sonoma and Marin have functioning Community Choice Energy Program that provide clear examples of what is possible.
Marin Clean Energy (MCE) Residential Rates
Residents in the greater Marin area have their electricity delivered by PG&E, but 50% of that energy comes from renewable sources and MCE customers save money. Residential MCE customers also have the choice of purchasing 100% renewable energy at a small premium. This premium goes to fund local buildout of renewable energy such as roof top solar. Below are the current rate tables for Marin Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power customers.
Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) Offers Competitive Rates for Cleaner Power.
SCP buys power from cleaner sources for our customers and fill PG&E’s wires. Just like with MCE, PG&E continues to do all the billing for everything and simply replaces their charges for power generation with SCP.
The Community Choice Energy Program would continue to oer the same existing customer classes and rate types.
The “tiered” rate structure will remain. The extra charges for higher usage for residential customers are for PG&E’s services of transmission and distribution, and will continue to be charged regardless of whether you buy from the Community Choice Energy Program or PG&E.
CARE and Medical Baseline Rates
If you currently receive CARE or Medical Baseline subsidized rates, you would automatically continue to receive these benefits with the Community Choice Energy Program. You do not need to reapply.
You will continue to get just one bill from PG&E. There will be a line item to show the charges for energy generation (the Community Choice Energy Program’s part), distribution, transmission and the usual taxes and program fees. PG&E will collect your payment and send the energy generation portion of the payment to the Community Choice Energy Program.
The Community Choice Energy Program would gradually roll out service to customers in phases over a couple of years. If you live or work in an unincorporated community or a participating city, you would be notified 90 days before service begins.
If you would prefer to receive service from PG&E, the letter will explain how to do that by phone, web or mail.
Unfortunately, if you live in one of the cities that does not join the Community Choice Energy Program, you will not have the option of enrolling.