Delivering Value to Your Business
3CE is energizing economic benefits for all types of businesses along the Central Coast.
That’s why 97% of all eligible commercial customers choose Central Coast Community Energy.
As a 3CE customer, you can expect value that goes beyond your bottom line to create new
opportunities for growth and innovation. Our commitment to competitive rates, clean
and renewable energy, and local reinvestment can add value for your business,
your customers and your community.
• 3CE is driven by innovative, efficient business practices that keep our agency nimble
and well positioned to deliver savings.
• We provide clean and renewable energy at competitive rates compared to PG&E and SCE.
• 3CE matches utility rate schedules and time of use periods to ensure consistency for
• 3CE sources electricity from clean and renewable energy sources.
• We are enabling businesses and municipalities to achieve California emissions and
renewable energy mandates 15 years ahead of schedule – with competitive rates.
• 3CE is building new renewable energy infrastructure throughout California and the
• 3CE invests millions annually through Energy Programs designed to assist customers and
communities with the transition from fossil fuel energy sources to clean energy solutions.
• 3CE is uniquely positioned to research, design and launch innovative, scalable Energy
Programs to accelerate electrification along the Central Coast; from transportation and
buildings to agriculture and energy resiliency.
• Through workforce training, job creation and contracting with local businesses,
3CE supports regional economic development.
PARTNERS IN INNOVATION
• 3CE was created by our community, for our community.
• We are committed to engaging with our customers so we can address the unique needs
of our diverse community.
• Our Energy Account Services team, stakeholder groups, Community Advisory Council,
and Public Engagement teams are just some of the ways we engage with our business
“As a major agricultural engine along the Central Coast, Dole is constantly exploring
opportunities to reduce costs and create better products for our customers. Central Coast
Community Energy delivered on its promise for carbon-free electricity and its customer rebate
which Dole greatly benefited at over $50,000 in bill savings this year.”
Tom Messenger, Facilities Manager, Dole Fresh Vegetables
• County of Monterey
• County of San Benito
• County of Santa Cruz
• City of Capitola
• City of Carmel
• City of Gonzales
• City of Greenfield
• City of Hollister
• City of Marina
• City of Monterey
• City of Morro Bay
• City of Pacific Grove
• City of Salinas
• City of San Juan Bautista
• City of San Luis Obispo
• City of Sand City
• City of Santa Cruz
• City of Scotts Valley
• City of Seaside
• City of Soledad
• City of Watsonville
• County of Santa Barbara
• City of Arroyo Grande
• City of Del Rey Oaks
• City of Grover Beach
• City of Guadalupe
• City of Paso Robles
• City of Pismo Beach
• City of Santa Maria
• City of Solvang
• City of Carpinteria
• City of Goleta
SERVICE BEGINS 2022
• City of Buellton
Who is Central Coast
Community Energy (3CE)?
3CE is a locally controlled public agency, staffed by industry
experts and governed by Operations and Policy Boards
comprised of elected officials and city administrators
from our participating cities and counties.
PROVEN BUSINESS MODEL
3CE is one of 21 Community Choice Aggregators or “CCAs,” currently
serving more than 10 million customers across California. Since 2010,
the CCA community has been providing communities with more
control and more choices when it comes to electricity service.
CCAs are expected to supply the majority of California’s
electricity over the next decade.
In addition to delivering competitive rates and reinvesting in the
communities we serve, 3CE supports electricity generated from clean
and renewable energy resources.
3CE repaid all startup loans and retired all lines of credit after
just seven months of operation. Looking ahead, 3CE will continue
operating with low overhead and conservative fiscal and risk
management policies designed to maintain stable and competitive
rates for our customers. 3CE dedicates 3-5% for Local Energy
Programs to assure that the communities we serve receive lasting
benefits and share in the economic and environmental progress
that our team is driving.
A PATHWAY TO 100%
RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2030
3CE is now providing a more impactful and affordable pathway to
reduce greenhouse gas emissions by committing to 60% of energy
supply coming from new renewable resources by 2025 and 100% by
2030 – putting your community-owned electricity provider
15 years ahead of the state’s clean energy goals.
WHO WE SERVE
3CE sources electricity from clean and renewable sources for more
than 400,000 municipal, commercial, agricultural and residential
customers in Monterey, San Benito, Santa Cruz, San Luis Obispo and
Santa Barbara Counties. 94% of all electricity customers in this service
area are enrolled with 3CE.
HOW DOES ENROLLMENT WORK?
• Central Coast Community Energy replaces PG&E or SCE’s role in deciding how and where your
electricity is generated.
• Your PG&E or SCE will continue delivering electricity and maintaining electric infrastructure
along with billing. Customers still receive only one bill which now includes 3CE Electric
• Electricity customers have always paid for electric generation, but prior to 3CE service these
costs were part of your utility’s Bundled Service charges. Now electric generation charges are
broken out on a separate 3CE page for more transparency.
• At the direction of your city or county, 3CE service begins for all eligible customers in your
community during the designated enrollment month – no action is needed to begin supporting
benefits for your community and your business.
• Net Energy Metering customers will be enrolled in one of three NEM enrollment phases.
Enrolling customers will be assigned to the enrollment phase that is closest to their existing NEM
True up date. Once enrolled, 3CE customers will receive monthly invoicing of 3CE generation
charges. For more information regarding your specific enrollment dates, please visit the
Enrollment page of the 3CEnergy.org website or speak with an Energy Advisor at 888.909.6227.
• Changes to your account can be made by visiting 3Cenergy.org or by calling 888.909.6227.
WHAT ARE MY SERVICE OFFERINGS?
At the direction of the cities and counties which 3CE serves, all eligible
electricity customers are enrolled with 3Cchoice when 3CE service begins.
You may choose to change service offerings at any time, at no cost.
3Cchoice supports community reinvestment as well as the growth of clean
and renewable energy sources. All new or returning 3CE customers are
enrolled in 3Cchoice unless they choose to opt-up to 3Cprime.
3CE’s 100% renewable energy offering, 3Cprime supports local and state
clean-energy goals. Exclusively from California wind and solar, 3Cprime
supports these eligible renewable energy sources for an extra cost of
$.008 per kWh (aka eight-tenths of a cent).
AS A 3CE CUSTOMER,
WILL SERVICE RELIABILITY
No, reliability will not be affected. 3CE provides
electric generation services, but responsibility
for power transmission, distribution, billing and
service reliability remains with your PG&E or
SCE. Depending on your service address,
PG&E or SCE will continue to maintain the
power distribution network and repair any
outages. The CAISO is responsible for balancing
the grid and the IOUs transmit and support
HOW ARE COMMERCIAL RATE
3CE follows the regional investor-owned utility
rate schedules as well as Time-Of-Use (TOU)
HOW DOES 3CE DELIVER
3CE delivers competitive rates through low
overhead, zero debt, low administrative costs
and from sourcing competitively priced clean
and renewable energy. 3CE rates include our
operating costs, funding rate stabilization
fund as well as funding energy programs. 3CE
evaluates PG&E and SCE rates in order to assess
our competitiveness inclusive of fees.
HOW IS 3CE GOVERNED
3CE is a Joint Powers Authority governed by
a Policy Board comprised of elected officials
representing the cities and counties which
3CE serves, as well as an Operations Board
assembled from administrators from the cities
and counties served. Additionally, 3CE reports
to a Community Advisory Council which
represents the Central Coast region’s major
industries and demographic groups.
3CE reports to the California Public Utilities
Commission (CPUC) on grid reliability,
renewable energy portfolio standards and
As a public entity, 3CE is solely funded by
its customers. 3CE ensures a strong financial
position and re-invests to customers through
stable and competitive rates as well as local
WHO DO I CALL FOR SERVICE?
Contact 3CE to evaluate your rate options,
review a rate analysis with your 3CE staff
member, discuss changes to your service
offerings, opt-out or return to 3CE service.
Contact PG&E or SCE for matters related to
your delivery rate schedules and to report
service issues including repairs, power outages
and stopping or starting electricity service.
Unifying the Central Coast
3CE is unifying the Central Coast through access to local control over electricity
needs and through opportunities to benefit from supporting clean and renewable
energy sources. By growing its service area, 3CE is sharing its proven benefits with
neighboring communities while increasing its buying power and opportunities for
innovation on behalf of all customers.
The momentum for 3CE began in Santa Cruz County and under the name of Monterey
Bay Community Power but the addition of communities in San Luis Obispo and
Santa Barbara Counties will make the benefits of the CCA model accessible to more
communities while plugging all 3CE customers into a clean, reliable and affordable
Speak with a Local Energy Advisor:
888.909.6227 | info@3Ce.org
MAIN OFFICE: 70 Garden Court Suite 300, Monterey, CA 93940
SOUTHERN OFFICE: 71 Zaca Lane, Suite 140, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
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Learn more about 3CE, service offerings and energy programs at 3Cenergy.org.