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Community Choice Energy

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Community Choice Energy

On August 20, 2019 the Goleta City Council voted to join Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP), a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) electricity provider. Community Choice Aggregation, also known as Community Choice Energy (CCE), enables cities, counties and other authorized entities that aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions to purchase and/or generate electricity supplies for their residents and businesses. The day-to-day experience for the customer is the same; the difference being that the energy is purchased through the CCE.

How it Works

Monterey Bay Community Power procures the electricity from carbon-free and renewable sources and Southern California Edison (SCE) continues to provide billing, power transmission and distribution, customer service and grid maintenance services.

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Monterey Bay Community Power

Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) is a, not-for-profit, locally-controlled public agency currently providing electricity from exclusively carbon-free and renewable energy sources to residents and businesses in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties, and the cities of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay. On December 4, 2019 MBCP accepted eleven new jurisdictions as member agencies, including the cities of Goleta, Carpinteria, Guadalupe, Solvang, Santa Maria and the County of Santa Barbara. Starting in 2021, SCE accounts within MBCP’s service area will be automatically enrolled in MBCP’s default electricity program, however, customers may choose to opt-out and maintain SCE service at any time.


Joining a CCE allows the City of Goleta to support the City Council adopted 100% renewable energy goal outlined in the Strategic Energy Plan. It also allows the City an opportunity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invest in our local community. CCE's introduce competition and choice in the electricity markets, providing customers with options about their power supplier and level of clean energy they wish to support.


  • 2021 – Begin MBCP Service
  • Mid-2020 – Late-2020 – Program Implementation and Operations Preparation
  • Mid-2020 – City Council consideration of default energy service offering
  • January 8, 2020 -- MBCP Operations Board Meeting to swear in all new Board members
  • December 13, 2019 –MBCP submitted the Implementation Plan to the California Public Utilities Commission
  • December 4, 2019 – MBCP Policy Board Meeting to accept new members, amend the JPA, and swear in all new Board members
  • October 15, 2019 – City Council approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Carpinteria for shared seats on MBCP’s Operations Board and Policy Board
  • September 4, 2019 – MBCP Policy Board provided direction to accept new cities as members of the Joint Powers Authority at the December 4, 2019 MBCP Policy Board meeting
  • September 3, 2019 – City public hearing to conduct the second reading of the CCE ordinance
  • August 20, 2019 – City Council introduced and passed the resolution to join MBCP and conducted the first reading of the CCE ordinance
  • July 16, 2019 – City Council received an update on the collaborative effort among the County of Santa Barbara and the Cities of Goleta, Carpinteria and Santa Barbara to prepare a CCE feasibility study serving Santa Barbara County and provided direction in support of joining MBCP

Learn More

You can learn more about Monterey Bay Community Power and our regional efforts below

MBCP website:

Regional CCE website: