Central Coast Community Energy Requests Bids for Local Energy Storage Resiliency Projects

CCCE intends to deploy local energy storage projects throughout the Central Coast as part of its procurement effort to develop “front of the meter” (FoTM) grid-connected energy storage between 1 and 5 Mega Watts (MW) allowing Central Coast Community Energy to shift the availability of renewable energy from mid-day to peak demand evening hours. 

 

Central Coast Community Energy expects to select or pre-qualify one or more energy storage developers through the Local Energy Storage Resiliency Project RFQ and looks forward to sparking conversations with developers regarding potential sites and projects within our Central Coast service area. Pre-qualified vendors will be provided a list of potential sites, based on the agency’s own independent assessment and outreach. Central Coast Community Energy plans to host an RFQ Respondents Webinar on July 13, 2021, at 1pm and the deadline for developers to submit their proposal is August 2, 2021, at 5PM. 

Online Financial Resources Available for 3CE Customers

There are many financial resources available to 3CE customers. Customers enrolled in 3CE continue receiving their CARE, FERA, AMP, HEAP and Medical Baseline discounts; with no need to reapply for these programs. Those enrolled in CARE/FERA may also be eligible to apply for the newly available AMP Program which shields customers with past-due balances from disconnections. Review the details below to learn more and determine which resources you are eligible for:

AMP

Provides up to $8,000 total past-due forgiveness for CARE or FERA customers and shields customers with past-due amounts from disconnection. Customers must be enrolled in CARE or FERA to be eligible for AMP. 

Customers must also owe at least $500 in arrearages, or $250 for gas-only customers, with some portion of the arrearage at least 90 days past due. NEM customers are not eligible to participate at this time.

CARE and FERA

CARE is a monthly discount of 20% or more on gas and electricity. Participants qualify through income guidelines or if enrolled in certain public assistance programs. 

FERA is a monthly discount of 18% on electricity only. Must be a household with three or more people. Participants qualify through income guidelines. 

Emergency Rental Assistance Program

California passed SB91 approving $2.6B in emergency rental and utility assistance. Each county has been allotted a different funding amount and process for administering their program.  

Applicants can receive assistance with past due rent and utility expenses. 3CE Customers can visit the state site to determine which entity is running their program: Housing Is Key (ca.gov) 

Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) Launches Home Electric Vehicle Charger and Electric Panel Rebate Program

If you haven’t already electrified your ride by purchasing or leasing a new or used electric vehicle (EV), it is likely that you soon will. Now is a great time to install an EV charger at your home, even if you don’t yet own an EV. Program funds are designed to cover a majority of the cost of a network-enabled home EV charger unit plus most costs associated with any related electric updates or panel replacement.
While 3CE and other organizations are accelerating the installation of public EV chargers, nothing beats the convenience of charging your EV at home. This energy program covers a majority of the cost for equipment and installation and offers extra incentives for income-qualified residential customers and affordable housing multi-family properties. 
Program funding will be reserved on a first come, first served basis until the total $295,000 is subscribed.

Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) Launches Electrification Education Grant Program

3CE is expanding its community investment by providing $260,000 in electrification education grants to bridge the gap in our electrification and decarbonization goals.  The program aims to raise awareness around the economic and environmental benefits of electrification: a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by shifting to the use electricity rather than fossil fuels for transportation, heating, and cooking. A critical component to achieve widespread electrification is to increase public knowledge so community members are comfortable “making the switch” to electrify their home, their business operations, and their vehicle. Additionally, training local installers, builders, and developers how to design, build, retrofit, and repair electrified homes and buildings is pivotal towards developing a cleaner built environment. The Electrification Education Grant Program provides opportunities to local and regional organizations to produce new and creative ways to empower our communities to electrify the Central Coast.
 
Applications will be accepted through Thursday, May 13, 2021

Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) Launches Electrify Your Ride Electric Vehicle Incentive Program

3CE’s Electrify Your Ride Program, offering 3CE customers with incentives toward the purchase or lease of new or used electric vehicles. While transportation accounts for an estimated 41% of California’s greenhouse gas emissions, currently less than 2% of vehicles on the Central Coast are electric. 3CE’s program is aimed at accelerating the adoption of electric and alternative-fuel vehicles for residential and commercial customers, as well as public agencies. This focus on vehicle adoption will bring 3CE’s EV adoption efforts full circle after partnering with the California Energy Commission on the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) to provide local businesses and property owners access to $7 million in funding for the construction of new or upgraded EV charging stations. More infrastructure funding could be in store for late 2021.
3CE’s EV program offers double-the-funding for eligible income-qualified customers, a step toward addressing local climate equity through 3CE’s GHG reducing energy programs. The income-qualified verification process is simple by design – customers need only one of the following: to be enrolled in PG&E’s CARE or FERA programs or be enrolled in the LIHEAP program. 3CE’s Electrify Your Ride Program, in combination with other available funding from state and federal resources helps make clean vehicles more accessible and affordable. Currently, the average income-qualified residential participant can save up to $4,000 on a new electric vehicle through 3CE incentives and up to $15,000 by combining all other available incentives and rebates. EV shoppers can learn more about additional incentives and rebates by visiting 3CE’s website.
 
Applications will be accepted through Wednesday, June 30, 2021

A New Program Offering Electric and Gas Bill Financial Support is Now Available

The Arrearage Management Program provides up to $8,000 total past due or “arrearage” forgiveness for 3CE and PG&E customers. Customers must be enrolled in PG&E’s California Alternate Rates for Energy Programs (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance Program (FERA) to be eligible for AMP.  
Customers must also owe at least $500 in arrearages, or $250 for gas-only customers, with some portion of the arrearage at least 90 days past due. At this time, Net energy Metering (NEM) customers are not eligible to participate in the AMP program. 
 
How does the Arrearage Management Program Work? 
Customers enrolled in AMP will receive forgiveness for 1/12 of their starting arrearage balance for every on-time payment of a current monthly bill, with a maximum possible amount of $8,000 in total forgiveness per 12-month period. Customers must make all 12 months of on-time payments to remain in the program. If a customer falls out of compliance, any amount previously forgiven is not forfeited 
 

Customers can call PG&E to enroll in the program at 1-800-743-5000. 

AG Electrification Grant Program

Due to the success of the 2020 AG Electrification Grant Program, 3CE is launching an updated version of this program for 2021! Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 26, 2021.
 
This competitive grant program aims to support electrification or “fuel switching”, in the ag industry by providing grant incentives for the purchase of all-electric ag equipment for 3CE customers. Eligible applicants will be awarded up to 80% of the cost of their electrification project (not to exceed $20,000). 

New Construction Electrification Grant Program

With over $2.2 million in funding, 3CE’s New Construction Electrification Grant Program (NCEP) supports housing developers and wildfire impacted homeowners to build clean all-electric homes. The grant program has two tracks, one for developers of new all-electric Multi-Unit Dwelling and Single-Family Home housing projects, and another for homeowners impacted by the 2020 wildfire season in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties. 

Developer Incentive Program

The NCEP Developer Incentive track is a competitive grant for developers who are planning new all-electric housing construction developments. Applications will be accepted through Monday, March 8th

Homeowner Rebuild Program

The NCEP Homeowner Rebuild Incentive track is a grant for homeowners affected by the 2020 wildfire season who plan to rebuild their homes as all-electric.
 
Homeowners can also apply for an additional incentive for Level 2 electric vehicle chargers to be installed in their homes. Applications will be accepted until funds are fully reserved.

3CE Local Renewable Generation & Storage RFP

3CE is proud to announce our Local Request for Proposals to solicit local renewable energy generation resources and/or energy storage resources within our service area across the Central Coast. Customers, landowners, and developers are welcome to review the RFP and submit a bid for potential projects of at least 20 MWs for locally-sited clean and renewable energy (can include storage) or stand-alone energy storage systems of 1 MW or larger without the need for entitlements or a position in the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) queue for interconnection.

Deadline for submissions: February 17, 2021 at 5:00 pm.
All questions and bids shall be emailed to PSsolicitations@3CE.org

3CE staff encourages all customers and advocates to share this information with relevant stakeholders who may have access to developers or potential sites that meet RFP criteria. We look forward to exploring the potential of expanding clean and renewable resources along the Central Coast.

Welcome Enrolling Communities

3CE wants to give a warm welcome to the cities of Arroyo Grande, Del Rey Oaks, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, Solvang and Northern Santa Barbara County as they near enrollment with 3CE in January 2021. We are excited to share the economic and environmental benefits of clean energy and local control with our neighboring communities. More communities joining 3CE means greater benefits for all!

“Our expansion to serve 11 new communities in Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties marks an important transition in 3CE’s development as a community choice energy agency,” shares 3CE CEO, Tom Habashi. “This expansion led to a name change, a larger board and most importantly a new direction and a real commitment to renewable energy. In 2021, 3CE will be serving 4 counties and 29 cities along California’s Central Coast.”