Building Electrification

Electrifying Our Built Environment

Bringing 3CE benefits close to home
Next to transportation, the buildings where we work and live are some of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Even though 3CE service supports electricity generated exclusively from carbon-free sources, most buildings rely heavily on natural gas – especially in the commercial and industrial sectors.
Across the Central Coast, homes and businesses are primarily heated and supported by natural gas followed closely by propane. Close to 1 million metric tons of greenhouse gases are emitted from the built environment each year and customers spend almost $450 million dollars heating their homes, water and cooking meals. 
Every therm or unit of fossil fuels that is converted to electricity will support the local economy and help add more funding to 3CE’s energy programs.
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Making the switch
3CE’s Building Energy Programs assist new and existing buildings with the transition from fossil fuels like natural gas, to clean and renewable energy sources.

Current Building Electrification Programs:

Homeowner Wildfire Rebuild – 
New Construction Electrification Grant Program 


      • With over $125,000 in funding, 3CE’s New Construction Electrification Program supports wildfire impacted homeowners to rebuild clean all-electric homes in Monterey and Santa Cruz Counties with an added option for EV charging station funding.
      • Program launched January 22, 2021 and is open until funds are fully reserved

Developer Incentive Track
New Construction Electrification Grant Program


      • With nearly $2.1 million in funding, 3CE’s New Construction Electrification Program supports housing developers to build clean all-electric housing projects.
      • Program launched January 22, 2021 and is open until funds are fully reserved

Reach Code Incentive Program


      • 3CE is offering a onetime incentive payment of $15,000 to 3CE member jurisdictions to offset staff costs associated with the adoption of a reach code ordinance
      • Program launches May 29, 2020

Programs Under Development:

      • 3CE is excited to receive feedback from its customers about what electrification projects are important to them in order to produce even more meaningful and impactful building electrification energy programs
      • Stay tuned…

Past Building Electrification Programs:

Multi-Unit Developer (MUD) Electrification Grant Program

      • This grant program is aimed at accelerating the construction of new all-electric housing to decrease reliance on fossil fuels such as natural gas by incentivizing Multi-Unit Dwelling (MUD) housing developers to build all-electric housing 
      • Program launched May 25, 2020
      • Program has ended please see above for current developer program