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Now you have a choice for your electricity provider.


Thanks to 3CE and the Community Choice Energy model, residential, commercial and agricultural customers on the Central Coast now have a choice when it comes to their electricity provider and what power mix they support with their dollars, a choice our region has since 2018. 


Is 3CE’s Electric Generation Charge an extra fee? 
No. 3CE manages electric generation, a service that PG&E or SCE used to provide. Now that 3CE is in charge of how and where your electricity is generated, 3CE Electric Generation charges appear on their own page within your utility provider’s billing statement. Your utility provider also no longer charges 3CE customers for electric generation. 3CE provides competitive rates for electric generation and access to energy program funding for residential, commercial and agricultural customers.

Does 3CE cost more than my utility provider?
3CE prides itself on providing competitive electric generation rates, knowing you as a customer now have a choice. While 3CE now provides electric generation services and local energy program funding, your utility provider continues to deliver your power through their transmission and distribution service.

Why was I automatically enrolled?
Didn’t feel like you had a choice? This is completely understandable and hopefully this explanation helps: Community Choice Energy (CCE) agencies like ours provide a choice to communities who vote on joining a CCE through cost-competitive, large-scale renewable energy power purchasing that would not be possible enrolling one account at a time. Being the local Joint Powers Authority makes 3CE the primary electric service provider through California AB 117. You’ve never had a choice with your utility provider, and now for the first time ever,  you do have a choice, and 3CE respects your choice.

Why am I getting charged for electricity from both my utility provider and 3CE? 
Your utility provider has always charged for electricity generation (creating electricity at a power plant), electricity transmission (transmitting high voltage over long distances) and electricity distribution (distributing lower voltage over shorter distances). As a utility customer, these charges were all combined into one bundled service rate, along with the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment and Franchise Fee. Now that 3CE manages electricity generation, these charges are separated and now all listed. Your utility no longer charges for electric generation, and 3CE does not charge for delivering your power. 3CE and your utility provider partner to provide complete billing information in one convenient place.