Monterey Bay Community Power made a significant expansion, adding 11 jurisdictions in two counties following a Dec. 4 board vote.
The community choice aggregator will add roughly 130,000 customers and five new board members with its expansion into the cities of Arroyo Grande, Carpinteria, Del Rey Oaks, Goleta, Guadalupe, Grover Beach, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria and Solvang, and to Santa Barbara County.
According to MBCP, the expansion will make it the largest—"geographically speaking"—of the California CCAs. It will now cover 8,000 square miles and span two different investor-owned utilities' service territories.
MBCP was initially envisioned to serve Santa Cruz County, but Monterey and San Benito counties joined for the March 2018 launch.
"The remarkable growth of MBCP and community choice energy along the Central Coast affirms our region's long-standing commitments to environmental stewardship and economic stimulation," MBCP Executive Officer Tom Habashi said. "Unifying the Central Coast in these terms not only benefits our own region, it supports the growth of California's [CCA] community and the potential to influence important energy-policy decisions being made in Sacramento."
The addition of the new jurisdictions created five new MBCP board seats. The new members, sworn in after the expansion approval, included Grover Beach Mayor Jeff Lee; Guadalupe Mayor Ariston Julian; Santa Maria Mayor Alice Patino; County of Santa Barbara Supervisor Das Williams; and Goleta Mayor Pro Tem Kyle Richards.
The newly added areas will begin receiving electric generation service from MBCP in early 2021. San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay will begin receiving service from MBCP Jan. 1.
There are currently 19 CCAs in California that serve 10 million customers as of 2019.