Monterey Bay Community Power, a project that I have championed for more than two years, has tremendous potential for bringing green jobs and sustainable energy into our community. Studying the feasibility and technical aspects of establishing a local agency to buy and generate our electricity is an important project that will inform our community regarding the benefits and the drawbacks. Each county and city in the Central Coast region–Santa Cruz, Monterey, and San Benito Counties, and all of the 18 cities within those counties have agreed to participate in a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) technical study.
This is the first multi-county CCA project in the State, and I am proud to say that my office has steered the effort to enroll these local government partners and raise more than $400,000 to fund the feasibility study. As the lead agency for the regional partnership, Santa Cruz County will be issuing a request for proposals in the near future. In 2015, we will have the study and the answers we need that could bring meaningful environmental and economic gains to the local region.