About 3CE and the Community Choice Energy Community
Central Coast Community Energy is one of 24 Community Choice Energy (CCE) agencies currently serving more than 11 million customers across California.
CCEs have quickly become the primary way Californians support clean energy at competitive rates.
CCEs establish local control, choice, competitive rates, clean and renewable energy advancement, and deliver impactful energy programs to local communities. Learn more about CCEs here: cal-cca.org.
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3CE Service Offerings
All new 3CE customers are enrolled in our 3Cchoice service offering, with electricity generated by clean and renewable sources such as wind, solar and geothermal. 3Cchoice requires no action to be enrolled.
3Cchoice procures electricity from clean and renewable energy as part of the effort to put more clean energy on the grid, and less greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. 3Cchoice will reach 60% clean and renewable by 2025 and 100% clean and renewable by 2030.
3Cprime supports 100% California eligible renewable energy generated solely from solar and wind, promoting the health of our oceans and our air. 3Cprime is available to all customers at an added cost of .8¢/kilowatt hour. You can choose 3Cprime and support 100% renewable energy by visiting 3Cenergy.org/opt-over.
What to expect with Central Coast Community Energy
A choice when it comes to your electricity needs
Clean and renewable energy at competitive rates
Local community reinvestment supporting clean energy solutions
Communities within San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties have chosen 3CE to be their primary electricity provider. All eligible electricity customers in these communities will begin service with 3CE throughout 2021, with no action required.
Service Began January 2021: Cities of Arroyo Grande, Del Rey Oaks, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria and Solvang and Unincorporated Northern Santa Barbara County – (PG&E Service Territory)
Service Began October 2021: Cities of Carpinteria, Goleta and Unincorporated Southern Santa Barbara county (SCE Service Territory)
Service Begins January 2022: City of Buellton
Central Coast Community Energy will enroll SCE customers providing competitive electricity generation rates, averaging 1% lower electric generation cost. Customers will become eligible for current energy programs on their October statement date when service officially begins.
How did my community join 3CE? New customers with questions about how and when their community joined 3CE, please find details about the process and links to meetings here.
January 2022 Enrollment Webinars for Buellton
Learn More and Ask Questions at an Upcoming Enrolling Community Public Forums
Residents in Buellton City are invited to attend a virtual educational forum to learn more about Central Coast Community Energy and the new choices you have as an energy customer. During this workshop, an informative staff presentation will be followed by a Q&A where you may receive answers to questions directly from staff.
Residential / Spanish
Thursday, Dec 9th / 6-7pm
Residential / English
Thursday, Dec 16th / 6-7pm
Residential / English
Tuesday, Feb 8th / 6-7pm
Residential / Spanish
Thursday, Feb 10th / 6-7pm
CCCE Welcomes Enrolling Solar Customers in the City of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, and Southern Unincorporated Santa Barbara County
You are invited to attend a virtual education forum to learn more about Net Energy Metering (NEM) services for residents and businesses in the City of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, and Southern Unincorporated Santa Barbara County. NEM transition to Central Coast Community Energy will occur in January 2022. During this workshop you will get answers to questions frequently asked by NEM customers and speak directly with staff from the agency. As an existing NEM customer, Central Coast Community Energy is making the transition for customers seamless into our NEM program.
Net Energy Metering
Tuesday, December 7th / 6-7:30pm
Net Energy Metering
Tuesday, Jan 11th / 6-7pm
October 2021 Enrollment Mailers
Enrolling communities can expect to receive a total of four mailers beginning in August 2021.
Two mailers will be received before service begins in October 2021, and two mailers will be receive after the start of service.
3CE purchases clean and renewable energy and funds millions in local energy programs for customers while maintaining competitive rates for electric generation service.
Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction
3CE’s local energy programs electrify transportation, building and agricultural equipment, improving local air quality
3CE is on a path to reach 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030 on behalf of the communities we serve
As your local public agency, 3CE reinvests in the communities it serves through local energy programs, competitive rates and local contracts.
Frequently Asked Questions
Committed to providing clean energy at competitive rates, Central Coast Community Energy replaces your utility provider’s role in sourcing electricity. Central Coast Community Energy determines how and where your electricity is generated, sourcing electricity from clean and renewable energy sources while your utility provider continues to deliver electricity and maintain electric infrastructure along with billing and customer service.
You will continue to receive one PG&E or SCE bill with Central Coast Community Energy Electric Generation Charges taking the place of your utility provider’s charges for electric generation. You will see a new line item on the first page of your bill, and a new Central Coast Community Energy page. Rest assured, these are not new or extra charges. Central Coast Community Energy is simply taking the place of your utility provider as your electricity generation provider.
October 2021 Enrollment begins 60 days prior to your October SCE statement date/meter read date and extends through 60 days past your October statement date. Enrollment is free and requires no action. Central Coast Community Energy mails notices using various media to ensure a high open-rate. Notice 1 is to be mailed in August, notice 2 is to be mailed in September. This October, your service begins with Central Coast Community Energy. In November, you will receive your first PG&E or SCE bill that includes Central Coast Community Energy charges for electric generation. You will also receive notice 3. You will receive the final notice in December. In addition to the required mailers, Central Coast Community Energy is conducting an extensive outreach effort including advertisements, social media including paid promotions, partnering with enrolling communities, local chambers and other community organizations and offering public forums and office hours virtually.
Following the enrollment of the cities of San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay, interest in Central Coast Community Energy grew throughout the cities and counties on the Central Coast.
Each city and county enrolling with 3CE underwent a comprehensive process of public engagement to ensure the public had an opportunity to weigh in about joining 3CE. It is required by law that each local government provide 2 noticed meetings for the following actions:
1) Adoption of resolution and waive and reading of the first ordinance
2) Second reading of the ordinance
Central Coast Community Energy will enroll all NEM customers in January, 2022. Your NEM account(s) will be trued up on your January meter-read date. You will receive two mailed notices in the two months prior to your enrollment, as well as two additional notices in the two months following your enrollment. Click here for more NEM information.
100% Clean and Renewable by 2030
In September of 2020, 3CE adopted an exciting new pathway to 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030 through new renewable projects.
Our agency has already contracted for enough new renewable energy projects to exceed its interim goal to achieve 60% clean and renewable energy through new resources by 2025 and has already contracted for over $1.1 billion in clean and renewable energy projects and expects to invest a total of $4 billion by 2030 with this new pathway.
This pathway is expected to create more green jobs and contribute to a greater reduction of greenhouse gas emissions for the State while ensuring competitive and stable rates for our customers.
Energizing Economic and Environmental Progress for the Central Coast
By sourcing clean electricity on behalf of the communities it serves, 3CE has already made significant gains in these areas and we look forward to continuing this progress throughout the Central Coast region at a greater and more accelerated scale. Thank you for choosing 3CE and all the benefits we have to offer!
Did you know? With 3CE you support clean and renewable energy while enjoying competitive rates and gaining access to local energy program funding.
Income qualified programs: Programs such as CARE, FERA and Medical Baseline continue seamlessly as a 3CE customer.