Earlier this year, Central Coast Community Energy launched its Summer Readiness Program (SRP) Pilot in response to statewide initiatives designed to reduce grid stress, increase grid reliability, and reward customers for participating and contributing to SRP goals. SRP offered a voluntary group of CCCE’s commercial, industrial, agricultural and Member Agency customers incentives in the form of bill credits for reducing energy use during times of increased summer grid stress. SRP ran July 28 through September 8 and triggered five grid stress “events” during which participating customers conserved enough energy to receive a combined $86,303 in bill credits. During these five events, overall CCCE customer energy usage was up 1.5% – an indicator of the increased demand anticipated during these events – but customers participating in SRP managed to reduce their usage by a combined total of 10% during these times. This is a great example of coordinated efforts to counteract anticipated grid stresses. Many thanks to participating customers for making this first iteration of SRP a success.
Staff is already working on plans for increased participation and improved results in 2022 as part of an agency commitment to contribute to a more resilient and stable grid for the Central Coast region and the State of California.
With a renewed focus on workforce training as well as funding for cities and counties served by CCCE, CCCE hopes the available funding for community education and workforce training will address gaps in workforce training that have slowed the advancement of electrification in the building and transportation sectors.
Through shared interests around reducing emissions and advancing clean energy technologies and resources, these cities and counties served by CCCE can collaborate with CCCE to access Planning, Implementation and Innovation Grant funds that support the planning and implementation of city and county electrification projects such as fleet vehicle operations, municipal properties, and community infrastructure. The Planning, Implementation and Innovation Grant Program also includes funds for innovation in support of deploying new and innovative electrification or energy technology.