Your local, community-owned electricity provider
Local communities established Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) to source clean and renewable electricity at competitive prices for customers throughout Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, and Santa Barbara counties. 3CE is locally controlled and governed by board members who represent each community served by the agency.
With no investors or shareholders, revenue generated by 3CE stays local. It helps keep electricity rates affordable and fair for all customers while also funding innovative energy programs designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate community reinvestment.
Community Reinvestment: Funding the Central Coast’s Clean Energy Future
Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) is turning electricity into a powerful local resource for businesses and households in their transition to clean energy. Our Energy Programs offer 3CE customers cash rebates for electrifying their vehicles, homes, businesses and farms.
Together with our customers, we’ve helped put more than 1,000 electric vehicles on the road — and to keep them moving, 3CE in partnership with the California Energy Commission has funded more than 1,000 EV chargers for the Central Coast. We’ve also contributed toward seven new electric buses for local schools and now offer similar rebates for agriculture-worker transport businesses, making these rides cheaper, cleaner and healthier.
Beyond transportation, we’re helping the region’s Ag industry electrify essential equipment such as irrigation, harvesters, boilers, chillers, and more — and 3CE even offers Ag businesses no-cost technical assistance. And we’re helping to build affordable all-electric housing with our New Construction Electrification Program’s incentives for developers, including $200,000 for a new 80-unit apartment complex for farmworker families and residents with supportive housing needs.
The electrification funded by 3CE’s Energy Programs makes a significant contribution to a cleaner, more reliable grid for all Californians and puts our communities on a path to meet the state’s ambitious decarbonization goals 15 years ahead of schedule. In partnership with our customers and the cities and counties we serve, Central Coast Community Energy is using power for good.
The promise of local control and clean energy
3CE delivers the power to do more with your electricity bill and know more about your electricity provider. Our customers are invested in a transparent and inclusive process to generate clean energy and community-centered benefits for a healthy economic and environmental future.
Dedicated to Clean Energy and Community Reinvestment
Since beginning operations in 2018, 3CE has enrolled 33 Central Coast communities and now serves more than 430,000 customers – 94% of households and businesses in our region. 3CE is on a path to sourcing 100% clean and renewable energy by 2030 – 15 years ahead of the state goal! In collaboration with regional and statewide partners, 3CE has provided customers with access to more than $28 million in Energy Program rebates and incentives to electrify our transportation, buildings, and agricultural sector.
Powerful resources for your home or business
By embracing clean energy and local control, 3CE offers customers and communities much more than electricity service. Visit the Benefits page to learn more.
View 2017-2022 Impact Report
Five years ago, many residents, businesses, and policy leaders on the Central Coast saw no feasible alternative to our region’s electric service. Most of the energy powering our industries and our daily lives came from fossil fuels. Prices were set by a state agency in San Francisco; and while there was a place for public participation, it was a lot more complicated than calling your City Mayor, County Supervisor, or attending a local meeting.