Press Release

June 1, 2018

MONTEREY BAY COMMUNITY POWER ANNOUNCES FIRST ANNUAL MONTEREY CLEAN AIR FAIR

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July 1st Celebration of Clean Energy and Clean Air to Commemorate

Launch of MBCP’s Carbon-Free Electricity Service for Tri-County Residents

(Monterey, CA – June 1, 2018) – In collaboration with the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD), Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) today announced both Tri-County agencies will be co-hosting the First Annual Monterey Clean Air Fair, a family-friendly event celebrating clean energy, community, and clean air. Scheduled for Sunday, July 1 from 10 AM to 4 PM on the Custom House Plaza – Monterey State Historic Park in old town Monterey, the Monterey Clean Air Fair will also commemorate the July 1 launch of MBCP’s carbon-free electricity service for Tri-County residents.

The first 200 attendees will receive a $10 Community Bucks token, courtesy of the Clean Air Fair Community Philanthropist Sponsor, KRML 102.1. KRML and MBCP will each donate $1000 towards the total $2000 that attendees can donate a participating local non-profit organization such as MEarth or Sustainable Monterey County.

Featuring interactive booths, local vendors, community organizations, food and live music by The Money Band, electric vehicle test drives, an electric bike giveaway, and educational booths featuring solar power and even a local electric boat charter company, the Monterey Clean Air Fair has all the elements for a valuable and fun annual community tradition in the making. During its inaugural year, MBCP expects between 1,500 and 3,000 visitors to attend the Monterey Clean Air Fair.

Test Drive Electric Vehicles ● Learn About Solar Power ● Learn More About Clean Energy

Meet Your New Electricity Provider – Monterey Bay Community Power

Test Ride Electric Bikes ● Explore a Future Without Fossil Fuels ● Enjoy Live Music by The Money Band

Support Local Non-Profits Making a Difference in Your Community

“The launch of residential service is another big milestone for Monterey Bay Community Power, so we wanted to create an event that embodies our values and helps to commemorate the day,” shares MBCP Media and Communications Coordinator, Shelly Whitworth. “Clean energy and clean air go hand in hand, so it was natural for us to reach out to MBARD, they’ve played an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions for the Monterey Bay Region.”

The Monterey Clean Air Fair will also highlight the Drive Clean Ride and Drive campaign as part of Monterey Bay Air Resources District’s electric vehicle initiative. Attendees will be able to drive a variety of all electric and plug-in hybrid models and experience a smooth, quiet, thrilling ride first-hand. Please note a valid driver’s license is required.

As public, not-for-profit agencies serving Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counties, both Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) and the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD) are committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and enhancing the air quality of the Monterey Bay region. As part of this commitment, MBCP and MBARD will be combining their efforts to engage and educate community members about these important topics.

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About Monterey Bay Community Power: Monterey Bay Community Power is a Community Choice Energy agency established by local communities to source carbon-free electricity for Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties while retaining PG&E’s traditional role delivering power and maintaining electric infrastructure. As a locally controlled not-for-profit, MBCP is not taxpayer funded and supports Tri-County economic vitality by providing cleaner energy at a lower cost, supporting low-income rate payers, and funding local renewable energy projects. For more information, visit 3cenergy.org

About the Monterey Bay Air Resources District: Every year in California thousands of people suffer respiratory illness due to poor air quality. Oxides of nitrogen (NOx) are primary chemical compounds combined with other pollutants in sunlight that produce ground-level ozone (smog).  Over 60% of the total emission of NOx in the Air District comes from motor vehicles.  By encouraging and incentivizing the use of clean electric vehicles and active transportation (walking and bicycling) combustion engine emissions are eliminated resulting in significant long-term air quality benefit. Clean vehicle ride and drive events are an important component to increasing clean vehicle ownership in the Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito counties. For more information, visit www.mbard.org