Enrollment and Service Offerings
Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) is the current primary electric generation service provider for 16 cities and the 3 unincorporated areas in Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz Counties 1, as well as the cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo and in early 2021, for the cities of Arroyo Grande, Carpinteria, Del Rey Oaks, Goleta, Grover Beach, Guadalupe, Paso Robles, Pismo Beach, Santa Maria, Solvang, and the unincorporated areas of Santa Barbara County. In accordance with California State Law, CCCE is required to mail four notifications; 60 and 30 days prior to the enrollment month and 30 and 60 days after the enrollment month. Accounts within CCCE’s service area are automatically enrolled in CCCE’s 3Cchoice carbon-free electric service, during the designated month based on each customer’s meter read date, unless the account holder chooses to opt-out and remain with your utility provider. CCCE customers may also opt-up to 3Cprime and support 100% Eligible Renewable energy from wind and solar, for an extra penny per kWh.
Rates and Financial Assistance Programs
CCCE electric generation rates are designed to provide customers with the opportunity to support carbon-free 2 electricity at a savings. In 2020, CCCE will provide an estimated 5% cost savings on electric generation charges inclusive of your utility provider’s fees, when compared to your utility provider’s unbundled rates. CCCE follows the regional investor-owned utility rate schedules for residential, commercial and agricultural customers. Financial assistance programs including California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE), Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) and Medical Baseline Allowance remain the same with CCCE.
CCCE account holders will continue to receive a single monthly bill from your utility provider that includes all electricity related charges, including CCCE’s electric generation charge. Your utility provider has always billed customers for electric generation, but this cost was part of a bundled service charge. Now that CCCE oversees how and where your electricity is generated, the electric generation charge that used to be less visible inside a bundled service cost has been separated out for more transparency. The CCCE electric generation charge is not a new charge but it will appear on a separate page. Your utility provider will continue to charge for transmission, distribution, public goods programs and other non-generation charges at the same rates it charges customers who do not receive CCCE service.
Account holders may opt-out of CCCE electric generation service at any time by calling (888) 909-6227 or at 3ce.org/opt-out. There is no fee to opt-out before enrollment or within 60 days after CCCE service starts. Modest fees of $5/residential and $25/commercial account apply thereafter.
Account holders will need their utility provider account information to process the opt-out request. Account holders who opt-out of CCCE and return to PG&E or SCE bundled service after the enrollment period will not have the option to return to CCCE for a full year and will be subject to PG&E’s or SCE’s terms and conditions of service.
Additionally, your utility provider requires that CCCE customers use one of the following options for returning to PG&E or SCE generation service: Option 1) Return to PG&E or SCE generation service at the end of the current billing cycle on PG&E’s or SCE’s transition rate for a six-month period, changing to standard rates thereafter; or Option 2) Return to PG&E or SCE generation service after six months’ notice, on PG&E or SCEstandard rates.
For more information on PG&E’s or SCE terms and conditions visit www.pge.com/cca or www.sce.com/partners/partnerships/community-choice-aggregation. Accounts will be transferred on the day the electric meter is read and cannot be transferred during the middle of a billing cycle. Opt out requests received at least 5 days prior to a customer’s meter read date will be processed for that meter read date; all other opt out requests will be processed on the subsequent meter read date. Customers who opt out or otherwise stop receiving service from CCCE will be charged for all CCCE electricity used before ending CCCE electric service.
Failure to Pay
CCCE may transfer any account to PG&E or SCE upon 15 calendar days’ written notice if the account holder fails to pay their bill. If service is transferred, the account holder will be required to pay opt out fees described above.
1 CCCE will serve electric accounts in the Cities of Morro Bay and San Luis Obipso, as well as the unincorporated areas of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties and all cities in those counties except Del Ray Oaks and King City.
2 Clean and renewable power sourced from wind, solar, hydro, eligible clean and renewable energy sources to meet the total annual demand of CCCE customers.