MONTEREY, Calif. -- Starting Jan. 1, the city of Monterey will switch almost all of its electricity accounts to a new energy service provider, who will supply city facilities with 100 percent renewably sourced electric power. Major facilities, such as the Monterey Sports Center, the conference center, library and other buildings will be powered using renewable energy sources.
The city of Monterey will be the first city in its tri-county area to use electric power that will be generated through solar, wind, biomass, geo-thermal and hydro-electric power plants. In approving a staff recommendation at last night's meeting, the Monterey City Council once again renewed its commitment to a cleaner, more sustainable Monterey.
The switch to renewable energy sources was made possible by the decision of the California Public Utilities Commission to allow 10 percent of California's energy market to be purchased from energy providers outside of the state within the next three years. The city of Monterey applied for the first installment of this measure and was successful in its application.
The selected vendor "3 Phases Renewables" will provide the city with clean energy that will also save taxpayers an estimated $66,000 to $160,000 in energy costs over the two-year contract period.