Central Coast Community Energy launches electrification and innovation promotion program for community education, employee training and community electrification projects

Central Coast Community Energy launches electrification and innovation promotion program for community education, employee training and community electrification projects

Grants to raise awareness of electrification and benefits, fill gaps in human resource development, and fund municipal planning and implementation to accelerate regional electrification and support the transformation of the energy market

December 9, 2021, Monterey, CA – Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) today announced the launch of its electrification and innovation grant program. With a total of $ 1 million in funding available, this second iteration of grants, which focuses on community education about electrification and its benefits, has been expanded to include two new focus areas: employee training and development, and a separate lane for cities and counties served by CCCE, known as CCCE Affiliates.

With shared interests in reducing emissions and promoting clean energy technologies and resources, CCCE and its affiliates can work together on grant funds that support the planning and implementation of electrification projects in cities and counties, such as: B. Fleet vehicle operation, communal properties and communal infrastructure. The member agency’s track also includes innovation funds to support the use of new and innovative electrification or energy technologies.

“The need for greater awareness and understanding of the benefits of electrification offers significant opportunities to support and train households and businesses to adopt proven, cost-effective measures,” said CCCE CEO Tom Habashi. “The same applies to the construction and automotive trades. Investing in the training and development of a workforce focused on electrification will ultimately help drive electrification along the Central Coast. “

In the first round of electrification education funding distributed by the CCCE, funds were made available to several local organizations to provide guidance and resources to individuals, households and businesses on their journey to buying or leasing new or used electric vehicles. These fellows also shared common goals related to removing equal opportunity and access barriers for the underserved communities of the Central Coast and the Spanish-speaking population. One scholarship holder, Rancho Cielo, used the funds to support an already successful workforce education program that gives graduates access to living wage jobs that enable them to break the cycle of poverty. Rancho Cielo plans to incorporate electrification training into both its construction and agricultural mechanic and electrical programs.

With a renewed focus on workforce training and new funding opportunities reserved only for CCCE affiliates, Central Coast Community Energy hopes this round of grant funding will fill gaps in workforce training that will drive the advancement of electrification in construction. and the transport sector have slowed down. In addition, funding gaps, which often slow down the planning and implementation of municipal electrification projects, could now be closed by the path subsidies of the member agencies and the innovation fund for this route.

“Former recipients of CCCE educational grants are already doing innovative and inclusive work with the funds received,” said the chairman of the CCCE Policy Board and member of the Salinas City Council, Steve McShane. “We hope that this next round of grants will result in greater participation in the CCCE energy program by enabling more community-based organizations and our cities and counties to increase their own electrification training, planning, implementation and innovation.”

CCCE Electrification and Innovation Grant Program funding applications for the Community Education and Workforce Track will be open for 60 days through February 7, 2022. Participation rates, this track could be extended for an additional 60 days. More information is available at www.3cenergy.org/electrification-and-innovation-grant-program/.

Via Central Coast Community Energy

Central Coast Community Energy is a public agency that sources electricity at competitive prices from clean and renewable energy sources. CCE is locally controlled and managed by board members who represent each community served by the agency. The revenues generated by CCCE remain local, helping to keep electricity tariffs affordable for customers, while funding innovative energy programs designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate economic development. CCCE serves more than 400,000 customers across the Central Coast, including residential, commercial, and agricultural customers in communities in Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz counties. Learn more at 3CEnergy.org and on social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ 3CEnergy.

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Peter Berridge

Head of Energy Communication

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