Central Coast Community Energy launches electrification and innovation grant program for community education, workforce training and municipal electrification projects

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Central Coast Community Energy launches electrification and innovation grant program for community education, workforce training and municipal electrification projects

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

December 9, 2021, Monterey, Calif .– Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) today announced the launch of its electrification and innovation grants program. Totaling $ 1 million in available funds, this second iteration of grants focused on community education on electrification and its benefits has been expanded to include two new focus areas: training and workforce development. work as well as a separate track for cities and counties served by CCCE, known as CCCE member agencies.

With common interests around reducing emissions and advancing clean energy technologies and resources, the CCCE and its member agencies can collaborate around grant funds that support the planning and implementation of electrification projects. cities and counties such as vehicle fleet operations, municipal properties and community infrastructure. The member agency component also includes innovation funds to support the deployment of new and innovative electrification or energy technologies.

“The need for increased awareness and understanding of the benefits of electrification represents important opportunities to support and educate households and businesses to adopt proven and cost-effective measures,” says CCCE CEO Tom Habashi. “The same goes for the construction and automotive trades. Investments in electrification-oriented training and workforce development will ultimately help advance electrification along the central coast. “

The first round of electrification education grants distributed by the CCCE provided funds to several local organizations to provide individuals, households and businesses with advice and resources in their efforts to purchase or lease electricity. new or used electric vehicles. These fellows also shared goals regarding removing barriers to equity and access for underserved Central Coast communities and the Spanish speaking population. Grant recipient Rancho Cielo used the funds to support an already successful workforce training program that provides graduates with access to paid jobs that give them the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty. Rancho Cielo plans to incorporate electrification training into its construction and agricultural mechanics and electrical programs.

With a renewed focus on workforce training and new funding opportunities unique to CCCE member agencies, Central Coast Community Energy hopes this round of funding will help fill gaps in workforce training. work that slowed down the progress of electrification in the construction and transport sectors. In addition, the funding gaps that often slow down the planning and implementation of municipal electrification projects could now be filled thanks to funding from the component of member agencies as well as from the innovation fund of this component.

“Former CCCE scholarship recipients are already doing innovative and inclusive work with the funds they have received,” says CCCE Board Chair and Salinas City Council Member Steve McShane. “We hope this next round of grants will result in greater participation in the CCCE Energy program by empowering more community organizations and our cities and counties to scale up their own education, planning, implementation and innovation in the field. electrification. “

Applications for funds from the CCCE Electrification and Innovation Grants Program for the Community Education and Workforce stream will be open for 60 days, until February 7, 2022. Applications for the Member Agency stream will be open for 60 days. also open for 60 days until February 7, 2022, but based on turnout this trail could be extended for an additional 60 days. For more information, visit www.3cenergy.org/electrification-and-innovation-grant-program/.

About Central Coast Community Energy

Central Coast Community Energy is a public body that sources competitively priced electricity from clean, renewable energy resources. The CCE is locally controlled and directed by board members who represent each community served by the agency. Revenues generated by the CCCE remain local and help keep electricity rates 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 throughout the Central Coast, including residential, commercial and agricultural customers in communities located in Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties. Learn more on 3CEnergy.org and on social media including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @ 3CEnergy.

Central Coast Community Energy | CCCE

Pierre Berridge

Energy communications manager

Phone. : (831) 641-7204

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