Climate Action

The City of Morro Bay adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) in 2014.  The CAP is a long-range plan to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from City government operations and community activities within Morro Bay and prepare for the anticipated effects of climate change.

In 2017, the City completed a Community Vulnerability and Resilience Assessment (CVRA) as part of the comprehensive update to Plan Morro Bay, the General Plan/ LCP Coastal Land Use Plan update that was adopted in 2021. The CVRA covers the topics of land use, infrastructure, natural resources, parks, recreation, and open space as well as water and water quality. The earth's changing climate is a global issue that has the potential to create specific problems for Morro Bay. The CVRA helped to inform goals and policies in the newly adopted combined General Plan/LCP which was developed around a framework of resiliency. Goals and policies seek to support, enhance, and protect the community and its natural resources.

City Council has 2021-2022 adopted Goals and Short-Term Actions which includes support for climate action planning efforts, education on climate action, identification of critical next steps, and opportunities to reduce reliance on carbon-producing energy sources. This Climate Action page will provide resources and links to residents and businesses and updated with new programs and announcements as they occur. 

Updates: 

In alignment with the City's General Plan, Climate Action Plan, and Short-Term City goals, the Building Division has recently developed a draft Electrification Code that would require an all-electric new building requirement for new or significantly remodeled homes, apartments, add-ons, and accessory dwelling units (ADU)s. All-electric residential buildings will have the benefit of being emissions free, which improves indoor and outdoor air quality, increases energy efficiency, and helps achieve local, regional, and statewide emission reduction goals. The draft Ordinance can be found at the link here: 

https://www.morrobayca.gov/DocumentCenter/View/16985/Chapter-1410-Draft-Electrification-Code

We want your input! Take our Electrification Ordinance Survey here: https://polco.us/skpb4g

Resources:

Central Coast Community Energy Since January 2020, Morro Bay is a proud member of 3CE which serves as our primary electricity provider, offering residents cost savings and cleaner energy.

SB 1383 is legislation that was passed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, such as methane, and address food insecurity in California. For more information, check out the FAQ provided by CalRecycle. The Integrated Waste Management Authority (IWMA) also has information regarding the State's Organics Law here.

U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit. This website is an excellent resource designed to help people find and use tools, information, and access subject matter expertise to build climate resilience. It was developed by a partnership of federal agencies and organizations.

3C-REN (Tri-County Regional Energy Network) is a partnership between the Counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, and Ventura established to deliver energy-saving programs and industry trainings that help reduce energy use, strengthen local job markets, and support efforts to achieve climate goals. Assistance is available to both property owners and the local building industry with program links below.

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Programs:

Energy Savings Assistance Program (open to renters) No-cost installation No-cost weatherization services for low-income households who meet CARE income guidelines, with services including energy efficient furnaces Website link
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) (open to renters) Utility Bill Payment Assistance CAPSLO operates the federal HEAP program that assists low-income households with a once a year payment toward their utility bills Website link
Home Energy Savings Program (open to renters) Assessments, Low and No-Cost Installations Free virtual assessments and free or discounted energy efficiency upgrades 3C Ren website link
Electrify Your Ride Incentive Post-purchase incentives available to 3CE customers for rebates for one or more of the following:
Electric Vehicles; EV Chargers, EV Readiness, E-Bikes
Website link
Energy Resources Rebates & Resources Visit the PG&E Energy Action Guide for resources on rebate applications, home energy checkup, electric vehicle (EV) resources, solar calculator, rebate programs, and disability or medical resources.   Website link
3C REN Contractor Participation - Energy Savings Incentive Program  Contractor Incentives Up to $1,000 bonuses available for participating contractors for energy saving residential projects through the Single Family Home Energy Savings Program. Other incentives available also. Website link
New Construction Electrification Program - New! Electrification Incentives Central Coast Community Energy has funding available for eligible projects types including Affordable Housing Developments ($2,500 per unit/up to $240,000 per project), Farmworker Housing ($2,500 per unit/ up to $240,000 per project), and Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) ($5,000/unit, $10,000 per customer. More information and application link is to the right. Website link