Community Spotlight

MCE Approved for $750,000 Grant to Support Critical Resiliency Facilities

The Marin Community Foundation recently approved a two-year grant of $750,000 to MCE through the Buck Family Fund. MCE will use the grant to support clean energy resiliency for nonprofit critical facilities and affordable housing in Marin County. In the face of wildfire threats, we recognize that the decision to shut off electricity service is [...]

Two More Cities in Solano & Contra Costa Counties Join MCE

Electricity Customers in Pleasant Hill & Vallejo to Gain Choice & Renewable Energy Options in 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 25, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On November 21, 2019, MCE’s Board of Directors approved membership for the Cities of [...]

MCE Releases Fall 2019 Update on Climate Action Advancements Across its Bay Area Service Area

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 14, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE released a new report today highlighting climate action advancements across the four Bay Area counties its serves — including a record number of local governments in Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, [...]

Drive Clean Bay Area Partnership Promotes Electric Vehicles

MCE & Partners Aim to Reduce Emissions and Combat Climate Change Drive Clean Bay Area is a collaborative effort spanning nine counties and involving three of the region’s forward-thinking multi-jurisdictional organizations. The new campaign focuses on educating and motivating Bay Area residents and employees to replace their internal combustion vehicles with electric vehicles (EV) [...]

MCE Customers Offered $2.8+ Million in Cash Back for Generating Their Own Solar Energy in 2018-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 1, 2019* Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE is issuing cash outs totaling over $2.8 million to rooftop solar customers when they have produced more electricity than they used themselves. MCE’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program currently provides incentives [...]

One of Largest Operational CCA Solar Projects in California Now Online

MCE and sPower recently announced that they achieved commercial operations on a 130 MWdc solar project in Lancaster, California. The project, named Antelope Expansion 2, completed by sPower in December of 2018 will sell output to MCE under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). While California is home to many large solar projects, this [...]

Breaking Ground on New 3 MW Solar Project in Napa County

Construction began in April on MCE's first new renewable energy project in Napa County, the American Canyon Solar Project, after months of development, planning, and preparation. Renewable Properties developed the small-scale utility solar project that will supply MCE with 3 MWac of in-service area solar electricity. The project is expected to begin delivery of [...]

MCE Continues to Deliver on Mission with Completion of Latest Community Energy Project

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2019 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE and American Solar celebrate the completion of MCE Solar Charge, MCE’s newest, local community energy project. MCE Solar Charge includes an 80kW PV solar system powering 10 Level 2 electric vehicle [...]

MCE Announces 2018 Charles F. McGlashan Award Winners

Sustainable Lafayette, Resilient Neighborhoods, and Verna Causby-Smith, EAH Affordable Housing Honored This Spring, MCE’s Board of Directors recognized the 2018 Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award winners, including Sustainable Lafayette, Resilient Neighborhoods, and Verna Causby-Smith with EAH Affordable Housing (winners pictured above with MCE leadership, left to right: Don Tatzin, Former Mayor of Lafayette; Dawn Weisz, [...]

Tamalpais Community Services District Goes Local Sol 100% Renewable

Photo courtesy of Tamalpais Community Services District Guest blog post by Heather Abrams, General Manager, Tamalpais Community Services District Tamalpais Valley is the gateway to Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County. About 7,000 people live in this cozy wooded valley, which is located just 10 minutes North [...]

MCE’s Plan Meets California Renewable Energy Standards Eleven Years Early

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 28, 2019 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org 250 MW New Renewables in 2018 Accelerate MCE’s Rapid Progress SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE and community partners are leading the way in meeting California’s ambitious renewable energy and climate goals. The passage of Senate Bill [...]

Funds to Rebuild Homes Lost in Napa Wildfires

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 28, 2018 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org MCE Partners with Local Agencies to Promote Energy Efficiency, Offer Single Application Process SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — Property owners in Napa County who are rebuilding homes lost in the October 2017 or recent 2018 wildfires can [...]

A Multifamily Property in Richmond Got Paid to Upgrade

Multifamily property owner Bakari Kafele has much to be thankful for: His wife, his baby, and MCE’s partnership with the City of Richmond that provided him with substantial cash rebates for energy-efficient upgrades. Bakari reached out to this program, known as Energize Richmond, when he needed to perform upgrades on his three tenant units, [...]

A 100% Renewable Energy Record: Ahead of the (Deep Green) Curve in Kensington, CA

The Kensington Greens are a small group of citizens deeply involved in their district, who formed on their community NextDoor site to take action on climate change and sustainability issues. When Kensington and the rest of unincorporated Contra Costa County voted to enroll with MCE, the Kensington Greens took the opportunity to embark on [...]

Ross Valley Sanitary District Goes Deep Green

Located in central Marin County, Ross Valley Sanitary District (RVSD) is the first sanitary district in MCE's service area to vote to opt up their electricity service from 50 percent renewable to 100 percent California renewable energy through MCE Deep Green, starting in July 2018. RVSD's change to 100% renewable energy is expected to increase their [...]

Moraga: Paving the Way Towards Sustainability

Home to over 17,000 people, Moraga has long been committed to environmental sustainability. Nestled in central Contra Costa County, east of the Oakland hills, Moraga sits in a valley boasting easy access to trails and open space like Rancho Laguna Park and the popular Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail. Moraga is also home to Saint Mary’s College [...]

Partnering for a Resilient Calistoga

The historic City Hall and Police Station buildings facing one another in bucolic, downtown Calistoga belie the increasing energy efficiency and creature comforts of those facilities, thanks to projects initiated by Sustainable Napa’s Project Manager, Bill Bennett, and Calistoga’s City Manager, Dylan Feik. After retrofitting the city’s street lights in 2016, the following year, Calistoga [...]

Public-Private Partnership Brings Call Center and Local Jobs to Pittsburg

In preparation for the launch of a new call center in Pittsburg that will serve MCE, a five-day workforce development training was organized by Future Build East County, the City of Pittsburg, Calpine, and AnswerNet. Electricity service to nine additional communities in Contra Costa County will begin in April 2018. This is the first [...]

Environmental Victory in California: Marin County Chooses 100% Renewable Energy

This fall, Marin became the first county in the state to have 100% renewable electricity for all of its county, town, and city municipal accounts. Together, all 12 municipalities have eliminated an estimated 3,570 metric tons of pollution, or the EPA equivalent of removing 764 cars from the road in one year. Belvedere was [...]

Charles F. McGlashan Award Recognizes Community Advocates for Outstanding Environmental Leadership

On November 16, 2017, MCE’s Board of Directors recently honored the El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee with the 2017 Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award. Nominees included Sarah Loughran and Helene Marsh, in connection with  the Environmental Forum of Marin, and Melissa Yu from the Sierra Club Bay Chapter. MCE established the annual award in June [...]

LEED Credits for Deep Green: West Marin Service Center

The County of Marin’s West Marin Service Center's (WMSC) new and expanded facility is now under construction, with a built-in plan to support a sustainable environment. The building will replace the older facility, with plans to open and serve the community in mid-2018, while the community will continue to receive uninterrupted service from WMSC's [...]

Important Fire Resources – Recursos importantes para los incendios

To prepare for an evacuation, take these precautionary steps Get updates from Cal Fire County Fire Information: Napa, Solano, Contra Costa, Marin Be safe - if you feel like you are in danger, leave Listen to mandatory evacuation warnings - if you are under one, evacuate as quickly as possible Be aware of road conditions and [...]

Service Members Keep Giving Back: GRID Alternatives Celebrates Veteran’s Day

Guest post by Mara Ervin, GRID Alternatives Development and Programs Manager The opinions expressed by RE-Source Guest Bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of MCE, its employees, or contractors. MCE reviews all posts but is not responsible for the accuracy of  any of the information supplied. [...]

Local Union Labor Plan Announced for New Solar Construction

MCE has partnered with solar developer Cenergy Power to build what will be the largest publicly-owned solar project in the Bay Area, MCE Solar One. The 60 acre, 10.5 MW ground mounted solar farm in Richmond, CA will support 341 jobs and provide power for 3,417 homes per year. The City of Richmond and [...]

Energize Richmond: Energy Efficiency for Small Businesses

Guest Blog post by Lois Smith, Marketing & Outreach Manager, Community Energy Services Corporation Every business wants to keep costs down and provide excellent customer service. Energy efficiency is a good way to pay less on energy bills while keeping high-quality lighting and refrigeration. However, many businesses lack the resources to invest in energy-efficient measures [...]