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New Two-Megawatt Freethy Industrial Park Solar Unveiled

On Tuesday, February 14, MCE and JHS Properties unveiled Freethy Industrial Park, a new, two-megawatt, ground-mounted solar project in Richmond, marking the completion of MCE’s third Feed-In Tariff project. The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program invites local entrepreneurs to develop and sell renewable energy to MCE within its service area at a fixed price for twenty years. [...]

Cupid’s Eco Arrow

All the world loves a lover. As we approach Valentine’s Day, many of us are looking for that perfect symbol of our perfect love – a gift for our beloved. But for the environmentally aware Juliet or Romeo, never was there a story of more woe. The tons and tons of greeting cards, cut-flower arrangements, [...]

By |February 6th, 2017|Sustainability, The RE-Source|0 Comments

El Cerrito Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

Guest Blog post by Rebecca Milliken, El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee Member & MCE Deep Green Customer As the City of El Cerrito celebrates its 100th anniversary, the City’s volunteer-based Environmental Quality Committee (EQC) is using the yearlong celebration as an opportunity to promote a greener, more sustainable future. The EQC partnered with MCE to launch [...]

(Green) Power to the People: Achieving a Sustainable Future

Happy New Year from all of us at MCE! Whether or not you’re sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions, here’s a good reason to give yourself a pat on the back: MCE customers have eliminated 122,102 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, which is equivalent to removing 25,792 cars from the road for one year! [...]

Taking Back the Power – Community Choice Aggregation: A Podcast Interview

Do you know the benefits that MCE brings to your community? Learn all about them, CCAs, how MCE got started (but almost didn’t!), all the energy options in your service area, and more in this delightful podcast conversation with Alex DiGiorgio, MCE’s Community Development Manager.

By |January 11th, 2017|The RE-Source|0 Comments

Union Bank Invests in the Environment

Union Bank's green just got a lot greener! All of Union Bank's offices that are located within MCE's service area have enrolled in Deep Green electricity service, enabling these locations to switch to 100 percent renewable energy and furthering the bank’s commitment to building healthy and sustainable communities. The decision makes Union Bank the first financial [...]

By |January 6th, 2017|The RE-Source, Press Releases|0 Comments

MCE’s Fifth Local Solar Project Brought Online at Larkspur Cost Plus Plaza

Local real estate developer Rawson, Blum & Leon (RBL) is leveraging MCE’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program to utilize unused rooftop space at its popular shopping center in Larkspur, CA. The project, built on the roof of Cost Plus, will deliver over 265 kilowatts AC (345 kW DC) of solar photovoltaic energy to the grid, enough [...]

Community Spotlight: Marin Transit Greenlights Two Electric Buses

Marin Transit is jumping into the next wave of transit vehicle technologies with a pilot project to purchase two zero emission electric buses. This effort coincides with California Air Resources Board's proposed Advanced Clean Transit rule, aimed at transforming public transit fleets to entirely zero emission vehicles by the year 2040. The pilot will provide [...]

By |December 6th, 2016|Community Spotlight, The RE-Source|0 Comments

MCE Announces Charles F. McGlashan Award Winner

MCE established the Charles McGlashan Advocacy Award in June 2011 to honor and commemorate the life and legacy of environmental leadership left behind by former founding MCE Chairman, Charles F. McGlashan. The award recognizes passion, dedication, and leadership in promoting MCE’s mission. On November 17, 2016, MCE’s Board of Directors recognized Sustainable Napa County (SNC) [...]

By |November 22nd, 2016|Awards, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|0 Comments

Electric Vehicle Update: MCE and eMotorwerks Partner to Increase Affordable, Renewable Charging Options

This month, MCE and eMotorWerks, a leading provider of intelligent and connected smart-grid charging solutions for electric vehicles (EVs), announced a cutting-edge partnership to deliver advanced charging solutions for EVs, discounts on a range of smart grid-enabled charging stations, and charging rewards for residential and commercial customers in MCE’s service area. MCE currently provides energy [...]

By |November 17th, 2016|Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|0 Comments

Community Spotlight: Richmond Puts Action to Climate Change Dialogue

MCE congratulates Richmond on their ambitious and innovative Climate Action Plan (CAP) to address the impacts of climate change and lower greenhouse gas emissions in Richmond. The CAP – which was unanimously approved by Richmond City Council – inventories Richmond’s emissions sources, establishes emissions reduction targets, and identifies city and community actions to reduce emissions. The CAP ensures that [...]

By |October 28th, 2016|Community Spotlight, The RE-Source, Press Releases|0 Comments

U.S. EPA Honors Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Deep Green Energy Service Champion

This October the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for significantly reducing the park’s carbon footprint in 2015. Deborah Jordan, EPA's Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, presented the Federal Green Challenge award at a renewable energy workshop at Fort Mason in San Francisco. “The Golden Gate National Recreation Area [...]

MCE Wins 2016 Green Power Leadership Award

On Monday, October 17, the Center for Resource Solutions presented MCE with a Green Power Leadership Award at the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference, recognizing MCE’s championship of renewable energy as an accelerator in the development of green power markets. “It’s an honor to be amongst the many diverse recipients of this prestigious award,” said [...]

By |October 19th, 2016|Awards, The RE-Source, Press Releases|0 Comments

Marin Municipal Water District to Purchase Deep Green 100% Renewable Energy

Furthering its commitment to sustainability and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) has voluntarily agreed to increase the percentage of energy purchased from renewable sources to 100% through MCE's Deep Green service. The District previously participated in MCE’s Light Green service, which means 50% of its energy was provided by renewable energy sources [...]

By |October 11th, 2016|The RE-Source, Press Releases|0 Comments

CalCCA Launches to Advance Local Energy Control and Green Electricity Options

California’s six Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs, MCE, CleanPowerSF, Lancaster Choice Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and Sonoma Clean Power announced the launch of the California Community Choice Association, or CalCCA. With CalCCA as the preeminent statewide voice for these organizations, the Association will advocate for legislative and regulatory policies that support [...]

By |October 6th, 2016|The RE-Source, Press Releases|0 Comments

MCE Grows Solar Power Profile with Recurrent Energy

At the end of September, MCE signed a contract to partner with Recurrent Energy for a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for 100 megawatt (MW) of solar power in California. Power from the Recurrent Energy-developed Tranquillity 8 solar project, located in Fresno County, will supply MCE with 100 MW of clean solar electricity, which is enough to [...]

By |October 5th, 2016|The RE-Source, Press Releases|0 Comments

1.5 Solar MW at Novato Cooley Quarry for Local Sol Service

MCE will soon be flipping the switch on a new community solar farm with the help of Danlin Solar, REP Energy, and the Novato Cooley Quarry. The Cooley Quarry project will supply Local Sol customers with brand new 100% solar energy. It was developed under MCE’s Feed-In Tariff, a standard offer contract for local renewable projects. Not [...]

By |July 7th, 2016|Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|0 Comments

MCE Solar Customers Earn $1 Million+ for Excess Energy Production in 2015-16

MCE recently completed its fifth annual cash out process for rooftop solar customers, offering $1,028,452 in check payments to buy the excess solar generated electricity from approximately 3,000 customers. “It’s gratifying to see so many customers receive checks through MCE’s net energy metering program,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “Of the $1 million MCE [...]

By |July 7th, 2016|NEM, The RE-Source, Press Releases|0 Comments

9% Rate Reduction for September 2016 Announced

Typical electric customers will pay slightly less than PG&E for MCE’s 50% renewable energy service On June 16, 2016, MCE’s Board of Directors voted to reduce energy rates by an average of 9%, effective September 1. This means the cost of MCE Light Green 50% service will be slightly less than the cost of PG&E’s 30% [...]

By |June 22nd, 2016|The RE-Source, Press Releases|0 Comments