The RE-Source

Energy Affordability Resources for Support during COVID-19

During this time at home, MCE would like to support our customers looking to reduce their energy consumption and save money on energy bills. There are a variety of ways that you can reduce your bill through various discount programs, energy efficiency, and emergency financial assistance programs. You can learn more about these resources by [...]

MCE Temporarily Suspends Customer Collection Activities

MCE is suspending the return of non-paying customers back to PG&E service, and suspending all collections activities FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2020 Press Contact: Jenna Famular | Communications Manager (925) 378-6747 | jfamular@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. – In response to the COVID-19 crisis, MCE has suspended the return of non-paying customers back to [...]

Answers to 7 FAQs about Charging Electric Vehicles at Home

One of the most underrated benefits of electric vehicles (EVs) is being able to permanently remove “go to the gas station” from your Errands To Do List. With an EV, you can “refuel” at the most convenient place: your home. Home EV charging is easy to set up, but can be new territory for [...]

MCE Partners for 160 MW New California Solar Energy

Longroad Energy Acquires First Solar's Little Bear Solar Portfolio FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 2, 2020 MCE Press Contact: Jenna Famular, Communications Manager (925) 378-6747 | jfamular@mcecleanenergy.org TEMPE, Ariz. and SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — US-headquartered First Solar, Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) announced today that Longroad Energy is the acquirer of four solar projects with a combined capacity [...]

New Incentives and Improvements Added to MCE’s Feed-in Tariff Program

MCE’s Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program was created in 2010 to promote the development of new renewable energy projects in MCE’s service area. By providing a standard offer contract with fixed pricing to developers at above-market rates, MCE aims to help overcome barriers to Bay Area renewable energy development. To date, MCE’s FIT program has [...]

Pollinator-Friendly Ground Cover Now Required for New Solar Projects

MCE is excited to announce a pollinator program requirement designed to safeguard critical habitats.* MCE is the first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program that requires new solar project partners to plant pollinator-friendly ground cover throughout the project site and submit a pollinator scorecard every three years. This new requirement – which applies to both [...]

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 [...]

Top 3 Ways Electric Vehicles Save You Money

Once considered niche, EVs were initially promoted as luxury cars with a six-figure sticker price. Today, the growing number of public charging stations and lower costs make EVs a compelling option for car shoppers. There are now several rebates that can make the cost of buying or leasing an EV even less than a gas-fueled [...]

Announcing MCE’s 2020 Open Season Request for Offers

As part of MCE’s mission to reduce electricity-related greenhouse gas emissions by offering customers competitively-priced renewable electricity service options, MCE is pleased to announce its 2020 Open Season procurement process. Open Season provides a competitive and objectively-administered opportunity for qualified suppliers of energy and energy storage products to fulfill MCE’s resource requirements. The specific products [...]

The Top 5 Reasons to Get a Smart Thermostat

Want an easy way to lower your heating bill this winter? Switching to a smart thermostat may just be the move for you. Now that the weather is getting colder, your heater might be running more often to keep your home warm and comfortable. Monitoring your usage can keep your heating bills from [...]

Fairfield Votes to Request MCE Membership

On December 3, 2019, the City of Fairfield (Solano County) voted to request membership in MCE service. The City has been engaging with MCE for the past year, receiving several public presentations and hearing from the public regarding the decision to join MCE. At the December 3rd council meeting, the five-person council voted unanimously [...]

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 Commits $3 Million to Support Local Resiliency Projects in the Wake of PG&E Power Shutoffs

New investments are part of MCE’s comprehensive strategy for supporting communities and vulnerable customers across its four-county service area FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 22, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE’s Board voted last night to commit $3 million to support [...]

Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) & Wildfire Safety Resources

When gusty winds and dry conditions, combined with a heightened fire risk, are forecasted, PG&E will determine if they will need to turn off electricity for public safety. MCE is not directly involved in transmitting and distributing electricity or evaluating if weather conditions meet the criteria for planned power shutoffs. We are committed to [...]

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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, [...]

Environmental Justice Advocate Stephanie Chen Joins MCE’s Regulatory and Legislative Policy Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 5, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE announced today that environmental justice advocate Stephanie Chen has joined its regulatory and legislative policy team, where Chen will be working to expand MCE’s consumer advocacy efforts and programs for [...]

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 Receives Second Investment-Grade Credit Rating

After 2018 Investment-Grade Rating from Moody’s, New Fitch Rating Indicates Continued Stable Outlook FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 30, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On August 29, 2019, Fitch Ratings assigned a ‘BBB’ Issuer Default Rating to Marin Clean Energy (MCE), [...]

Community Power Coalition Advocate Training 2019

In July, members of our Community Power Coalition came together to share best practices and learn about how to lead campaigns for MCE's Deep Green 100% renewable energy, and engage in both local and statewide regulatory and legislative policy. MCE was excited to welcome our advocates to our Concord Office, and to both share [...]