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

On November 16, 2017, MCE’s Board of Directors recognized this year’s Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award nominees, including Sarah Loughran and Helene Marsh, in connection with  the Environmental Forum of Marin, the El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee, and Melissa Yu from the Sierra Club Bay Chapter. MCE established the annual award in June 2011 to [...]

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 temporary [...]

Cook Up Some Energy Savings This Thanksgiving

Not only is Thanksgiving a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family, it’s a holiday where food can really take center stage. Here are seven easy ways to avoid gobbling up excess energy while preparing the perfect meal. Avoid frequent oven checks. Each time the oven is opened, a surprisingly large amount of [...]

By |November 16th, 2017|Sustainability, The RE-Source|0 Comments

MCE Launches Pilot Program for Low-Income Families and Tenants

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has awarded $3.5 million to MCE to conduct a two-year, Low-Income Family and Tenants (LIFT) pilot program to better serve income-qualified multifamily communities in MCE’s service area. As residents of income-qualified multifamily housing, renters face multiple barriers to participating in energy efficiency programs, including fear of property owner retaliation, [...]

As the Temperature Drops, So Can Your Energy Bill

Every year, California uses about 2,250 Megawatt hours of electricity, the second highest in the nation behind only Texas. But don’t lose hope – your choices can make a difference! As the seasons begin to change, ample opportunities arise to reduce your environmental footprint (and save some money too!). Here are our four favorite ways to reduce [...]

By |October 16th, 2017|Sustainability, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|0 Comments

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 [...]

Yesterday’s Trash, Tomorrow’s Electricity

MCE and Waste Management’s Redwood Landfill celebrated the opening of a new, 3.9 megawatt (MW) landfill gas-to-energy plant that will generate enough renewable electricity to provide service to more than 5,000 MCE customers. The facility provides an environmentally friendly, sustainable solution to power generation that can produce electricity consistently. Unlike other forms of renewable [...]

Renewable Energy Choice & Local Benefits Come to More Contra Costa Communities

On July 20, MCE’s Board of Directors voted to add nine new Contra Costa communities to its service area, including Concord, Danville, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Ramon, and unincorporated Contra Costa County. MCE electricity service to new Contra Costa customers will begin in the spring of 2018, but the MCE team is [...]

The Solar Eclipse & You: A Green Guide

Flex Your (Conservation) Power! To prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse, MCE is urging all California residents and businesses to use this event as an opportunity to reduce electricity use by taking part in at least one action on the “Simple Plan for the Solar Eclipse.” This once-in-50-year celestial event will take place on Monday, [...]

By |August 9th, 2017|Sustainability, The RE-Source|0 Comments

Deep Green Leaders: 11 MCE Member Communities Go 100% Renewable!

Demonstrating environmental leadership, the Cities and Towns of Corte Madera, El Cerrito, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Napa, Novato, Richmond, Ross, and San Rafael; and the Counties of Marin and Napa have all voted to enroll in MCE’s Deep Green electricity service, which is 100% greenhouse gas-free, Green-e Energy certified, wind and solar power produced in California. [...]

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. On [...]

RichmondBUILD Receives Environmental Job Training Grant from U.S. EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that RichmondBUILD will receive a $200,000 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant to help low-income residents learn the skills needed to secure employment in the environmental field. Click to read the EPA's full press release. About MCE’s partnership with RichmondBUILD 2013 | MCE and RichmondBUILD signed [...]

By |June 5th, 2017|Awards, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|0 Comments

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 MCE [...]

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 [...]

Deep Green Champion VenturePad, San Rafael’s New Cowork Space, Is Now Open

Guest blog by Chris Yalonis, Co‐founder and President, VenturePad Deep sustainable business practices are baked into the DNA of VenturePad, Marin’s new premier coworking space and incubator, which opened on March 1 in downtown San Rafael at 1020 B Street. VenturePad will cultivate, support and connect over 150 entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives, and purpose-driven ventures. The design, buildout, [...]

Cooley Quarry Solar Farm & Local Sol: Powering Up Locally!

On the heels of Earth Day, MCE unveiled a new, one megawatt, ground-mounted solar project at Cooley Quarry in unincorporated Novato. The solar farm is MCE’s fourth local Feed-In Tariff (FIT) project, which will provide power for customers who choose MCE’s new Local Sol energy service. “This is the second MCE solar project that will [...]

MCE Reduces Rates for Second Year in a Row

MCE’s Board of Directors voted to reduce energy rates by an average of 3.7%, effective April 1, bringing the cost of MCE’s Light Green 50% renewable energy service slightly lower than PG&E’s 30% renewable energy service. In its 7 years of operation, MCE has never changed rates more than once a year. [...]

By |March 30th, 2017|Press Releases|0 Comments

Thinking Globally, Partnering Locally

In the fall of 2016, MCE partnered with Rising Sun Energy Center, a local nonprofit organization that focuses on energy and water efficiency as well as workforce and youth development. Through their California Youth Energy Services (CYES), Rising Sun and MCE offered no-cost energy and water assessments and installations for El Cerrito and San Pablo [...]

Rooftop Solar Rates Update: The Timings They Are a Changin’

Guest Blog post by Gopal Shanker, Récolte Energy President Last December PG&E reached its 5% cap for net energy metering (“NEM 1.0") — the program that solar customer-generators have been using to offset their annual electricity bills. For the next few years, net metered projects will be interconnected under the NEM successor program (“NEM 2.0”). [...]

By |February 28th, 2017|NEM, The RE-Source|0 Comments

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. [...]

Why Do We Spring Forward?

While most of us are preparing for a sleep-deprived week in mid-March (not you, Hawaii and Arizona), I could not help but wonder: "What’s with Daylight Saving Time (DST) and why do we all agree to go through this every year?" What I’ve found is that there are a lot of myths and misconceptions surrounding [...]

By |February 8th, 2017|The RE-Source|0 Comments

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