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February 2019

Tamalpais Community Services District Goes Local Sol 100% Renewable

By |2019-02-14T18:00:31+00:00February 14th, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

January 2019

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00January 28th, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 100 [...]

December 2018

California CCAs Achieve 2,000-Megawatt Milestone for New Renewables

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00December 21st, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

Long-term clean energy contract commitments by CCAs double in one year Recently, the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced that community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the state have signed long-term contracts with new renewable energy facilities totaling more than 2,000 megawatts (MW), reflecting a strong commitment by CCAs to drive clean energy and economic [...]

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 5

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00December 19th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

MCE’s Autonomy and Priorities Community Representation: MCE’s Board of Directors MCE is a not-for-profit, public agency governed by a Board of Directors (partial group pictured above) composed of elected officials representing the community voice in agency decisions. In meetings that are open to the public, MCE’s Board democratically votes on agency policy, approves programs, [...]

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 4

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Sustainable Choices: Energy Efficiency The cleanest and least expensive energy is the energy you don’t use. The “nega-watt” is an important component to decarbonizing our electric grid and supporting social equity. Not only does it have zero carbon emissions, but installing efficient measures also saves households money, reduces strain on the grid, and improves [...]

November 2018

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 3

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00November 16th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Building Local and In-State Renewable Projects Thinking Globally, Building Locally Through our Feed-In Tariff and Power Purchase Agreement projects, MCE has installed over 19 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy projects within our member communities. While we’re proud of this accomplishment, we’re not stopping there. An important part of our strategy to build more local [...]

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 2

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Walking the Talk: How MCE Implements Equity Strategies Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agencies like MCE are committed and required to follow a universal access requirement and opt-out structure for customer enrollment. While this ensures equality in energy access, it does not guarantee equity. In other words, MCE has the opportunity to serve everyone in [...]

October 2018

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 1

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00October 19th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Workforce Development Changing Landscapes: Creating Opportunities In today’s economic climate in the Bay Area, many struggle with the rising cost of living. MCE is committed to helping protect our communities from gentrification and displacement by supporting the development and training of local talent with skills necessary to access living-wage clean energy employment. The Bay [...]

September 2018

MCE Launches Electric Vehicle Programs, Offers Competitive Charging Rates

By |2018-09-21T19:00:30+00:00September 20th, 2018|Electric Vehicles, Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 12, 2018 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org $1.5 Million in Funds Committed for Charging Stations, Rebates for Low-Income Qualifying Customers SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE has launched a generous rebate program to lower the cost of installing electric vehicle (EV) charging stations at workplace [...]

MCE and Community Partners Lead the Way in Meeting Ambitious Renewable Energy and Climate Goals

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00September 10th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

MCE applauds the organizers of the Global Climate Action Summit and supports California in its continued climate leadership and recent goal of achieving 100% carbon-free energy. We also acknowledge the climate action leadership and partnerships of our 33 member communities and over 470,000 customers, comprised of school and sanitary districts, businesses, residents, towns, and counties. [...]

August 2018

CCAs Can Play a Role in Cleaner Energy Future

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00August 15th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

California’s policymakers are acting aggressively to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in an era of federal regression of such policies. The state’s rapid transition away from fossil fuels has resulted in it achieving its 2020 GHG goals four years earlier than legislative mandates, while supporting a growing economy. The upcoming Global Climate Action Summit this September in [...]

April 2018

MCE Solar (Three Hundred and Forty-) One

By |2018-04-24T15:39:27+00:00April 17th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

The following is a transcript of Dawn Weisz, MCE CEO's, speech given at the MCE Solar One Ribbon Cutting Celebration. I’d like to start of by thanking all of our partners – RichmondBUILD, the City of Richmond, Cenergy Power, Chevron, and sPower. And thank you to MCE staff – especially, Greg Brehm, David Potovsky, Allen [...]

MCE Solar One Ribbon Cutting

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18+00:00April 17th, 2018|Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2018 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, MCE Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org Think Globally, Build Locally MCE, sPower, and City of Richmond Celebrate Bay Area's Largest Public-Private Solar Partnership Richmond, Calif. — Today, project partners MCE and sPower commemorate Earth Day with a ribbon cutting for MCE Solar One, a [...]

March 2018

Breaking Barriers, Building Change: One Woman’s Story

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18+00:00March 16th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Photo courtesy of GRID Alternatives: Amaris Lujano (right) and Erin Shaw during a solar installation Guest blog post by Amaris Lujano, Assistant Project Manager, GRID Alternatives I’m the daughter of a General Contractor who grew up in a traditional Mexican household. I grew up around construction tools, [...]

December 2017

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18+00:00December 19th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 time [...]

November 2017

LEED Credits for Deep Green: West Marin Service Center

By |2017-11-16T09:46:59+00:00November 16th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

September 2017

Yesterday’s Trash, Tomorrow’s Electricity

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18+00:00September 21st, 2017|Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 [...]

August 2017

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18+00:00August 8th, 2017|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 [...]

July 2017

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

By |2017-07-20T20:37:59+00:00July 20th, 2017|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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. [...]

June 2017

Local Union Labor Plan Announced for New Solar Construction

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19+00:00June 5th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 [...]

April 2017

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

By |2017-04-27T14:20:36+00:00April 27th, 2017|Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 [...]

February 2017

New Two-Megawatt Freethy Industrial Park Solar Unveiled

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19+00:00February 14th, 2017|Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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. [...]

January 2017

El Cerrito Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

By |2017-02-07T08:40:46+00:00January 31st, 2017|Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19+00:00January 17th, 2017|Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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! [...]

December 2016

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

By |2016-12-13T15:57:15+00:00December 13th, 2016|Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 [...]

July 2016

1 Solar MW at Novato Cooley Quarry for Local Sol Service

By |2019-01-30T22:51:20+00:00July 7th, 2016|Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

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 [...]