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October 2018

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

By |October 19th, 2018|

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 |September 20th, 2018|

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 [...]

Funds to Rebuild Homes Lost in Napa Wildfires

By |September 20th, 2018|

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 receive [...]

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

By |September 10th, 2018|

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

A Multifamily Property in Richmond Got Paid to Upgrade

By |August 24th, 2018|

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, but [...]

July 2018

$1.8 Million+ Offered to NEM Solar Customers

By |July 16th, 2018|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2018 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org MCE Solar Customers Earn $1.8 Million+ for Excess Energy Production in 2017-18 San Rafael and Concord, Calif. — MCE’s annual cash-out process for rooftop solar customers is currently underway, offering over $1.8 million in check payments to purchase the [...]

May 2018

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

By |May 25th, 2018|

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 a [...]

March 2018

Ross Valley Sanitary District Goes Deep Green

By |March 20th, 2018|

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 annual [...]

Breaking Barriers, Building Change: One Woman’s Story

By |March 16th, 2018|

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, watching my father [...]

February 2018

Moraga: Paving the Way Towards Sustainability

By |February 27th, 2018|

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 [...]

January 2018

Partnering for a Resilient Calistoga

By |January 24th, 2018|

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 [...]

December 2017

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

By |December 19th, 2017|

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 [...]

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

By |December 19th, 2017|

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 the [...]

November 2017

LEED Credits for Deep Green: West Marin Service Center

By |November 16th, 2017|

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 [...]

MCE Launches Pilot Program for Low-Income Families and Tenants

By |November 3rd, 2017|

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, [...]

October 2017

As the Temperature Drops, So Can Your Energy Bill

By |October 16th, 2017|

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 [...]

Important Fire Resources – Recursos importantes para los incendios

By |October 17th, 2017|

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 [...]

August 2017

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

By |August 8th, 2017|

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 |July 20th, 2017|

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

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

By |June 20th, 2017|

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

By |June 5th, 2017|

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 [...]

Local Union Labor Plan Announced for New Solar Construction

By |June 5th, 2017|

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 [...]

May 2017

Energize Richmond: Energy Efficiency for Small Businesses

By |May 9th, 2017|

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

By |May 9th, 2017|

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, [...]

April 2017

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

By |April 27th, 2017|

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 [...]

March 2017

Thinking Globally, Partnering Locally

By |March 14th, 2017|

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 [...]

February 2017

New Two-Megawatt Freethy Industrial Park Solar Unveiled

By |February 14th, 2017|

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 |January 31st, 2017|

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 |January 17th, 2017|

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! [...]

November 2016

MCE Announces Charles F. McGlashan Award Winner

By |November 22nd, 2016|

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) [...]