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

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 [...]

By |2019-12-02T16:32:19-08:00November 16th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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

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 [...]

By |2019-12-02T16:33:02-08:00November 2nd, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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

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 [...]

By |2019-12-02T16:33:30-08:00October 19th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

MCE Launches Electric Vehicle Programs, Offers Competitive Charging Rates

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 [...]

Funds to Rebuild Homes Lost in Napa Wildfires

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 [...]

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

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. [...]

A Multifamily Property in Richmond Got Paid to Upgrade

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, [...]

By |2019-12-02T16:35:25-08:00August 24th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

CCAs Can Play a Role in Cleaner Energy Future

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 [...]

By |2019-09-24T10:09:57-07:00August 15th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

(Wind) Power Surge: MCE Signs PPA for New Wind Farm in California

MCE has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with BayWa r.e. Wind, LLC for 100% of the output of the approximately 101 MW Strauss Wind Project. Once built and online, the project is expected to provide clean energy for over 24,000 homes and save an estimated 223,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. [...]

By |2018-09-27T14:17:22-07:00July 16th, 2018|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

$1.8 Million+ Offered to NEM Solar Customers

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 [...]

By |2019-10-11T12:49:18-07:00July 16th, 2018|Sustainability, NEM, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

2018 Home Upgrade Guide

Are you tired of wasting precious energy resources? Thinking about upgrading your home to be more energy efficient? Well you’re in luck! Here is our shocking energy saving guide for 2018: Magnetic Vent Covers What’s more exciting than air vents? Well, vent covers, of course! Simply using covers to block central air flow to unused [...]

By |2019-10-11T12:42:58-07:00June 13th, 2018|Sustainability, NEM, The RE-Source|

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

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 [...]

MCE Receives Investment-Grade Credit Rating from Moody’s

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 22, 2018 Press Contact: David McNeil, Finance Manager (415) 464-6025 | dmcneil@mcecleanenergy.org Moody's Assigns Baa2 Issuer Rating to MCE Investment-Grade Rating Indicates Stable Outlook San Rafael and Concord, Calif. — On May 16, Moody's Investors Service assigned a first-time Baa2 Issuer Rating to MCE. Moody’s Issuer Rating is an independent assessment [...]

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-08:00May 22nd, 2018|The RE-Source, Press Releases|

MCE Solar (Three Hundred and Forty-) One

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 [...]

By |2018-04-24T15:39:27-07:00April 17th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

MCE Solar One Ribbon Cutting

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 [...]

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-08:00April 17th, 2018|Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

Ross Valley Sanitary District Goes Deep Green

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 [...]

Women in Power: Perspectives from MCE Staff

Watch a clip of MCE's CEO, Dawn Weisz, hosting a discussion of the challenges facing women in the workplace, particularly in the traditionally male-dominated field of energy. Resources for Women in the Energy Field: Association of Women in Energy The Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment  California Women in Energy Professional [...]

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-08:00March 19th, 2018|Women, Sustainability, The RE-Source|

Breaking Barriers, Building Change: One Woman’s Story

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, [...]

By |2020-01-14T23:09:19-08:00March 16th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|