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February 2018

Moraga: Paving the Way Towards Sustainability

By |2018-02-27T11:51:22-07:00February 27th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

CCA Supplier Diversity Symposium

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00February 2nd, 2018|Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 2, 2018 Press Contact: Jamie Tuckey, MCE Director of Public Affairs (415) 464-6024 | jtuckey@mcecleanenergy.org CalCCA and Greenlining Institute Host First Diversity Symposium State and Local Officials, Businesses, and Community Leaders Unite Richmond, California - On January 26, CalCCA and The Greenlining Institute co-hosted the first CCA Supplier Diversity Symposium to [...]

January 2018

Partnering for a Resilient Calistoga

By |2018-01-24T12:44:06-07:00January 24th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

6 Good Deeds the Earth (& Your Wallet) Will Thank You For

By |2018-01-19T12:43:11-07:00January 19th, 2018|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

The new year is a great time to make simple lifestyle changes, and, of course, save energy with home upgrades. Here are six of the most effective ways to slash your energy usage and lower your monthly energy bill. Both the planet and your wallet will be grateful! Turn off the lights. Each year, an [...]

December 2017

‘Tis The Season for Energy Efficiency

By |2017-12-21T12:42:57-07:00December 21st, 2017|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

The holidays are a great time to relax, spend time with friends and family, and reduce energy consumption. As the new year approaches, here are six easy ways to significantly reduce your energy usage. Stay Warm with Style - Turn your heater down and wear warm clothes indoors. It’s a great time to break out [...]

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00December 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 [...]

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

By |2017-12-20T10:27:44-07:00December 19th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00November 20th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Awards, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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

LEED Credits for Deep Green: West Marin Service Center

By |2017-11-16T09:46:59-07:00November 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 [...]

Cook Up Some Energy Savings This Thanksgiving

By |2017-11-21T12:07:55-07:00November 16th, 2017|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

MCE Launches Pilot Program for Low-Income Families and Tenants

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00November 3rd, 2017|Sustainability, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2017-10-16T16:23:08-07:00October 16th, 2017|Sustainability, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00October 17th, 2017|Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

September 2017

Yesterday’s Trash, Tomorrow’s Electricity

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00September 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 |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00August 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 [...]

The Solar Eclipse & You: A Green Guide

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00August 9th, 2017|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

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, [...]

July 2017

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

By |2017-07-20T20:37:59-07:00July 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

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00June 20th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, NEM, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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. [...]

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

By |2017-06-05T19:21:20-07:00June 5th, 2017|Awards, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00June 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 [...]

May 2017

Energize Richmond: Energy Efficiency for Small Businesses

By |2017-05-09T14:31:43-07:00May 9th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00May 9th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Deep Green Champions, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 |2017-04-27T14:20:36-07:00April 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 [...]

March 2017

MCE Reduces Rates for Second Year in a Row

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00March 30th, 2017|Press Releases|

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. Those [...]

Thinking Globally, Partnering Locally

By |2017-03-14T15:42:46-07:00March 14th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00February 28th, 2017|NEM, The RE-Source|

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”). [...]

New Two-Megawatt Freethy Industrial Park Solar Unveiled

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00February 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. [...]

Why Do We Spring Forward?

By |2017-02-23T10:43:59-07:00February 8th, 2017|The RE-Source|

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 [...]

Cupid’s Eco Arrow

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00February 6th, 2017|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

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, [...]

January 2017

El Cerrito Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

By |2017-02-07T08:40:46-07:00January 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 [...]