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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 [...]

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-08:00September 21st, 2017|Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:19-08:00August 9th, 2017|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

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. [...]

By |2019-10-11T10:51:15-07:00June 20th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, NEM, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

By |2019-10-11T10:49:33-07:00June 5th, 2017|Awards, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

By |2019-11-27T17:23:53-08:00March 30th, 2017|Press Releases|

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 [...]

By |2019-11-25T17:15:34-08:00March 14th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

By |2019-12-11T13:32:54-08:00February 28th, 2017|NEM, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

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 |2017-02-23T10:43:59-08:00February 8th, 2017|The RE-Source|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:19-08:00February 6th, 2017|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

(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! [...]

By |2019-12-11T13:31:58-08:00January 17th, 2017|Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 |2019-09-26T16:44:24-07:00January 11th, 2017|The RE-Source|