Press Releases

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September 2018

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. [...]

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

MCE Receives Investment-Grade Credit Rating from Moody’s

By |May 22nd, 2018|

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 [...]

April 2018

MCE Solar One Ribbon Cutting

By |April 17th, 2018|

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 [...]

February 2018

CCA Supplier Diversity Symposium

By |February 2nd, 2018|

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 [...]

December 2017

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

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

By |November 20th, 2017|

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 [...]

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, [...]

September 2017

Yesterday’s Trash, Tomorrow’s Electricity

By |September 21st, 2017|

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 renewable [...]

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

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 [...]

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

MCE Reduces Rates for Second Year in a Row

By |March 30th, 2017|

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. [...]

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

Union Bank Invests in the Environment

By |January 6th, 2017|

Union Bank's green just got a lot greener! All of Union Bank's offices that are located within MCE's service area have enrolled in Deep Green electricity service, enabling these locations to switch to 100 percent renewable energy and furthering the bank’s commitment to building healthy and sustainable communities. The decision makes Union Bank the first financial [...]

December 2016

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

By |December 13th, 2016|

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 [...]

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) [...]

October 2016

Community Spotlight: Richmond Puts Action to Climate Change Dialogue

By |October 28th, 2016|

MCE congratulates Richmond on their ambitious and innovative Climate Action Plan (CAP) to address the impacts of climate change and lower greenhouse gas emissions in Richmond. The CAP – which was unanimously approved by Richmond City Council – inventories Richmond’s emissions sources, establishes emissions reduction targets, and identifies city and community actions to reduce emissions. The CAP ensures that [...]

U.S. EPA Honors Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Deep Green Energy Service Champion

By |October 27th, 2016|

This October the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized the Golden Gate National Recreation Area for significantly reducing the park’s carbon footprint in 2015. Deborah Jordan, EPA's Acting Deputy Regional Administrator for the Pacific Southwest, presented the Federal Green Challenge award at a renewable energy workshop at Fort Mason in San Francisco. “The Golden Gate National Recreation Area [...]

MCE Wins 2016 Green Power Leadership Award

By |October 19th, 2016|

On Monday, October 17, the Center for Resource Solutions presented MCE with a Green Power Leadership Award at the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference, recognizing MCE’s championship of renewable energy as an accelerator in the development of green power markets. “It’s an honor to be amongst the many diverse recipients of this prestigious award,” said [...]

Marin Municipal Water District to Purchase Deep Green 100% Renewable Energy

By |October 11th, 2016|

Furthering its commitment to sustainability and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) has voluntarily agreed to increase the percentage of energy purchased from renewable sources to 100% through MCE's Deep Green service. The District previously participated in MCE’s Light Green service, which means 50% of its energy was provided by renewable energy sources [...]

CalCCA Launches to Advance Local Energy Control and Green Electricity Options

By |October 6th, 2016|

California’s six Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs, MCE, CleanPowerSF, Lancaster Choice Energy, Peninsula Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and Sonoma Clean Power announced the launch of the California Community Choice Association, or CalCCA. With CalCCA as the preeminent statewide voice for these organizations, the Association will advocate for legislative and regulatory policies that support [...]

MCE Grows Solar Power Profile with Recurrent Energy

By |October 5th, 2016|

At the end of September, MCE signed a contract to partner with Recurrent Energy for a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for 100 megawatt (MW) of solar power in California. Power from the Recurrent Energy-developed Tranquillity 8 solar project, located in Fresno County, will supply MCE with 100 MW of clean solar electricity, which is enough to [...]

July 2016

MCE Solar Customers Earn $1 Million+ for Excess Energy Production in 2015-16

By |July 7th, 2016|

MCE recently completed its fifth annual cash out process for rooftop solar customers, offering $1,028,452 in check payments to buy the excess solar generated electricity from approximately 3,000 customers. “It’s gratifying to see so many customers receive checks through MCE’s net energy metering program,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “Of the $1 million MCE [...]

June 2016

9% Rate Reduction for September 2016 Announced

By |June 22nd, 2016|

Typical electric customers will pay slightly less than PG&E for MCE’s 50% renewable energy service On June 16, 2016, MCE’s Board of Directors voted to reduce energy rates by an average of 9%, effective September 1. This means the cost of MCE Light Green 50% service will be slightly less than the cost of PG&E’s 30% [...]