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August 2019

MCE Customers Offered $2.8+ Million in Cash Back for Generating Their Own Solar Energy in 2018-19

By |2019-08-13T17:32:15-07:00August 2nd, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Aug. 1, 2019* Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE is issuing cash outs totaling over $2.8 million to rooftop solar customers when they have produced more electricity than they used themselves. MCE’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program currently provides incentives for [...]

April 2019

MCE Continues to Deliver on Mission with Completion of Latest Community Energy Project

By |2019-08-02T16:20:49-07:00April 26th, 2019|Electric Vehicles, Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 25, 2019 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE and American Solar celebrate the completion of MCE Solar Charge, MCE’s newest, local community energy project. MCE Solar Charge includes an 80kW PV solar system powering 10 Level 2 electric vehicle (EV) [...]

March 2019

Solano County Joins MCE in Community Choice

By |2019-03-08T17:59:13-07:00March 8th, 2019|Sustainability, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

Electricity Customers in County’s Unincorporated Areas to Gain Renewable Energy Options in 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 5, 2019 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On February 19, 2019, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Solano County’s membership within MCE’s Joint Powers Authority, setting [...]

January 2019

MCE’s Plan Meets California Renewable Energy Standards Eleven Years Early

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00January 28th, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 28, 2019 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org 250 MW New Renewables in 2018 Accelerate MCE’s Rapid Progress SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE and community partners are leading the way in meeting California’s ambitious renewable energy and climate goals. The passage of Senate Bill 100 [...]

September 2018

MCE Launches Electric Vehicle Programs, Offers Competitive Charging Rates

By |2018-09-21T19:00:30-07:00September 20th, 2018|Electric Vehicles, Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2018-09-21T10:41:33-07:00September 20th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00September 10th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00July 16th, 2018|Sustainability, NEM, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00May 22nd, 2018|The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00April 17th, 2018|Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |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 [...]

December 2017

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 [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

February 2017

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. [...]

January 2017

Union Bank Invests in the Environment

By |2017-01-11T17:28:59-07:00January 6th, 2017|The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2016-12-13T15:57:15-07:00December 13th, 2016|Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:20-07:00November 22nd, 2016|Awards, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:20-07:00October 28th, 2016|Community Spotlight, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:20-07:00October 27th, 2016|Awards, Deep Green Champions, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:20-07:00October 19th, 2016|Awards, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2016-10-20T15:38:07-07:00October 11th, 2016|The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2019-01-30T22:51:20-07:00October 6th, 2016|The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2016-10-06T10:29:31-07:00October 5th, 2016|The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 [...]