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June 2019

8 Elements of a Green & Healthy Home

By |2019-07-02T11:58:16-07:00June 24th, 2019|Sustainability, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

A green and healthy home supports the well-being of the people living there in many different ways. Ensure your home is clean, healthy, and safe by following Green and Healthy Homes' (GHHI’s) 8 Elements of a green and healthy home. A green and healthy home is: DRY • Always clean spills and floods immediately • [...]

May 2019

One of Largest Operational CCA Solar Projects in California Now Online

By |2019-05-22T11:24:37-07:00May 22nd, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

MCE and sPower recently announced that they achieved commercial operations on a 130 MWdc solar project in Lancaster, California. The project, named Antelope Expansion 2, completed by sPower in December of 2018 will sell output to MCE under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). While California is home to many large solar projects, this is [...]

Breaking Ground on New 3 MW Solar Project in Napa County

By |2019-05-21T18:25:08-07:00May 21st, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Construction began in April on MCE's first new renewable energy project in Napa County, the American Canyon Solar Project, after months of development, planning, and preparation. Renewable Properties developed the small-scale utility solar project that will supply MCE with 3 MWac of in-service area solar electricity. The project is expected to begin delivery of clean, [...]

April 2019

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

By |2019-05-09T12:58:27-07:00April 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) [...]

MCE Announces 2018 Charles F. McGlashan Award Winners

By |2019-04-23T15:24:41-07:00April 23rd, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Awards, The RE-Source|

Sustainable Lafayette, Resilient Neighborhoods, and Verna Causby-Smith, EAH Affordable Housing Honored This Spring, MCE’s Board of Directors recognized the 2018 Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award winners, including Sustainable Lafayette, Resilient Neighborhoods, and Verna Causby-Smith with EAH Affordable Housing (winners pictured above with MCE leadership, left to right: Don Tatzin, Former Mayor of Lafayette; Dawn Weisz, [...]

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 [...]

February 2019

MCE Expands Green & Healthy Homes Efforts

By |2019-03-07T12:55:40-07:00February 20th, 2019|Sustainability, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

National Program Works Locally to Reduce In-Home Asthma Triggers Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy families. GHHI will provide pro bono technical assistance to MCE (and others) to build and strengthen comprehensive asthma programs with environmental services benefiting low-income families across the [...]

Tamalpais Community Services District Goes Local Sol 100% Renewable

By |2019-02-14T18:00:31-07:00February 14th, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

Photo courtesy of Tamalpais Community Services District Guest blog post by Heather Abrams, General Manager, Tamalpais Community Services District Tamalpais Valley is the gateway to Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County. About 7,000 people live in this cozy wooded valley, which is located just 10 minutes North [...]

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 [...]

December 2018

California CCAs Achieve 2,000-Megawatt Milestone for New Renewables

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00December 21st, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

Long-term clean energy contract commitments by CCAs double in one year Recently, the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced that community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the state have signed long-term contracts with new renewable energy facilities totaling more than 2,000 megawatts (MW), reflecting a strong commitment by CCAs to drive clean energy and economic [...]

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 5

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00December 19th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

MCE’s Autonomy and Priorities Community Representation: MCE’s Board of Directors MCE is a not-for-profit, public agency governed by a Board of Directors (partial group pictured above) composed of elected officials representing the community voice in agency decisions. In meetings that are open to the public, MCE’s Board democratically votes on agency policy, approves programs, [...]

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 4

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00December 3rd, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Sustainable Choices: Energy Efficiency The cleanest and least expensive energy is the energy you don’t use. The “nega-watt” is an important component to decarbonizing our electric grid and supporting social equity. Not only does it have zero carbon emissions, but installing efficient measures also saves households money, reduces strain on the grid, and improves [...]

November 2018

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00November 16th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00November 2nd, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

October 2018

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00October 19th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

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. [...]

August 2018

A Multifamily Property in Richmond Got Paid to Upgrade

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00August 24th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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, but [...]

CCAs Can Play a Role in Cleaner Energy Future

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00August 15th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

July 2018

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

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

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. [...]

$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 [...]

June 2018

2018 Home Upgrade Guide

By |2018-09-27T14:18:20-07:00June 13th, 2018|Sustainability, NEM, The RE-Source|

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 rooms [...]

May 2018

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

By |2018-05-25T14:13:21-07:00May 25th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 a [...]

April 2018

MCE Solar (Three Hundred and Forty-) One

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

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 [...]

March 2018

Ross Valley Sanitary District Goes Deep Green

By |2018-03-19T14:51:47-07:00March 20th, 2018|Women, Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 annual [...]

Women in Power: Perspectives from MCE Staff

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00March 19th, 2018|Women, Sustainability, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

Breaking Barriers, Building Change: One Woman’s Story

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00March 16th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]