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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 |2019-08-30T11:40:35-07:00August 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 [...]

June 2019

8 Elements of a Green & Healthy Home

By |2019-09-13T12:37:42-07:00June 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