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Drive Clean Bay Area Partnership Promotes Electric Vehicles

MCE & Partners Aim to Reduce Emissions and Combat Climate Change Drive Clean Bay Area is a collaborative effort spanning nine counties and involving three of the region’s forward-thinking multi-jurisdictional organizations. The new campaign focuses on educating and motivating Bay Area residents and employees to replace their internal combustion vehicles with electric vehicles (EV) [...]

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

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 [...]

8 Elements of a Green & Healthy Home

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 [...]

By |2019-10-11T14:02:09-08:00June 24th, 2019|Sustainability, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|0 Comments

One of Largest Operational CCA Solar Projects in California Now Online

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

MCE Announces 2018 Charles F. McGlashan Award Winners

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, [...]

By |2019-10-11T13:58:19-08:00April 23rd, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Awards, The RE-Source|0 Comments

Solano County Joins MCE in Community Choice

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, [...]

MCE Expands Green & Healthy Homes Efforts

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 [...]

By |2019-10-11T13:54:57-08:00February 20th, 2019|Sustainability, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|0 Comments

Tamalpais Community Services District Goes Local Sol 100% Renewable

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]

By |2019-10-11T13:50:25-08:00December 21st, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|0 Comments

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

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

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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

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 [...]