Sustainability

Fairfield Votes to Request MCE Membership

On December 3, 2019, the City of Fairfield (Solano County) voted to request membership in MCE service. The City has been engaging with MCE for the past year, receiving several public presentations and hearing from the public regarding the decision to join MCE. At the December 3rd council meeting, the five-person council voted unanimously [...]

By |2019-12-06T12:30:49-08:00December 6th, 2019|Sustainability, MCE Communities|

Two More Cities in Solano & Contra Costa Counties Join MCE

Electricity Customers in Pleasant Hill & Vallejo to Gain Choice & Renewable Energy Options in 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 25, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On November 21, 2019, MCE’s Board of Directors approved membership for the Cities of [...]

MCE Commits $3 Million to Support Local Resiliency Projects in the Wake of PG&E Power Shutoffs

New investments are part of MCE’s comprehensive strategy for supporting communities and vulnerable customers across its four-county service area FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Nov. 22, 2019 MCE Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE’s Board voted last night to commit $3 million to support [...]

By |2019-12-23T14:26:13-08:00November 22nd, 2019|Resiliency, PSPS, Sustainability, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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) [...]

By |2019-11-18T10:37:57-08:00September 23rd, 2019|Electric Vehicles, Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities|

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 |2019-10-11T14:02:09-07:00June 24th, 2019|Sustainability, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

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 |2019-12-02T16:29:14-08:00April 23rd, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Awards, The RE-Source|

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, [...]

By |2019-10-11T13:56:04-07:00March 8th, 2019|Sustainability, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

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 |2019-10-11T13:54:57-07:00February 20th, 2019|Sustainability, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

By |2019-12-02T16:29:50-08:00February 14th, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

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 |2019-12-02T16:30:34-08:00December 21st, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

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, [...]

By |2019-12-02T16:31:06-08:00December 19th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

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 [...]

By |2019-12-02T16:31:49-08:00December 3rd, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|