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

By |July 16th, 2018|

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 |July 16th, 2018|

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 [...]

2018 Home Upgrade Guide

By |June 13th, 2018|

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 [...]

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

By |May 25th, 2018|

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 [...]

MCE Solar (Three Hundred and Forty-) One

By |April 17th, 2018|

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 [...]

Ross Valley Sanitary District Goes Deep Green

By |March 20th, 2018|

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 |March 19th, 2018|

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 BusinessWomen [...]

Breaking Barriers, Building Change: One Woman’s Story

By |March 16th, 2018|

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, watching my father [...]

Moraga: Paving the Way Towards Sustainability

By |February 27th, 2018|

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 [...]

Partnering for a Resilient Calistoga

By |January 24th, 2018|

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 [...]

6 Good Deeds the Earth (& Your Wallet) Will Thank You For

By |January 19th, 2018|

The new year is a great time to make simple lifestyle changes, and, of course, save energy with home upgrades. Here are six of the most effective ways to slash your energy usage and lower your monthly energy bill. Both the planet and your wallet will be grateful! Turn off the lights. Each year, an [...]

‘Tis The Season for Energy Efficiency

By |December 21st, 2017|

The holidays are a great time to relax, spend time with friends and family, and reduce energy consumption. As the new year approaches, here are six easy ways to significantly reduce your energy usage. Stay Warm with Style - Turn your heater down and wear warm clothes indoors. It’s a great time to break out [...]

Public-Private Partnership Brings Call Center and Local Jobs to Pittsburg

By |December 19th, 2017|

In preparation for the launch of a new call center in Pittsburg that will serve MCE, a five-day workforce development training was organized by Future Build East County, the City of Pittsburg, Calpine, and AnswerNet. Electricity service to nine additional communities in Contra Costa County will begin in April 2018. This is the first time [...]

Environmental Victory in California: Marin County Chooses 100% Renewable Energy

By |December 19th, 2017|

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 [...]

Charles F. McGlashan Award Recognizes Community Advocates for Outstanding Environmental Leadership

By |November 20th, 2017|

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 [...]

LEED Credits for Deep Green: West Marin Service Center

By |November 16th, 2017|

The County of Marin’s West Marin Service Center's (WMSC) new and expanded facility is now under construction, with a built-in plan to support a sustainable environment. The building will replace the older facility, with plans to open and serve the community in mid-2018, while the community will continue to receive uninterrupted service from WMSC's temporary [...]

Cook Up Some Energy Savings This Thanksgiving

By |November 16th, 2017|

Not only is Thanksgiving a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family, it’s a holiday where food can really take center stage. Here are seven easy ways to avoid gobbling up excess energy while preparing the perfect meal. Avoid frequent oven checks. Each time the oven is opened, a surprisingly large amount of [...]

MCE Launches Pilot Program for Low-Income Families and Tenants

By |November 3rd, 2017|

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, [...]

As the Temperature Drops, So Can Your Energy Bill

By |October 16th, 2017|

Every year, California uses about 2,250 Megawatt hours of electricity, the second highest in the nation behind only Texas. But don’t lose hope – your choices can make a difference! As the seasons begin to change, ample opportunities arise to reduce your environmental footprint (and save some money too!). Here are our four favorite ways to reduce [...]

Renewable Energy Choice & Local Benefits Come to More Contra Costa Communities

By |August 8th, 2017|

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 [...]

The Solar Eclipse & You: A Green Guide

By |August 9th, 2017|

Flex Your (Conservation) Power! To prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse, MCE is urging all California residents and businesses to use this event as an opportunity to reduce electricity use by taking part in at least one action on the “Simple Plan for the Solar Eclipse.” This once-in-50-year celestial event will take place on Monday, [...]

Deep Green Leaders: 11 MCE Member Communities Go 100% Renewable!

By |July 20th, 2017|

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. [...]

Service Members Keep Giving Back: GRID Alternatives Celebrates Veteran’s Day

By |June 20th, 2017|

Guest post by Mara Ervin, GRID Alternatives Development and Programs Manager The opinions expressed by RE-Source Guest Bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of MCE, its employees, or contractors. MCE reviews all posts but is not responsible for the accuracy of  any of the information supplied. On [...]

Local Union Labor Plan Announced for New Solar Construction

By |June 5th, 2017|

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 [...]

Energize Richmond: Energy Efficiency for Small Businesses

By |May 9th, 2017|

Guest Blog post by Lois Smith, Marketing & Outreach Manager, Community Energy Services Corporation Every business wants to keep costs down and provide excellent customer service. Energy efficiency is a good way to pay less on energy bills while keeping high-quality lighting and refrigeration. However, many businesses lack the resources to invest in energy-efficient measures [...]

Deep Green Champion VenturePad, San Rafael’s New Cowork Space, Is Now Open

By |May 9th, 2017|

Guest blog by Chris Yalonis, Co‐founder and President, VenturePad Deep sustainable business practices are baked into the DNA of VenturePad, Marin’s new premier coworking space and incubator, which opened on March 1 in downtown San Rafael at 1020 B Street. VenturePad will cultivate, support and connect over 150 entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives, and purpose-driven ventures. The design, buildout, [...]

Thinking Globally, Partnering Locally

By |March 14th, 2017|

In the fall of 2016, MCE partnered with Rising Sun Energy Center, a local nonprofit organization that focuses on energy and water efficiency as well as workforce and youth development. Through their California Youth Energy Services (CYES), Rising Sun and MCE offered no-cost energy and water assessments and installations for El Cerrito and San Pablo [...]

Cupid’s Eco Arrow

By |February 6th, 2017|

All the world loves a lover. As we approach Valentine’s Day, many of us are looking for that perfect symbol of our perfect love – a gift for our beloved. But for the environmentally aware Juliet or Romeo, never was there a story of more woe. The tons and tons of greeting cards, cut-flower arrangements, [...]