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November 2018

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

By |November 16th, 2018|

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 |November 2nd, 2018|

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 |October 19th, 2018|

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 |September 20th, 2018|

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 |September 20th, 2018|

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 |September 10th, 2018|

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 |August 24th, 2018|

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 |August 15th, 2018|

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 |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 [...]

June 2018

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 [...]

May 2018

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 [...]

April 2018

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 [...]

March 2018

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 [...]

February 2018

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 [...]

January 2018

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 [...]

December 2017

‘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 [...]

November 2017

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, [...]

October 2017

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 [...]

August 2017

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, [...]

July 2017

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. [...]