Why Renewable Energy Matters
Energy is one of the largest contributors to harmful greenhouse gases in the U.S. because so much of it is sourced from fossil fuels. But each of us can do something to change that. MCE’s mission is to make it easier for our customers to choose an electric service that contributes more renewable energy to the electric grid. Turning away from polluting energy sources and toward clean, sustainable energy sources has never been easier or more critical.
Where Our Power Comes From
We procure our energy from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, and small hydroelectric. We closely research and monitor our suppliers to ensure that they are using green, responsible practices and sourcing our power from renewable energy providers throughout California, Oregon, and Washington. Not only is our power greener, it’s also as local as possible.
Growing Renewable Development
MCE has 60 energy project contracts with over 19 different suppliers, and these numbers will continue to grow. We currently have more than 201 megawatts of new, California renewable energy online and under development for our customers. MCE and its partners have committed over $500 million to the development of in-state and local renewable energy projects.
Developers and owners of renewable energy projects have an opportunity to help fulfill MCE’s future resource requirements through our “open season” process. We also operate a Feed-In Tariff program through which local developers can create and sell small renewable energy projects directly to us at a set price, provided they are located within our service area.
We follow an annually updated Integrated Resource Plan to determine our electricity resource needs and guide our procurement process. Our goals include a long-term objective of 100% renewable energy for all customers, as well as short-term goals that set local parameters around electricity procurement and storage. We are aiming to provide our Light Green customers with 80% renewable and 95% carbon-free power by 2025.