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In just eight years, MCE customers have eliminated over 340,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
It would take all of the trees in Muir Woods over 1,600 years to sequester that much carbon!

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, biogas, 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, the Pacific Northwest, and Colorado. Not only is our power greener, it’s also as local as possible.

Integrated Resource Plan

Our annually updated Integrated Resource Plan describes our electricity resource needs and guides our procurement process. Our goals include a long-term objective of 85% renewable by 2029, as well as shorter-term goals to increase local electricity procurement and storage. Light Green service is minimum 60% renewable since 2017 and 99% carbon-free by 2022.

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Growing Renewable Development

MCE has 53 active energy supply contracts. We currently have 683 megawatts of new, California renewable energy online and under development for our customers. And together with our partners, we’ve committed more than $1.6 billion to the development of in-state and local renewable energy projects.

Power Suppliers

Developers and owners of renewable energy projects can help fulfill MCE’s future resource requirements through our Open Season process. We also offer a Feed-In Tariff program that allows developers to build small, renewable projects within our service area and sell the energy  directly to MCE at a set price.

Starting in 2019, MCE’s energy portfolio includes zero unbundled renewable energy certificates (RECs).

Renewable energy certificates, or “RECs,” are accounting mechanisms used to track renewable energy production and provide proof that electricity has been generated from an eligible renewable energy resource and delivered to the electric grid. One REC represents one megawatt hour (MWh) of renewable energy. This system allows utilities to document their progress towards sustainability goals, such as fulfilling—or in the case of MCE, surpassing—the requirements of California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard program.

There are three types of RECs:

Category 1 (Bundled): RECs are associated and permanently attached (“bundled”) to renewable energy that is delivered from eligible renewable resources within California.

Category 2 (Bundled): RECs are associated and permanently attached (“bundled”) to renewable energy that is generated outside of California—but within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council (WECC)—and “firmed and shaped” upon delivery into the California grid by coupling it with an equivalent volume of energy from an alternative source, typically hydroelectric or natural gas.

Category 3 (Unbundled): RECs are associated with renewable energy that is generated within the Western Electricity Coordinating Council but are not attached to any physical energy. This category of REC allows businesses, organizations, and institutions to claim the environmental benefits of renewable energy generation to help satisfy the sustainability goals or requirements assigned by their local, state, or federal government.

EPA on Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) (pdf)

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