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November 2015

What is MCE?

By |2019-03-08T10:22:33-07:00November 21st, 2015||

MCE is a public, not-for-profit electricity provider that gives all PG&E electric customers (residential, commercial, and municipal) the choice of having 60% to 100% of their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources—such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, and hydroelectric—at competitive rates. We were formed in 2008, following six years of careful study and development, and [...]

Why was I enrolled in MCE’s generation service?

By |2016-08-30T13:36:57-07:00November 21st, 2015||

Historically, investor-owned utilities have been the default service provider to customers in their jurisdictions. However, in 2002, when state legislators passed California’s Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) law, this default status was transferred from the investor-owned utility to the local community choice aggregator (CCA) when available. MCE is California’s first operating CCA program. The original CCA [...]

Am I in MCE’s service area?

By |2018-08-21T12:32:13-07:00November 21st, 2015||

MCE's service area includes all of Marin and Napa Counties, unincorporated Contra Costa County, and the Cities and Towns of Benicia, Concord, Danville, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, Richmond, San Pablo, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.

Is the renewable energy in my MCE service transmitted directly to my home or business?

By |2018-11-01T12:46:40-07:00November 21st, 2015||

No. MCE buys and builds cleaner electricity sources. This electricity is fed onto the statewide shared electric grid and then moves down the path of least resistance to customers. This is why accounting is important. Clean energy is accounted through contracts and renewable energy certificates that confer the “renewable attributes” of that energy. It needs [...]

August 2016

How does MCE procure power?

By |2016-08-30T12:18:15-07:00August 30th, 2016||

We have short and long-term contracts with a variety of power suppliers to meet the energy needs of our customers. Each year, we host an “open season” process where developers or owners of renewable energy projects can propose contracts. We also operate a Feed-In Tariff program, through which local developers can create and sell small [...]

November 2015

Where does MCE get its electricity from?

By |2018-11-01T12:52:33-07:00November 21st, 2015||

Our energy is mostly produced from non-polluting, renewable sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and bioenergy. The projects that produce our electricity are located in California, the Pacific Northwest, and Colorado. The exact proportion of each varies with time, based on demand and availability. For example, MCE may use a higher proportion of hydroelectric [...]

How do I know that MCE is actually procuring 60% or 100% renewable energy on my behalf?

By |2019-03-07T16:06:15-07:00November 21st, 2015||

We are required to report to the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission on an annual basis to verify the amount of renewable energy procured for our customers. This is the same standard used by other California utilities, such as PG&E, for verification purposes. Learn more about MCE's verified renewable energy procurement from [...]

What are renewable energy certificates?

By |2019-03-07T15:50:30-07:00November 21st, 2015||

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, [...]

How can I tell if I’m enrolled in MCE’s Light Green or Deep Green service?

By |2019-10-01T16:00:17-07:00November 21st, 2015||

If you are an MCE customer the front page of your PG&E bill will include a line item called “MCE Electric Generation Charges.” If you are a Deep Green customer, you will see a line item called “Deep Green” on the “Details of MCE Electric Generation Charges” page of your bill that shows the extra [...]

Does MCE replace PG&E?

By |2019-03-14T16:13:29-07:00November 21st, 2015||

No. PG&E continues to provide all gas services, electric delivery, billing, and power line maintenance. MCE only replaces the electric generation services with 60-100% renewable energy at competitive rates.

I still receive bills from PG&E. Am I a PG&E or MCE customer?

By |2016-08-30T14:16:03-07:00November 21st, 2015||

All MCE customers are still PG&E customers. PG&E provides electric delivery services for MCE customers, like meter reading and power line maintenance. PG&E will continue to send your electric bill, which will include MCE electric generation charges. MCE’s electric generation charges replace PG&E’s electric generation charges and account for the source of your energy. MCE [...]

Are MCE customers still required to have a PG&E SmartMeter?

By |2016-08-24T16:17:00-07:00November 21st, 2015||

Electricity meters continue to be owned and read by PG&E. Therefore, MCE does not have any control over whether or not our customers receive SmartMeters from PG&E.

What is Community Choice Aggregation?

By |2019-01-30T22:51:20-07:00November 21st, 2015||

When California deregulated the energy market in 1997, many Californians switched to alternative energy providers. Following the energy crisis of 2000-01, consumer choice of electricity providers was suspended. As a response to the closing of the open market, Assembly Bill 117 was passed in 2002 to establish Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), which offers an opportunity [...]