Local Sol Terms & Conditions of Service
Local Sol customers get a guaranteed, long-term rate that’s about 30% more than Light Green. The cost of Local Sol is directly tied to the rates paid through MCE’s Feed-In Tariff program: 14.2¢ per kWh (13.8 ¢ + 0.4¢ for administrative costs).
MCE electric generation rates are stable and affordable. Family assistance programs like CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy), FERA (Family Electric Rate Assistance), and Medical Baseline Allowance remain the same for MCE customers. If you are enrolled in any of these programs with PG&E, you will continue to be enrolled if you choose MCE. View our rates at mceCleanEnergy.org/rates or call 1 (888) 632-3674 for more information. Any changes to MCE rates will be adopted at duly noticed public MCE Board meetings. PG&E will also charge MCE customers a Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) and Franchise Fee Surcharge. Please visit our website or contact PG&E for more information about the PCIA and Franchise Fee.
You will receive a single monthly bill from PG&E which will include MCE’s electric generation charge. MCE’s electric generation charge replaces PG&E’s electric generation charge. MCE’s charge is not a duplicate charge or extra fee. PG&E will continue to charge for electric delivery services including transmission and distribution as well as a variety of other fees.
California State Assembly Bill 117, passed and signed into law in 2002, requires that MCE automatically enroll customers. MCE is now the default electricity provider in the Counties of Marin and Napa, and the Cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek. You may request to opt out of MCE service at any time.
You may place a reservation on MCE’s waitlist to become a founding customer of Local Sol, MCE’s 100% local solar program. Local Sol is limited to approximately 300 customers. Local Sol power content will be supplied from 100% solar power from Novato, CA. Construction of a 1 megawatt solar facility is underway at the Novato Cooley Quarry. MCE will notify you when service is available and your account is scheduled for enrollment. Local Sol will have a guaranteed 20 year flat rate of 14.2¢ per kWh (about 30% more than Light Green). The total monthly average charge (as of March 2016) is $126.22 for residential customers (based on average monthly usage of 463 kWh) and $348.45 for commercial customers (based on average monthly usage of 1,210 kWh). You may cancel your participation at any time by calling 1 (888) 632-3674 or by visiting mceCleanEnergy.org.
You may request to opt out of MCE at any time by calling 1 (888) 632-3674 or by visiting mceCleanEnergy.org. Please have your PG&E bill on hand so that we may process your request. If you do not opt out within 60 days after the start of service with MCE, you will be subject to the payment of a one-time $5 (residential) or $25 (commercial) termination fee, will not have the option to return to MCE for one year, and will be subject to PG&E’s terms and conditions of service. For information on PG&E’s terms and conditions visit mceCleanEnergy.org/terms. You will not be charged a termination fee if you opt out within the first 60 days after your enrollment with MCE or if you cancel electric service. Accounts will be transferred to PG&E on the day of the electric account meter read and cannot be transferred during a billing cycle. In order for your opt out request to be processed on your next meter read date, your request must be received 5 business days prior to the meter read date. You will be charged for all electricity procured by MCE on your behalf prior to the cancellation or transfer of electric service to PG&E.
Failure to Pay
MCE may transfer your account to PG&E upon 14 calendar days’ written notice to you if you fail to pay any portion of the MCE charges on your bill. If your service is transferred you will be required to pay the termination fee described above.
Based in San Rafael, MCE is governed by a Board of Directors including representatives from the Counties of Marin and Napa, and the Cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek.