Welcome Contra Costa residents and businesses! In April 2018, MCE will become the official electricity provider in Concord, Danville, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Ramon, and unincorporated Contra Costa County. MCE already provides service to the Contra Costa residents and businesses of El Cerrito, Lafayette, San Pablo, Richmond, and Walnut Creek. The benefits of being an MCE community include:

  • Choice of Provider & Service
    Unlike before, now you can choose who provides your power and how much of your electricity service comes from renewable sources.
  • Competitive Prices
    MCE Light Green service costs a little less than PG&E and contains more clean power. In fact, MCE has reduced its rates two years in a row.
  • Environmental Benefits
    More of your service will come from renewable and carbon-free sources–like solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, and small hydroelectric.
  • Local Control
    MCE member communities–not private shareholders–control their own energy choices through a Board of Directors composed of elected officials.
  • Community Investment
    MCE does not use taxpayer dollars. We reinvest in the communities we serve by providing low and stable rates, fostering the build out of local, renewable projects, and supporting green collar jobs.

Your MCE Light Green 50% renewable energy service will start automatically with your first PG&E billing cycle in April 2018 – OR – you can choose one of the electricity generation options below.

Your Service Options

50% Renewable Energy
MCE Light Green

Take no action and your electricity service will be Light Green 50% renewable energy starting in April 2018.

  • Lower rates than what you’re currently paying
  • At least half of your electricity is guaranteed to come from renewable sources
  • 69% carbon emission-free

100% Renewable Energy
MCE Deep Green

For one penny more per kilowatt-hour, Deep Green customers eliminate their energy-related carbon footprint and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • Slightly higher rates (~$4 more per month than standard PG&E service for a typical home)
  • All of your electricity comes from non-polluting, Green-e Energy certified, wind and solar from California
  • 100% carbon emission-free
  • Half of the premium funds the build out of new, local solar farms

100% Locally-Produced Solar
MCE Local Sol

The pollution-free power for Local Sol comes from a solar farm located only 16 miles from Contra Costa County.

  • Guaranteed, long-term rates (~30% more than Deep Green)
  • All of your electricity comes from non-polluting, Green-e Energy certified, solar power produced locally
  • 100% carbon emission-free
  • Premium directly funds a local solar project
  • Promotes the growth of a local, fossil-free economy

33% Renewable Energy
PG&E

You can also choose to opt out of MCE Light Green service and keep your electric generation with PG&E 33% renewable energy service. Please have your PG&E account number on hand to opt out online or call 1 (888) 632-3674.

Cost Comparisons

The cost of MCE Light Green 50% renewable energy is slightly less than the cost of PG&E 33% renewable energy for typical residential and commercial customers.

Example Monthly Residential Electric Charges*

MCE Light Green
55% RENEWABLE**

$9776average total cost
  • $54.25
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $30.26
    Electric Generation
  • $13.25
    Additional PG&E Fees

PG&E
33% RENEWABLE**

$9803average total cost
  • $54.25
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $43.78
    Electric Generation

  • Additional PG&E Fees

MCE Deep Green
100% RENEWABLE**

$10221average total cost
  • $54.25
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $34.71
    Electric Generation
  • $13.25
    Additional PG&E Fees

MCE Local Sol
100% LOCAL SOLAR**

$13069average total cost
  • $54.25
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $63.19
    Electric Generation
  • $13.25
    Additional PG&E Fees
*Based on a typical usage of 445 kWh at current PG&E rates and MCE rates effective as of April 1, 2017 under the E-1 rate schedule. Actual differences may vary depending on usage, rate schedule, and other factors. Estimate provided is an average of seasonal rates.
**Renewable energy content as reported in the Annual Report to the California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program on October 1, 2017.

Example Monthly Residential Electric Charges*

MCE Light Green
55% RENEWABLE**

$28400average total cost
  • $163.06
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $92.75
    Electric Generation
  • $28.19
    Additional PG&E Fees

PG&E
33% RENEWABLE**

$28409average total cost
  • $163.06
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $121.03
    Electric Generation

  • Additional PG&E Fees

MCE Deep Green
100% RENEWABLE**

$29645average total cost
  • $163.06
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $105.20
    Electric Generation
  • $28.19
    Additional PG&E Fees

MCE Local Sol
100% LOCAL SOLAR**

$36804average total cost
  • $163.06
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $176.79
    Electric Generation
  • $28.19
    Additional PG&E Fees
*Based on a typical usage of 1,245 kWh at current PG&E rates and MCE rates effective as of April 1, 2017 under the E-1 rate schedule. Actual differences may vary depending on usage, rate schedule, and other factors. Estimate provided is an average of seasonal rates.
**Renewable energy content as reported in the Annual Report to the California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program. Data is subject to an independent audit and verification that will not be completed until October 1, 2017.

Billing & Payment Assistance

Billing

PG&E will continue sending your monthly bill, but your fees will be separated so that you can see individual charges – one for PG&E electric delivery and one for MCE electric generation, which replaces PG&E’s generation charge.

MCE’s generation rates will simply replace PG&E’s generation rates; they are not an added fee. To learn more about your bill, please visit our Billing page.

Payment Assistance

If you currently receive a discount on your PG&E bill from CARE (California Alternative Rates for Energy), FERA (Family Electric Rate Assistance), and/or a Medical Baseline Allowance, you will continue to receive the same discount(s) with MCE service. There’s no need to reapply for these programs. Your full discount will continue to be provided on your bill.
If you are on PG&E’s Balanced Payment Plan and choose MCE service, you will continue to be billed with BPP on your PG&E gas and electric delivery charges. However, your MCE electric generation charges will not be included in your BPP calculation and will be billed separately. As a result, your total charges will vary from month–to–month according to your usage.

Rate Plans & Solar Customers

At the time of your enrollment in MCE service, PG&E will initiate a true-up process and send you a bill for all electric charges incurred since your last “true-up” statement. As part of its “true-up” process, PG&E will zero out any accrued credits. NEM customers may elect to enroll their accounts early or postpone their enrollment until later in the year to better align with their true-up date by emailing CustomerService@mceCleanEnergy.org or calling 1 (888) 632-3674.

MCE offers one of the most generous Net Energy Metering (NEM) programs in California, and thousands of households and businesses are already benefiting. If you have an existing NEM account and choose MCE, you’ll automatically be enrolled in our NEM program; there’s no need to reapply.

  • MCE pays a premium rate (standard rate + $0.01 per kWh) for the excess electricity your solar panels produce during each billing period.
  • MCE credits roll over continuously and are never zeroed out through an annual “true-up”.
  • We’ll offer you a check for the full amount of your NEM credit balance if your balance exceeds $100 at the end of April.¹ This year we offered almost a million dollars in payments to our solar customers!

As an MCE customer, your monthly bill from PG&E will include any MCE electric generation charges (if your usage exceeds your production and any accrued credits), along with your regular monthly gas and minimum bill charges from PG&E. PG&E will continue to bill you for electric delivery charges annually through its true-up billing process.

¹NEM customers who choose to enroll in Local Sol energy service are not eligible to participate in the annual cash out process. Local Sol NEM customers will be credited at the same price that they pay for Local Sol service ($0.142/kWh). However, these credits are not eligible for MCE’s annual NEM Cash Out and will instead roll over to the following year and be applied to any future MCE usage charges.

PG&E’s SmartRate program provides discounted summer rates in exchange for very high rates on 9–15 “SmartDays.” PG&E does not currently allow MCE customers to participate in this program. If you are enrolled in SmartRate and start service with MCE, your account will be removed from SmartRate.

To keep your current SmartRate plan, you will need to opt out of MCE online or by phone at 1 (888) 632-3674. Please have your PG&E account information ready to process your request. If you are interested in lowering your electricity usage when California has days of high electricity demand, please visit www.flexalert.org to register for alerts. It’s a great way to help reduce strain on the power grid.

Peak Day Pricing (PDP) is a PG&E demand response program that gives businesses a discount on summer electricity rates in exchange for higher prices on 9–15 “Event Days” per year—typically the hottest days in summer. PDP provides discounts for some customers and surcharges for others depending on their participation and usage.

PG&E does not allow MCE customers to participate in the PDP program. If your account(s) starts service with MCE, you will be removed from the PDP program. To continue participating in PG&E’s PDP program, you will need to opt out of MCE for your generation service.

To learn more about PG&E’s PDP program, visit www.pge.com/pdp. If you are interested in lowering your electricity usage when California has days of high electricity demand, please visit www.flexalert.org to register for alerts. It’s a great way to help reduce strain on the power grid.

About MCE

Formed by the public and climate change leaders to build cleaner power and invest in our local economies, MCE is a not-for-profit, public agency that replaces PG&E’s role of sourcing power, called electric generation. MCE chooses sources that are more renewable and non-polluting for our three service options. Instead of paying PG&E for both electric delivery and electric generation services, customers pay MCE for generation and PG&E for delivery.

Learn more about your service options or compare costs.

How MCE Works

Aside from cleaner energy sources, not much will change. You will continue to enjoy the same reliable electricity. PG&E will continue to deliver your power, maintain the wires, and provide your gas service. As an MCE customer, you’ll join us on a path toward a cleaner planet by reducing your carbon footprint and helping Contra Costa County lower its greenhouse gas emissions!

Serving Bay Area Customers Since 2010

Events

Getting to know our customers is truly important to us. We’d love to meet you at one these upcoming events. To schedule a presentation about MCE for your community group, we invite you to contact us at info@mceCleanEnergy.org or 1 (888) 632-3674 .

Danville Fall Crafts Festival

Danville Fall Crafts Festival

October 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

San Ramon Chamber New Member Orientation

San Ramon Chamber New Member Orientation

October 24 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

23rd Street Trick or Treat in Richmond

23rd Street Trick or Treat in Richmond

October 31 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Enrollment FAQ

No. The purpose of MCE is to give customers the ability to choose their electric provider rather than having to rely on a single provider. We wholeheartedly support a customer’s right to choose to opt out of MCE to get PG&E service.

Customers may opt out by phone at 1 (888) 632-3674 or online. Please have your PG&E bill or your PG&E account number and billing address on hand because we will need your account information in order to process your request.

Opt Out Fees
Customers in Concord, Danville, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Ramon, and unincorporated Contra Costa County may request to opt out of MCE service any time after they receive the first notice in January. There is no charge for opting out of MCE before or within the first 60 days of service. If you request to opt out after 60 days of service with MCE (i.e. 60 days after April enrollment), a one-time administrative fee of $5 per residential account or $25 per commercial account will be applied to your electric bill. You will also be subject to PG&E’s terms and conditions of service, and PG&E will prohibit you from returning to MCE for one year.

Returning to MCE after Opting Out
Customers who opt out before MCE service starts in April or within the first 60 days of service may return to MCE service at any time. Customers who opt out after the first 60 days of service with MCE will be prohibited by PG&E from returning to MCE for one year.

MCE is the official electric provider for these Contra Costa County communities:

  • Concord
  • Danville
  • El Cerrito
  • Lafayette
  • Martinez
  • Moraga
  • Oakley
  • Pinole
  • Pittsburg
  • Richmond
  • San Pablo
  • San Ramon
  • Walnut Creek
  • unincorporated areas of Contra Costa County

MCE also proudly serves Marin County, Napa County, and the City of Benicia.

Not in our service area? The Community Choice Energy movement is spreading throughout California including the following in the Greater Bay Area:

  • CleanPowerSF – San Francisco
  • East Bay Community Energy – Services starting in spring 2018 to Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, Union City, and unincorporated areas of Alameda County
  • Peninsula Clean Energy – San Mateo County
  • Silicon Valley – Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, and unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County
  • Sonoma Clean Power – Cloverdale, Cotati, Fort Bragg, Petaluma, Point Arena, Rohnert Park, Santa Rosa, Sebastopol, Sonoma, Willits, Windsor, and unincorporated areas of Sonoma and Mendocino Counties
  • Valley Clean Energy Alliance – Services starting in summer 2018 to Davis, Woodland, and unincorporated areas of Yolo County
As public power agencies, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs are required by State law to be the primary power provider for the areas that they serve rather than existing investor-owned utilities. As the primary power provider, customers receive CCA service by default but may opt out to receive service from their investor-owned utility.