Furthering its commitment to sustainability and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) has voluntarily agreed to increase the percentage of energy purchased from renewable sources to 100% through MCE’s Deep Green service.

The District previously participated in MCE’s Light Green service, which means 50% of its energy was provided by renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal and small hydroelectric. Under the Deep Green option, 100% of the electric energy generation will be provided from renewable sources.

By upgrading to Deep Green, MMWD will be reducing its annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 2,800 metric tons a year (based on annual electric energy usage of 19.2 million kWh). This is equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions from over 600 passenger vehicles driven for one year.

“When we realized the impact we could make by transitioning to MCE’s Deep Green program, we jumped at the opportunity to move to 100% renewable energy sources. The District is excited about playing a larger role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions locally, and continuing to fulfill our mission of environmental stewardship and sustainability.” Board President Cynthia Koehler said.

”As one of Marin’s largest electricity users, the impact of MMWD going 100% renewable is substantial. In addition to the greenhouse gas reductions, half of the premium for Deep Green will be used to build new solar projects in our service area, boosting our local economy and supporting green-collar jobs,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “MMWD has long been a supporter of renewable energy, and we’re proud to serve them.”

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