MCE’s rates will reduce by 9% on average, effective September 1, 2016. The cost of MCE Light Green 50% renewable energy service will be slightly less than the cost of PG&E 30% renewable energy service for typical residential and commercial customers.

Cost Comparisons

MCE offers competitive rates for cleaner power. Click here for comparisons of power sources between MCE and PG&E.

The electric charges on your bill can be simplified into two categories:

  • Electric Delivery Rates – PG&E delivery rates are the same for MCE and non-MCE customers.
  • Electric Generation Rates – Generation rates vary depending on the service that you choose: PG&E, MCE Light Green, or MCE Deep Green.

If you choose MCE service, MCE will replace PG&E’s charges for generation. PG&E will also add additional fees to your bill. We always include these added fees in cost comparisons.

How MCE Works

Sample Residential Cost Comparison (Effective September 1, 2016)

Typical Monthly Electric Charges*

PG&E (Opt Out)

30%renewable energy**
  • $49.43
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $44.84
    Electric Generation

  • Additional PG&E Fees
  • $9427ave. total cost

MCE Light Green

52%renewable energy**
  • $49.43
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $33.34
    Electric Generation
  • $11.04
    Additional PG&E Fees
  • $9381ave. total cost

MCE Deep Green

100%renewable energy**
  • $49.43
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $37.97
    Electric Generation
  • $11.04
    Additional PG&E Fees
  • $9844ave. total cost
*Based on a typical usage of 463 kWh at current PG&E rates and MCE rates effective as of September 1, 2016 under the Res-1/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 in June 2016.

Sample Commercial Cost Comparison (Effective September 1, 2016)

Typical Monthly Electric Charges*

PG&E (Opt Out)

30%renewable energy**
  • $154.20
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $116.42
    Electric Generation

  • Additional PG&E Fees
  • $27062ave. total cost

MCE Light Green

52%renewable energy**
  • $154.20
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $93.78
    Electric Generation
  • $22.43
    Additional PG&E Fees
  • $27041ave. total cost

MCE Deep Green

100%renewable energy**
  • $154.20
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $105.88
    Electric Generation
  • $22.43
    Additional PG&E Fees
  • $28251ave. total cost
*The above comparison is based on a typical usage of 1,210 kWh at PG&E’s rates effective as of March 2016 and MCE’s rates effective as of September 1, 2016 under the Com-1/A-1 rate schedule. Costs shown are an average of summer and winter rates. Actual differences may vary depending on usage, rate schedule, and other factors.
**Renewable energy content as reported in the Annual Report to the California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program in June 2016.

Sample Cost Comparisons (Expiring on August 31, 2016)

We partner with PG&E to give you comparisons of electric rates and average monthly charges. Please note: The cost comparisons below reflect current rates that are effective only until August 31, 2016. MCE will reduce its rates by 9% on September 1, 2016.

PG&E (Opt Out)

30%renewable energy**
  • $49.43
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $44.84
    Electric Generation

  • Additional PG&E Fees
  • $9427ave. total cost

MCE Light Green

52%renewable energy**
  • $49.43
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $37.97
    Electric Generation
  • $11.04
    Additional PG&E Fees
  • $9844ave. total cost

MCE Deep Green

100%renewable energy**
  • $49.43
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $42.60
    Electric Generation
  • $11.04
    Additional PG&E Fees
  • $10307ave. total cost
*Based on a typical usage of 463 kWh at current PG&E and MCE rates effective as of March 2016 under the Res-1/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 in June 2015.

PG&E (Opt Out)

30%renewable energy**
  • $147.56
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $113.73
    Electric Generation

  • Additional PG&E Fees
  • $26128ave. total cost

MCE Light Green

52%renewable energy**
  • $147.56
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $96.33
    Electric Generation
  • $21.91
    Additional PG&E Fees
  • $26580ave. total cost

MCE Deep Green

100%renewable energy**
  • $147.56
    PG&E Electric Delivery
  • $108.15
    Electric Generation
  • $21.91
    Additional PG&E Fees
  • $27762ave. total cost
*The above comparison is based on a typical usage of 1,210 kWh at PG&E’s rates effective as of March 2016 and MCE’s current rates under the Com-1/A-1 rate schedule. Costs shown are an average of summer and winter rates. Actual differences may vary depending on usage, rate schedule, and other factors.
**Renewable energy content as reported in the Annual Report to the California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program in June 2015.

Rates FAQs

No. PG&E must provide the same rates for all customers in their service area whether or not they receive electricity from MCE or another third-party energy service provider.
If you are an MCE customer the front page of your PG&E bill will include a line item called “MCE Electric Generation Charges”. You can look at the “Third Party Detail” page of your bill to see if you are enrolled in Deep Green. If you are a Deep Green customer you will see a line item called “Deep Green 100% renewable energy”. You can also check your account status by calling us at 1 (888) 632-3674 with your PG&E account number (found on your bill) or by emailing us at info@mceCleanEnergy.org.
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 is buying and building cleaner electricity supply for you. Learn more about billing.
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.
Yes. And as an MCE customer, you are also eligible for the rebate programs that are exclusively available to our customers. Information on energy efficiency rebates or solar rebates.
If you are a customer who uses the Balanced Payment Plan (BPP) option with PG&E, you will continue to receive your gas and electric delivery charges from PG&E in the BPP form. However, your electric generation charges from MCE will not be included as part of the BPP and will vary from month to month, depending on your usage. Therefore, you will see some variance on your monthly bills.
Yes. Medical Baseline Allowance is available to MCE customers as well as PG&E customers, and the same discount will be provided regardless of enrollment with MCE or PG&E. MCE customers are eligible to receive Medical Baseline Allowance discounts through PG&E. Customers enrolled in MCE will continue to receive their full Medical Baseline Allowance discount, and there is no need to reapply with MCE. New Medical Baseline Allowance enrollments or renewals must still be done through PG&E’s customer service center or website.

If you believe you are eligible for the Medical Baseline Allowance program and would like to sign up, please call PG&E at 1-866-743-0335 or visit PG&E’s website.

Yes. CARE is available to MCE customers as well as PG&E customers and provides the same discount regardless of enrollment with MCE or PG&E. Customers enrolled in MCE continue to receive their CARE discount within their PG&E delivery charges; there is no need to reapply with MCE. New CARE enrollments or renewals must still be done through PG&E’s customer service center or website.

If you think you may be eligible to receive a CARE discount and would like to sign up, please call PG&E at 1-866-743-2273 or visit PG&E’s website.

The MCE Board of Directors sets electric generation rates for our customers. We value public participation and transparency, which is why our rates are developed, discussed, evaluated, and approved at public meetings right here in San Rafael. We invite you to attend and give us your feedback. Rate-setting typically occurs on an annual basis, and new rates are usually approved in April.
MCE offers a cleaner, more sustainable energy product with many of the same rate schedules as PG&E. We’re proud to offer you rates that are stable and affordable, and we’re committed to keeping costs as low as possible for all of our customers.
PG&E will continue to send your electric bill, which will include MCE charges. MCE’s electric generation charges will replace PG&E’s electric generation charges.