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Please see our events section below for recordings of our community meetings.
Your Service Options
Cost Comparisons
About MCE & FAQ

Welcome Solano County residents and businesses! In April 2020, MCE became the primary electricity provider for unincorporated Solano County. MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit public agency serving communities since 2010. MCE offers cleaner, cost competitive electricity options for all residents and businesses while re-investing in local energy programs. MCE is a partnership comprised of the communities of unincorporated Solano County and Benicia, as well as Contra Costa, Marin, and Napa Counties.

Benefits of MCE

  • Local Control
    You will have a voice in your electricity rates and programs. MCE is controlled by a Board of locally elected officials, not private shareholders.

  • Competitive & Stable Rates
    Having a choice of energy provider means competitive rates and value for you. The cost of MCE Light Green service is comparable to PG&E’s standard service and contains more renewable energy.

  • Community Investment
    MCE does not use taxpayer dollars. We reinvest in the communities by providing access to residential, agricultural, and commercial programs that help you save money.

Watch a Virtual Community Meeting Recording

MCE’s community meetings about the unincorporated Solano County enrollment were held remotely. Due to public health concerns related to COVID-19, and recommended social distancing guidelines, MCE hosted the community meetings virtually. We welcome you to watch the recorded events below to learn more about MCE and have your questions answered.

Your current electric generation service with PG&E will become MCE Light Green beginning with your April 2020 PG&E billing cycle. You can choose one of the other service options below.

Your Service Options

MCE Light Green 60% Renewable Energy

Take no action and your locally-controlled Light Green service will start in April 2020.

  • Stable and competitive, locally-controlled rates
  • No shareholder influence on rates
  • 60% of your electricity comes from renewable sources
  • 90% carbon-free

MCE Deep Green 100% Renewable Energy

Opt up to 100% California solar and wind energy for one penny more per kilowatt-hour. Half of the premium you pay helps create new local energy programs and projects that benefit you and your community.

  • Slightly higher locally-controlled rates (~$5 more per month for a typical home)
  • All of your electricity comes from non-polluting wind and solar power produced in California
  • 100% carbon-free
  • Half of the premium helps to create new local electricity programs and projects that benefit your community

PG&E 29% Renewable Energy

You can choose to opt out of MCE Light Green service and return to PG&E’s electric generation service. Please have your PG&E account number on hand to opt out online or call 1 (888) 632-3674. Requests to opt out after 90 days of start of service with MCE will be subject to a one-time administrative fee of $5 per residential account, or $25 per commercial account. You will also be subject to PG&E’s terms and conditions of service, which will prohibit you from choosing to return to MCE for one year.

Cost Comparisons

Over the past 10 years, MCE has provided stable and competitive rates as compared to PG&E. We typically only change our rates once a year or not at all. Discount programs such as CARE, FERA, and Medical Baseline are unaffected by enrollment; these customers receive the same discount with MCE as they would with PG&E and do not need to re-enroll or take any further action.

Example Monthly Residential Electric Charges*

MCE Light Green
60% RENEWABLE**

$13307average total cost

PG&E
29% RENEWABLE**

$13338average total cost

MCE Deep Green
100% RENEWABLE**

$13807average total cost
*Based on a typical usage of a residential customer in our service area at current PG&E rates and MCE rates effective as of May 1, 2020 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 to the California Energy Commission’s Power Source Disclosure Program.

Example Monthly Commercial Electric Charges*

MCE Light Green
60% RENEWABLE**

$33155average total cost

PG&E
29% RENEWABLE**

$33203average total cost

MCE Deep Green
100% RENEWABLE**

$34423average total cost
*Based on a typical usage of a small commercial customer in our service area at current PG&E rates and MCE rates effective as of May 1, 2020 under the A1X 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 to the California Energy Commission’s Power Source Disclosure Program.

Understanding Your Bill

PG&E will continue to send one monthly bill. Instead of one fee that combines charges for the delivery and generation of your electricity, the bill will show separate charges – one for PG&E’s electric delivery and one for MCE’s electric generation, which replaces PG&E’s generation charge.

MCE’s generation rates simply replace the generation charges you currently pay to PG&E; they are not an additional charge. To learn more about your electric bill, please visit our Understanding Your Bill page.

Rate Plans

If you have solar panels at your home or business, you can take advantage of MCE’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) program, which credits you for the excess generation you send back to the grid.

  • Credit Accrual and Premium Payment Rates – If you generate more electricity than you use during a month, you will receive a credit that is automatically applied toward future electricity usage within the same 12 month cycle starting in April. If you generate more electricity than you use over the entire 12 months, your credits will be cashed out at twice the wholesale rate, or double what PG&E offers.
  • Cash Out Annually – Cash-out payments over $50 will be automatically cashed out annually. You will receive a check sent to the mailing address tied to your electric account. Payments under $50 will be added to your retail credit balance for the next 12 month cycle.
  • No Large Annual Payment – MCE credits and charges NEM customers monthly, so you won’t end up with a year’s worth of generation charges at your true-up.

Visit our Solar Rates page to learn more about our NEM program.

PG&E’s SmartRate program provides discounted summer rates in exchange for higher rates between 9 to 15 “SmartDays” annually. MCE customers are currently not eligible to participate in this program, based on PG&E guidelines. If you choose to 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 number on hand.

If you currently receive financial assistance on your PG&E bill through CARE (California Alternative Rates for Energy), FERA (Family Electric Rate Assistance), and/or a Medical Baseline Allowance, you will continue to receive these discounts in full as an MCE customer. There is no need to reapply for these programs. Your full discount will also continue to be provided on the PG&E delivery portion of your bill, and will be noted on the front of your bill.

If you are on PG&E’s Budget Billing plan (formerly Balanced Payment Plan), your PG&E gas and electric delivery charges will continue to be  billed according to the Budget Billing plan if you choose MCE service. However, your MCE electric generation charges will not be included as part of the Budget Billing calculation. MCE electric generation charges are determined based on your monthly electricity usage, which could vary from month–to–month.

When your accounts transition to MCE service, you can expect to retain the same rate schedules and program benefits as with PG&E. MCE offers the same or similar agricultural rates as PG&E. You will continue to receive one bill from PG&E that will include MCE electric generation charges. You can expect to pay billing statements the same way you always have via PG&E.

MCE also offers an energy efficiency program tailored specifically for agricultural customers. The MCE Agricultural and Industrial Resource (AIR) Program provides no–cost services, including feasibility analyses, equipment specifications, and support for procurement, installation, and financing. Participation in this program can help offset the cost of new equipment through rebates for variable frequency drives (VFDs), pump upgrades, lighting retrofits, boiler upgrades, and irrigation controls.

About MCE

MCE was formed in 2008 by the public to provide a choice in electricity provider, local control over rates, increased renewable energy, and reinvestment in your community through energy-saving programs, local projects, and workforce opportunities. MCE determines your power source, called electric generation. MCE’s generation service will simply replace PG&E generation service; it is not a new service or added fee. PG&E continues to delivery the electricity, maintain power lines, provide repairs, and send your monthly bill.

MCE diagram, biogas, sun, wind turbine, and water send renewable energy through PG&E power lines to your home and business

Communities throughout California – including Alameda, Placer, Sonoma, and Yolo – are joining Community Choice Energy programs like MCE. As an MCE customer, you have a voice in your electricity rates and programs through public meetings.

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