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February 2019

Tamalpais Community Services District Goes Local Sol 100% Renewable

By |2019-02-14T18:00:31-07:00February 14th, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

Photo courtesy of Tamalpais Community Services District Guest blog post by Heather Abrams, General Manager, Tamalpais Community Services District Tamalpais Valley is the gateway to Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County. About 7,000 people live in this cozy wooded valley, which is located just 10 minutes North [...]

January 2019

MCE’s Plan Meets California Renewable Energy Standards Eleven Years Early

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00January 28th, 2019|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 28, 2019 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org 250 MW New Renewables in 2018 Accelerate MCE’s Rapid Progress SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE and community partners are leading the way in meeting California’s ambitious renewable energy and climate goals. The passage of Senate Bill 100 [...]

December 2018

California CCAs Achieve 2,000-Megawatt Milestone for New Renewables

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00December 21st, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

Long-term clean energy contract commitments by CCAs double in one year Recently, the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) announced that community choice aggregators (CCAs) in the state have signed long-term contracts with new renewable energy facilities totaling more than 2,000 megawatts (MW), reflecting a strong commitment by CCAs to drive clean energy and economic [...]

November 2018

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 3

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00November 16th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Building Local and In-State Renewable Projects Thinking Globally, Building Locally Through our Feed-In Tariff and Power Purchase Agreement projects, MCE has installed over 19 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy projects within our member communities. While we’re proud of this accomplishment, we’re not stopping there. An important part of our strategy to build more local [...]

October 2018

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 1

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17-07:00October 19th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Workforce Development Changing Landscapes: Creating Opportunities In today’s economic climate in the Bay Area, many struggle with the rising cost of living. MCE is committed to helping protect our communities from gentrification and displacement by supporting the development and training of local talent with skills necessary to access living-wage clean energy employment. The Bay [...]

July 2018

(Wind) Power Surge: MCE Signs PPA for New Wind Farm in California

By |2018-09-27T14:17:22-07:00July 16th, 2018|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

MCE has entered into a long-term power purchase agreement with BayWa r.e. Wind, LLC for 100% of the output of the approximately 101 MW Strauss Wind Project. Once built and online, the project is expected to provide clean energy for over 24,000 homes and save an estimated 223,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. [...]

$1.8 Million+ Offered to NEM Solar Customers

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00July 16th, 2018|Sustainability, NEM, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2018 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org MCE Solar Customers Earn $1.8 Million+ for Excess Energy Production in 2017-18 San Rafael and Concord, Calif. — MCE’s annual cash-out process for rooftop solar customers is currently underway, offering over $1.8 million in check payments to purchase the [...]

May 2018

A 100% Renewable Energy Record: Ahead of the (Deep Green) Curve in Kensington, CA

By |2018-05-25T14:13:21-07:00May 25th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

The Kensington Greens are a small group of citizens deeply involved in their district, who formed on their community NextDoor site to take action on climate change and sustainability issues. When Kensington and the rest of unincorporated Contra Costa County voted to enroll with MCE, the Kensington Greens took the opportunity to embark on a [...]

April 2018

MCE Solar (Three Hundred and Forty-) One

By |2018-04-24T15:39:27-07:00April 17th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

The following is a transcript of Dawn Weisz, MCE CEO's, speech given at the MCE Solar One Ribbon Cutting Celebration. I’d like to start of by thanking all of our partners – RichmondBUILD, the City of Richmond, Cenergy Power, Chevron, and sPower. And thank you to MCE staff – especially, Greg Brehm, David Potovsky, Allen [...]

MCE Solar One Ribbon Cutting

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00April 17th, 2018|Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 18, 2018 Press Contact: Kalicia Pivirotto, MCE Marketing Manager (415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mcecleanenergy.org Think Globally, Build Locally MCE, sPower, and City of Richmond Celebrate Bay Area's Largest Public-Private Solar Partnership Richmond, Calif. — Today, project partners MCE and sPower commemorate Earth Day with a ribbon cutting for MCE Solar One, a [...]

March 2018

Ross Valley Sanitary District Goes Deep Green

By |2018-03-19T14:51:47-07:00March 20th, 2018|Women, Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Located in central Marin County, Ross Valley Sanitary District (RVSD) is the first sanitary district in MCE's service area to vote to opt up their electricity service from 50 percent renewable to 100 percent California renewable energy through MCE Deep Green, starting in July 2018. RVSD's change to 100% renewable energy is expected to increase their annual [...]

December 2017

Environmental Victory in California: Marin County Chooses 100% Renewable Energy

By |2017-12-20T10:27:44-07:00December 19th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

This fall, Marin became the first county in the state to have 100% renewable electricity for all of its county, town, and city municipal accounts. Together, all 12 municipalities have eliminated an estimated 3,570 metric tons of pollution, or the EPA equivalent of removing 764 cars from the road in one year. Belvedere was the [...]

November 2017

Charles F. McGlashan Award Recognizes Community Advocates for Outstanding Environmental Leadership

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00November 20th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Awards, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

On November 16, 2017, MCE’s Board of Directors recently honored the El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee with the 2017 Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award. Nominees included Sarah Loughran and Helene Marsh, in connection with  the Environmental Forum of Marin, and Melissa Yu from the Sierra Club Bay Chapter. MCE established the annual award in June 2011 [...]

LEED Credits for Deep Green: West Marin Service Center

By |2017-11-16T09:46:59-07:00November 16th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

The County of Marin’s West Marin Service Center's (WMSC) new and expanded facility is now under construction, with a built-in plan to support a sustainable environment. The building will replace the older facility, with plans to open and serve the community in mid-2018, while the community will continue to receive uninterrupted service from WMSC's temporary [...]

September 2017

Yesterday’s Trash, Tomorrow’s Electricity

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00September 21st, 2017|Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

MCE and Waste Management’s Redwood Landfill celebrated the opening of a new, 3.9 megawatt (MW) landfill gas-to-energy plant that will generate enough renewable electricity to provide service to more than 5,000 MCE customers. The facility provides an environmentally friendly, sustainable solution to power generation that can produce electricity consistently. Unlike other forms of [...]

August 2017

Renewable Energy Choice & Local Benefits Come to More Contra Costa Communities

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18-07:00August 8th, 2017|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

On July 20, MCE’s Board of Directors voted to add nine new Contra Costa communities to its service area, including Concord, Danville, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Ramon, and unincorporated Contra Costa County. MCE electricity service to new Contra Costa customers will begin in the spring of 2018, but the MCE team is [...]

The Solar Eclipse & You: A Green Guide

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00August 9th, 2017|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

Flex Your (Conservation) Power! To prepare for the upcoming solar eclipse, MCE is urging all California residents and businesses to use this event as an opportunity to reduce electricity use by taking part in at least one action on the “Simple Plan for the Solar Eclipse.” This once-in-50-year celestial event will take place on Monday, [...]

July 2017

Deep Green Leaders: 11 MCE Member Communities Go 100% Renewable!

By |2017-07-20T20:37:59-07:00July 20th, 2017|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

Demonstrating environmental leadership, the Cities and Towns of Corte Madera, El Cerrito, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Napa, Novato, Richmond, Ross, and San Rafael; and the Counties of Marin and Napa have all voted to enroll in MCE’s Deep Green electricity service, which is 100% greenhouse gas-free, Green-e Energy certified, wind and solar power produced in California. [...]

June 2017

Service Members Keep Giving Back: GRID Alternatives Celebrates Veteran’s Day

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00June 20th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, NEM, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Guest post by Mara Ervin, GRID Alternatives Development and Programs Manager The opinions expressed by RE-Source Guest Bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of MCE, its employees, or contractors. MCE reviews all posts but is not responsible for the accuracy of  any of the information supplied. [...]

RichmondBUILD Receives Environmental Job Training Grant from U.S. EPA

By |2017-06-05T19:21:20-07:00June 5th, 2017|Awards, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced that RichmondBUILD will receive a $200,000 Environmental Workforce Development and Job Training grant to help low-income residents learn the skills needed to secure employment in the environmental field. Click to read the EPA's full press release. About MCE’s partnership with RichmondBUILD 2013 | MCE and RichmondBUILD signed [...]

Local Union Labor Plan Announced for New Solar Construction

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00June 5th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

MCE has partnered with solar developer Cenergy Power to build what will be the largest publicly-owned solar project in the Bay Area, MCE Solar One. The 60 acre, 10.5 MW ground mounted solar farm in Richmond, CA will support 341 jobs and provide power for 3,417 homes per year. The City of Richmond and MCE [...]

May 2017

Energize Richmond: Energy Efficiency for Small Businesses

By |2017-05-09T14:31:43-07:00May 9th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Guest Blog post by Lois Smith, Marketing & Outreach Manager, Community Energy Services Corporation Every business wants to keep costs down and provide excellent customer service. Energy efficiency is a good way to pay less on energy bills while keeping high-quality lighting and refrigeration. However, many businesses lack the resources to invest in energy-efficient measures [...]

Deep Green Champion VenturePad, San Rafael’s New Cowork Space, Is Now Open

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00May 9th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Deep Green Champions, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Guest blog by Chris Yalonis, Co‐founder and President, VenturePad Deep sustainable business practices are baked into the DNA of VenturePad, Marin’s new premier coworking space and incubator, which opened on March 1 in downtown San Rafael at 1020 B Street. VenturePad will cultivate, support and connect over 150 entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives, and purpose-driven ventures. The design, buildout, [...]

April 2017

Cooley Quarry Solar Farm & Local Sol: Powering Up Locally!

By |2017-04-27T14:20:36-07:00April 27th, 2017|Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

On the heels of Earth Day, MCE unveiled a new, one megawatt, ground-mounted solar project at Cooley Quarry in unincorporated Novato. The solar farm is MCE’s fourth local Feed-In Tariff (FIT) project, which will provide power for customers who choose MCE’s new Local Sol energy service. “This is the second MCE solar project that will [...]

March 2017

MCE Reduces Rates for Second Year in a Row

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00March 30th, 2017|Press Releases|

MCE’s Board of Directors voted to reduce energy rates by an average of 3.7%, effective April 1, bringing the cost of MCE’s Light Green 50% renewable energy service slightly lower than PG&E’s 30% renewable energy service. In its 7 years of operation, MCE has never changed rates more than once a year. Those [...]

Thinking Globally, Partnering Locally

By |2017-03-14T15:42:46-07:00March 14th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

In the fall of 2016, MCE partnered with Rising Sun Energy Center, a local nonprofit organization that focuses on energy and water efficiency as well as workforce and youth development. Through their California Youth Energy Services (CYES), Rising Sun and MCE offered no-cost energy and water assessments and installations for El Cerrito and San Pablo [...]

February 2017

Rooftop Solar Rates Update: The Timings They Are a Changin’

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00February 28th, 2017|NEM, The RE-Source|

Guest Blog post by Gopal Shanker, Récolte Energy President Last December PG&E reached its 5% cap for net energy metering (“NEM 1.0") — the program that solar customer-generators have been using to offset their annual electricity bills. For the next few years, net metered projects will be interconnected under the NEM successor program (“NEM 2.0”). [...]

New Two-Megawatt Freethy Industrial Park Solar Unveiled

By |2019-01-30T22:51:19-07:00February 14th, 2017|Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

On Tuesday, February 14, MCE and JHS Properties unveiled Freethy Industrial Park, a new, two-megawatt, ground-mounted solar project in Richmond, marking the completion of MCE’s third Feed-In Tariff project. The Feed-In Tariff (FIT) program invites local entrepreneurs to develop and sell renewable energy to MCE within its service area at a fixed price for twenty years. [...]

January 2017

El Cerrito Celebrates its 100th Anniversary

By |2017-02-07T08:40:46-07:00January 31st, 2017|Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Guest Blog post by Rebecca Milliken, El Cerrito Environmental Quality Committee Member & MCE Deep Green Customer As the City of El Cerrito celebrates its 100th anniversary, the City’s volunteer-based Environmental Quality Committee (EQC) is using the yearlong celebration as an opportunity to promote a greener, more sustainable future. The EQC partnered with MCE to launch [...]

Union Bank Invests in the Environment

By |2017-01-11T17:28:59-07:00January 6th, 2017|The RE-Source, Press Releases|

Union Bank's green just got a lot greener! All of Union Bank's offices that are located within MCE's service area have enrolled in Deep Green electricity service, enabling these locations to switch to 100 percent renewable energy and furthering the bank’s commitment to building healthy and sustainable communities. The decision makes Union Bank the first financial [...]