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January 2019

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00January 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+00:00December 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 [...]

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 5

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

MCE’s Autonomy and Priorities Community Representation: MCE’s Board of Directors MCE is a not-for-profit, public agency governed by a Board of Directors (partial group pictured above) composed of elected officials representing the community voice in agency decisions. In meetings that are open to the public, MCE’s Board democratically votes on agency policy, approves programs, [...]

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 4

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00December 3rd, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Sustainable Choices: Energy Efficiency The cleanest and least expensive energy is the energy you don’t use. The “nega-watt” is an important component to decarbonizing our electric grid and supporting social equity. Not only does it have zero carbon emissions, but installing efficient measures also saves households money, reduces strain on the grid, and improves [...]

November 2018

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00November 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 [...]

Powering Equity & Inclusion: MCE’s Community Benefit Efforts, Part 2

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Walking the Talk: How MCE Implements Equity Strategies Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agencies like MCE are committed and required to follow a universal access requirement and opt-out structure for customer enrollment. While this ensures equality in energy access, it does not guarantee equity. In other words, MCE has the opportunity to serve everyone in [...]

October 2018

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

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00October 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 [...]

September 2018

MCE and Community Partners Lead the Way in Meeting Ambitious Renewable Energy and Climate Goals

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00September 10th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source, Press Releases|

MCE applauds the organizers of the Global Climate Action Summit and supports California in its continued climate leadership and recent goal of achieving 100% carbon-free energy. We also acknowledge the climate action leadership and partnerships of our 33 member communities and over 470,000 customers, comprised of school and sanitary districts, businesses, residents, towns, and counties. [...]

August 2018

CCAs Can Play a Role in Cleaner Energy Future

By |2019-01-30T22:51:17+00:00August 15th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, The RE-Source|

California’s policymakers are acting aggressively to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions in an era of federal regression of such policies. The state’s rapid transition away from fossil fuels has resulted in it achieving its 2020 GHG goals four years earlier than legislative mandates, while supporting a growing economy. The upcoming Global Climate Action Summit this September in [...]

July 2018

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

By |2018-09-27T14:17:22+00:00July 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. [...]

June 2018

2018 Home Upgrade Guide

By |2018-09-27T14:18:20+00:00June 13th, 2018|Sustainability, NEM, The RE-Source|

Are you tired of wasting precious energy resources? Thinking about upgrading your home to be more energy efficient? Well you’re in luck! Here is our shocking energy saving guide for 2018: Magnetic Vent Covers What’s more exciting than air vents? Well, vent covers, of course! Simply using covers to block central air flow to unused rooms [...]

May 2018

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

By |2018-05-25T14:13:21+00:00May 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+00:00April 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+00:00April 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+00:00March 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 [...]

Women in Power: Perspectives from MCE Staff

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18+00:00March 19th, 2018|Women, Sustainability, The RE-Source|

Watch a clip of MCE's CEO, Dawn Weisz, hosting a discussion of the challenges facing women in the workplace, particularly in the traditionally male-dominated field of energy. Resources for Women in the Energy Field: Association of Women in Energy The Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment  California Women in Energy Professional [...]

Breaking Barriers, Building Change: One Woman’s Story

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18+00:00March 16th, 2018|Sustainability, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Photo courtesy of GRID Alternatives: Amaris Lujano (right) and Erin Shaw during a solar installation Guest blog post by Amaris Lujano, Assistant Project Manager, GRID Alternatives I’m the daughter of a General Contractor who grew up in a traditional Mexican household. I grew up around construction tools, [...]

February 2018

Moraga: Paving the Way Towards Sustainability

By |2018-02-27T11:51:22+00:00February 27th, 2018|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

Home to over 17,000 people, Moraga has long been committed to environmental sustainability. Nestled in central Contra Costa County, east of the Oakland hills, Moraga sits in a valley boasting easy access to trails and open space like Rancho Laguna Park and the popular Lafayette-Moraga Regional Trail. Moraga is also home to Saint Mary’s College [...]

January 2018

6 Good Deeds the Earth (& Your Wallet) Will Thank You For

By |2018-01-19T12:43:11+00:00January 19th, 2018|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

The new year is a great time to make simple lifestyle changes, and, of course, save energy with home upgrades. Here are six of the most effective ways to slash your energy usage and lower your monthly energy bill. Both the planet and your wallet will be grateful! Turn off the lights. Each year, an [...]

December 2017

Public-Private Partnership Brings Call Center and Local Jobs to Pittsburg

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18+00:00December 19th, 2017|Sustainability, Community Spotlight, Local Renewable Projects, MCE Communities, The RE-Source|

In preparation for the launch of a new call center in Pittsburg that will serve MCE, a five-day workforce development training was organized by Future Build East County, the City of Pittsburg, Calpine, and AnswerNet. Electricity service to nine additional communities in Contra Costa County will begin in April 2018. This is the first time [...]

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

By |2017-12-20T10:27:44+00:00December 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+00:00November 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+00:00November 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 [...]

Cook Up Some Energy Savings This Thanksgiving

By |2017-11-21T12:07:55+00:00November 16th, 2017|Sustainability, The RE-Source|

Not only is Thanksgiving a great opportunity to spend time with friends and family, it’s a holiday where food can really take center stage. Here are seven easy ways to avoid gobbling up excess energy while preparing the perfect meal. Avoid frequent oven checks. Each time the oven is opened, a surprisingly large amount of [...]

September 2017

Yesterday’s Trash, Tomorrow’s Electricity

By |2019-01-30T22:51:18+00:00September 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+00:00August 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+00:00August 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+00:00July 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+00:00June 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+00:00June 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 [...]