We’re pleased to announce that MCE has recently received noteworthy recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Last week MCE member communities topped the EPA’s 2016 national list of Green Power Communities, accounting for an astounding thirteen out of the list’s top fifteen jurisdictions, and marking the fourth year many of MCE’s member communities have received this honor. The EPA’s 2016 list is based on usage from 2015, which includes communities that were offered MCE service from January 1 through December 31, 2015. Communities that started MCE service in 2015 or 2016 will be eligible for EPA recognition in subsequent years.
The EPA also rewarded the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with the Federal Green Challenge award for significantly reducing its carbon footprint, in large part by choosing MCE’s Deep Green 100% renewable energy service.
Finally, MCE’s own environmental stewardship was recognized last month with a Green Power Leadership Award at the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference, organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and co-sponsored by the EPA.
MCE TOPS EPA’S LIST OF GREEN POWER COMMUNITIES
Bay Area Communities Represent 13 of 15
Leading Green Power Communities in United States
SAN RAFAEL, CA — In October, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized the County of Marin and cities of Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Richmond, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, and Tiburon as Green Power Communities in 2016 for choosing to use MCE’s renewable power. These MCE member communities accounted for an astounding thirteen out of the top fifteen Green Power Communities, as ranked by the percentage of green power in their total electricity usage. This is the fourth year many of MCE’s member communities have received this national honor.
“We’re proud that by choosing 50—100% renewable energy, our member communities are leading the nation by helping to solve a critical issue that affects us all,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “By turning to renewable sources instead of fossil fuels, our communities not only reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, we also help create a clean and secure energy future for California.”
The EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program that encourages communities to use green power as a way to reduce the negative environmental impacts that are associated with conventional electricity use. By giving customers the choice of 50% or 100% clean, renewable power, MCE makes it possible for our member communities to receive this recognition.
The EPA also honored another long time MCE Deep Green supporter this month, when they bestowed the Golden Gate National Recreation Area with the Federal Green Challenge award for significantly reducing its carbon footprint in 2015. Through a combination of solar installations and strategic energy purchasing from MCE and CleanPowerSF, nearly 100% of the park’s annual energy use comes from renewable sources.
MCE’s own environmental stewardship was also recognized this month with a Green Power Leadership Award at the annual Renewable Energy Markets conference, organized by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions and co-sponsored by the EPA. MCE joins the distinguished ranks of previous Green Power Market Development Award recipients, recognized as accelerators in the development of green power markets, including Apple Inc. and The White House Council on Environmental Quality.
About MCE: MCE is a not-for-profit, community-based electricity provider offering 50% to 100% renewable electricity from sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, and hydroelectricity at competitive rates in Marin County, Napa County and the cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Lafayette, Richmond, San Pablo, and Walnut Creek. By choosing MCE, customers help support new in‐state and local renewable energy generation. More at http://www.mceCleanEnergy.org
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