As we enter the spring season, we would like to provide a few powerful updates from MCE.
Customer Participation Rates
As of March 14th, 81.31% of customers in Richmond are served by MCE and 1.36% have chosen MCE’s Deep Green 100% renewable energy service. The attached graphic depicts this information by community across our service area.
Greenhouse Gas-Free Power Content
In working towards achieving your climate action goals, you may be particularly interested to know that we have increased our Light Green procurement target to 75% greenhouse gas-free this year and 100% greenhouse gas-free by 2025. MCE’s Board of Directors approved the 2017 Integrated Resource Plan<https://www.mcecleanenergy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/MCE-2017-Integrated-Resource-Plan.pdf> in January, detailing these plans.
MCE Rates & Cost of Service
On April 1, MCE lowered rates by an average of 3.7%<http://www.marinij.com/article/NO/20170301/NEWS/170309984>, following our 9% rate reduction in September 2016. In January, PG&E also reduced generation rates and increased the exit fees it imposes on MCE customers. Our April rate reduction brings the overall cost of MCE service to be roughly at parity with PG&E, at 0.1% less expensive for most accounts.
Local Renewable Buildout
MCE and San Rafael-based JHS Properties unveiled Freethy Industrial Park<https://oaklandnorth.net/2017/04/14/solarjobs/> Solar, a new 2-megawatt ground-mounted project in Richmond, marking the completion of MCE’s newest local project.
Statewide Community Choice Efforts
CalCCA (California Community Choice Association) <http://cal-cca.org/> is the new trade association of California Community Choice Aggregation programs. As the statewide voice for community choice programs, the Association advocates for legislative and regulatory policies that support local control over electricity supply and promote cleaner energy choices. You can view the attached document for a recent statewide quarterly update about all of California’s community choice programs.
Local Sol 100% New Local Solar Energy Service<https://www.mcecleanenergy.org/100-local-solar/>
Local Sol service, limited to approximately 200 customers, will launch this May. Local Sol allows customers to purchase 100% of their energy from a new 1 megawatt solar project at the Novato Cooley Quarry.
El Cerrito 100 For 100<https://www.mcecleanenergy.org/elcerrito/>: To commemorate its centennial, the City of El Cerrito has launched a year-long celebration to encourage residents to go 100% renewable for their 100th anniversary by choosing Deep Green.
Join us on June 21st for the ribbon cutting of our newest local renewable energy project. The Redwood Landfill<https://www.mcecleanenergy.org/local-projects/> is home to a waste-to-energy biomass project that will produce 3.6 megawatts of renewable energy – enough electricity to power 5,000 homes per year while destroying methane, a greenhouse gas that is over 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
After years of discussion and research, on May 2nd, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors<http://www.eastbayexpress.com/oakland/contra-costa-county-should-unite-behind-marin-clean-energy/Content?oid=6559795> voted to join MCE! Their request for membership is joined by the Towns of Danville, Moraga<http://www.lamorindaweekly.com/archive/issue1105/Moraga-Town-Council-votes-to-join-MCE.html>, and the City of Oakley<http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/05/09/oakley-moves-to-join-marin-clean-energy/>.
MCE is committed to helping our member communities make lasting positive changes. Our staff is always eager to participate in community meetings, deliver presentations, or provide your Council with a formal update, if that would be helpful. Please let me know if there is available space at any of your upcoming meetings.
For questions, contact
Alexandra McGee | 415.464.6019<tel:(415)%20464-6019>
Community Power Organizer, MCE
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