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What are renewable energy certificates?

By | November 21st, 2015|

To help facilitate the sale of renewable electricity nationally, a standard industry-wide system has been established that separates renewable electricity generation into two parts: the electricity or electrical energy produced by a renewable generator and the renewable “attributes” of that generation. The renewable attributes, or “green” attributes, can be sold separately as RECs. The electricity [...]

How do I know that MCE is actually procuring 50% or 100% renewable energy on my behalf?

By | November 21st, 2015|

We are required to report to the California Public Utilities Commission and California Energy Commission on an annual basis to verify the amount of renewable energy procured for our customers. This is the same standard used by other California utilities, such as PG&E, for verification purposes. Green-e Energy, an independent third-party, also verifies MCE's Deep [...]

How does MCE procure power?

By | November 21st, 2015|

We have short and long-term contracts with a variety of power suppliers to meet the energy needs of our customers. Each year, we host an "open season" process where developers or owners of renewable energy projects can propose contracts. We also operate a Feed-In Tariff program, through which local developers can create and sell small [...]

Where does MCE get its electricity from?

By | November 21st, 2015|

Our energy is mostly produced from non-polluting, renewable sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and bioenergy. The projects that produce our electricity are located in California, Oregon, and Washington State. The exact proportion of each varies with time, based on demand and availability. For example, MCE may use a higher proportion of hydroelectric energy [...]

How much clean energy does MCE provide?

By | November 21st, 2015|

MCE procures 50-100% renewable electricity on behalf of our customers. Our customers have the option of choosing between three ultra-green renewable energy products. Light Green is 50% renewable, Deep Green is 100% renewable, and Sol Shares is 100% local solar. MCE also purchases large hydroelectric, which some consider “clean” because it is greenhouse gas–free. MCE [...]