Basics

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Is the 50% or 100% renewable energy transmitted directly to an MCE customer’s home or business?

By | November 21st, 2015|

No. MCE buys and builds cleaner electricity supply. This electricity is fed onto the statewide shared electric grid and then moves down the path of least resistance to customers. This is why accounting is important. Clean energy is accounted through contracts and renewable energy certificates that confer the “renewable attributes” of that energy. It needs [...]

How many customers does MCE serve?

By | November 21st, 2015|

We currently provide renewable energy for approximately more than 170,500 customers.

When did MCE begin serving customers?

By | November 21st, 2015|

MCE began offering service to customers in phases. Our first group of about 9,000 Marin customers began service in May 2010. Service in unincorporated Napa County began in February 2015. Service for El Cerrito, Benicia, and San Pablo began in May 2015.

Am I within MCE’s service area?

By | November 21st, 2015|

MCE's service area includes all of Marin and Napa Counties and the Cities of Richmond, Benicia, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Walnut Creek, and Lafayette. Marin County includes Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Tiburon, and the County of Marin. The County of Marin also includes unincorporated areas [...]

Does MCE replace PG&E?

By | November 21st, 2015|

No. PG&E continues to provide all gas services, electric delivery, billing, and power line maintenance. MCE only replaces the electric generation services with 50-100% renewable energy at competitive rates.

How does MCE partner with PG&E?

By | November 21st, 2015|

MCE provides electric generation, which is the source of your power, but PG&E continues to provide electric delivery and billing services just as they always have. PG&E still owns and reads your electric meter, sends your monthly bill, and provides the same maintenance and other repair services they always have.

What governs and administers MCE?

By | November 21st, 2015|

MCE is governed by a 17-member Board of Directors representing each of the member communities that it serves. MCE's local government structure ensures public transparency. The Board conducts its business in monthly meetings that are always open to the public. For a schedule of meetings, please see the MCE calendar.

What is Community Choice Aggregation?

By | November 21st, 2015|

When California deregulated the energy market in 1997, many Californians switched to alternative energy providers. Following the energy crisis of 2000-01, consumer choice of electricity providers was suspended. As a response to the closing of the open market, Assembly Bill 117 was passed in 2002 to establish Community Choice Aggregation, which offers an opportunity for [...]

When was MCE formed?

By | November 21st, 2015|

MCE was created in December 2008, following six years of careful study and development, and our service was launched to customers on May 7, 2010, as California’s first Community Choice Aggregation program.

What is MCE?

By | November 21st, 2015|

MCE is a public, not-for-profit electricity provider that gives all PG&E electric customers (residential, commercial, and municipal) the choice of having 50% to 100% of their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources—such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal, and hydroelectric—at competitive rates.