3CE Education Grant to Support Workforce Training and Raise Awareness Around Concept of “Electrification” 

$260,000 Grant Could Support Trade Groups, Laborers, Communities with Transition from Fossil Fuel Standards and Practices to Clean Energy Solutions for Region’s Top Sectors

Monterey, CA. (3.29.21)  Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) today launched the 3CE Electrification Education Grant Program, offering funding to advance electrification education and outreach, as well as workforce training and development within 3CE communities. This competitive grant will provide applicants with an opportunity to receive up to $50,000 for each project. 3CE is providing a virtual workshop covering program details on April 15, 2021 at 9AM.

The program aims to raise awareness around the economic and environmental benefits of electrification: a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by shifting to the use electricity rather than fossil fuels for transportation, heating, and cooking. A critical component to achieve widespread electrification is to increase public knowledge so community members are comfortable “making the switch” to electrify their home, their business operations, and their vehicle. Additionally, training local installers, builders, and developers how to design, build, retrofit, and repair electrified homes and buildings is pivotal towards developing a cleaner built environment. The Electrification Education Grant Program provides opportunities to local and regional organizations to produce new and creative ways to empower our communities to electrify the Central Coast.

“Using building construction as just one example,” shares 3CE Director of Energy Programs Jon Griesser, “if developers aren’t using cost models that forego natural gas infrastructure and if architects aren’t drawing plans that utilize clean-energy appliances, we can’t expect contractors to implement changes that go against the current. We need to start upstream and work toward changing perceptions throughout the whole supply chain and workforce, inside trade schools and elsewhere. Our hope is that this education grant will move the needle in those directions.”

Currently, the Central Coast’s transportation, building and agriculture sectors make the largest contributions to the region’s GHG emissions. These sectors have been the focus of 3CE Energy Programs to provide incentives geared toward transitioning resources, equipment and infrastructure away from fossil fuels such as natural gas, gasoline and diesel. The Electrification Education Grant Program is designed to complement 3CE Energy Programs through public awareness.

“As 3CE moves through its third year of operation, the positive impacts from our Energy Programs are growing exponentially. However, we recognize that implementing innovative programs is only part of the potential,” shares 3CE CEO, Tom Habashi. “Directing part of our electrification efforts toward raising awareness through educating customers, communities and the trades will help make electrification more accessible and more common practice.”

3CE Energy Programs are aimed at reducing GHG emissions in the three sectors which emit the most emissions: transportation, buildings and agriculture, as well as additional efforts to improve regional energy resiliency. By providing incentives to electrify infrastructure, equipment and everyday resources used by residential, commercial and agricultural customers, 3CE is making the greatest impact possible and making resources available to all types of customers. For more information about 3CE Energy Programs, please visit 3CEnergy.org/energy-programs/

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About Central Coast Community Energy

Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) is a public agency that sources competitively priced electricity from clean and renewable energy resources. 3CE is locally controlled and governed by board members who represent each community served by the agency. Revenue generated by 3CE stays local and helps keep electricity rates affordable for customers, while also funding innovative energy programs designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate economic development. 3CE serves more than 400,000 customers throughout the Central Coast, including residential, commercial and agricultural customers in communities located within Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties. Learn more at 3CEnergy.org and on social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @3CEnergy.

Central Coast Community Energy | 3CE                                 
Shelly Whitworth
Senior Energy Media Specialist
Tel: +1-831-229-0277
swhitworth@3CE.org

 

MCE Announces 10th Annual Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Awards for Outstanding Environmental Leadership

2021 Honorees of Annual MCE Advocacy Awards include The Centers for Independent Living with Vi Ibarra, Deborah Elliott, and the Fairfax Climate Action Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 19, 2021

MCE Press Contact:
Jenna Famular, Marketing & Communications Manager
(925) 378-6747 | jfamular@mcecleanenergy.org

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE’s Board of Directors recognized three recipients of this year’s Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Awards at MCE’s Board of Directors Meeting on March 18, 2021 with honorees that include: The Centers for Independent Living of Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano Counties with Vi Ibarra, Deborah Elliott from the County of Napa, and the Fairfax Climate Action Committee.

MCE established this annual award in June 2011 to commemorate and memorialize the legacy of environmental leadership by former founding MCE Chair, Charles F. McGlashan. This year’s recipients are being recognized for their partnership and ongoing commitment to environmental justice and community choice.

“MCE has always been driven by our communities’ needs, and we are proud this year to recognize these outstanding partners,” said Kevin Haroff, MCE Board Director, Executive Committee Chair, and City of Larkspur councilmember. “The work done by this year’s recipients showcases how community leadership can benefit our most vulnerable populations and our planet simultaneously. We are grateful to work with these organizations and others to support our communities in this time of need.”

More information about this year’s recipients can be found below:

The Centers for Independent Living of Contra Costa, Marin, Napa and Solano Counties with Vi Ibarra
In March 2020, MCE’s Executive Committee approved $250,000 from the MCE Resiliency Fund for the purchase of portable back-up batteries to support medically vulnerable customers. MCE’s local Centers for Independent Living and Vi Ibarra from the Developmental Disabilities Council of Contra Costa conducted critical outreach to reach these customers and ensure the batteries were distributed before the 2020 Public Safety Power Shutoff season. Special efforts were made by Vi Ibarra, who secured a Contra Costa County COVID-19-related contractor to carry-out the delivery of batteries to those most vulnerable. These partners are receiving the 2021 Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award for successful delivery of these batteries which increase energy resiliency while minimizing the need for polluting fossil fuel generators.

Deborah Elliott, County of Napa
As Napa County’s Environmental Resource Specialist, Deborah has been instrumental to MCE’s work throughout Napa County. She serves as a key liaison between multiple MCE staff across various departments, helping connect Napa residents and businesses to important services and programs including the Advanced Energy Rebuild Napa Program, Bay Area Regional Energy Network, MCE’s Energy Storage Program, MCEv Charging, MCE’s Low-Income Families and Tenants Pilot, and recent FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) applications. Deborah frequently goes above and beyond her role as MCE’s Napa County liaison, working with MCE staff to meet state and federal funding application deadlines. Her passion for climate action and sustainability is vital and has been critical to achieving MCE’s mission in Napa County. For this reason, she is a recipient of the 2021 Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award.

Fairfax Climate Action Committee (CAC)
The Fairfax Climate Action Committee (CAC) has long been an advocate for MCE, and through its continued efforts to encourage more residents to opt up into Deep Green, Fairfax has a Deep Green adoption rate of 8.6%, the highest in our member communities. Beyond the CAC’s Deep Green advocacy, this group has continued to be at the forefront of climate action technology and policy. In early 2020, the Fairfax Town Council approved and provided seed-funding for the CAC to move forward with the design of a battery storage system for the Fairfax Pavilion which could be combined with its rooftop solar for a proposed microgrid system. The CAC has been working with MCE staff on this program and hopes to apply for funding through the state’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP). The CAC is currently updating the Town’s Climate Action Plan to include strategies to become carbon neutral by 2030. The 2021 Charles F. McGlashan Advocacy Award goes to the Fairfax CAC for these efforts, along with the CAC’s continued advocacy for decreasing Fairfax’s greenhouse gas emissions.

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About MCE: As California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for energy innovation in our communities since 2010.  MCE offers cleaner power at stable rates, significantly reducing energy-related greenhouse emissions and enabling millions of dollars of reinvestment in local energy programs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting a 1,200 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service to more than 480,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 36 member communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org, or follow us on FacebookLinkedInTwitter and Instagram.

MCE Launches $10 Million Customer Cost-Relief Program

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2021
Press Contact: Jenna Famular | Marketing & Communications Manager
(925) 378-6747
communications@mceCleanEnergy.org

Cost-Relief Focuses on Customers Most Financially Impacted by COVID

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On March 18, 2021, MCE’s Board of Directors approved up to $10 million as part of MCE’s 2021-2022 fiscal year budget to be used for cost-relief to MCE’s vulnerable residential and small business customers. This program will launch in April, 2021 and offer bill credits to eligible customers, supporting up to 65,000 residential and 20,000 small business customers.

The first year of COVID has resulted in many challenges for customers, including financial hardship. MCE has not raised its electricity generation rates since 2019 and has no plans to do so in 2021. However, with the continued COVID economy and other rising energy costs, there is an increased need to support our most vulnerable customers and contribute to local economic stability.

MCE’s program targets customers who have been the most financially impacted by COVID. MCE will be offering $10 monthly bill credits to residential customers and $22 monthly bill credits to small businesses, representing an average 15% and 6% bill savings respectively. The most vulnerable customers, who have fallen behind on their bills will be automatically enrolled in the program. Eligible customers include residential customers enrolled in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) discount programs, and small businesses on the A1, A1X or B1 rate.

“We know that the last 12 months have been difficult for our customers and MCE has focused on supporting our communities,” said Shanelle Scales-Preston, MCE Board Director and City of Pittsburg councilmember. “We’re excited to launch this cost-relief program to ease the burden on our most vulnerable populations. As a not-for-profit public agency, our goal first and foremost is to support those customers who need it most. This program is one additional way we’re demonstrating our commitment.”

This program is part of MCE’s on-going COVID relief efforts which include suspension of collections; direct outreach to customers to encourage enrollment in existing discount and utility bill assistance programs; early participation in the Arrearage Management Program in partnership with PG&E; an education and awareness program to spread the word about community resources and programs for financial assistance; free EV charging at MCE’s San Rafael office; and distribution of 100 portable back-up batteries to medically vulnerable customers prior to the 2020 Public Safety Power Shutoff Season. MCE also recently launched two new webpages providing a comprehensive list of COVID support resources for residential and small business customers.

Customers who are eligible for MCE’s new cost-relief program can complete an interest form on MCE’s website. The program will officially launch in April. To see a complete list of assistance programs, please visit MCE’s website at mceCleanEnergy.org/lowerbill.

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About MCE: As California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for energy innovation in our communities since 2010. MCE offers cleaner power at stable rates, significantly reducing energy-related greenhouse emissions and enabling millions of dollars of reinvestment in local energy programs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting a 1,200 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service to more than 480,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 36 member communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org, or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Peninsula Clean Energy, BayREN Offer $2,500 or Higher Electric Water Heater Rebates

Joint effort centers on replacing methane gas units with all-electric

Redwood City, CA (3.16.21) – Peninsula Clean Energy is partnering with the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) to offer San Mateo County residents at least $2,500 to install clean, safe and all-electric heat pump water heaters.

Residents who replace their methane gas water heater of any size would receive a $1,500 rebate from Peninsula Clean Energy and an additional $1,000 rebate from the BayREN Home+ program.  Additional rebates of up to $1,500 would be provided from Peninsula Clean Energy for electrical panel upgrades if needed to run the new water heater.

In addition, income-qualified residents who participate in the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) plans will receive an additional $1,000 rebate from Peninsula Clean Energy, for a total of $3,500 in rebates, not including rebates for eligible electrical panel upgrades.

Rebates will be given for heat pump water heaters that are installed by participating BayREN contractors on or after Jan. 1 of this year.

“Replacing your water heater is one of the best things you can do to help decarbonize your home,” said Robert Whitehair, homeowner and vice chair of Sustainable San Mateo County. “And with these rebates, we were able to replace ours with a state-of-the-art, ultra-clean and efficient model for about the same net price as the standard and dirtier methane gas variety. It was a no-brainer for us.”

“We’ve already heard great news from two community members who have used this rebate and it’s going to be a huge help for other homeowners as well who want a climate-friendly upgrade to their polluting gas appliances without paying more,” said Diane Bailey, Executive Director of Menlo Spark.

“Methane gas is one of the most potent pollutants helping to create devastating climate change and residential water heating is a big culprit in creating those emissions,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said. “These rebates, paired with emission-free power provided to all our customers, should make a sizable dent in solving that problem in our communities.”

Residential water heating accounts for more than a quarter of methane gas emissions from buildings in San Mateo County.

New all-electric heat pump water heaters are at least three times more efficient than methane gas water heaters, are safer by omitting gas combustion emissions or hazards and use emission-free electricity provided by Peninsula Clean Energy.

More details are available at https://www.peninsulacleanenergy.com/heat-pump-water-heater/.

About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation agency. It is the official electricity provider for San Mateo County and, beginning in 2022, for the City of Los Banos. Founded in 2016 with a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the county, the agency serves 295,000 customers by providing more than 3,500 gigawatt hours annually of electricity that is 100 percent carbon-free and at lower cost than PG&E. As a community-led, not-for-profit agency, Peninsula Clean Energy makes significant investments in our communities to expand access to sustainable and affordable energy solutions. Peninsula Clean Energy is on track to deliver electricity that is 100 percent renewable by 2025. The agency has earned investment grade credit ratings from Moody’s and Fitch.

Follow us at PenCleanEnergy.com, on Twitter and Facebook (@PenCleanEnergy) and on LinkedIn.

Media Contact
Darren Goode
Peninsula Clean Energy
dgoode@peninsulacleanenergy.com
202-550-6619

MCE Announces 2021 Open Season Request for Offers

Includes New Optional Community Benefit and Equity Metrics

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 10, 2021

MCE Press Contact:
Jenna Famular, Marketing & Communications Manager
(925) 378-6747 | jfamular@mcecleanenergy.org

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — As part of MCE’s mission to reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions by offering customers renewable energy at competitive rates, MCE is pleased to announce our upcoming 2021 Open Season procurement process. MCE’s Open Season provides a competitive opportunity for qualified suppliers of energy and energy storage products to help further MCE’s clean power purchasing and community reinvestment goals.

For the first time, MCE’s Open Season solicitation will encourage suppliers to consider community benefits and equity metrics when submitting offers. While these optional elements are not required, MCE will prioritize offers that include them, consistent with MCE’s Sustainable Workforce and Diversity Policy adopted by MCE’s Board of Directors in 2018.

“MCE is excited to announce our 2021 Open Season, with a new focus on encouraging energy equity through our power purchasing,” said Vicken Kasarjian, MCE COO. “Diversity, equity, and inclusion are at the core of MCE’s work. By including new optional elements in our 2021 solicitation, we are able to ask for a greater commitment from our energy suppliers as well.”

Some of the optional elements that MCE is soliciting in offers as part of this Open Season include:

  • Support for educational programs, environmental justice initiatives, and workforce development and training initiatives;
  • Participation of contractors, subcontractors, or businesses owned by Disabled Veterans, located in a designated Disadvantaged Community, or employing workers living in a designated Disadvantaged Community and;
  • Use of components and materials manufactured or assembled in the United States.

MCE will begin accepting offers for our 2021 Open Season solicitation on Friday, April 9, 2021. The following energy procurement products will be included in this solicitation: 1) Portfolio Content Category One (PCC1) Renewable Energy (Note: Solar resources must be paired with storage); 2) Front of the Meter, Stand-Alone Energy Storage.

All offers will be due on Friday, May 7, 2021 by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time. Instructions and documents for the 2021 Open Season Request for Offers will be available on MCE’s website at www.mceCleanEnergy.org/energy-procurement. Please direct any questions regarding the process to rfo@mceCleanEnergy.org.

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About MCE: As California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for energy innovation in our communities since 2010.  MCE offers cleaner power at stable rates, significantly reducing energy-related greenhouse emissions and enabling millions of dollars of reinvestment in local energy programs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting a 1,200 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service to more than 480,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 36 member communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org, or follow us on FacebookLinkedInTwitter and Instagram.

SV Clean Energy Receives Clean Financial Audit

Local energy agency receives audit report

Sunnyvale, Calif. – On March 10, Pisenti & Brinker, LLP reported clean and unmodified financial audit results for the 2019 – 2020 fiscal year, to the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Board of Directors. This is the fourth clean and unmodified audit received by the agency.

“The audit went well, you are getting a clean opinion,” said Brett Bradford, Audit Partner for Pisenti & Brinker. “We didn’t identify any weaknesses in internal controls.”

The Pisenti & Brinker audit focused on revenue recognition, cash balances, accrued cost of electricity and other liabilities.

“The audit process offers great transparency into how Silicon Valley Clean Energy is operating,” said Margaret Abe-Koga, SVCE Board Chair and City of Mountain View Councilmember. “The Board of Directors is pleased with the clean audit and the financial practices SVCE has and continues to implement.”

The result of this audit is another positive indicator of SVCE’s financial standings. Additional financial indicators include SVCE’s ‘A’ credit rating from S&P Global in early 2021, and the ‘Baa2’ rating from Moody’s in 2020.

About Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit, community-owned agency providing clean electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources to more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers in 13 Santa Clara County jurisdictions. As a public agency, net revenues are returned to the community to keep rates competitive and promote clean energy programs. Silicon Valley Clean Energy is advancing innovative solutions to fight climate change by decarbonizing the grid, transportation, and buildings. Learn more at SVCleanEnergy.org.

Media Contact
Michaela Pippin, michaela.pippin@svcleanenergy.org, 408-721-5301 x1020

Pioneer Community Energy Receives CPUC Approval to Add the City of Placerville and El Dorado County

Published: Monday, March 08, 2021

On March 8, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) certified Pioneer Community Energy’s (Pioneer) Amended Implementation Plan to expand services to the City of Placerville (Placerville) and El Dorado County (El Dorado). The addition of the two jurisdictions will increase Pioneer’s account base by approximately 68,000 to a total of approximately 161,000 accounts.

“The addition of Placerville and El Dorado County is great news,” said Jim Holmes, Placer County Supervisor for District 3 and Pioneer Board Chair. “El Dorado and Placerville’s request to become part of Pioneer is a testament to the success of our program and our commitment to electricity ratepayers in our service area.”

While Pioneer has received approval to provide service to El Dorado and Placerville, actual service (electricity supply) will not begin until 2022. Several administrative and regulatory steps must be taken, including customer notifications of enrollment. Customers eligible for Pioneer service will receive notices 60 days and 30 days prior to enrollment. Customers will have the option to stay with Pioneer or return to PG&E.

Meanwhile, a representative from each of the new jurisdictions will join the Pioneer Board in March 2021, taking the board from seven members to nine.

“In our discussions prior to the expansion we found that El Dorado County and Placerville shared the same interests and priorities as the current Pioneer Board,” said Holmes. “We look forward to welcoming them.”

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ABOUT PIONEER: Pioneer is a local government, not-for-profit partnership between the cities of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Rocklin, the Town of Loomis and Placer County, serving more than 93,300 residential and commercial accounts throughout the county. In 2022, Pioneer will begin serving electricity in unincorporated El Dorado County and the City of Placerville. Pioneer was formed to provide electric generation at stable rates, while offering programs that deliver economic and workforce benefits for the local community.

Sonoma Clean Power Launches “Bike Electric” Program

March 8, 2021 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kate Kelly, Director of Public Relations/Sonoma Clean Power
kkelly@sonomacleanpower.org | 707.486.2952

Sonoma Clean Power Launches “Bike Electric” Program

SCP to Provide Customers with Incentives for Electric Bikes 

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) is launching a new program focused on connecting income-qualified customers in need of clean, personal transportation with incentives for electric bicycles (eBikes).

In SCP’s service territory where transportation is the leading source of community-wide emissions, supporting the regional transition from gas-powered vehicles to vehicles fueled by clean electricity has long been a priority of the Agency.

However, tackling emissions from transportation also requires reducing the number of cars on the road.

The eBike industry has found new recognition in recent years, though various models of eBikes can be traced back as far as the 1890s. With both California and the Nation setting ambitious goals to combat greenhouse gas emissions, eBikes have caught the eye of local governments and public agencies as a solution for short-distance commuters in their communities.

When compared to a traditional bike, eBikes allow riders to travel longer distances in a shorter amount of time. The extra range and assisted pedaling can help replace car trips, ease commutes to work, and solve the “last mile” issue some people face when using public transit.

For those without a vehicle, eBikes may also present a lower-cost alternative to car ownership.

Starting March 8th, SCP customers who qualify for CARE/FERA (state programs that provide discounted electric rates administered by PG&E), CalFresh/SNAP, LIHEAP, Head Start, and other income-based assistance programs can apply to receive $1,000 off the purchase of an eBike.

In the coming weeks, customers whose applications are approved will be mailed a voucher which can be redeemed at a number of local bike retailers that are partnering with the Agency. With the voucher, customers will get $1,000 off the eBike’s total cost at the time of purchase.

“Electric bikes are a great way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and with SCP’s new program, we hope more people have the opportunity to discover their benefits,” says Colin Thomas, the owner of Pedego Electric Bikes Santa Rosa.

“At Pedego Santa Rosa, we welcome the chance to show everyone what a delight owning an eBike can be. For a lot of people, eBikes do have the potential to be a viable and cost-effective option for commuting to work, especially given the expansive cycling infrastructure in our area,” he added.

On SCP’s website, customers can view the list of participating bike retailers, which also includes details on which stores offer payment plan options. Additionally, customers can learn more about the free trainings on eBike safety and best practices that are being offered in partnership with the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition.

Through the “Bike Electric” program, SCP hopes to stimulate the local eBike market, further support the adoption of clean modes of transportation, and make eBikes accessible to residents who could benefit most from owning one.

To learn more or to apply, please visit sonomacleanpower.org/programs/bike-electric.

 

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About Sonoma Clean Power 

Sonoma Clean Power is the public power provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. We contract with cleaner generating sources that have fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and provide power to residents, businesses, and municipalities in our service territory at rates that are competitive with PG&E. Climate change affects everyone, so our services and programs are designed for everyone. To learn more, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.

New Clean Power Alliance Solar and Wind Projects Providing Clean Power

Media Contact:

Joseph Cabral, External Affairs Manager

213-442-8109

jcabral@cleanpoweralliance.org 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — March 8, 2021

 

New Solar and Wind Projects Now Providing Clean Power to 93,000 Homes, Creating Hundreds of New Green Jobs, Reducing GHGs, and Ensuring Increased Reliability and Stability of Rates

 

Five Additional Facilities to Come Online Later in 2021

 

Los Angeles, CA – Clean Power Alliance (CPA), the single largest provider of 100% renewable energy to customers in the nation, recently had two clean energy-producing projects come online. The two projects add 340 megawatts (MW) of carbon-free energy to CPA’s already robust power procurement portfolio, enough to power 93,000 homes. The addition of these facilities further CPA’s ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals, while increasing stability of rates and reliability for the three million residents and businesses it serves.

“CPA is proud these reliable carbon-free facilities are now in production. These projects help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while further improving rate stability and reliability for our customers,” said Ted Bardacke, Executive Director for Clean Power Alliance. “The projects further enable us to meet the growing renewable energy demands of our many customers. They also create green jobs, lower costs and allow CPA to comply with state renewable energy mandates.”

Both projects are ‘new-build’ clean energy producing facilities. CPA established a 15-year contract with the Rosamond Central Solar Project in Kern County, CA. This new-build 40-megawatt photovoltaic solar site began operations on December 22, 2020, a full three months ahead of schedule. The site encompasses 2.3 million photovoltaic solar modules which generate 114,780 megawatt-hours (MWh)/year, enough to power 17,200 homes per year. Click here to view CPA’s Rosamond Central Solar Project video.

CPA also established a 20-year agreement with White Hills Wind Farm located in Mohave County, AZ. The 300 MW wind farm, with nearly 130 wind turbines, went into operation December 16, 2020. In all, the site created approximately 300 green construction jobs and will generate 830,000 MWh/year, enough to power 75,800 homes for a year. Click here to view CPA’s White Hills Wind Project video.

Wind farms are known to generate more energy during the morning, evening, and overnight hours. As such, they add a complementary generation profile to that of solar energy.

The two clean energy projects mark the beginning of a long list of new-build resources CPA will be bringing online during the next few years.

“We will be following these projects up with 250 MW of new battery storage in 2021, which will further ensure the transition to a low-carbon grid is done both safely and reliably. Last year, the CPA Board of Directors approved ten long-term agreements, of which six were new solar plus storage contracts,” added Bardacke.

In 2021 alone, five additional projects under contract with CPA will come online: the Luna Storage Project, Sanborn Storage Project, High Desert Solar + Storage, Arlington Energy Center II, and the Johanna Energy Storage System. The Johanna Energy Storage System in Santa Ana, CA will add 20 MWh of energy storage to the grid. Click here to view CPA’s Johanna Energy Storage System video.

 

CPA overview on Vimeo

CPA’s video highlighting all of the mentioned renewable energy sites

 

About Clean Power Alliance
Founded in 2017, Clean Power Alliance (CPA) is the locally operated electricity provider for 32 municipalities across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. During this time, CPA has already become the fifth largest electricity provider in California and the single largest provider of 100% renewable energy to customers in the nation. CPA serves three million residents and businesses via one million customer accounts, providing clean renewable energy at competitive rates. CPA products have already saved 1.7 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions since 2018. For more information visit: cleanpoweralliance.org.

MCE Earns Third Credit Rating from S&P

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 5, 2021

Press Contact:
Jenna Famular | Marketing & Communications Manager
(925) 378-6747
communications@mceCleanEnergy.org

MCE Earns Third Credit Rating from S&P
New “A” Rating Highlights MCE’s Strong Finances and Diverse Power Portfolio

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On March 4, 2021, S&P awarded MCE a credit rating of “A” with a Stable Outlook. This new rating is MCE’s third credit rating, following a Baa2 rating from Moody’s in May 2018, and an upgraded BBB+ rating from Fitch Ratings in August, 2020. S&P’s A rating was awarded to MCE for our diverse customer base and power supply portfolio, robust financial performance, and strong liquidity.

“As MCE’s Board Chair, I am extremely excited to share MCE’s newly awarded credit rating,” said Tom Butt, MCE Board Chair and Mayor of the City of Richmond. “This is MCE’s third credit rating in three years, highlighting our strong financial management. These credit ratings enable MCE to purchase power at more competitive rates, making it possible for us to invest more in our communities.”

S&P’s rating included an assessment of MCE’s power contracts, customer base, and financial standing. S&P determined an A rating was reasonable based on MCE’s credit-supportive policies including our robust contracts, a comprehensive risk management program, a balanced approach to power supply management and contract procurement, and strong long-term financial forecasting. Also noted, was MCE’s core mandate to provide renewable power, which positions MCE well for both California regulations and potential future federal regulations on power contracting.

“S&P Global Ratings assigned its ‘A’ issuer credit rating (ICR) to Marin Clean Energy (MCE),” said S&P’s statement. “The rating reflects our opinion of MCE’s adequate enterprise risk profile and strong financial risk profile. MCE’s very strong financial risk profile is highlighted by robust financial performance… [and] the CCA’s very strong liquidity.”

The benefits of this A credit rating include:

  • MCE’s ability to negotiate more favorable power contracts and improved credit terms for future contracts;
  • Further validation of the CCA business model from an internationally-recognized rating agency; and
  • Assurance for customers that MCE’s financial strength is sound and that it will continue to provide competitively-priced and reliable clean energy services over the long term.

MCE has been serving customers since 2010, reinvesting an estimated $180 million back into our member communities through our energy services and programs. MCE’s standard service option, Light Green, has offered 60% renewable energy since 2017, meeting state goals 13 years early and offering twice as much renewable content as traditional electricity service. By choosing MCE, our customers are investing in the clean energy economy and building a brighter future.

Read S&P’s full report here.

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About MCE: As California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for energy innovation in our communities since 2010. MCE offers cleaner power at stable rates, significantly reducing energy-related greenhouse emissions and enabling millions of dollars of reinvestment in local energy programs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting a 1,200 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service to more than 480,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 36 member communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org, or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.
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