MCE 100% Renewable Costs Less than PG&E

MCE 100% Renewable Costs Less than PG&E

Much Needed Bill Savings for Bay Area Customers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 21, 2022

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

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE is offering Bay Area customers lower energy costs and is extending its MCE Cares Credit Program which, in less than one year, has already saved $3.1 million for 42,000 low-income residents and small businesses. The discount provides qualifying customers with $10/month residential credits and 20%/month (up to $22) small business credits.

All MCE customers are also paying less compared to PG&E. With MCE’s March 1, 2022 rate change, MCE residential customers are saving an average of $13 a month on their electricity bills with Light Green 60% renewable compared to PG&E’s 31% renewable. Even MCE’s premium Deep Green 100% renewable is less expensive than PG&E’s 31% renewable service, saving customers an average of $7 a month. Customers can choose MCE Deep Green 100% renewable energy to save on their electric bill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions to confront the climate crisis

“We know our customers are still navigating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and rising energy costs are a part of that,” said Devin Murphy, MCE Board Director and City of Pinole Mayor Pro Tem. “Offering lower-cost energy options and extending the MCE Cares Credit Program is critical to helping our communities during these unprecedented times.”

 

Estimated Residential Cost Comparison*
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*Based on a typical usage of a residential customer in our service area at current PG&E rates and MCE rates effective as of March 1, 2022 under the E-1 rate schedule. Actual differences may vary depending on usage, rate schedule, and other factors.
**Renewable energy content as reported to the California Energy Commission’s Power Source Disclosure Program.
***Exit fees charged by PG&E are based on the year your community began service with MCE.

MCE has reinvested more than $180 million into Bay Area communities since its 2010 launch, including more than $70 million in bill savings. MCE’s financial strength has allowed the agency to continue to reduce costs for customers while supporting the clean energy economy, local workforce development, and energy equity. Learn more about MCE’s current rates and sign up for MCE Deep Green at mceCleanEnergy.org/rates/.

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About MCE: MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for clean energy in our communities since 2010.  MCE offers more renewable 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 and innovative programs to more than 540,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 37 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.

Central Coast Community Energy and Silicon Valley Clean Energy Commemorate Powering on First New Renewable Energy Project

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Central Coast Community Energy and Silicon Valley Clean Energy Commemorate Powering on First New Renewable Energy Project

Commercial Operation Begins for One of California’s Largest Integrated Solar and Energy Storage Projects

Stratford, CA – Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) announced today that their first Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) associated with a new renewable energy project has reached commercial operation. The Slate solar and energy storage project will provide 390 megawatts (MW) of solar, plus 561 megawatt-hours (MWh) of storage, making it one of California’s largest integrated solar and energy storage projects. The project is located in Kings County, CA and was developed by Recurrent Energy, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canadian Solar Inc. A subsidiary of Goldman Sachs Renewable Power (GSRP) is the long-term owner.

The Slate project is supported by PPAs with five California-based organizations: Bay Area Rapid Transit, Central Coast Community Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, Stanford University and the Power and Water Resources Pooling Authority. Slate’s dispatchable solar-plus-storage power is essential to meeting the renewable energy procurement goals of each organization.

The solar-plus-storage project is expected to produce enough electricity to power about 126,000 households annually in California. The project provides a new source of clean, renewable energy to the state and a battery storage system that will help facilitate the transition to a carbon-free power grid.

“Renewable energy projects must be coupled with storage capacity,” said Tom Habashi, CEO of Central Coast Community Energy. “The Slate project is a model because it combines renewable generation with battery storage. This approach is ultimately what will enable us and other energy providers to meet our communities’ power demands at all times of the day without having to rely on fossil fuels. Our board of directors had the foresight in 2018, along with the leadership of SVCE, to understand the importance of investing in this project early to meet our long-term goals. To see it come to fruition today is a remarkable achievement for all involved.”

“This is a momentous occasion, nearly five years in the making since SVCE first began serving customers in April 2017,” said Girish Balachandran, Silicon Valley Clean Energy CEO, “This project meets the ambitious carbon-reduction goal set by SVCE to accelerate the building of new renewable and storage assets in order to rapidly advance our regional and statewide decarbonization goals.

The CCCE portion of the project provides the Community Choice Aggregator with 67.5 MW of solar and 33.75 MW/135 MWh of storage annually. SVCE will receive 93 MW of solar and 46.5 MW/186 MWh of storage. The contract term is for 17 years.

The PPA is a result of the request for offers (RFO) CCCE and SVCE issued jointly in 2017. As a result of joint RFOs, CCCE and SVCE have to date signed 12 joint PPAs, totaling 1,470 MW of clean energy and 356 MW of storage.

About Central Coast Community Energy

Central Coast Community Energy is a public agency that sources competitively priced electricity from clean and renewable energy resources. CCCE is locally controlled and governed by board members who represent each community served by the agency. Revenue generated by CCCE 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. CCCE serves 436,000 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.

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

San Diego Community Power Chief Operating Officer Named City of San Diego Woman of Distinction

San Diego Community Power Chief Operating Officer Named City of San Diego Woman of Distinction

Mayor Todd Gloria recognizes Cody Hooven’s Impact on Sustainable Communities During Women’s History Month

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Mar. 15, 2022 – Cody Hooven was San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria’s city-wide honoree for the 2022 City of San Diego Women of Distinction. Hooven is a respected climate policy and sustainability expert and serves as San Diego Community Power’s (SDCP) Chief Operating Officer.

For the past six years to celebrate Women’s History Month, Mayor Gloria in his Assembly and Mayoral capacity has hosted a “Women of Distinction Ceremony” to honor inspirational, courageous, and strong local women who help make the City of San Diego a better place. Starting this year, the Mayor partnered in this ceremony with the City Council. There were ten women selected in total, one per council district and one selected by the Mayor.

“Cody Hooven is a thoughtful and collaborative leader whom I’ve had the pleasure and privilege to partner with for many years, dating back to the creation of San Diego’s landmark Climate Action Plan,” said San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria.“As the City’s first chief sustainability officer, she was a driving force in establishing San Diego Community Power and continues to be instrumental in propelling our city and our region toward 100-percent clean energy. For these reasons, I am proud to name her as my selection for Women of Distinction in 2022.”

Prior to launching California’s second-largest community choice energy agency, Hooven served as the first Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of San Diego, where she ensured the adoption and implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan and supported environmental adaptation and resiliency efforts. Under her guidance, foundational work bringing equity into climate discussions was highlighted, such as the groundbreaking Climate Equity Index.

Hooven also led the development and implementation of the Port of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, the first of its kind in the country. This plan demonstrated the ideal balance between environmental and business benefits for a major regional economic engine.

She is a well-known leader in ensuring that renewable energy, transportation, green buildings, climate resilience, and equity are all factored into a sustainable approach to addressing climate change. Hooven is committed to pushing towards 100% renewable energy for families and businesses while lifting up communities of concern through equity, inclusion, and innovation.

Under Hooven’s leadership as Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Community Power transitioned from planning mode to a fully operational service provider. SDCP launched municipal service in March and commercial and industrial service in June of 2021 and is currently rolling out residential service with San Diego residents enrolling in May. When the unincorporated areas of San Diego County and National City enroll next year, SDCP will serve nearly 1 million customers.

Hooven works on various collaborative efforts in San Diego and statewide, including as a board member of Cleantech San Diego, San Diego Urban Sustainability Coalition, and LEAN Energy US.

“Our entire organization and industry joins Mayor Gloria in celebrating Cody Hooven’s contribution to clean energy for everyone. As a new organization, strong leadership like Cody’s is crucial to growth, strength and sustainability,” said Joe Mosca, Encinitas Councilmember and Chair of SDCP’s Board of Directors.

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About SDCP

San Diego Community Power (SDCP) is a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) committed to providing municipalities, businesses, and residents in the six-member cities and unincorporated San Diego County with clean, renewable energy at competitive rates and investing in innovative programs that benefit the environment and the economy in our communities. Learn more at www.sdcommunitypower.org.

Peninsula Clean Energy and Harvest Thermal Demonstrate Cutting-Edge, All-Electric Heat and Hot Water Systems

                       


Peninsula Clean Energy and Harvest Thermal Demonstrate Cutting-Edge, All-Electric Heat and Hot Water Systems

Part of broader effort to replace gas-powered furnaces, appliances

REDWOOD CITY, CA – March 15, 2022 – Peninsula Clean Energy has partnered with Bay Area-based Harvest Thermal, Inc., to install ultra-efficient, all-electric space heating and hot water systems as part of a broader effort to replace methane gas-powered furnaces and other appliances.

 

At no cost, four Peninsula Clean Energy customers are receiving a cutting-edge Harvest Pod™ system that operates a single heat pump to deliver both home heating and hot water. The system can cut carbon dioxide emissions by 90 percent compared with methane gas and 50 percent compared with standard heat pump systems.

 

The “Pod” is a smart device that operates the heat pump during off-peak times when electricity is cleaner and more affordable. It turns the hot water tank into a thermal battery, closely monitoring, storing, and delivering heat and hot water for customer use whenever needed. Incorporating the latest weather forecasts and energy needs, and using machine learning to optimize performance, the system reduces energy bills and maximizes customer comfort.

 

The demonstration will show how this new system can lower the cost of upgrading homes by reducing the need for service upgrades, and lower heating bills by up to 40 percent from homes that are currently hooked up to gas.

 

It also offers a “filtration mode” for clean indoor air on smoggy and smoky days, and “night cooling” to create a gentle indoor breeze on warm evenings.

 

The demonstration program will provide Peninsula Clean Energy with data to further promote energy use when renewable power sources are more plentiful during the day and relieve stress on the grid during evening peaks.

 

“This is an unmet need to advance electrification and a really important area for us not only locally but beyond,” said Portola Valley Council Member Jeff Aalfs, who also serves on Peninsula Clean Energy’s board of directors. “We are pleased to help bring this critical innovation into the market.”

 

“The Harvest team is excited to partner with Peninsula Clean Energy to bring ultra-efficient heating and hot water to their customers,” Harvest Thermal CEO and co-founder Dr. Jane Melia said. “The transition to a low-carbon economy to fight climate change is urgent and important. But it can also be achievable, safe, and comfortable while reducing energy bills, as this program will help demonstrate.”

 

“Knowing the Harvest Thermal system uses machine learning to optimize electricity use during off-peak time periods, while still maximizing performance, is very exciting,” said Ray Tam, who received a Harvest Pod system for his home in Daly City.

 

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 spring 2022, for the City of Los Banos. Founded in 2016 with a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the agency serves roughly 300,000 customers by providing more than 3,500 gigawatt hours annually of electricity that is 50 percent renewable, 100 percent clean and at lower cost than PG&E. As a community-led, not-for-profit agency, Peninsula Clean Energy makes significant investments in its 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, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

 

About Harvest Thermal

Harvest Thermal is a developer and manufacturer of ultra-efficient, all-electric hot water, heating and cooling systems for the residential market. Founded in 2019, Harvest Thermal in December announced the closing of a $1.9 million seed round and has also been supported by the National Science Foundation and California Energy Commission. Harvest Thermal’s software/hardware, cloud-enabled platform leverages the power of advanced analytics and machine learning to dramatically reduce carbon emissions, save on customer bills and reduce stress on the utility grid. The Harvest PodTM, the system’s brain and flow control center, manages a single heat pump and operates the hot water tank as a thermal battery, providing steady, comfortable heating and hot water whenever needed.  For more information about Harvest Thermal, Inc. and its products offerings and services, please visit www.harvest-thermal.com. Visit us on Twitter and LinkedIn.

 

Media Contacts

Darren Goode

Peninsula Clean Energy

dgoode@peninsulacleanenergy.com

202-550-6619

 

 

David Tuft

Harvest Thermal

david@harvest-thermal.com

202-494-0813

 

MCE Invests $5 Million in Diverse Businesses in 2021

MCE Invests $5 Million in Diverse Businesses in 2021

Includes Woman–, Minority–, LGBT–, and Disabled–Veteran–Owned Businesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 14, 2022

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

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — MCE’s second annual Supplier Diversity Report, published on March 1, 2022, showcases MCE’s $5 million investment in small and diverse businesses. MCE spent over $1.3 million on certified small and diverse businesses, and an additional $4 million on businesses qualified to receive diverse certification but that have yet to go through the certification process.

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“To create an equitable clean energy economy, we must support small and diverse businesses,” said Gabe Quinto, MCE Board Director and Mayor of El Cerrito. “MCE has been doing this for over a decade, and we’re proud to be a part of the solution.”

In 2017 MCE’s Sustainable Workforce and Diversity Policy outlined MCE’s guidelines for supporting diversity in power procurement and contracting for goods and services. MCE’s supplier diversity efforts include:

  • Hosting annual workshops to support local businesses in the process of becoming certified through the California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Supplier Clearinghouse,
  • Participating in the CPUC’s Supplier Diversity en bancs and business expos,
  • Engaging with local and diverse Chambers of Commerce and community-based organizations across its service area,
  • Offering a portfolio of capacity building programs for small and local businesses, and
  • Encouraging submissions from diverse suppliers to MCE’s competitive solicitations.

MCE also supports sustained and fairly compensated local job opportunities in the energy industry, through workforce training and pre–apprenticeship programs. MCE’s workforce programs develop a longer–term pipeline of local, green job opportunities for community members. These workforce development opportunities focus on public–private partnerships to construct local renewable energy projects and install energy efficiency retrofits, EV charging stations, energy storage installations, and low–income residential solar.

MCE’s report includes information about its use of suppliers certified by the CPUC’s Supplier Clearinghouse, a certification program that is solely based on characteristics of the owner(s) of the company. Unfortunately, as noted in the report, MCE spends 92% of its budget on electricity supply and less than half of one percent of the certified companies in the CPUC’s Clearinghouse provide electricity supply. Almost all companies that supply electricity generation to California utilities either do not meet the CPUC’s diversity characteristics, or have not become certified. MCE is investing in workforce development that creates more diversity in the energy sector as a means for fostering future diversity in ownership.

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“MCE helped me recertify with the Supplier Clearinghouse in 2022,” said Katherine Loh, founder of KL Design and Translation, Inc. “I am deeply appreciative of their support and guidance throughout the process and am looking forward to the additional contracting opportunities being certified presents.”

Learn more about MCE’s Supplier Diversity efforts in our 2022 report here.

If you are interested in working with MCE, sign up to receive future solicitations at mceCleanEnergy.org/opportunities/.

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About MCE: MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for clean energy in our communities since 2010.  MCE offers more renewable 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 and innovative programs to more than 540,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 37 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.

Clean Energy Alliance Extends Application Deadline for Community Advisory Committee

Clean Energy Alliance Extends Application Deadline for Community Advisory Committee

The Clean Energy Alliance is accepting applications from Escondido and San Marcos residents and business owners to serve on the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) until March 18, 2022.

The CEA established the CAC to advise and assist the Board of Directors in implementing and operating its Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program. The CAC offers feedback on CEA programs, acts as a liaison between the Board and the community, and serves as a forum for community engagement.

The CAC consists of two appointees from each CEA member agency and one Board Alternate. Members serve staggered three-year terms with a two-term limit. Board Members will nominate two applicants from their respective communities to the full Board for approval.

“Serving on the CAC is a great opportunity to promote the adoption of renewable energy and make a positive impact in your community,” said Solana Beach CAC Member Debra H. Shade. “We work collaboratively to ensure the smooth operation of our CCA program, leading the way to a clean energy future.”

Visit CEA’s website to learn more about the Community Advisory Committee and the application process.

Justin Zagunis Appointed New Director of Decarbonization and Grid Innovation Programs at SV Clean Energy

Justin Zagunis Appointed New Director of Decarbonization and Grid Innovation Programs at SV Clean Energy

Role leads the agency’s portfolio of programs to advance regional carbon reduction goals

Sunnyvale, Calif.March 10, 2022 –  Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) recently appointed Justin Zagunis as Director of Decarbonization and Grid Innovation Programs. Justin has worked on the Decarbonization and Grid Innovation Programs team at SVCE for three years and was previously in a manager role. As director of the department, Justin will lead the SVCE program portfolio to support SVCE communities’ efforts to cut carbon emissions and fight climate change.

In his previous role at SVCE, Justin worked to design, deploy, and evaluate programs to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. During this time, he led the development of the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Joint Action Plan, which guides $8M in efforts to support advancements in local electric vehicle charging, and oversaw SVCE co-funding of a $12 million incentive program through the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP). Justin also has experience supervising innovation pilots and was in charge of a strategic solar-plus-battery storage partnership to increase local resilience for customers and provide capacity value to the grid.

Prior to SVCE, Justin worked at the City of Palo Alto Utilities on demand-side management, program design, and evaluation.

“Our board of directors guided SVCE to double down on decarbonization, and I am excited to lead our dedicated, expert team on an expanded set of initiatives to help our region achieve our collective climate goals,” said Zagunis. “Continuing to collaborate and leverage the partnerships we have with our member communities will be of the utmost importance as we work to make a big impact on lowering emissions through programs and local policy.”

“To equitably address the barriers customers may face on their journey to decarbonization, we must offer a diverse portfolio of programs,” said Girish Balachandran. “We welcome Justin into this new role and look forward to the next suite of offers and services that are to come under his leadership.”

Justin has a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from California Polytechnic State University and a master’s degree in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.

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 Hosts PG&E Presentation on Time of Use Change March 15

Pioneer Community Energy Hosts PG&E Presentation on Time of Use Change March 15

Published: Tuesday, March 08, 2022

All electricity ratepayers in PG&E’s service area will automatically be moved to a Time of Use rate by PG&E. Customers have a choice regarding which rate is best for them. The deadline for making your choice about Time-of-Use (TOU) rate plans is March 18, 2022.

TOU rate plans designate certain times of the day where electricity costs more to use.

TOU rate plans and making the right choice can be challenging, so Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) teamed with PG&E to provide a TOU Webinar on March 15, from 6 pm to 7:30 pm via zoom.

Pioneer will host and PG&E’s TOU program expert will provide an overview of time-of-use, how it functions, the choices, and then will answer questions.

This presentation is open to everyone and all are encouraged to attend. Visit Pioneer’s events page at https://pioneercommunityenergy.ca.gov/events-2/  for more information or you can RSVP (not required) at Pioneer’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PioneerCommunityEnergy

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Contact: Alexia Retallack

alexiar@PioneerCommunityEnergy.ca.gov

(916) 758-8948

City of San Marcos Joins the Clean Energy Alliance

City of San Marcos Joins the Clean Energy Alliance

The City of San Marcos’ City Council recently voted to join the Clean Energy Alliance (CEA), becoming the joint power authority’s fifth member alongside Carlsbad, Del Mar, Solana Beach and Escondido. San Marcos will work with the CEA over the next 16 months to launch a community choice aggregation (CCA) program for residents and local businesses. The program in San Marcos is expected to launch in April 2023.

“Joining CEA is a significant milestone in our city’s efforts to achieve our Climate Action Plan goals,” said San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones. “Beyond providing our community with renewable energy options at competitive rates, the program will allow us to have local control and use revenues for community programs in the future.”

Before the San Marcos City Council unanimously voted to join CEA on November 8, 2021, the city conducted extensive research, which involved assessing other community choice energy options. A robust feasibility study confirmed that partnering with CEA would lead to the successful implementation of a CCA program. In late 2021, the CEA submitted an updated implementation plan reflecting the addition of San Marcos as a new member.

“Like the rest of our CEA members, San Marcos has shown their commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and serving their community with a locally controlled program,” said CEA Vice Chair Dave Druker. “We’re proud to have been chosen as their partner to launch a CCA program and we look forward to serving the San Marcos community as we work together to make California greener.”

CEA began providing clean energy to the cities of Carlsbad, Del Mar and Solana Beach in May, 2021. With the recent additions of Escondido and San Marcos, CEA is now made up of five associate members. Further expansion is on the horizon as the cities of Oceanside, Vista and San Clemente consider launching CCA programs and joining CEA.

Learn more about the Clean Energy Alliance at TheCleanEnergyAlliance.org. Stay updated with CEA on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

MCE Submits $188 Million Energy Efficiency Business Plan

MCE Submits $188 Million Energy Efficiency Business Plan

Includes Funding for New Equity Offerings in Environmental Justice Communities

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 7, 2022

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

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On March 4, 2022, MCE filed a business plan with the California Public Utilities Commission to invest $188 million from 2024 to 2031 in energy efficiency and demand management programs to benefit customers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support grid resiliency. The eight-year plan comprehensively addresses the needs of MCE’s agricultural, commercial, industrial, public agency, and residential customers. This includes extending MCE’s groundbreaking Peak FLEXmarket Program and creating new equity offerings for residents in environmental justice communities in MCE’s service area.

“MCE’s leading–edge approach to customer programs has already created significant benefits for our customers,” said Tom Butt, MCE Board Chair and Mayor of Richmond. “By expanding our energy efficiency program portfolio, we have the opportunity to further support those in our communities who need it the most. The expanded equity offerings build on programs like our workforce development initiatives, which have reinvested over $3 million in our communities.”

MCE designed new equity programs to provide energy efficiency and electrification benefits to households and businesses in environmental justice communities in MCE’s service area. These communities are identified as those areas facing historic barriers to access clean energy services and programs. Benefits include reducing energy bills, improving environmental health, and supporting critical workforce development.

MCE’s plan outlines a holistic vision of energy efficiency that advances decarbonization, improves grid reliability, delivers energy savings, and provides community benefits. MCE combines traditional energy efficiency approaches with meter-measured and performance-based strategies, strategic energy management education, load shaping and demand response measures, building electrification measures, and an optimized layering of related clean energy programs to provide significant benefits to its customers and the grid.

MCE estimates this $188 million plan will permanently reduce 192,473 megawatt–hours of energy consumption and provide over $148 million in benefits between 2024 and 2031.

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About MCE: MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for clean energy in our communities since 2010.  MCE offers more renewable 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 and innovative programs to more than 540,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 37 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.