MCE Supercharges Climate Goals, Reaching 95% Greenhouse Gas-Free Goal Nearly Two Decades Early
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 30, 2023
Jackie Nuñez, Bilingual Communications Manager
(925) 695-2124 | communications@mceCleanEnergy.org
SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — Local clean electricity provider, MCE, is reaching an important milestone years ahead of state targets.
As of 2022, MCE’s standard 60% renewable Light Green energy service is more than 95% greenhouse gas-free – a full year earlier than planned, and 18 years ahead of California’s clean electricity target.
“We are working as fast as we can to build an electricity supply that is free of polluting fossil fuels,” said MCE Board Director Devin Murphy who also serves as Mayor of the City of Pinole. “Since launching, we’ve committed over $3 billion to the development of new regional renewables, including solar and wind, and our investments are paying dividends — not for shareholders, but for our communities and the planet.”
When launched in 2010, MCE offered twice as much renewable energy as PG&E. Since then, with MCE’s greener options and community-choice model, residents and businesses in its service area have slashed 300,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to taking nearly 67,000 gas-powered cars off the road.
MCE has accelerated efforts to reduce carbon emissions by:
- Converting a natural gas-fired peaker plant into a state-of-the art energy storage hybrid facility;
- Plugging into its first utility-scale solar-plus-storage project; one of the largest operating solar and storage hybrid facilities in the country;
- Adding 134 megawatts of geothermal energy to its portfolio, providing reliable, around-the-clock energy to 195,000 homes and businesses in MCE’s service area.
MCE’s standard Light Green service is expected to reach 85% renewable energy by 2029.
About MCE: MCE is a not-for-profit public agency and the preferred electricity provider for more than 585,000 customer accounts and 1.5 million residents and businesses across Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano counties. Setting the standard for clean energy in California since 2010, MCE leads with 60-100% renewable power at stable rates, delivering a 1,200 MW peak load and significantly reducing greenhouse emissions and reinvesting millions in local programs. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org, or follow us on your preferred social platform @mceCleanEnergy.