Sonoma Clean Power, Marin’s MCE Help Lead Fight against Fossil-Fueled Energy Grid

As the demand for clean, renewable energy across the state increases, both Sonoma Clean Power and MCE, formerly Marin Clean Energy, are expanding their services.

Santa Rosa-based Sonoma Clean Power will begin serving Mendocino County in June, which will add 38,000 new customers to its existing 196,000 in Sonoma County.

In the North Bay, San Rafael-based MCE, with 255,000, customers, expanded into Napa last year.

Both clean-energy organizations are the “default electricity suppliers.” Both have agreements with PG&E to purchase electricity from clean sources like solar, wind, geothermal and hydropower from alternative sources, and feed it through PG&E’s wires to customers. PG&E also remains responsible for billing and maintenance to the system.

Customers can opt out of the service and sign with PG&E directly, but in Sonoma 88 percent rely on Sonoma Clean Power, and MCE serves 83 percent of the population it covers.

The Santa Rosa- and San Rafael-based power agencies are what is called a community choice aggregation, or CCA, organization, created under state policy that allow local governments to pool their electricity load so they can provide alternative energy sources. In California there are eight, and across the U.S., CCAs are currently legal in seven states, and three more are considering the option.

The goal of CCAs is to offer customers an alternative to reliance on fossil fuels, lower emissions, and provide local control over energy distribution by creating competitive pricing. They do this through unique arrangements with public utilities.

As a result of the creation of CAAs, alternative power sources are becoming more competitive, which in turn is creating slightly lower utility rates for customers.

The Sonoma County agency’s rates are currently 1 percent below those of PG&E, due to competitively negotiated contracts with suppliers.

MCE is currently a little more expensive, but that will change this spring, said Jamie Tuckey, director of public affairs.

On April 1, MCE is reducing its rates and all customer costs will be 0.1 percent less, she said.

Rates would be lower still if the company didn’t have to pay a $13 exit fee for every customer that switches from PG&E to MCE.

“We respect the energy choices that are available to our customers, and will continue to cooperate with local governments as they consider pursuing and/or developing a CCA program,” said Brandi Merlo, company spokesperson.

CCA’s are set up to offer two service options to their customers. At Sonoma Clean Power, one plan is a 100 percent local renewable electricity that comes at a premium, the other is 36 percent renewable, with a goal to be 50 percent renewable by 2020, said Kate Kelly, director of public affairs.

MCE also offers two service options, one at 100 percent and one at 52 percent renewable energy.

“Our goal is to increase that to 80 percent renewable and 100 percent carbon-free by 2025,” Tuckey said.

PG&E also offers solar energy to customers at a premium. The more than 100-year-old power company serves gas and electricity to customers in a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California. Of those, 4,200 customers are enrolled in the Solar Choice plan. In 2015, approximately 30 percent of the energy that PG&E delivered to its customers came from state qualifying renewable resources, Merlo said.

The drive to make California a clean energy provider intensified in 2015 with the passage of SB 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act. The bill created new, clean energy, clean air and greenhouse gas reduction goals which public utilities will have to meet. By 2020, 33 percent of all electricity sold must be generated by renewable energy sources, and by 2030 that number rises to 50 percent.

Sonoma Clean Power started service to the county in 2014. It is a nonprofit independently run by the Sonoma County cities that join the program, and it serves all of the county except for Healdsburg, which supplies that municipality with its own electricity needs.

Mendocino expressed interest in the Sonoma County agency’s service at their startup, but the company needed to gain traction before expanding, Kelly said. With smaller resources and a spread-out population, it wasn’t as feasible for Mendocino to start its own CAA as it was to join forces.

Sonoma Clean Power’s service will not include Ukiah, as that municipality, like Healdsburg, supplies its own power.

Marin County was the first in the state to launch a CCA program, and began service in 2010. MCE’s members consist of the county of Marin and all 11 of Marin’s municipalities, unincorporated Napa County, and the cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, San Pablo and Richmond. In 2016 it added seven new municipalities including Lafayette, Walnut Creek, Napa, American Canyon, St. Helena, Calistoga and Yountville.

Also last year, California’s CCAs joined forces and created CalCCA, a trade association to serve as a united voice.

 Sonoma Clean Power, Marin’s MCE Help Lead Fight against Fossil-Fueled Energy Grid, by Cynthia Sweeney, North Bay Business Journal, March 22, 2017.

Sonoma Clean Power to Provide Electricity to Mendocino County in June

Sonoma Clean Power has scheduled
the following public meetings
to learn more about services and
options in Mendocino County:

Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.
Coast Community Library
225 Main St., Point Arena

Monday, March 27, 6-9 p.m.
Mendocino Community Center
998 School St., Mendocino

Wednesday, April 5, noon-1 p.m.
Point Arena City Hall
24000 S. Highway 1, Point Arena

Monday, April 17, 6-7 p.m.
Willits City Hall
111 E. Commercial St., Willits

As many as 30,000 Mendocino County households are slated to automatically switch electricity providers in June, when Sonoma Clean Power becomes their default provider.

Sonoma Clean Power promises to provide greener electric power to customers than Pacific Gas & Electric Co. for about 1 percent less. Sonoma Clean Power’s basic energy supply is 36 percent renewable compared with PG&E’s North Bay and North Coast California production supply, which is 33 percent renewable, according to the two agencies. Renewable energy includes solar, wind, steam power, biomass and small hydroelectric plants.

People who want to totally commit to renewable energy and are willing to pay extra for it can sign up for Sonoma Clean Power’s EverGreen program, which offers 100 percent local, renewable energy.

Unless electric utility customers in the county and three of its cities — Fort Bragg, Willits and Point Arena — contact Sonoma Clean Power and opt out of the new service, they automatically will be enrolled. Ukiah electric customers are not included because the city has its own municipal electric utility.

Current PG&E customers will continue to be billed through the company, which also will continue to provide and repair electric utility infrastructure.

The new program is a good deal for Mendocino County residents, said Supervisor Dan Hamburg, a member of the Sonoma Clean Power board.

“I think they will have more say over the kind of energy they use,” he said. And the price of that energy could decrease further if a challenge to the fees PG&E is allowed to collect in compensation for the loss of customers is successful, Hamburg said.

Sonoma Clean Power is part of a movement nationally toward local control of utilities through what is called “community choice aggregation” agencies. Such agencies were authorized by state law in 2002. Marin County launched the first of its kind in California in 2008.

There currently are eight agencies operating in California, said Sonoma Clean Power spokeswoman Kate Kelly.

Sonoma Clean Power will be making several community presentations throughout the county beginning Wednesday at the Point Arena library from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sonoma Clean Power to Provide Electricity to Mendocino County in June, by Glenda Anderson, The Press Democrat, March 20, 2017.


California Funds $2.7 Million for Two Berkeley Lab Geothermal Research Projects

The California Energy Commission is funding two geothermal research projects that are aimed at making geothermal energy more cost-effective to deploy and operate. Today, geothermal energy provides around 6% of California’s power, but could provide more if associated costs were lower.

Scientists at the Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) have now launched these projects with that funding.

“There is huge potential for geothermal energy in the U.S., and especially in California,” said Patrick Dobson, who leads Berkeley Lab’s Geothermal Systems program in the Energy Geosciences Division. “The U.S. Geological Survey has estimated that conventional and unconventional geothermal resources in the western U.S. are equivalent to half of the current installed generation capacity of the U.S.; however, commercial development of these resources would require significant technological advances to lower the cost of geothermal deployment.”

The first project will test deployment of a dense array of seismic sensors to improve the ability to image where and how fluids are moving underground. The second project will develop and apply modeling tools to enable geothermal plants to safely run in flexible (or variable) production mode, allowing for better integration with other renewable energy sources. The California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program has awarded Berkeley Lab a total of $2.7 million for the two projects.

Seeing fluid flow with seismic sensors

While geothermal technology has been around for some time, one of the main barriers to wider adoption is the high up-front investment. “A large geothermal operator might drill three wells a year at a cost of approximately $7 million dollars per well. If one of the wells could provide twice the steam production, a savings of $7 million dollars could be realized. That’s where we come in,” said Lawrence Hutchings, a Berkeley Lab microearthquake imaging specialist who has worked in geothermal fields around the world.

In a project led by Berkeley Lab scientist Kurt Nihei, a dense network of portable seismic recorders (about 100 recorders over a 5 square kilometer area) will be installed to demonstrate the ability to perform high-resolution tomographic imaging. “The goal is to image where steam and fluids are going using geophysics,” Nihei said. “We will improve the spatial resolution of the imaging using a dense array and demonstrate that this can be done cost-effectively in an operating geothermal field.”

The demonstration will take place at The Geysers, the world’s largest geothermal field, located north of San Francisco in Sonoma and Lake Counties. Wells there—some deeper than two miles—bring steam to the surface. The steam is converted to electricity while water is injected into the underground rock to replenish the steam.

Berkeley Lab scientists currently run a network of 32 seismic recorders at The Geysers to monitor microearthquakes. With the dense network of 100 inexpensive seismic recorders, they will be able to improve the resolution of seismic imaging sufficient to track fluid movement as it moves through the network of fractures that intersect the injection wells.

“Similar to what is done in medical ultrasound tomography with sound waves, we will record seismic waves—both compressional waves and shear waves—from which we can extract information about rock properties, fluid properties, and changes in the subsurface stresses,” Nihei said. “We think these images will allow us to get a clearer picture of where fluids are going and how stresses in the rock are changing in time and space between the injection wells and production wells.”

Having a better understanding of fluid flow in fractured geothermal reservoirs would be a big benefit for well placement as well as cost-effective operation. “If they can increase the likelihood getting a productive well every time they drill, it would be huge,” said Hutchings. “More than 10 percent of California’s total renewable energy capacity comes from geothermal, so the potential impact of this technology is exciting.”

Lowering the cost of renewables

In the second project, led by Berkeley Lab scientist Jonny Rutqvist, the goal is to enable the conversion of geothermal production from baseload or steady production to flexible or variable mode. Flexible-mode geothermal production could then be used as a supplement to intermittent renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, which are not available around the clock, thus significantly reducing the costs of storing that energy.

The technical challenges are considerable since grid demands may require rapid changes, such as reducing production by half within tens of minutes and then restoring full production after a few hours. Such changes could lead to mechanical fatigue, damage to well components, corrosion, and mineral deposition in the wells.

“A better understanding of the impacts of flexible-mode production on the reservoir-wellbore system is needed to assure safe and sustainable production,” said Rutqvist.

Berkeley Lab will adapt a suite of their modeling tools for wellbore and geothermal reservoir integrity, including T2WELL, which models fluid flow and heat transfer in wells; and TOUGHREACT, which simulates scaling and corrosion. These tools will be integrated with geomechanical tools into an improved thermal-hydrological-mechanical-chemical (THMC) model to address the specific problems.

“This will provide the necessary tools for investigating all the challenges related to flexible-mode production and predict short- and long-term impacts,” Rutqvist said. “The advantages to California are many, including greater grid reliability, increased safety, and lower greenhouse gas emissions.”

In both projects, the Berkeley Lab researchers will be working with Calpine Corporation, which has the largest commercial operation at The Geysers. Calpine will contribute data as well as access to their sites and models. The projects build on a wide variety of prior research at Berkeley Lab funded by the DOE’s Geothermal Technologies Office.

California Funds $2.7 Million for Two Berkeley Lab Geothermal Research Projects, by Alexander Richter, ThinkGeoEnergy, March 3, 2017.

Sonoma Clean Power to Become Willits’ Default Provider

Willits residents can expect changes to their electric bills starting in June.

Sonoma Clean Power, which became Mendocino County’s main electric supplier last fall, is bringing its services to Willits. Starting on the city’s June meter read date, all homes and businesses will automatically be enrolled in the power agency’s default service, running on 36 percent renewable power compared to PG&E’s 30, according to Erica Torgerson, Sonoma Clean Power’s director of customer service.

Sonoma Clean Power, a public but privately-funded agency serving Sonoma County since 2014, boasts cleaner power and lower prices than PG&E, acting as its “competitive partner,” according to Kate Kelly, director of public affairs and marketing. The two compete on the delivery side, but not on the generation side (collecting the energy from the source), and they share customers.

Customers have the option to opt out of the new service for free within the first 60 days if they’re concerned about reliability, which some Sonoma County customers in 2014 cited as their reason for declining the service, CEO Geof Syphers told the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. He said that reliability would remain the same because those aspects did not change hands. The agency’s current participation rate (customers that have not opted out) in Sonoma County is 88 percent, Torgerson said in an email. Customers can also upgrade to the ultimate eco-friendly service that uses 100 percent renewable power and costs about 1 percent or $13 more per month.

The Santa Rosa newspaper reported in May 2015 that Sonoma Clean Power customers were saving between 6 and 9 percent on their electricity bills compared to PG&E’s rates, based on a monthly pricing report published by PG&E.

Torgerson told the Willits City Council on Wednesday that Sonoma Clean Power’s total electric bill rates are about 1 percent lower than PG&E across the board, based on March 2015 estimates. She also said that customers would be given a comparison of rates between Sonoma Clean Power and PG&E based on average usage, but not on individual bills. Further rate comparisons can be found on the agency’s website.

Customers will still receive only one electric bill, but it will look a little different. For one, a “generation credit” will show what PG&E would have charged for electric generation, which can be used to calculate the cost difference with Sonoma Clean Power. PG&E will stop charging for collecting the energy (now a separate charge named “Sonoma Clean Power generation charge”), and will continue to charge only the delivery fee (along with other regular fees). And a “vintage power charge indifference adjustment,” a fee required by PG&E, makes sure that customers who switch to Sonoma Clean Power pay for the above-market cost of energy that PG&E bought on their behalf before changing service.

Torgerson said on Wednesday that the vintage charge is hard to explain, because it is calculated in a “black box,” and that it could take up to 30 years to go away.

The new service provides incentives for solar customers, offering them the chance to earn credits on their electricity bills by contributing to the grid. Customers can save by installing solar panels or wind turbines.

The agency will mail its first round of notices in April. Representatives will hold public meetings throughout the summer to explain the coming changes, the first on March 16 at the Willits Harrah Senior Center.

Sonoma Clean Power to Become Willits’ Default Provider, by Ashley Tressel, Willits News, March 9, 2017.

East Bay Community Energy Seeks Chief Executive Officer

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will report to the Board of Directors of East Bay Community Energy and will provide strategic leadership and direct all activities within the organization.

The CEO will coordinate all aspects of launching and operating the Community Choice program, and building it into an innovative enterprise that benefits Alameda County residents and businesses.

The CEO will have responsibility over the functional areas of power procurement, integrated resource planning, energy infrastructure development, internal operations, marketing, customer service, community stakeholder relations, finance, and regulatory and legislative affairs.

The CEO will work with numerous stakeholders including County residents, businesses, labor representatives, community groups, government officials, other CCA programs, regulatory bodies, and energy and utility experts. The CEO will utilize a combination of EBCE staff and contractor support, as may be needed to perform the required functions of EBCE.

The complete job notice is downloadable here.

PG&E Causes Controversy with New Pricing Announcement

After soaring monthly bills from Pacific Gas and Electric Co. this winter prompted a public outcry, California utility regulators said Thursday that they will consider tweaking natural gas rates to ease the pain.

The California Public Utilities Commission, which sets rates for the state’s three big utilities, said it will consider ways to prevent future spikes in monthly gas bills. In particular, the commission may adjust the baseline — a figure that represents a portion of an average residential customer’s monthly gas usage — that is used to calculate rates.

The move came one day after state Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, issued a report examining the likely causes of this winter’s high bills. He also suggested steps the commission could take, such as changing the baseline during winter months.

Hill represents San Bruno, site of the deadly 2010 explosion of a PG&E gas pipeline, and he has been a fierce critic of both PG&E and the commission. And yet, the commission on Thursday praised his suggestions.

“There are many solid recommendations in Senator Hill’s report,” the commission said. “We will review the report closely to determine the best way to implement appropriate measures, such as adjusting the winter baseline.”

Hill’s report largely echoes PG&E’s explanation for the rising bills, with some additions.

Following the San Bruno explosion, the commission authorized PG&E to increase its natural gas rates to pay for upgrades to the company’s sprawling gas pipeline network. The most recent rate hike of 13 percent took effect in August but attracted scant notice, since most Californians use little gas during the summer.

That changed when the winter proved to be colder and wetter than the last. In addition, wholesale natural gas prices are higher than last year.

Hill’s report, however, also highlighted another possible cause.

Rates for both electricity and gas are calculated using a baseline, a figure meant to represent a portion of a typical customer’s monthly usage. Customers are charged a higher rate when their usage exceeds the baseline.

According to Hill, the baseline used by PG&E with the commission’s approval was lower in December and January than required by state law. As a result, PG&E customers often found themselves paying the higher rate. Even if they used only 20 percent more gas in January than they did in the same month last year, their bill could be 40 percent higher, according to the report.

“The research showed that the most vulnerable are being hit the hardest at a time when they need heating the most,” Hill said in a statement accompanying the report. “PG&E and the Public Utilities Commission need to prioritize customer heating needs in a way I have not yet seen.”

PG&E spokesman Donald Cutler said the utility will study Hill’s report. All of the utility’s rates, he said, had been developed with the full involvement and approval of the commission.

“But of course we understand that any changes to a customer’s rate that result in an higher than expected bill are frustrating, and we are here to help our customers take control of their energy use and manage costs,” Cutler wrote in an email.

Regulators Considering PG&E Gas Bill Changes after Rates Outcry, by David R. Baker, SFGate, March 2, 2017.

SamTrans, Caltrain to Use 100 Percent Renewable Electricity from Community Choice Energy Programs

The Boards of Directors for SamTrans and Caltrain have voted to expand their use of renewable electricity service options for their respective agencies.

By working with Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) in San Mateo County, both SamTrans and Caltrain will meet their power needs in San Mateo County through 100 percent renewable sources such as solar, wind, and small hydroelectric. In the other counties where Caltrain operates, Caltrain is served by other Community Choice Energy Programs including CleanPowerSF and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), and municipal utilities city of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) & Silicon Valley Power (SVP). Caltrain will also receive 100 percent renewable energy from these CCEPs and municipal utilities. The remainder of Caltrain’s electricity meters are in locations where CCEPs and municipal utilities do not currently have jurisdiction.

By going renewable, SamTrans will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions from electricity use by 40 percent and Caltrain by 20 percent, at costs just 2-3 percent more than what the transit agencies are currently paying.

The CCEP’s renewable energy package was weighed against the existing PG&E package, and was chosen due to its reliability, cost, environmental benefits, administrative procedures, and compatibility with future operations. The electricity will still be delivered in partnership with PG&E on PG&E’s infrastructure and supported by PG&E’s billing and customer service.

By embracing the use of renewable energy both Caltrain and SamTrans are furthering their respective missions to protect our environment,” said Supervisor Dave Pine who also serves as chair of the Peninsula Clean Energy Authority. “Both agencies will join a growing number of businesses, residents and public agencies acting locally to green our electrical grid.”

”We are proud to serve SamTrans and Caltrain with price-competitive 100 percent renewable energy for their operations in San Mateo County,” said Jan Pepper, Chief Executive Officer of PCE. “ECO100 is a choice we give customers who want an affordable way to help reduce emissions from the electricity sector in California.”

The SamTrans Board took the vote on March 1, while the Caltrain Board voted on March 2.

SamTrans, Caltrain to Use 100 Percent Renewable Electricity from Community Choice Energy Programs, by  San Mateo County Transit District (SAMTRANS), Mass Transit, March 3, 2017.

PG&E Electricity Bills Will Rise This Week amid Rate Restructuring

SAN FRANCISCO — PG&E on Monday unveiled a restructuring of how the utility charges people for electricity, a move that will impose a steep increase in electric bills for residential customers.

The higher electricity costs, which take effect March 1, mark the second time in two months that power bills have risen for PG&E customers. Monthly electricity bills last jumped on Jan. 1.

What’s more, the higher electricity bills come on top of a huge jump in monthly gas bills that took effect last summer. As of Aug. 1, monthly gas bills soared 12 percent.

At present, the monthly PG&E electricity bill for a typical residential customer is $99.13 a month.

But as of Wednesday, due to the new rates and changes in its billing tiers, the new average monthly bill will jump nearly $12 a month to $110.77, according to the company.

“We are trying to simplify the rate structure,” said Donald Cutler, a PG&E spokesman. “We are trying to align the cost of service to the service that is being provided.”

San Francisco-based PG&E conceded that customers who tend to use less electricity are likely to pay more in their monthly power bills, while those who use more electricity will likely be paying less under the bill-balancing effort.

Why? According to PG&E, an analysis indicates that customers who have used a great deal of electricity have tended to subsidize those who used very little under the prior system of several billing tiers, especially since PG&E has a certain minimum expense of connecting each residence to the electricity grid.

PG&E is reducing the number of billing tiers to two, down from the prior three. At one point in recent years, PG&E customers were grouped into five tiers.

“People should be rewarded for conserving energy, and not rewarded for being an energy hog,” said Mark Toney, executive director of The Utility Reform Network, a consumer group. “People are being punished with higher bills for using less energy.”

Just last July, the average PG&E residential customer paid $145.36 a month for gas and electricity combined. Effective March 1, that combined bill will rocket to $165.10 a month, an increase of nearly 14 percent, or nearly $20.

Electricity bills last July 31 averaged $96.94. By March, the increase in electricity bills of $13.83 will equate to a 14.3 percent jump in those power costs over the 7-month period.

Gas bills that at the end of July averaged $48.42 are now $5.91 higher and average $54.33, a 12.2 percent increase since midsummer.

About two-thirds of PG&E residential customers are likely to be saddled with more expensive monthly electricity bills, TURN estimated.

PG&E says that it must pay fixed costs to connect a residence to its electricity grid, and it seeks to recoup those costs through the restructuring.

“These changes to the rate structure were developed with the energy companies, the PUC and a number of consumer groups from across the state,” Cutler said.

In addition, people who use power far above the levels in the tier structures will be obliged to pay a 10 percent surcharge on top of their basic electricity bill.

“We understand that any change to the way our customers are accustomed to being charged for energy may cause some questions,” said Deborah Affonsa, vice president of customer service for PG&E, in a prepared release. “We want all of our customers to know that we’re here to help them understand these changes and manage their energy costs.”

PG&E Electricity Bills Will Rise This Week amid Rate Restructuring, by George Avalos, The Mercury News, February 27, 2017.

Peninsula Clean Energy to Enroll 210,000 New Customers and Maintain 5% Discount Compared to PG&E Rates

Customers to be enrolled throughout the month of April

REDWOOD CITY – This month, Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) will begin sending notices to 210,000 residences and businesses throughout San Mateo County to inform them that they are about to receive cleaner electricity and simultaneously save money.

At their January board meeting, the PCE Board of Directors unanimously approved new rates for all PCE customers that go into effect in time for the large April 2017 customer enrollment. The rate change will maintain Peninsula Clean Energy’s 5% discount below PG&E’s electric generation rates for PCE’s customers, for greener electricity with 50% renewable content. PG&E’s electricity has 30% renewable content.

Residents and businesses across the County have noticed higher energy bills this winter. Over the past year PG&E increased rates significantly, especially for natural gas and electricity transmission. Peninsula Clean Energy is not a factor in rising bills, and in fact helps customers lower their bills. When PG&E increased the exit fees that community choice energy customers pay by 26%, Peninsula Clean Energy lowered its rates to account for these fees, maintaining a 5% total savings on electricity generation costs for its customers. “We feel it’s very important to offer savings to our customers through competitive rates,” noted PCE CEO Jan Pepper.

“Peninsula Clean Energy is pleased to offer San Mateo County residents the best value for renewable energy possible,” stated San Mateo County Supervisor David Pine, who also serves as the Chair of PCE’s Board. The PCE Board of Directors is composed of 22 members, including a council member from each of the 20 cities in the county and two county supervisors.

Peninsula Clean Energy is currently serving about 80,000 residential and small business accounts across the county. The remaining 210,000 San Mateo County residential and business accounts will be automatically enrolled with PCE in April. PCE customers continue to receive electric delivery and a consolidated bill from PG&E. Residents and businesses will receive four notices in the mail with details about their new choices. PCE provides sample bills online under “Billing” on its website to explain bill updates:

Peninsula Clean Energy customers are automatically enrolled in the ECOplus program to enjoy cleaner energy that is 50% renewable (compared to PG&E’s 30% renewable). PCE customers may choose to opt up to ECO100 to receive 100% renewable energy for a small premium of one cent per kilowatt hour. All customers who are currently enrolled in CARE or medical baseline energy discount programs automatically continue in these programs under PCE.

About Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy, or PCE, is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. PCE is a public, locally-controlled community choice energy program that provides all electric customers in San Mateo County the choice of having electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources at competitive rates. PCE’s ECOplus option is 50% renewable and 75% greenhouse gas emissions free, and PCE’s ECO100 option is 100% renewable and 100% greenhouse gas emissions free. The Peninsula Clean Energy Authority, formed in March 2016, is a joint powers authority made up of the County of San Mateo and all 20 cities in the County. PCE currently serves approximately 80,000 accounts, and will serve approximately 300,000 accounts by May 2017 when its enrollment process is complete.
Contact: Dan Lieberman
Phone: 650-395-9190

Peninsula Clean Energy to Enroll 210,000 New Customers and Maintain 5% Discount Compared to PG&E Rates, by Dan Lieberman, Peninsula Clean Energy, February 16, 2017.