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MCE Reduces Rates for Second Year in a Row

MCE’s Board of Directors voted to reduce energy rates by an average of 3.7%, effective April 1, bringing the cost of MCE’s Light Green 50% renewable energy service slightly lower than PG&E’s 30% renewable energy service. In its 7 years of operation, MCE has never changed rates more than once a year. Those rates are […]

Marin Clean Energy Reduces Rates in Napa County on the Heels of PG&E Rate Increase

Just one month after Pacific Gas & Electric increased it electricity transmission rate by 2.1 percent, Marin Clean Energy is reducing its electricity rates by an average of 3.7 percent. Will your utility bill be more expensive or less expensive? Well, that depends. Napa County selected Marin Clean Energy (MCE), a not-for-profit agency that offers […]

Sonoma County Solar Industry Ranks 13th in Nation for Job Numbers

Sonoma County shared in the U.S. solar industry’s boom times last year, with strong job growth reported here, a jump partly attributed to increased customer demand and a rush to take advantage of federal tax credits. The county ranked 13th for 2016 among the nation’s metropolitan areas based on the number of solar-related jobs, according […]

Danville: Workshops planned on how town to get energy

DANVILLE — This town, along with 13 other Contra Costa County cities, is considering participating in a program that produces, sources or actually generates electricity for the town. To gauge public opinion on the idea Danville is holding two workshops as well as conducting an online survey. Known as a Community Choice Energy plan, it would […]

Success of CleanPowerSF Hinges upon Growth Plan

The ultimate success of San Francisco’s renewable energy program may hinge upon how quickly The City decides to auto-enroll all of PG&E’s customers. After enrolling more than 75,000 customers in CleanPowerSF beginning in May 2106, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission plans to issue a plan in late April or early May to determine at […]

Petaluma’s Enphase Energy Strives to Survive as Solar Industry Transforms

New opportunities are expected to shine soon on the world’s solar industry, and Petaluma’s Enphase Energy is striving to survive long enough to enjoy them. The energy tech company with 350 employees has reported annual losses every year since it went public in 2012, including nearly $67.5 million worth of red ink last year. Since […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]