On May 15, the Pittsburg City Council will consider joining an alternative energy program that uses more renewable energy than PG&E.
The Community Choice Energy (CCE) program allows local governments to authorize all public facilities, businesses and residents to be given a choice for their electricity generation provider.
During its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, the City Council will consider adoption of an ordinance to join the program offered by a new energy provider, known as MCE (formerly Marin Clean Energy.) Several cities in Contra Costa County have already signed on, including Richmond, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Walnut Creek and Lafayette.
Under the proposed program, residents and businesses would continue to receive their bills and customer service from PG&E. MCE would provide electricity with a higher level of renewable power, such as wind, solar and hydroelectric, at costs similar to what they would be when PG&E provides all services.
If Pittsburg joins MCE, all residents and businesses will have a choice for their electricity generation provider where now they have none. By state law, all Pittsburg residents would automatically be enrolled in the program. Customers can choose to return to full PG&E service at any time.
If approved, the program would take several months to implement. PG&E would continue to be responsible for transmitting and distributing electricity through the grid, maintaining infrastructure, billing customers, and customer service, but energy generation charges from MCE would be itemized separately on bills.
According to MCE, there would be no difference in the reliability of electric service.
Through its seven-year history, MCE has been able to offer rates which often result in a total electric bill that is slightly lower than PG&E.
Pittsburg residents can attend the City Council meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, May 15 at Pittsburg City Hall to learn more or voice an opinion. For more information on MCE or the Community Choice Energy Program, call (888) 632-3674 or go online to www.mcecleanenergy.org.
Pittsburg Considers Community Choice Energy Program, City of Pittsburg, May 9, 2017.