Solano opts to join with alternative power provider

FAIRFIELD — All residents and businesses of the unincorporated area of Solano County will have a new electricity provider starting in 2020.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday voted to join Marin, Napa and Contra Costa counties, as well as Benicia and 19 other cities as part of the Marin Clean Energy joint powers authority.

MCE was the first and is one of 18 community choice aggregator agencies that purchase power and offer it for what has been a lower rate than Pacific Gas & Electric Co. typically offers.

The group also has a greater percentage of power coming from renewable sources, and has one program in which 100 percent of the power comes from wind or solar sources.

MCE’s primary program gets 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources such as wind, solar, water and landfill cogeneration. That compares to 33 percent from PG&E.

Residents do have the option to opt out and stay with PG&E.

The action comes a day after Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will require 100 percent of electricity to come from cleaner sources by 2045.


Solano opts to join with alternative power provider, by Todd R. Hansen, The Daily Republic, September 12, 2018.

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