About MCE

It takes a village to build a bright future! Celebrating with our staff who help to make it all happen.

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

George Bernard Shaw

We Put People and the Planet First!

MCE’s top priorities are YOU — and the health of our planet. MCE is a not-for-profit public agency that has set the standard for clean energy in California since 2010. We offer renewable power at stable rates, reduce energy-related greenhouse gas emissions, and reinvest millions of dollars in community benefit programs. MCE provides electricity service and cutting-edge energy programs to more than 1.5 million people in 38 member communities in Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano Counties.

MCE established the first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) in California after state law was passed to make this new type of energy provider possible. As the trailblazer for local clean energy, MCE was the first not-for-profit organization to offer electricity as an alternative to PG&E. With our launch in 2010, customers in our service area had a choice in electricity providers for the first time, along with the benefits of increased transparency from a public agency.

What MCE is About:

Creating a Brighter Future

With the help of local leadership, champion businesses, and individuals like you, MCE has redefined the local energy landscape and created choices where there were none. We want a better future — for ourselves, for the people we love, and for all things living on this planet.

How MCE Works

We provide electricity options that are more renewable and lower cost than PG&E’s options. We supply the electricity that PG&E would usually provide, called generation, but we do it in a way that’s better for the community and the environment. PG&E delivers the electricity through power lines that they own and continues to provide your natural gas service.
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You

Benefit from cleaner air, stable rates, choice, and local control

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PG&E

Delivers energy, maintains lines, and sends bills
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MCE

Buys and builds fossil-free energy for you

More renewable energy on the power grid means less reliance on fossil fuels, fewer greenhouse gas emissions, and new green-collar jobs in your community. We’re locally controlled by your elected community leaders who represent your needs on topics like rates and rebate programs.

Our Purpose

The MCE Vision

Our vision is to lead California to an equitable, clean, affordable, and reliable energy economy by serving as a model for community-based renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cutting-edge, clean-tech products and programs.

The MCE Mission

Our mission is to confront the climate crisis by eliminating fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions, producing renewable energy, and creating equitable community benefits.

Our Purpose

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MCE vision

Our vision is to lead California to an equitable, clean, affordable, and reliable energy economy by serving as a model for community-based renewable energy, energy efficiency, and cutting-edge, clean-tech products and programs.

MCE mission

Our mission is to confront the climate crisis by eliminating fossil fuel greenhouse gas emissions, producing renewable energy, and creating equitable community benefits.

Our Values: What We Believe In and What Motivates Us

Innovation

We fight climate change with leading-edge, community-centered programs and policies.

Equity

We prioritize environmental and economic justice for communities of concern.

Accessibility

We serve our communities and customers through open and transparent engagement.

Inclusivity

We celebrate diverse identities at work and in our communities.

Sustainability

We strive for a sustainable workplace, community, and planet.

Fiscal Responsibility

We maintain financial strength to deliver sustainable programs and rates to our communities.

Measuring Our Impact

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Our History

The movement that disrupted California’s energy industry grew from a spark that started with a few passionate environmental advocates and local leaders.

In 2002, a groundbreaking Community Choice Aggregation Law passed in California, allowing groups of communities to purchase their own power, supported completely by revenues rather than by taxpayer subsidies.

Rebekah Collins, co-founder of Sustainable Fairfax, recognized the opportunity to make renewable energy more accessible and combat climate change. She brought the Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) idea to the attention of the Marin County Board of Supervisors and Fairfax Town Council. One by one, local grassroots organizations and local leaders joined the cause. Former Marin County Supervisor Charles McGlashan provided guidance, and his tireless efforts were instrumental in making the CCA concept a reality.

The Result? MCE, a renewable energy provider that represents the values and interests of its communities, launched as California’s first CCA in May 2010.

After MCE’s initial successful impact, 24 additional CCAs have formed throughout California. Through their energy service, these CCAs are helping 14 million customers stop the escalation of damaging greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and increase energy efficiency. Great things happen when we empower communities to create their own choices.

“We’ll just keep trying to do the right thing, as we always do, for as long as we can. I imagine that this point is the main theme of all our hard work to do the best for the Earth and all her children, all the time, with every action and decision we make.”

Charles McGlashan

Founding Chair, Former Marin County Supervisor

2008

MCE is formed

2010-2012


MCE launches service in Marin County and becomes California’s first CCA

2013

Richmond becomes the first community outside Marin County to join MCE

2015

Benicia, El Cerrito, San Pablo, and unincorporated Napa County join MCE

2016

American Canyon, Calistoga, Lafayette, Napa, St. Helena, Walnut Creek, and Yountville join MCE

2018

Concord, Danville, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Ramon, and unincorporated Contra Costa County join MCE

2020

Unincorporated Solano County joins MCE

2021

Vallejo and Pleasant Hill join MCE

2022

Fairfield joins MCE

2024

Hercules joins MCE

2008

MCE is formed

2010-12

MCE launches service in Marin County and becomes MCE, California’s first CCA

2013

Richmond, the first community outside of Marin County joins

2015

Benicia, El Cerrito, San Pablo, and unincorporated Napa County join

Our Founders’ Vision Sparked the CCA Movement

Charles McGlashan

Founding Chair, Former Marin County Supervisor

Jonathan Leone

Founding Board Member, Former Sausalito Council Member

Damon Connolly

Founding Board Member, Former Marin County Supervisor

Christopher Martin

Founding Board Member, Former Ross Council Member

Shawn Marshall

Founding Vice Chair Former Mill Valley Mayor

Barbara Thornton

Founding Board Member, Former San Anselmo Council Member

Richard Collins

Founding Board Member, Former Tiburon Council Member

Lew Tremaine

Founding Board Member, Former Fairfax Council Member

Tom Cromwell

Founding Board Member, Former Belvedere Council Member

Dawn Weisz

Founding Executive Director

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