Where Your Energy Comes From

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MCE procures energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind, biogas, geothermal, and hydroelectric. We research and monitor our suppliers to ensure they use responsible practices.

Why Renewable Energy Matters

Energy is one of the largest contributors to harmful greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. because so much of it comes from fossil fuels. Our mission is to make it easier for you to choose an electricity service that replaces fossil fuels with renewables. A cleaner electric grid makes us less reliant on polluting energy to power our lives.
Together we've eliminated over
0
metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. It would take 4.9 million tree seedlings 10 years to sequester that much carbon!

Growing Renewable Development and the Green Economy

We and our partners have committed $3 billion to renewable energy projects, including:

944

Megawatts

online or in development,

48 megawatts are local

6,300+

jobs supported, generating
2.9 million labor hours

$2 million

committed to workforce development programs to train green industry job seekers

Ensuring Transparency

We source our power on an ongoing basis to help ensure you have access to reliable electricity. Below is our most recently published and third-party verified power mix.

2022 Power Content Mix

Energy Resources MCE Light Green MCE Deep Green PG&E
Eligible Renewable
59.6%
100%
38.3%
Biomass & Biowaste
5.3%
0%
4.6%
Geothermal
5.1%
0%
0.5%
Eligible Hydroelectric
3.8%
0%
1.8%
Solar
28.4%
50%
22%
Wind
17.0%
50%
9.4%
Coal
0%
0%
0%
Large Hydroelectric
39.5%
0%
7.6%
Natural Gas
0%
0%
4.8%
Nuclear
0.4%
0%
49.3%
Other
0%
0%
0%
Unspecified Sources of Power
0.5%
0%
0%
*This is electricity that cannot be traced to a specific generating facility, such as electricity traded through open market transactions. Unspecified sources of power are typically a mix of all resource types, and may include renewables.

Power Content Label

Each year, we provide information on where the energy to power your home or business is sourced from and the amount of associated greenhouse gas emissions, if any. This information is provided through the Power Content Label, an annual report produced under the California Energy Commission’s Power Source Disclosure program. The Power Content Label is released each fall for the previous calendar year.

Planning for the Future

MCE Integrated Resource Plan

Our Integrated Resource Plan describes our energy resource needs and guides our procurement process. We update it every other year after discussion in open public meetings and approval by our locally elected Board of Directors. Our ambitions include a long-term goal to power our communities with 85% renewable energy by 2029 and shorter-term goals to increase local electricity procurement and storage. Our Light Green service option has provided a minimum of 60% renewable energy since 2017 and 95% greenhouse gas free since 2022, exceeding the state targets of 60% renewable energy by 2030 and 90% greenhouse gas-free energy by 2035.

Power supply solicitations

Developers and owners of renewable energy projects can help fulfill our future resource requirements through an Open Season process. We also offer a Feed-In Tariff program that allows developers to build small-scale renewable projects within our service area and sell the energy directly to us at a set price.

We have over 80 active power supply contracts

Our energy procurement principles

Our procurement decisions are made through a lens of workforce empowerment, environmental responsibility, and grid reliability.

  • Long-term contracts require union labor participation and encourage using contractors and businesses that are owned by disabled veterans and located in or employ workers from a disadvantaged community
  • Local renewable projects require a 50% local hire and prevailing wage.
  • Biomass principles and pollinator-friendly solar principles ensure responsible practices and maximum environmental benefits.
  • Innovative technologies such as battery storage and green hydrogen power are pursued to support grid resiliency.

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