Marin Clean Energy — pro: Program offers key green benefits

Marin Clean Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation program that is designed to serve Marin’s priorities. It allows electric consumers to choose non-polluting renewable energy, lower Marin's greenhouse gas emissions, reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels, foster development of local green power generation and clean technologies and protect Marin homes and businesses from uncertain fuel prices.

Community Choice Aggregation was established by California legislature in 2002 (AB 117) to give cities and counties the authority to procure electricity on behalf of customers within their jurisdictions. Under a CCA program, the investor-owned utility delivers the electricity to customers and continues to read the electric meters and issue monthly bills to customers. Unlike traditional utility service, the source of the electric supply (generation) and the price paid by customers for the generation service procured by the CCA program are determined locally.

Marin Clean Energy is a renewable energy alternative to PG&E's electric supply that will soon be available to Marin customers. MCE is responsible for sourcing the power and purchases the energy supply while PG&E continues to deliver the energy, maintain and repair transmission lines and provide customer service and billing.

MCE will provide two unique energy supply options that its customers may choose from. The Light Green product is 25 percent renewable energy and is expected to increase to 50 percent renewable energy within five years. MCE’s Light Green rates parallel PG&E’s rates, which only provide 13 percent renewable energy. The Deep Green product is 100 percent renewable energy, and rates will come at a premium of approximately 7 percent above PG&E’s rates.

The Marin Energy Authority is the not-for-profit public agency that administers and provides the renewable energy alternative through the Marin Clean Energy program. MEA was created in December 2008 to address climate change by reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and securing energy supply, price stability, energy efficiencies and local economic and work force benefits. It is the intent of MEA to promote the development of a wide range of renewable energy sources and energy-efficiency programs including, but not limited to, solar and wind energy production at competitive rates for customers.

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