MCE Renewable Electricity in Richmond

Bethlehem Missionary Baptist Church, 684 Juliga Woods St. in Richmond invites the public to a presentation and discussion Wednesday, May 8, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., about the reasons to transfer residential electrical service from PG&E to MCE, Richmond’s renewable electricity alternative. There will be presentation and Q&A with a representative from MCE. Topics will include the background of MCE and Community Choice Aggregation, Timeline for public notice and enrollment and Opt Out and Opt Up procedures Last May, in a move to promote greater use of sustainable energy and retain local control of ratepayer dollars, the City Council approved a resolution to become a member of the Marin Energy Authority (MEA), a not-for-profit public agency that administers MCE. MCE offers an affordable choice for renewable energy.  With MCE, Richmond residents and businesses can choose to purchase 50-100 percent of their electricity from clean electricity sources such as solar, wind, water and bioenergy. Electricity will still be delivered by PG&E, and PG&E will continue to operate power lines, read meters, issue monthly bills and provide the same maintenance and repair service as always. Because California State law requires MCE to be an opt out program, Richmond residents and businesses will be enrolled as MCE customers unless they choose to opt out and stay with PG&E’s energy supply (about 20 percent renewable). Enrollment will occur in July. MCE will provide 50 percent renewable energy to all Richmond ratepayers, unless they choose to opt out of the program. Alternatively, ratepayers may opt up to 100 percent in MCE’s Renewable Deep Green program. Representatives from MCE will be available to answer questions about rates, program options, energy sources, opt out and opt up procedures, and more. Come get first-hand information to help consider electricity options.
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