Marin Clean Energy (MCE) was founded in 2008 and began serving customers in 2010 within the area of Marin County. MCE’s mission is to address climate change by reducing energy related greenhouse gas emissions and securing energy supply, price stability, energy efficiency and local economic and workforce benefits. With the leadership and vision of CEO, Dawn Weisz, MCE now serves over 170,000 customers in Marin County, unincorporated Napa County, the cities of Benicia, El Cerrito, Richmond, and San Pablo. As a not-for-profit utility, MCE gives its customers, the opportunity to have between half and all their electricity needs supplied by solar, wind, hydroelectric, biogas and renewable resources at competitive rates.
MCE is California’s first Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program. Back in 2002, the California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 117, enabling CCAs. This legislation made it possible for communities to form companies to purchase power on behalf of their residents and businesses, completely supported by customer revenues, rather than taxpayer subsidies. Increased local control allowed elected officials to participate in the decision making and weigh in on supply contracts, customer pricing, etc.. AB 117 enabled California to join the small but growing number of states allowing CCAs. More importantly, the bill mandated that customers be automatically enrolled in their local CCA, with an option to opt out should they want to stay with the incumbent utility.