California’s Contra Costa County Gets More Renewable Energy

Community choice aggregator MCE is adding nine new communities to its service area

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Community choice aggregation (CCA) programs are taking off in a big way in California. The first was Marin Clean Energy, now known as MCE, which opened its doors in 2010.

MCE recently announced that 11 of its member communities had “opted up” for its Deep Green program, which provides 100% renewable energy.

Now, MCE’s Board of Directors has voted to add nine new communities in Contra Costa County to its service area, including Concord, Danville, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Ramon, and unincorporated Contra Costa County.

The addition of 237,000 new Contra Costa customers will double the amount of renewable energy produced by MCE, increasing clean energy use in California’s energy market by approximately 763,898 MWh per year, while reducing greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 92,533 metric tons annually.

MCE’s electricity service to new Contra Costa customers will begin in the spring of 2018. The MCE team is already taking some steps that are important to the new member communities, including:

  • Signing a multi-trade project labor agreement for medium- and large-scale solar projects in Contra Costa, to be union-built and to create local jobs.
  • Collaborating with Future Build in Pittsburg to establish MCE’s first local call center and train local workers in call center service, creating new jobs and growing the local economy.
  • Working with the City of Concord to locate MCE’s East Bay office in the downtown area, adding economic and job benefits.
  • Constructing a 49-acre solar project, using local labor and local businesses in Richmond, which will be the largest public solar array in the Bay Area. Over 340 jobs have been created and many are now filled by RichmondBUILD graduates and local businesses like Contra Costa Electric, Goebel Construction, Net Electric, The Newtron Group, and Overaa.

“MCE is excited to be partnering with Contra Costa County in so many ways,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE, in a press release. “We have shared objectives, and connecting the County’s vision of building community resilience with MCE’s mission to address climate change by reducing energy-related greenhouse gas emissions has already produced tangible results. Together we can create big results that help Contra Costa County thrive, and aid California in reaching its ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals.”