MCE Clean Energy Programs

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Since 2013, the City of Richmond has partnered with Contra Costa County's community-based electricity provider, Marin Clean Energy (MCE), to provide increased access in affordable and renewable electricity for Richmond residents and businesses, resulting in lower emissions in our community. MCE is a public agency and not-for-profit electricity provider that gives customers the choice of having 60% to 100% of their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, and hydroelectric at competitive rates. MCE provides electricity service and innovate programs to more than one million residents and businesses across the four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano. 

Community Choice Aggregation programs, such as MCE, enable cities and counties to provide their citizens and businesses with an alternative option of purchasing electricity to the current utility (PG&E). MCE currently offers 7 types of residential programs, 7 types of commercial programs, and 2 workforce programs. MCE's mission is to provide a greater support for renewable energy at competitive rates to Richmond residents and businesses. By choosing MCE, Richmond's electric customers help support the development of new in-state and local renewable energy generation and the assist the City in meeting its Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction goals. 

Residents and businesses can now choose how much renewable energy is in their electric service. Please visit for more information about their program offerings.

How Community Choice Aggregation Works

With MCE, Richmond residents and businesses can invest in cleaner energy at a cost that is competitive with – and often even cheaper than – PG&E’s costs. PG&E will continue to deliver electricity through their power lines and provide residents and businesses with gas service.

MCE How Community Choice Aggregation Works

Richmond customers have 3 electricity options:

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1) MCE ‘Light Green’ 60% renewable energy (standard service; automatic enrollment and competitive rates with PG&E)

2) MCE ‘Deep Green’ 100% renewable energy (a penny more per kilowatt hour)

3) MCE 'Local Sol' 100% locally-produced solar energy (costs $0.142/kWh and is limited to approximately 300 customers)

According to 2021 MCE participation data, approximately 81.9% of the total Richmond population is enrolled with MCE as their electricity provider. 

Benefits of Choosing MCE

MCE Deep Green 2022
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