The City of Martinez has joined Contra Costa County and 12 other cities or towns in Contra Costa by voting to join MCE and support California’s renewable energy movement. MCE is a not-for-profit public electricity provider that offers 50% and 100% renewable electricity service options to its customers within the wider Bay Area.
In keeping with the statewide Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), the City of Martinez adopted a Climate Action Plan (2009) setting goals for reducing harmful greenhouse gases, conserving energy and natural resources, and preparing the community for the expected effects of global warming. One way the City is meeting its goals is by providing customers with the option of reducing the emissions from their electricity service.
Beginning in April 2018, MCE became the default electricity provider in Martinez. PG&E continues to transmit and distribute the electricity, maintain power lines, and handle all billing. Residents currently have the following options for electricity generation:
MCE's goal is to have rates that are competitive with PG&E. Rates are approved by MCE's Board of Directors, made up of an elected official from each participating City and County. Check MCE's and PG&E's websites for the most up-to-date rates. MCE's website has a residential and commercial sample cost comparison.
Customers enrolled in MCE still receive their full CARE/FERA and Medical Baseline discounts. There’s no need to reapply, and no change in the discounted rates. Contact PG&E and MCE for more information about how overall rates compare.
Customers with rooftop solar, or who are interested in going solar, can learn more about MCE's solar Net Energy Metering policy, rates, and incentives here. For detailed questions about solar rates or Time of Use rates, please call MCE's call center at 1 (888) 632-3674.
PG&E will still send your monthly bill, but instead of one fee that combines both your electric delivery fees and electric generation fees, your bill will show separate charges – one for PG&E electric delivery and one for MCE electric generation. MCE’s generation rates will simply replace PG&E’s generation rates; they are not an added fee.
All eligible electricity customers in Martinez received four mailers from February to June 2018 notifying them of the transition to MCE service. Martinez residents also received additional information in their water bills during the February/March 2018 bill runs. Residents and businesses who did not choose to opt-up to MCE’s 100-percent renewable service or to remain with PG&E’s service were automatically enrolled in MCE's "Light Green" power supply, which is made up of 50-percent renewable power. The MCE enrollment period ended with the close of the June billing period.
For more information on the enrollment process and MCE's outreach efforts, view the Enrollment Timeline under “Resources and More Information” below.
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Resources and More Information
Community Choice Energy Information and FAQ (MCE resources)
State Greenhouse Gas Mandates (AB 32)
“MCE to Start Community Choice Energy Services Soon” (East County Today)