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Energy, Solar, Water

The City of Martinez is committed to being environmentally sustainable, and a big part of that commitment is to ensure we provide the resources our residents and businesses need in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Learn just how easy it is to be green, and pocket some energy cost savings in the process!

Visit the Resources page for more information.


Rebates and Incentives

Single Family Residents

Single-Family Residents

Description

BayRen Single-Family Home Upgrades

BayRen offers home energy improvement rebates to single-family residents. The program provides free advising, access to rebates, and financing information.

Federal Tax Credits

Homeowners who complete energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy installations may be eligible for Federal Tax Credits for 30% of the cost.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP programs are designed to help low-income families with
the burden of high energy bills.

Weatherization Program The Weatherization Program is a Federal and State funded program with the purpose of assisting those with low and/or fixed income in making their homes more energy efficient.

Property Assessed Clean
Energy (PACE) Financing

PACE is a financing mechanism that allows property owners to pay for upgrades over time (up to 20 or 25 years) through a line-item on their property tax bills.

PG&E Energy Savings
Assistance Program

Provides income-qualified customers with energy-saving improvements at no charge.

PG&E Rebates

Rebates are available for various energy efficient appliances, including qualifying high-efficiency refrigerators, pool filtration pumps, and more.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency DSIRE is a national database for all incentives & rebates available.

 


>Multi-Family Property Owners and Residents

Multi-Family Residents

Description

BayRen Multi-Family Building Enhancements

BayRen has a multi-family program that currently offers cash incentives for multi-family property improvements. The program provides free on-site consultations, rebates, and financing information.

Federal Tax Credits

Homeowners who complete energy efficiency upgrades or renewable energy installations may be eligible for Federal Tax Credits for 30% of the cost.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP)

The LIHEAP program is designed to help low-income families with the burden of high energy bills.

Weatherization Program  The Weatherization Program is a Federal and State funded program with the purpose of assisting those with low and/or fixed income in making their homes more energy efficient.

PG&E Rebates

Rebates are available for various energy efficient appliances, including $75/unit for a qualified high-efficiency refrigerator, $100/unit for a qualifying pool filtration pump, and more.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency  DSIRE is a national database for all incentives and rebates available.

 


Business Owners

Business Owners  Description

East Bay Energy Watch Program

The East Bay Energy Watch Business Program provides business owners with a free energy audit and with rebates to conduct energy saving retrofits, like switching to LED light bulbs or upgrading appliances.

California Green Business Certification

A business that meet the standards can be recognized as a California Green Business, which distinguishes businesses that protect, preserve, and sustain the environment. The certification provides a great marketing tool.

PG&E Business Rebates

Rebates are available to businesses for qualifying products such as new lighting systems, HVAC systems, power management software, ovens, and more.

PG&E On-Bill Financing

Business and government agencies can receive on-bill financing through PG&E to replace old and worn-out equipment with energy-efficient models. Repayment terms are five years.

Property Assessed Clean Energy

Financing

PACE is a financing mechanism that allows commercial property owners to pay for upgrades over time (up to 20 or 25 years) through a line-item on their property tax bills.

Business Energy Investment Tax  Credit

Business owners can claim tax deductions on qualified installations of fuel cells, microturbines, and more.

MCE Business

Energy Assessments

Non-residential properties in MCE’s service area are eligible to receive no-cost energy assessments, rebates ranging between 40-100% of project costs,

pre-negotiated contractor discounts, start-to-finish project management, post-project quality assurance, and low-cost loans and PACE financing.

Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency

 DSIRE is a national database for all incentives & rebates available.

 


MCE Clean Energy

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 "Light Green" power supply, which is made up of 50-percent renewable power, is the default for Martinez customers
  • Customers can choose to "opt-up" to MCE's "Deep Green" 100-percent renewable option or MCE's "Local Sol" 100-percent local solar option by clicking on the link below.
  • Customers who wish to return to PG&E service can chose that long-time power provider, whose energy is sourced from about 30-percent renewables.  To do so, you need to "opt-out" of MCE service, and can do so by clicking on the link below.

OPT-UP          OPT-OUT

Contact MCE for any questions about their service:
Email: info@mceCleanEnergy.org
Phone number: 1 (888) 632-3674 (Mon-Fri 7a.m. – 7p.m.)
La página web de MCE está disponible en español aquí.

 

How It Works

 

Cost
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.

Discount Customers
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.

Solar
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.

Billing
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.  

Enrollment
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. 

Reading Your Bill
Find out how to read your utility bill.

Resources and More Information
FAQ
Enrollment Timeline
Martinez Climate Action Plan
International Panel on Climate Change
Greenhouse Gases and Their Impact on Climate
Community Choice Energy Information and FAQ (MCE resources)
State Greenhouse Gas Mandates (AB 32)

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