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Information on MCE Program

MCE Program Background and Resources

Marin Clean Energy (MCE), a local "Community Choice" initiative that operates MCE, provides clean energy (electricity) to its users. The intent of the program is to provide consumers with a choice regarding their electricity service. Prior to MCE, electricity service was provided solely by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). MCE is a joint powers authority among Marin jurisdictions (cities and the County) and was formed in May 2009. For more information on MCE, please visit their website


Novato's Road to MEA Membership

The Novato City Council initially voted not to join MCE. This action was taken on February 10, 2009.  A video of Council's discussion and decision is available here

On July 11, 2011, the MCE Board issued a letter to all non-member cities, including Novato, which outlined a four-month amnesty period during which the City could join MCE. At the conclusion of this amnesty period, any City who wished to join would be assessed a fee between $20,000-$40,000. The Board's letter is available for review here.

Following the Board's action, the Novato City Council requested staff to schedule an agenda item to reconsider the City's participation in MCE. In order to help assess the merits of joining MCE, the Council authorized the City Manager to spend $10,000 to obtain an independent assessment of the risks of joining MCE.  The video of the discussion and the decision is available at this link.  

Staff subsequently entered into a contract with MRW & Associates (MRW) to conduct the assessment requested by Council.  MRW had previously conducted similar work for other Marin cities. 

MRW completed their work and made a presentation to the Council on September 27, 2011.  The staff report (including MRW's report) can be viewed here.

The City Council voted to join MCE at this meeting. The video of Council's discussion and decision is available at this link. Starting in the mid-2012, Novato residents were offered the  option to obtain their electricity from PG&E or MCE. 

In April 2012, MCE sent three opt-out notices to Novato households followed by three additional notices in July and August. If residents did not opt-out, they were automatically enrolled in MCE.

Community Choice Aggregation programs such as MCE allow cities and counties to offer their citizens and businesses a choice when purchasing electricity other than the current utility (PG&E). MCE also supports local Green jobs and new local renewable energy generation with projects such as: 972 kWh of solar at the San Rafael Airport, 1 MW of solar at a Carport Shade in Novato, and 500 kW of solar at the Novato Cooley Quarry.


Next Steps

As Novato has joined MCE, our residents have 4 energy service choices:

Your Energy Choices:

§ Light Green: Most households in Marin are already enrolled with MCE’s Light Green 50% Renewable energy product now (just look for “MCE Generation” on your PG&E bill).

§ Deep Green: 100% non-polluting, renewable energy. The additional cost of Deep Green is just a penny more per kilowatt-hour than Light Green rates.

§ Sol Shares: 100% new solar power from a local solar farm located in MCE’s service area.

§ Opt-out: receive power from PG&E.

Energy Efficiency (

The CHEAPEST and BEST Energy is the Energy You DON’T Use...... Energy Efficiency saves you money, increases comfort, improves indoor air quality, and raises property values. MCE provides assistance to homes, businesses and multifamily properties.

Contact MCE: 888-632-3674,,

Staff Contact

If you have questions about MCE, please contact: or call 415.899.8246



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