MCE offers lower rates and cleaner power! Save with MCE!

 

When you choose MCE you can count on stable and affordable rates for clean energy.  Our rates are set locally by MCE's Board of Directors, which seeks input from the community at public meetings before any rate changes go into effect. Rates are typically adjusted only once per year. The rate you pay MCE for the procurement of power, or 'generation' of electricity, simply replaces what PG&E would have charged for its generation. And PG&E will continue to send your monthly electric bill, which will include MCE's replacement charges.

How does MCE impact my electric bill?

You’ll see a few changes on your bill but on the bottom line, your utility charges won’t change much at all.

PG&E’s electric charges will decrease - that's because PG&E stops charging you for the cost of generating electricity. You’ll still have an electric charge from PG&E to cover the cost of distribution, transmission, and other taxes and fees that PG&E always charged you for - and at the same rates. 

A new line item on the front page of your bill for MCE Generation Charges will also be added. This fee covers MCE’s cost of generating 50-100% renewable electricity to meet your power demand. MCE’s generation charges replace PG&E’s generation charges and there are no duplicate charges for electricity.

PG&E will also add two small new charges to your bill called the Vintaged Power Charge Indifference Adjustment and the Franchise Fee. These will appear on the PG&E electric detail portion of your bill. We always include these charges in our cost comparisons under 'PG&E Exit Fees'. 

PG&E Cost Comparisons

PG&E and MCE want you to understand your electricity choices. That's why we partner to provide cost comparisons for all rate schedules. Click here to learn more.

Cost Calculator

When your hard-earned money is involved, seeing is believing. Our cost calculator lets you see the impact that MCE will have on your bill.

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“What I want people to understand is that monopolies are not good to any community... Our planet is in trouble. I’m excited to be able to choose a renewable option that protects our planet for my relatives and their little ones and generations to come. The monthly savings on my bill is just an added bonus.”


Jovanka Beckles, Richmond Council Member
www.RichmondConfidential.org

PG&E PCIA Charge

2009 Vintage

Rate Schedule 2009 Vintage Rate
Residential.................................................. $0.01070/kWh

The 2009 Vintage rate applies to customers who began service with MCE in May or June 2010. Customers who are enrolled in PG&E's Medical Baseline Allowance program are not subject to the PCIA fee.

The PCIA is intended to ensure that customers who switch to MCE pay for energy that was acquired by PG&E to serve them prior to their switch. Customers currently on PG&E's 2009 PCIA rate will see credits on their bills dating back to April 2011 to reflect reduced PCIA rates, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.

2010 Vintage

Rate Schedule 2010 Vintage Rate
Residential.................................................. $0.01114/kWh

The 2010 Vintage applies to customers who began service with MCE between July 2010 and June 2011.

Customers who are enrolled in PG&E's Medical Baseline Allowance program are not subject to the PCIA fee.

The PCIA is intended to ensure that customers who switch to MCE pay for energy that was acquired by PG&E to serve them prior to their switch. Customers currently on PG&E's 2010 and 2011 PCIA rate will see credits on their bills dating back to April 2011 to reflect reduced PCIA rates, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.

2011 Vintage

Rate Schedule 2011 Vintage Rate
Residential.................................................. $0.01144/kWh

The 2011 Vintage rate applies to customers who began service with MCE between July 2011 and June 2012.

Customers who are enrolled in PG&E's Medical Baseline Allowance program are not subject to the PCIA fee.

The PCIA is intended to ensure that customers who switch to MCE pay for energy that was acquired by PG&E to serve them prior to their switch. Customers currently on PG&E's 2010 and 2011 PCIA rate will see credits on their bills dating back to April 2011 to reflect reduced PCIA rates, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission.

2012 Vintage

Rate Schedule 2012 Vintage Rate
Residential.................................................. $0.01133/kWh

The 2012 Vintage rate applies to all customers who begin service with MCE between July 2012 and June 2013. Customers who are enrolled in PG&E's Medical Baseline Allowance program are not subject to the PCIA fee.

The PCIA is intended to ensure that customers who switch to MCE pay for energy that was acquired by PG&E to serve them prior to their switch.

2013 Vintage

Rate Schedule 2013 Vintage Rate
Residential.................................................. $0.01101/kWh

The 2013 Vintage rate applies to all customers who begin service with MCE in July 2013 or later. Customers who are enrolled in PG&E's Medical Baseline Allowance program are not subject to the PCIA fee.

The PCIA is intended to ensure that customers who switch to MCE pay for energy that was acquired by PG&E to serve them prior to their switch.

PG&E Franchise Fee

2009 Vintage

Rate Schedule 2009 Vintage Rate
Residential.................................................. $0.00059/kWh

The 2009 Vintage rate applies to customers who began service with MCE in May or June 2010.

The Franchise Fee is collected by PG&E to pay for the right to use public streets to run gas and electric service.

2010 Vintage

Rate Schedule 2010 Vintage Rate
Residential.................................................. $0.00059/kWh

The 2010 Vintage applies to customers who began service with MCE between July 2010 and June 2011.

The Franchise Fee is collected by PG&E to pay for the right to use public streets to run gas and electric service.

2011 Vintage

Rate Schedule 2011 Vintage Rate
Residential.................................................. $0.00059/kWh

The 2011 Vintage rate applies to customers who began service with MCE between July 2011 and June 2012.

The Franchise Fee is collected by PG&E to pay for the right to use public streets to run gas and electric service.

2012 Vintage

Rate Schedule 2012 Vintage Rate
Residential.................................................. $0.00059/kWh

The 2012 Vintage rate applies to customers who began service with MCE between July 2012 and June 2013.

The Franchise Fee is collected by PG&E to pay for the right to use public streets to run gas and electric service.

2013 Vintage

Rate Schedule 2013 Vintage Rate
Residential.................................................. $0.00059/kWh

The 2013 Vintage rate applies to customers who began service with MCE in July 2013 or later.

The Franchise Fee is collected by PG&E to pay for the right to use public streets to run gas and electric service.

Discount Rates

CARE (California Alternative Rates for Energy) Discount

The CARE program provides a monthly discount on energy bills for income-qualified households and housing facilities. Qualifications are based on the number of persons living in your home and your total annual household income.

CARE is available to MCE customers as well as PG&E customers and provides the same discount regardless of enrollment with MCE or PG&E. Customers enrolled in MCE will continue to receive their full CARE discount and there is no need to reapply with MCE. New CARE enrollments or renewals must still be done through PG&E's customer service center or website.

If you think you may be eligible to receive a CARE discount and would like to sign up, please call PG&E at 1-866-743-2273 or visit PG&E's website.

Medical Baseline Allowance

Medical Baseline Allowances are generally available to customers who personally are, or who live with someone who is dependent on life-support equipment, or have certain other serious medical conditions which create an added need for electricity. This program allows customers to receive discounted rates for electricity by increasing their allocation of "baseline usage", electricity which is available at lower rates.

Customers enrolled in MCE will continue to receive their Medical Baseline Allowance from PG&E, and there is no need to reapply for this program with MCE. Medical Baseline customers are also exempt from PG&E’s Power Charge Indifference Adjustment charges, which can provide an additional savings on energy bills.

If you think you may be eligible to receive a Medical Baseline Allowance and would like to sign up, please call PG&E at 1-866-743-2273 or visit PG&E's website.

MCE Residential Rates

RES-1 (PG&E Equivalent E-1, M, S, SR, T)

All Electric Usage.................................... $0.079/kWh

RES-6 (PG&E Equivalent E-6)

SUMMER - Service from May 1 through October 31
Peak................................................ $0.206/kWh 1 P.M. to 7 P.M. Monday through Friday*
Part-Peak......................................... $0.086/kWh 10 A.M. to 1 P.M. & 7 P.M. to 9 P.M. Monday through Friday & 5 P.M. to 8 P.M. Saturday and Sunday*
Off-Peak........................................... $0.058/kWh  All other hours including holidays**
     
WINTER - Service from November 1through April 30
Part-Peak......................................... $0.080/kWh (5 P.M. to 8 P.M. Monday through Friday)*
Off-Peak........................................... $0.058/kWh (All other hours including holidays)**
 
*DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ADJUSTMENT: The time periods shown above will begin and end one hour later for the period between the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in April, and for the period between the last Sunday in October and the first Sunday in November.
**HOLIDAYS: Holidays, for the purpose of this rate schedule, are New Year's Day, President's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. The dates will be those in which the holidays are legally observed. 

RES-7 (PG&E Equivalent E-7)

SUMMER - Service from May 1 through October 31
Peak................................................ $0.396/kWh 12 Noon to 6 P.M. Monday through Friday*  
Off-Peak........................................... $0.053/kWh All other hours  
     
WINTER - Service from November 1 through April 30
Peak................................................ $0.235/kWh 12 Noon to 6 P.M. Monday through Friday*  
Off-Peak........................................... $0.053/kWh All other hours  
     
*DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ADJUSTMENT: The time periods shown above will begin and end one hour later for the period between the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in April, and for the period between the last Sunday in October and the first Sunday in November.

RES-8 (PG&E Equivalent E-8)

SUMMER  - Service from May 1 through October 31
All Electric Usage.................................... $0.079/kWh  
     
WINTER - Service from November 1 through April 30
All Electric Usage.................................... $0.079/kWh  

RES-9 (PG&E Equivalent E-9)

SUMMER -  Service from May 1 through October 31
Peak................................................ $0.171/kWh 2 P.M. to 9 P.M. Monday through Friday*
Part-Peak......................................... $0.096/kWh 7 A.M. to 2 P.M. and 9 P.M. to 12 Midnight Monday through Friday and 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. Saturday and Sunday*
Off-Peak........................................... $0.053/kWh All other hours
     
WINTER - Service from November 1 through April 30
Part-Peak......................................... $0.079/kWh 7 A.M. to 12 Midnight Monday through Friday and 5 P.M. to 9 P.M. Saturday and Sunday*
Off-Peak........................................... $0.053/kWh All other hours
     
*DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ADJUSTMENT: The time periods shown above will begin and end one hour later for the period between the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in April, and for the period between the last Sunday in October and the first Sunday in November.

RES-EV (PG&E Equivalent EV)

SUMMER -  Service from May 1 through October 31
Peak................................................ $0.193/kWh 2 P.M. to 9 P.M. Monday through Friday, 3 P.M. to 7 P.M. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays*
Part-Peak......................................... $0.086/kWh 7 A.M. to 2 P.M. and 9 P.M. to 11 P.M. Monday through Friday*
Off-Peak........................................... $0.048/kWh All other hours
     
WINTER - Service from November 1 through April 30
Peak................................................ $0.070/kWh 2 P.M. to 9 P.M. Monday through Friday, 3 P.M. to 7 P.M. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays*
Part-Peak......................................... $0.048/kWh 7 A.M. to 2 P.M. and 9 P.M. to 11 P.M. Monday through Friday*
Off-Peak........................................... $0.048/kWh All other hours
     
*DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ADJUSTMENT: The time periods shown above will begin and end one hour later for the period between the second Sunday in March and the first Sunday in April, and for the period between the last Sunday in October and the first Sunday in November.

Deep Green Rate 

Deep Green Premium

All Usage* $0.01/kWh  
*Deep Green costs an additional penny per kilowatt-hour in addition to MCE's standard Light Green rates. Based on average monthly usage of 500 kWh per month, Deep Green would cost an additional $5 more per month.

Other Rate Information

Changes to Tiered Electric Generation Rates

As of July 1st 2012, both MCE and PG&E apply flat generation rates. Previously, residential customers were charged according to tiered generation rates so that charges increased as usage increased. PG&E has replaced this system with the Conservation Incentive Adjustment (CIA) line-item on customer bills, which provides a credit to low-usage customers and charges to high-usage customers. The CIA is applied equally to both MCE and PG&E customers.

For more information on the Conservation Incentive Adjustment change, please contact PG&E’s customer service center at 1-866-743-0335.

PG&E Electric Rates

MCE does not provide a listing of PG&E’s generation or non-generation rates, as those rates are subject to change over the course of the year. The most up-to-date information on these rates can be located within PG&E’s tariff sheets, available on their website here. For comparison purposes, generation rates are listed under the “Unbundling of Total Rates”, which is found after the listing of “Total Rates”. All other charges which comprise PG&E’s “bundled” charges (such as Distribution, Transmission, Conservation Incentive Adjustment, and other charges) are assessed equally to MCE customers.

MCE Historic Electric Rates

MCE historic rates are available for download in pdf format here.

 

Community Investment

Community Investment

Choosing MCE gives back to your community. Unlike PG&E, MCE is a public agency and doesn't have shareholder profits or dividends to pay. Instead, MCE reinvests revenues into local projects that benefit our communities and a portion of your ratepayer dollars will be used to fund local projects and programs. Since MCE's start of service in 2010, we've provided funding for the installation of five electric vehicle charging stations in public parking lots, given away $20,000 in solar and energy efficiency rebates, and partnered with local businesses to create the largest solar project in Marin County - which created 20 construction jobs.

Giving Back

Not-for-Profit Public Agency

Community Investment

Energy is more than just a commodity. It’s an essential part of day-to-day life, so shouldn’t something that important be in the hands of the people? With MCE it is. MCE is a transparent organization ingrained with democratic values. We're governed by a 13-member Board of Directors made up of locally elected officials from each of our member cities and towns. We hold at least 3 public meetings each month where MCE's programs and policies are developed and discussed. If you would like to participate, or if you have a concern, comment or idea we invite you to share it.

Public Meetings

Understanding Your Bill

Sample Bill

MCE customers continue to receive their monthly electric bill from PG&E, which also includes MCE charges. MCE’s charge for procuring the electricity you use (called electric generation) replaces PG&E’s charge for electric generation. PG&E stops charging for generation but continues to charge for the transmission and delivery of electricity, along with a variety of other regulatory and program charges – and at the same rates they always have.

Sample Bill