Following the same careful approach it took in developing the program, MCE has been introduced in phases. The first phase, launched in May 2010, included about 8,000 Marin accounts made up of residential, commercial and municipal customers. In August 2011 we enrolled another 5,500 Marin accounts, the majority of which are residential with a small number of commercial accounts. MCE completed Marin customer enrollments in July 2012.
MCE will offer Light Green electric service to Richmond customers in July 2013. MCE will send three notices before enrollment, and two after, to all electric customers, with instructions for how to opt out and stay with PG&E’s electricity supply. Once customers receive this notice, they may request to opt out at any time. The first notice is scheduled to be delivered in early April 2013.
California State Legislature passed Assembly Bill 117 in 2002, enabling Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). CCA allows groups of communities to purchase power on behalf of their residents, completely supported by revenues—rather than by taxpayer subsidies. CCA is currently allowed by law in 6 states: California, Illinois, Ohio, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
AB 117 mandated that customers be automatically enrolled in the CCA that is formed in their area. Customers who wish to continue with the investor-owned utility company may choose to opt out of the CCA.
We inform customers of the enrollment by mailing 5 notices. Richmond customers will receive 3 notices before enrollment in July and 2 after. We also participate in more than 100 community meetings and events each year in our service area. We'd love to meet you and invite you to view our calendar of events here. Let us know if you'd like to schedule a presentation about MCE for your organization. Email us at info@mceCleanEnergy.com.
Customers who prefer not to participate may request to opt out by calling 1-888-632-3674 or by filling out our online form here.
Historically, PG&E has been our default electricity provider. When someone needed electric service, PG&E automatically provided that service. Now, when Marin or Richmond customers need electric service MCE automatically provides that service.
California State law called Community Choice Aggregation, which was passed in 2002, requires that MCE become the default electric service provider for our service area, giving customers the option to opt out and remain with PG&E.
Questions about enrollment? Please take a look at our frequently asked questions, or give us a call at 1 (888) 632-3674.