City of Concord, California

Community Choice Energy

Overview

On June 13, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 17-8, authorizing the City to join MCE Clean Energy ("MCE"), a community choice energy program established in 2010. 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. MCE Clean Energy currently serves residents and businesses in Marin County, Napa County, and the cities of Richmond, Benicia, El Cerrito, San Pablo, Walnut Creek, and Lafayette. MCE Clean Energy plans to begin providing service to the cities of Concord, Danville, Martinez, Moraga, Oakley, Pinole, Pittsburg, San Ramon, and unincorporated Contra Costa County in April 2018.

Starting now, Concord residents and businesses can choose between using MCE Clean Energy or PG&E to supply their electrical power. Electrical account holders will receive multiple mailers in early 2018 alerting them to this change, and giving them a chance to choose between the power providers. If you take no action, you will automatically be enrolled in MCE's "light green" power supply, which is made up of 50-percent renewable power. Looking to go carbon free? Customers can also choose to opt-up to MCE's "dark green" 100-percent renewable option or MCE's "local sol" 100-percent local solar option. Finally, customers who like the power they get from PG&E can stay with that long-time power provider, whose energy clicks in at about 30-percent renewables at any time.

MCELearn more about MCE and the upcoming change to your electricity service at: https://mcecleanenergy.org/ContraCosta.

To find out more about CCE, please view this brief video or refer to Frequently Asked Questions.

Background

Beginning in 2016, the City of Concord explored the possibility of participating in a program that would provide residents with an alternative to PG&E as the provider of electricity to their homes or businesses. Community Choice Energy, also known as Community Choice Aggregation, is a local, not-for-profit governmental program that buys and may generate electrical power on behalf of its residents, businesses, and governmental entities. The agency administering the Community Choice program may also elect to administer energy efficiency programs and other greenhouse gas emission reducing activities.

Benefits for the City participating in a community choice energy program include:

  • Providing customer choice
  • Establishing local control
  • Expanding renewable energy portfolios
  • Enhancing local economic development
  • Implementing the Citywide Climate Action Plan

Community CHoice Energy Concord CaliforniaCommunity Choice programs are opt-out programs, meaning that once a local government votes to form or join a Community Choice Energy Joint Powers Authority, the constituents of that local government are automatically enrolled, and may opt-out if they wish. For information on how to opt-out, please visit https://www.mcecleanenergy.org/optout/.

Community Choice is only involved in the electrical generation decision-making and hasno involvement with transmission and distribution. The existing electrical utility, PG&E, continues the metering and the billing for customers. The Community Choice JPA replaces the line item on the electric bill for "generation."

The City of Concord partnered with Contra Costa County and multiple other interested cities to study the following options:

  • Form a Joint Powers Authority (JPA), comprised of the County and interested cities within Contra Costa County to establish a Community Choice Energy Program
  • Form a new JPA comprised of interested cities within Alameda County and Contra Costa County to establish a Community Choice Energy Program – East Bay Community Energy
  • Join the existing Community Choice JPA - MCE Clean Energy
  • Take no action

On June 13, 2017, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 17-8, authorizing the City to join MCE Clean Energy.

Meetings / Topic

The City Council conducted multiple meetings when evaluating whether or not to join or establish a community choice energy program. These meetings and a brief topic are noted below along with links to the staff report. Meeting videos and annotated agendas (action minutes) may be found on the City website.

Meeting Body & Date Topic Staff Report Video Annotated Agendas Minutes
06/13/2017 - City Council Adopt Ordinance No. 17-8, approving the Marin Clean Energy Joint Powers Agreement and authorizing the implementation of a CCE program. Report in PDF Report in PDF Report in PDF Report in PDF
05/23/2017 - City Council Introduce Ordinance No. 17-8. Adopt Resolution No. 17-42, requesting membership in Marin Clean Energy. Report in PDF Report in PDF Report in PDF Report in PDF
04/13/2017 - Council Committee Consider a Community Choice Aggregation Program in Concord. Report in PDF   Report in PDF  
02/22/2017 - Council Committee Consider a Community Choice Aggregation Program in Concord. Report in PDF   Report in PDF  
01/10/2017 - City Council Consider a Draft Technical Study for a Community Choice Aggregation Program in Contra Costa County. Report in PDF Report in PDF Report in PDF Report in PDF
06/28/2016 - City Council Authorize Contra Costa County to collect electrical usage data on behalf of the City and allocated up to $35,000 towards a technical study. Report in PDF Report in PDF Report in PDF Report in PDF

Survey

Please take two minutes to complete a short, eight-question survey with your thoughts on your electricity service: https://www.mceCleanEnergy.org/survey.

Helpful Links

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