The Napa County Board of Supervisors will soon consider joining Marin Clean Energy (MCE) to bring a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program to residents and businesses in the unincorporated area of Napa County.
A CCA acts as an alternative energy provider to PG&E, providing consumers with an option to purchase energy that is 50% to 100% generated from renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, water, and biopower. The role of the CCA is to choose where to purchase power from and to create a mix that meets the goals of the program (providing clean energy) while providing customers with a competitive price. Other aspects of PG&E services (such as power transmission, billing, and so on) continue for all customers. Consumers who are not interested in purchasing power from the CCA may opt out and continue to use PG&E as before with no changes whatsoever.
MCE also offers energy efficiency programs that could work in parallel with programs offered locally to provide additional financing and rebate options to consumers wishing to undertake energy efficiency projects. MCE also works to encourage development of new, local, power sources, as they have done with a large solar project located at the San Rafael airport. MCE would likely benefit proposed programs in Napa, such as a bioenergy plant at the Clover Flat Landfill and a solar array at the former American Canyon Landfill.
MCE has been serving customers since 2010. They offer two programs, a "light green" option, which is the default program, and a "dark green" option, which customers can choose if they want to pay extra for an even higher percentage of renewable power.
Excerpted from January 28, 2014 Board of Supervisors agenda item report.
Click here to read our story from February 2014.Clean Energy Options for Unincorporated Napa County Public Workshop
Tuesday, May 20, 5:30-6:30 Napa City Council Chambers
Unincorporated Napa County is exploring the possibility of joining MCE, a nonprofit public agency that offers residents and businesses options for cleaner energy alternatives to PG&E. MCE also partners with PG&E, which continues to maintain power lines, read meters, issue monthly bills, and deliver the electricity as always. Please join your neighbors for a presentation, discussion, and Q&A about unincorporated Napa County’s potential new clean electricity options.