Marin Energy Authority (MEA) is a joint powers authority formed in 2008 to address climate change by reducing energy related greenhouse gas emissions and securing energy supply, price stability, energy efficiencies and local economic and workforce benefits. It is the intent of MEA to promote the development and use of a wide range of renewable energy sources and energy efficiency programs, including but not limited to solar and wind energy production at competitive rates for customers.
Marin Clean Energy (MCE) is a program to collectively buy renewable power on behalf of Marin County residents, cities and towns. Marin Clean Energy will allow electricity customers to choose a greater supply of clean, renewable energy. Under the program, Mill Valley residents will be automatically enrolled in the program, and they can choose to opt out and remain with PG&E. The program presents residents with two options – a “light green” option, with 25-50 percent renewable power, or a “dark green” option, with 100 percent renewable power.
The Mill Valley City Council approved an ordinance to join MEA in December of 2008. By participating in MEA, the City of Mill Valley has given individuals and business owners the ability to choose their electric energy supplier.
At their May 24, 2010 meeting, the Mill Valley City Council considered the energy options available to the City as a Phase I customer of the MCE program. Phase I customers include local governments such as the City of Mill Valley and some of the largest commercial and residential users in the target area. The City had the opportunity to choose "light" or "dark" green power for City facilities and municipal services. The City also could have chosen to opt out of the MCE program and remain with PG&E.
The City Council voted to stay with the MCE program and chose the “light” green option for City facilities and services. This decision is separate from the choice that Mill Valley residents and business owners will make as Phase II customers for their private households and businesses.
As part of Phase II, MCE will offer electric service to all Marin County customers, including Mill Valley residents and businesses, in July 2012. Every electric customer in Marin will be enrolled in MCE’s Light Green 50 percent renewable energy option unless the customer chooses to opt out. Customers will receive three notices from MCE prior to their enrollment and these will be delivered in early April, mid-April, and mid-May. Customers who do not opt out will also receive two notices after their enrollment with Marin Clean Energy in late July and late August. The first two notices will be in the form of a letter and the final three will be in the form of a post card.
MCE will host a series of community meetings in April and May. These community meetings will be recorded and broadcast by the Community Media Center of Marin. The City of Mill Valley will announce these meetings when more information is available.
|History of Meetings and Important Events|
|December 1, 2008
||Mill Valley City Council approved an ordinance to join MEA. |
|December 1, 2009
A public workshop was held at the Mill Valley Community Center during which representatives from MEA, PG&E, and independent reviewers presented about the MCE program and answered questions from the audience.
|December 7, 2009
||A public hearing about the MCE program and pending contract with Shell was held by the Mill Valley City Council. As a result of the public hearing, the Council postponed consideration of the proposal until their January 4th meeting to give more time for community input. |
|December 7, 2009
||Marin County Grand Jury issued a report entitled “Marin Clean Energy: Pull the Plug.” Click here to see the report. |
|January 4, 2010
||City Council heard community input, discussed the matter further, and made no action to remove the City from MEA.|
|February 23, 2010
||City officials presented to Council the formal response to the Grand Jury. Please click here for the Council packet. |
|May 24, 2010
||The City Council voted to stay with the MCE program and chose the “light” green option for City facilities and services. Please click here to download the meeting agenda and documents related to the issue from the May 24 City Council packet.|
|September 6, 2011
||Council received a presentation on a one-year review of the City of Mill Valley’s participation in the Marin Energy Authority. Click here to view the video and supporting documents.|
|February 6, 2012
||The City Council adopted a resolution in support of Marin Energy Authority's grant application to the California Strategic Growth Council’s Sustainable Communities Incentive Program for start-up funds for a PACE loan program. Click here to view the video and supporting documents.|
Contact: To learn more about Marin Clean Energy or to opt out of the program, visit www.marincleanenergy.com or call (888) 632-3674.
Summary Overview of MCE - February 24, 2010
Grand Jury Report
Review of Power Purchase Agreement - From the December 2009 Council Packet
MEA Implementation Plan
Staff Report - Electric Generation Cost Analysis and Marin Clean Energy Update, September 6, 2011
- KQED Forum program "Power Struggle in Marin." Please click here to link to the KQED website.
For information on upcoming and past public meetings, including agendas, minutes and documents regarding MEA, please click here.