How Much Marin Clean Energy Cost Will You

The average MCE residential customer can expect to pay approximately $2.50 more per month than with PG&E, according to Marin Clean Energy information.

New cost comparison data shows that Marin Clean Energy customers can expect to pay slightly more than if they stay with Pacific Gas and Electric as their power company.

The average MCE residential customer can expect to pay approximately $2.50 more per month than with PG&E, according to Marin Clean Energy information released Thursday. Commercial customers can expect to pay approximately $3.31 less in a summer month and $4.67 more in a winter month.

“We are extremely pleased to offer Marin electric customers an affordable choice of 50 percent renewable energy” said Damon Connolly, MEA Chairman and San Rafael Councilman. “We strive to keep our rates stable and affordable while providing a superior product to our customers and look forward to helping shape a more sustainable future here in Marin County.”

MCE, which offers 50 percent renewable energy compared with PG&E’s 20 percent, will be offering enrollment in their energy program to all Marin residents and businesses in July 2012 unless customers decide to opt out.

The cost of electricity for all Marin County customers includes charges for generation, transmission, distribution, and a variety of other taxes and fees like Public Purpose Programs and Nuclear Decommissioning. Marin Clean Energy charges customers for electric generation services while PG&E continues to charge for all of the other non-generation electricity related services at the same rates that would otherwise apply.

The following chart compares average PG&E and MCE generation rates for residential and commercial customers effective July 1, 2012.  PG&E generation rates are based on PG&E Advice Filing 4044-E.


MCE 50% Renewable Energy

PG&E 20% Renewable Energy

Residential Generation (MCE RES-1, PG&E E-1)



Commercial Generation

(MCE COM-1, PG&E A-1)

$0.083/kWh (summer)

$0.09278/kWh (summer)

$0.055/kWh (winter)

$0.05870/kWh (winter)

Although PG&E’s average generation rates for both commercial and residential customers are more costly than MCE’s generation rates, PG&E also imposes an exit fee on MCE customers which is intended to account for PG&E’s above market energy costs. This exit fee can result in a slightly higher overall cost for MCE customers.

Credits to be issued in this fall

Due to actions at the California Public Utilities Commission and regulatory efforts of MEA and other parties, PG&E will be reducing the exit fee for all customers beginning on July 1, 2012.  A credit for overpayment of the fee will be applied retroactively to April, 2011. Existing MCE customers can expect to receive a refund on their PG&E bill in the fall for overpayment of the PCIA between April, 2011 and July, 2012.

Calculator to be announced

Marin Clean Energy will soon be announcing the release of an on-line rate calculator to help customers determine what the cost differential will be to switch from PG&E’s 20 percent renewable energy to MCE’s 50 percent renewable energy in July 2012. More information is available at: www.marincleanenergy.com

Claudia B. May 27, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Ricardo and Jim, Thank you. So from what I am reading, there is no point in staying in with MEA as it is not green and does not help the environment. My question to both of you is how come people are falling for this and how does MEA get away with it?
Randy Engle May 27, 2012 at 05:29 PM
Maybe, maybe not. I'm just not convinced that MCE is all that it's cracked up to be. Not cynical, just a wary of new "programs" capitalizing on trends.
Jim Phelps May 27, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I think most people are so busy trying to pay the rent or mortgage that it's easier to believe what MEA says. MEA's Board is not terribly bright -- it doesn't have the expertise to vet what its consultants tell it. But it is fashionable to be a Board member. Years ago MEA's concept was great -- it was pure and transparent -- but the concept morphed as its consultants gained power, as leadership weakened, and as Dawn Weisz's salary has skyrocketed. Much of MEA may now be categorized as propaganda... ... renewable energy certificates (RECs) are a shame. But MEA tells everyone how green it is while it packs its energy portfolio full of these paper instruments that are NOT delivered green energy, and that do not help Marin's air quality. Very sad.
Rico May 29, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Average commercial and residential customers ? Come on ! There is really no such thing as an average electricity customer in Marin county. With the variations of micro climates between north Marin, central Marin, southern Marin and west Marin for one affect air conditioning loads. Then there is the type of housing, for instance, a large single family house up in Indian Valley is going to consume 10 times more electricity than a condo/apartment in Hamilton. And all of west Marin has no PG&E gas lines, so they will use proportionately more electricity on their total energy bill from PG&E. Some use trucked in Propane, but not all. And some use wood for heat too, so there really is no average. And commercial users, if your Safeway has an electric bill of $25,000 per month, and your Red Boy Pizza has an electric bill for $700 per month, what is average ? And about rate increases from PG&E : On April 16, 2011, PG&E filed an application with the CPUC requesting changes to electric rates effective Jan. 1 2013. This increase will seeks to recover costs incurred by PG&E to comply with the mandated Market Redesign and Technology Upgrade (MRTU) initiative This increase will be around 0.07 percent., over and above the MCE broker markup fee. So, your average family living in a single family detached house with an "average" bill of around $1500 per month will see a much larger increase with MCE than a person living in a rented condo/apartment in the Hamilton Housing Projects.
Rico May 29, 2012 at 01:49 AM
The single largest consumer of electricity in central Marin is the Marin Municipal Water District, and all electricity costs are directly paid for by the MMWD ratepayers. That is one of the main reasons for our recent rate increases, even though the MMWD would never admit it. It just so happens that the former GM of the MMWD (Paul) and a former supervisor from Marin (Chas) cooked up a deal for the ratepayers of the MMWD to loan the MEA $1 million for seed money to start up the new electricity brokerage agency.. And miraculously, in one year, the MEA was able to repay the loan that we the MMWD ratepayers benevolently gave them without our vote or consent . How did they do it ?. It is because the electricity accounts that the MMWD has with the MEA have added an increase in electricity costs of $250,000 per quarter, or $1 million per year OVER what we were previously paying PG&E for those accounts, that is how they did it. And the MMWD has other electric accounts also, some to pay the SCWA. The MEA was crafted when the MMWD was pushing the desalination plant. Thank goodness that Judge Lynn Duryee shot that down ! The whole scam was just another Ponzi scheme, and the people that have not realized it yet are in for a world of financial hurt.


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