by Kris Brown, Kathy Callaway, Mary Morgan
When a group of Mainstreet Moms joined 400,000 others at the People’s Climate March in New York City in September, folks wanted to hear more about our local power authority, Marin Clean Energy.
“Really? Not for profit? With the mission of addressing climate change? Boosting demand for green electrical power? Aiming for local power generation? Local jobs?”
“Yep, really!” we answered.
SUBHEAD: You probably have Light Green from MCE
You are likely already getting your electricity from Marin Clean Energy (MCE) while still getting your bills, transmission and repairs from PG&E. MCE’s basic Light Green Service offers a 50% renewable source of power for your electricity–twice as much as PG&E’s mix, and cheaper.
SUBHEAD: Why you should move on to Deep Green
The question is, are you signed up for Deep Green?
We think signing up for MCE’s Deep Green 100 percent renewable program is the simplest and most impactful thing we can all do about the climate crisis right now.
Deep Green sign-ups mean MCE will be able to buy more 100 percent renewable wind power for customers’ electricity usage. It costs one penny per kilowatt-hour more than the basic Light Green service, or less than $5 a month for the typical residential customer. For some businesses, Deep Green is cheaper than PG&E.
Here are the top 3 reasons we’re enthusiastic about Deep Green:
1. We reduce our fossil fuel use and become part of the climate crisis solution.
2. We help expand the demand for renewable energy.
3. We support local solar projects–half the Deep Green fees go toward financing start-up costs for local solar projects.
Mainstreet Moms and many community members were in on the ground floor, championing the possibilities for a cleaner electricity provider. We helped fight the major utility companies’ multi-million dollar attempts in California to nix the ability of communities to form local power authorities such as MCE.
Activists at the NYC Climate March reminded us of what a substantial victory folks in Marin County achieved. MCE is going strong with Richmond and Napa joining in, more cities applying, and other counties such as Sonoma County forming their own power authority.
But we at Mainstreet Moms want to push MCE toward its goals faster. That’s why we’re reminding people about MCE’s Deep Green program.
SUBHEAD: Sign up is not automatic: you must act
Sign up is not automatic, so whether you are a full or part-time resident or a business, we urge you to make sure you are signed up for Marin Clean Energy’s Deep Green program. Just call
1-888-632-3674, or go to mcecleanenergy.org
Mainstreet Moms is a volunteer citizen action non-profit, based in West Marin. We meet most Mondays 3-5 pm at the Point Reyes Firehouse.