Sign up for Deep Green one hundred percent renewable energy

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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.

 

 

 

 

Community plans for a new Dance Palace era

By Teri Mattson
Dinner and a movie started a new era of community outreach by the Dance Palace. Monday night the Dance Palace Community Center staff and board served a room full of concerned citizens soup and salad followed by the John Korty short film, A Dance Collage. Billed as a town hall, the event officially introduced interim executive director Louise Franklin to West Marin. Among many tasks, Louise’s role includes transitioning the Dance Palace’s presence in the community as well as assisting in the search for a full-time executive director.
Opening comments by board president Ann Emanuels shared the success of the fall 2014 Fundraiser, which as of January 26, raised $91,000. Ann further emphasized that the annual Dance Palace budget requires $51,000 just to open the doors, turn on the lights and maintain the grounds of the facility. Additionally, a community center once the recipient of heavy local government funding, now receives less than 2 percent of its revenue from the County of Marin.
With an implicit focus on finances, the town hall format allowed for the introduction of the Dance Palace’s 2014-2017 Strategic Plan. Community commentary and participation followed with the formation of breakout groups. The plan, created in early 2014 by Dance Palace board members and staff, contains four specific Pillars and Goals: fundraising, marketing/public relations, facilities and community access. Individual board members presented and defined each goal. The four subsequent break-out groups, one representing each pillar, allowed for audience members to brainstorm and directly participate in guiding the Dance Palace’s future. The top three suggestions from each group move to the Board of Directors for consideration and potential implementation.
Enthusiasm filled the auditorium as long-term residents once again felt their voices heard by an institution recently mute. Noticeably missing from Monday night’s conversation were community members under age 40, Latino residents, and those owning vacation homes. Regional demographic and funding changes weigh heavy on a board and community as the Dance Palace prepares for a reinvigorated role in West Marin. A dynamic and visionary Strategic Plan complimented by a strong Dance Palace/community relationship helps chart the course. Monday evening’s town hall reset that relationship.

 
Community input
In support of that goal, breakout groups comprised of the audience brainstormed