Lafayette offers cleaner energy options

September 27, 2016 by  

Marin Clean Energy (MCE) has been using various mailing services to let the residents of Lafayette know of a new program that will enable them to choose the source of their electricity.

As of this month, residents who are customers of Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) are able to have their power supplied from more renewable sources such as hydroelectric, wind, solar, and geothermal. PG&E and MCE are partnering on this effort, with MCE generating the electricity, and PG&E delivering the electricity and billing for it.

Staff members of the city and an employee of MCE are available at the Lafayette city offices should residents have any questions about the new program.

Once the program starts, the Light Green 50% renewable energy service provided by MCE will be rolled out to all Lafayette customers. They then have a choice to upgrade to Deep Green 100% renewable energy or solar energy that is entirely locally produced. Residents can also remain with the standard power provided by PG&E, which has 30%renewable content. In terms of cost, there would be a $5 increase per month for those that choose Deep Green power.

According to director of public affairs for MCE, Jamie Tuckey, it is important that people are thoroughly informed about the new program. Often, they do not realize the impact their choice of electricity source will have on the environment and their wallets, Tuckey says.