Community Choice Energy

Walnut Creek Joins Clean Energy Program MCE

To address climate change and implement its Climate Action Plan, the City of Walnut Creek has joined MCE to offer residents and businesses additional electric energy choices.

MCE is a public, not-for-profit electricity provider offering a Community Choice Energy program that enables the City to partner with other local governments to purchase cleaner electricity for Walnut Creek residents and businesses. MCE gives consumers more options for their electricity provider, competitive rates, and cleaner energy.

Community Choice Energy is a hybrid approach between private investor-owned utilities and public municipal utilities that was approved by the California legislature through AB 117 in 2002. Since September 2016, MCE has become the default electricity provider. PG&E continues to be responsible for transmitting and distributing electricity through the grid, maintaining infrastructure, billing customers, and providing customer services. Learn more about MCE by visiting MCE's website or calling 1 (888) 632-3674.

 

           

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Cost

MCE's goal is to have rates that are competitive with PG&E. Rates are approved by MCE's Board of Directors, made up of a representative from each participating City and County. Check MCE's and PG&E's websites for the most up-to-date rates. MCE's website has a residential and commercial sample cost comparison.

Discount Customers

CARE, FERA, and Medical Baseline customers are unaffected by enrollment; these customers automatically receive the same discount with MCE as they would with PG&E.  Contact PG&E and MCE for more information about how overall rates compare.

Solar

Customers with rooftop solar, or who are interested in going solar, can learn more about MCE's solar Net Energy Metering policy, rates, and incentives here. For detailed questions about solar rates or Time of Use rates, please call MCE's call center at 1 (888) 632-3674.

Billing

PG&E will still send your monthly bill, but instead of one fee that combines both your electric delivery fees and electric generation fees, your bill will show separate charges – one for PG&E electric delivery and one for MCE electric generation. MCE’s generation rates will simply replace PG&E’s generation rates; they are not an added fee.

Comparison of Renewable Energy Options


PG&E (Status Quo)
PG&E Solar choice 50%
PG&E solar choice 100%
MCE Light Green
MCE Deep Green
MCE Local Sol
How to Participate

Opt-out

1. Opt-out of MCE

 

2. Sign-up for Solar Choice PG&E

1. Opt-out of MCE

 

2. Sign-up for Solar Choice PG&E

MCE Default. No action required.
Opt-up Opt-up
Renewable Energy (%)
30% 50% 100% 52%
100%
100%

 

 Unincorporated Walnut Creek

Contra Costa's Board of Supervisors voted on March 15, 2016, in favor of moving ahead with studying the potential for a local Contra Costa County Community Choice Energy program. Residents and businesses in unincorporated areas are still receiving electricity from PG&E. If you live in unincorporated Walnut Creek, you will not be a member of MCE unless the County chooses to join MCE. If the County creates its own Community Choice Energy program in the future, you would join that program. Learn more about the County's study.

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Why am I automatically enrolled in MCE if I don't opt out?

  • Is there a fee for opting out of MCE?

  • Can I return to MCE after I opt out?

  • Are there any time restrictions on my ability to opt out?

  • How do I opt out?

  • Do I have to participate in MCE?