EPA recognizes Richmond for tapping Marin Clean Energy’s renewable power


The city of Richmond joined Marin County jurisdictions in being recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a “Green Power Community” for using renewable energy from Marin Clean Energy (MCE), Mayor Tom Butt announced Thursday.

Due to joining MCE — a public, nonprofit provider of energy from renewable sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy and hydroelectric — on average  51-percent of Richmond’s total power usage comes from green sources, according to Butt, who sits on MCE’s board of directors.

The city’s residents and businesses used more than 4 million kilowatt hours of green energy in 2014, the EPA report added.

Richmond City Council voted to join MCE on June 19, 2012.  MCE provides an alternative choice to Pacific Gas & Electric Co., and it also encourages energy efficiency measures and local distributed generation, the EPA said.

MCE customers can choose to use Light Green energy, which is 50-percent renewable, Dark Green, which is 100-percent renewable, and Sol Shares, which is 100-percent solar.

“Many Richmond residents, including me, choose Dark Green,” Butt said.

Despite the alternative energy source, PG&E continues to provide electric delivery and power line maintenance services and issue monthly bills.