Green Power Partnership
|Marin Energy Authority|
|Location||San Rafael, CA|
|Organization Type||Govt. (Local, Municipal)|
|Percentage Green Power||34.4%|
|Percent of Green Power Use Third-Party Certified (excluding On-site)||12%|
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Marin Clean Energy is a program of the Marin Energy Authority (MEA) which procures electricity and provides it competitively to customers within the MEA jurisdiction. Marin Clean Energy provides two unique energy supply options to its customers, which contain 27 percent and 100 percent renewable energy, respectively. In 2006 California passed Assembly Bill 32 (AB32) known as the Global Warming Solutions Act, requiring communities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. This translates to a 25 percent reduction by 2020 for Marin County. Following the passage of AB32, Marin County conducted a county-wide survey in 2007 which identified public priorities. Ninety percent of respondents said that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is important to them. Seventy-four percent said they would be willing to pay the same or up to five percent more for a mix of green, renewable energy from the County, and fifty-eight percent were willing to pay ten percent more. To address these community priorities and to help Marin County meet their AB32 mandates, Marin Clean Energy was implemented. In fact, MCE is expected to achieve two-thirds of Marin’s AB32 compliance requirements with a 17 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. “By flipping the switch on Marin Clean Energy, we’re showing that local communities can have a meaningful role in deciding where their energy comes from. Programs like Marin Clean Energy will help Marin County and California make meaningful progress toward reducing our dependence on fossil fuels, reducing greenhouse gases and promoting the expansion of renewable energy sources while still ensuring customers get the reliable service they expect. This is our best opportunity to make a significant difference for both our local economy and the environment”, said Charles McGlashan, chairman of the Marin Energy Authority.