One of the county’s top energy users will move toward using Marin Clean Energy’s so-called “deep green” option, meaning its electricity will come from 100 percent renewable sources.
The move by the Marin Municipal Water District — to go into effect July 1, 2017 — will cost the district another $200,000 annually on its electricity bill, but officials say the green outcome is worth the cost.
“We want to reduce our greenhouse gas footprint as much as we can,” said Cynthia Koehler, water board president. “And the cost to be green has been coming down. And we use a lot of energy to pump water up all those hills. We are excited about this.”
The district currently is in Marin Clean Energy’s “light green” program, in which half of the agency’s energy is provided by renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, bioenergy, geothermal and small hydroelectric operations.
By going to the deep green program, the water district will be reducing its greenhouse gas emissions by about 2,800 metric tons a year, based on annual electric energy usage of 19.2 million kilowatt hours. That is equal to greenhouse gas emissions from more than 600 passenger vehicles driven for one year.
The water board asked its staff to look into the issue as it moves to be more energy efficient, Koehler said.
“As one of Marin’s largest electricity users, the impact of MMWD going 100 percent renewable is substantial,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of the energy authority. “In addition to the greenhouse gas reductions, half of the premium for deep green will be used to build new solar projects in our service area, boosting our local economy and supporting green-collar jobs.” See the story HERE
Editor's Note: Marin Clean Energy simply buys paper "RECS" and tells customers that they are purchasing green energy when in fact there is NO extra green energy being produced. All electrons in the electrical grid are the same. MCE only has a few solar installations and highly paid staff and consultants.