Bright Choice rates now 3% below PG&E

We've increased the discount for Bright Choice, lowered the premium for Renewable 100, and have a lot more exciting budget news.

Learn more about EBCE's 2022-2023 budget

The East Bay’s public power agency

Five employees from the the EBCE team posing in front of a wind turbine with hard hats and sunglasses on.

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) exists to provide more renewable energy at competitive rates to our customers.

We reinvest the earnings back into the community to create local green energy jobs, local programs, and clean power projects. We supply electricity to all accounts (residential, business, and municipal) and PG&E delivers it to you.

In 2018, the County of Alameda and 11 of its cities launched EBCE as a not-for-profit public agency that governs this Community Choice Energy service. The Joint Power Agency expanded in 2021. The cities currently served are: Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Tracy, and Union City. The unincorporated areas of Alameda County (including Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, San Lorenzo, and Sunol) are also served by EBCE.

Processes and decisions are completely transparent, with Board and Community Advisory Committee meetings open to the public. EBCE also has a local team to run day-to-day operations and provide customer support to residents and businesses.

95%

EBCE’s operations are remarkably efficient: our team of 30 runs a $400 million per year operation, with 95% of our annual budget spent on power procurement.

New Altamont wind center

Our Community Impact

EBCE provides greener power at low rates. As a public agency, we do not have shareholders, so we use any excess revenue to run local programs.

Our Environmental Impact

EBCE buys power mainly from clean sources like wind, solar, and hydropower. EBCE's Board of Directors established the goal of purchasing 100% clean power for all customers by 2030 — a full 15 years before the state's goal date.

84.8% Bright Choice, 14.4% Brilliant 100, 0.8% Renewable 100.
  • 5,874,349 MWh
    sold in 2020
  • 700 MW
    of wind and solar contracted to be built for EBCE customers
  • 15%
    of customers are on Renewable 100

How it works

1

EBCE buys clean power

EBCE buys from, and is building, clean power plants. EBCE sells the power to customers at low rates.

Windmills and solar panels collecting power from the wind and sun.

2

PG&E delivers the power

EBCE’s power is delivered to customers by PG&E. Customers pay PG&E for power delivery as they always have.

Windmills sending power to the power lines.

3

You get the power and all the benefits

You benefit from cleaner energy, low rates, local governance, and innovative programs.

Clean power running to homes like yours.

Local Benefits

Competitive Rates

EBCE’s Bright Choice is priced slightly below PG&E rates (including all fees) so customer bills are lower than what they would have been with PG&E generation service.

Stable Rates

EBCE has already signed long-term contracts for wind, solar, and battery storage at low, stable rates and will pass those savings on to our customers.

Local Investments

EBCE is offering our own local energy programs to help customers install clean energy technologies, and also investing dollars directly in the community through grants and sponsorships.