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

Albany is Going Green

with 100% Renewable Energy

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Your service changed to 100% California wind and solar power in January 2022.

In order to offer Albany businesses and residents cleaner energy, and to help the City of Albany achieve its Climate Action Plan goals, the Albany City Council voted to join East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in November 2016. EBCE began serving residential, business, and municipal electricity customers throughout Albany in 2018. Until July 2020, customers in Albany were automatically placed on EBCE’s Brilliant 100 service, which offered customers 100% carbon-free electricity at the same price as PG&E. Brilliant 100 service is no longer offered as of January 2022.

Transitioning to 100% California Wind and Solar Energy

In June 2021, the Albany City Council voted to set the default electricity option for Albany residents to EBCE’s Renewable 100 service starting in January 2022. Renewable 100 service is sourced from California wind and solar facilities, including a new wind farm in Livermore. Renewable 100 costs an additional 3/4 cent per kilowatt-hour above PG&E rates. That’s about $4 more per month for a typical Albany home and varies more widely for businesses based on amount of power used. Your participation is helping EBCE move toward 100% carbon-free electricity for all customers by 2030.

Accounts started before July 1, 2020

Customer TypeDefault serviceNew service starting January 2022 (no action needed)Choose a different service (action needed)
Residential standardBrilliant 100Renewable 100Choose Bright Choice
Residential with CARE, FERA, or Medical BaselineBrilliant 100Bright ChoiceChoose Renewable 100
CommercialBrilliant 100Renewable 100Choose Bright Choice

Account started after July 1, 2020

Customer TypeDefault ServiceNew service starting January 2022 (no action needed)Choose a different service (action needed)
Residential standardBright ChoiceRenewable 100Choose Bright Choice
Residential with CARE, FERA or Medical BaselineBright ChoiceBright ChoiceChoose Renewable 100
CommercialBright ChoiceRenewable 100Choose Bright Choice

Your Choices

EBCE also offers their Bright Choice service, which is priced 3% below PG&E rates. Customers who prefer to power their home or business with Bright Choice are welcome to do so, by clicking on Choose Bright Choice below. Customers who are on CARE, FERA, and/or Medical Baseline programs will default to Bright Choice service automatically, but can still choose Renewable 100. Customers can change their EBCE service or return to PG&E service anytime.

EBCE and the City of Albany sent notices in December 2021 and January 2022 to your PG&E billing address, and an email to customers who have an email address on file with PG&E, containing information about this service transition. To learn more about your electric service choices, please visit or or contact EBCE’s call center at 1-833-699-EBCE (3223) during business hours (9 am - 5 pm on weekdays).

More Information

EBCE hosted a series of webinars to review the basics about our service, and answered any questions. These webinars were recorded.