Important Update

Albany, Dublin, Hayward, and Pleasanton are changing their default service plans to Renewable 100 in January.

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Berkeley is Going Green

with 100% Renewable Energy

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Your service will change to 100% California wind and solar power in 2022.

In order to offer Berkeley businesses and residents cleaner energy, and to help the City of Berkeley achieve its Climate Action Plan goals, the Berkeley City Council voted to join East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in November 2016. EBCE began serving residential, business, and municipal electricity customers throughout Berkeley in 2018. Customers in Berkeley were automatically placed on EBCE’s Bright Choice service, which offers customers at least 5% more renewable energy than PG&E’s power at rates 1% below PG&E.

Transitioning to 100% California Wind and Solar Energy

In June 2021, the Berkeley City Council voted to set the default electricity option for Berkeley residents to EBCE’s Renewable 100 service starting in March 2022 and for commercial customers starting in October 2022. Renewable 100 service is sourced from California wind and solar facilities, including a new wind farm in Livermore. Renewable 100 costs an additional 1 cent per kilowatt-hour above PG&E rates. That’s about $5 more per month for a typical Berkeley home. Your participation is helping EBCE move toward 100% carbon-free electricity for all customers by 2030.

Customer TypeDefault service in 2021Default service in 2022 (no action needed)Choose a different service (action needed to choose)
Residential standardBright ChoiceRenewable 100 (starting in March 2022)Remain on Bright Choice
Residential with CARE, FERA, or Medical BaselineBright ChoiceBright ChoiceChoose Renewable 100
CommercialBright ChoiceRenewable 100 (starting in October 2022)Remain on Bright Choice

Your Choices

EBCE also offers their Bright Choice service, which is priced 1% below PG&E rates and is 5% more renewable energy than PG&E’s power. Customers who prefer to power their home or business with Bright Choice are welcome to do so, by choosing to Remain on Bright Choice. Take action by February 22, 2022,if you prefer to avoid automatic enrollment in Renewable 100. Customers who participate in CARE, FERA, and Medical Baseline programs will remain on 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 Berkeley will send notices in March and April 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 ebce.org/compare-plans-residential/ or ebce.org/compare-plans-business/ or contact EBCE’s call center at 1-833-699-EBCE (3223) during business hours (9 am - 5 pm on weekdays).

More Information

EBCE will be hosting a series of webinars to review the basics about our service, and to answer any questions you have.

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