EBCE Repays $4.7 Million Startup Loan from Alameda County

May 29, 2019 No Comments

After only eight months of operation, EBCE fully repaid its advance of start-up funding from Alameda County in the amount of $4.7 million. County Supervisor and EBCE Board Chair, Scott Haggerty, a champion of EBCE since its inception, says “We’ve worked for many years on this effort to provide cleaner power to our local communities. […]

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Faces of EBCE: Dianne Martinez

May 29, 2019 No Comments

Dianne Martinez has come a long way in her career.  Recently re-elected to the Emeryville City Council, she served as mayor in 2016 and sits on the boards of East Bay Community Energy and StopWaste, which fights solid waste, food waste, and energy waste in Alameda County. But not so long ago she was a […]

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Going Local

May 29, 2019 No Comments

Every day is Earth Day for EBCE. Or at least it feels that way, as the EBCE outreach team has been making the rounds for nearly every Earth Day event in the East Bay, plus the Oakland marathon, beach cleanups, and other events.  EBCE has even sponsored three Little League teams. In April and early […]

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Myth of the Month: The Adequacy of “Resource Adequacy”

May 29, 2019 No Comments

To ensure reliable operation of the grid, EBCE and other energy suppliers buy two main products: energy and resource adequacy, or RA. The energy is the kilowatt-hours that run your Instant Pot, while resource adequacy is the ability to provide reliable service at all times. There is a myth that community choice aggregators like EBCE […]

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EBCE Starts Service to Solar Customers

May 29, 2019 No Comments

East Bay Community Energy aims to deliver clean, renewable energy to our customers at a competitive rate with a focus on local benefits. Put those goals together and you get Net Energy Metering (NEM), the rate policy that encourages businesses and homeowners to generate their own power. Any form of renewable energy is eligible, though […]

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News Clips (April-May)

May 29, 2019 No Comments

Renewable procurement gaps pose risk for California’s climate goals, but what solution is best?  By Herman Trabish, Utility Dive, April 15, 2019 The state’s massive renewable resource portfolio has gaps in it that threaten the reliable delivery of electricity, according to a proposed decision in the CPUC integrated resource planning docket. The decision opens a “procurement […]

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Redefining Disadvantaged Communities

March 8, 2019 No Comments

Deidre Sanders, PhD Director of Government and Community Affairs California is a highly diverse state, with some of the wealthiest communities in the country.  At the same time, California also has the highest level of poverty in the nation, according to the California Budget and Policy Center. This disparity has helped feed a misperception that […]

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EBCE Goes On Tour to Meet the Community

March 8, 2019 No Comments

Though EBCE started service to all residential customers in November, and to commercial, industrial, and public customers five months earlier, many customers are still learning about the switchover from PG&E to EBCE. To let people know about the switch, EBCE is doing intensive outreach and education through a combination of advertising and events, in multiple […]

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Faces of EBCE: Kelly Birdwell Brezovec

March 8, 2019 No Comments

EBCE started service to half a million East Bay residential customers last fall, but for some the change didn’t sink in until they saw their utility bills.  The calls and emails started coming in, and EBCE was ready to respond. “The questions we get most often are ‘who are you, and why is EBCE on […]

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Big Data Means More Efficient, More Effective Service

March 8, 2019 No Comments

Thanks to the massive investment in smart electric meters made by the state over the last decade, utilities collect a steady and granular stream of consumption data from customers.  EBCE is no exception, receiving data from 500,000 residential meters on an hourly basis and 50,000 commercial and industrial meters every 15 minutes. That adds up […]

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