EBCE Signs New Power Contracts

July 2, 2019 No Comments

At meetings in June, the EBCE board approved a string of new contracts for solar power, wind power, and battery storage that will help EBCE continue the transition to clean energy. Two of the projects are in Alameda County, and will deliver local jobs and economic benefits as well as clean energy. The awards are […]

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Community Innovation Grant Winners

July 2, 2019 No Comments

EBCE awarded its first round of Community Innovation Grants in June, giving out $240,000 to six local non-profit and community-based organizations. The winning groups proposed projects designed to deliver energy-related social and environmental benefits to residents of Alameda County. Altogether EBCE received twenty-six applications and chose six local groups to get awards.  Because the applications […]

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Faces of EBCE: Howard Chang

July 2, 2019 No Comments

After a five year stint on Wall Street doing investment banking for JP Morgan, EBCE’s chief operating officer Howard Chang came to a crossroads.  “I learned a lot on Wall Street but I didn’t feel personally fulfilled,” he recalls. The booming renewable energy industry offered a chance to align his professional analytical background with a […]

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Myth of the Month: How can CCA rates be lower than Investor Owned Utilities?

July 2, 2019 No Comments

By Nick Chaset, CEO As EBCE rolled out service to 500,000 residential and 50,000 commercial, industrial, and public customers, some wondered how it was possible that we could offer lower rates than PG&E.   Surely PG&E’s great size means it can offer economies of scale?  Surely after 100 years of service PG&E would have streamlined operations […]

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News Clips

July 2, 2019 No Comments

California has too much solar power. That might be good for ratepayers  By Sammy Roth, LA Times, June 5, 2019 In the spring California can have too much power generation, so solar power generators are being curtailed.  But research suggests that throwing away some solar power is cheaper than investing in enough batteries to capture […]

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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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