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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In the News

March 8, 2019 No Comments

PG&E BANKRUPTCY MAY NOT AFFECT COMMUNITY CHOICE POWER, Ron McNicoll, The Independent, January 24, 2019 PG&E’s bankruptcy is likely to have “no meaningful impact on our program,” according to EBCE CEO Nick Chaset.  The CalCCA said that CCA’s are “closely monitoring any developments related to PG&E’s financial situation and are in the process of evaluating potential […]

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EBCE Launches With Half a Million Customers

January 7, 2019 No Comments

EBCE set a record when it started serving 500,000 residential customers in Alameda county in November, making it — at least temporarily — the largest community choice aggregator (CCA) in California. (Clean Power Alliance in Southern California will take that mantle in early 2019 when they launch.) The switchover itself set a record — the […]

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Myth of the Month: CCAs don’t sign long-term RE contracts

January 7, 2019 No Comments

In this new feature, we explore myths around community choice aggregation. If you have a suggestion for myth of the month, send it to info@ebce.org. As community choice aggregation (CCA) ramps up around the state, a myth has taken hold that CCAs are not signing contracts for new energy supply. But new data released shows […]

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Faces of EBCE: Scott Haggerty

January 7, 2019 No Comments

About ten years ago, Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty was sitting at a board meeting for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District when he first heard the concept of community choice aggregation. Marin Clean Energy was getting ready to launch, helped along by a planning grant from BAAQMD. “The thought of sustainable energy at […]

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EBCE Runs Demand Response Pilot Program

January 7, 2019 No Comments

EBCE executed its first demand response pilot program this summer, paying out over $100,000 to customers that cut demand during peak periods. The program was modeled on existing peak pricing demand response programs, where customers respond to notifications of “peak day events,” or hours of expected high demand with high spot market power prices and […]

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In the News

January 7, 2019 No Comments

WHY DOES YOUR DECEMBER ELECTRICITY BILL LOOK DIFFERENT?, Berkeleyside, December 11 Some Berkeley residents were puzzled when they opened their electric bills this month, noticing a new “East Bay Community Energy” charge. Unless they opted out, Berkeley ratepayers were automatically switched over to a new electricity provider in November. EBCE is run by Alameda County, […]

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