The Future of Buildings Is Electric

October 8, 2019 No Comments

JP Ross speaks at an electrification forum in Berkeley, April 2019 California cities, including EBCE members, are pursuing aggressive decarbonization goals to help fight climate change.  A big part of that is replacing natural gas use with low-carbon electricity in buildings. “If we are burning fuels in buildings and vehicles, we won’t solve climate change,” […]

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Power Shutoffs to Prevent Wildfires Put a Premium on Energy Resilience

October 8, 2019 No Comments

Photo by evdropkick, Flickr CC. Over the last two years, wildfires have decimated some California communities and killed dozens of people. Some of the fires were started by power lines touching trees or dropping sparks onto dry grass.  As a result, utilities are increasing the use of “public safety power shutoffs,” shutting off high voltage […]

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Faces of EBCE: Dan Kalb

October 8, 2019 No Comments

Dan Kalb counts himself as an early supporter of community choice energy. Kalb has represented District 1 (North Oakland) on the Oakland City Council since 2013, and was recently chosen by his colleagues to be the Council’s President Pro Tempore. He also serves as the new Chair of the Board of Directors for East Bay […]

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Myth of the Month: Cleaning Up the Power System Means Solving Global Warming

October 8, 2019 No Comments

Every day brings news of solar and wind power getting cheaper.  Coal has fallen from half of US power supply to less than a third in the past decade.  Emissions are plummeting in the power sector, helping in the fight against global warming. California has been leading the transition, cutting power sector carbon emissions in […]

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Data Corner: Getting To Know Our Customers, Statistically

October 8, 2019 No Comments

Photo by NASA EBCE is stepping up its big data game, to better understand and serve the needs of our customers.  We are now digging into residential load data as a first step in better focusing energy efficiency efforts. EBCE has invested in a powerful database that enables administrators and implementers of energy efficiency, demand […]

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News Clips

October 8, 2019 No Comments

Here Comes the Sun: Oakland Turns to Solar to Meet Peak Energy Demand By Laurel Sheppard, Triple Pundit, July 25, 2019 The jet-fueled peaker plant at Jack London Square is getting replaced by clean distributed energy, cutting emissions. Oakland Clean Energy Initiative to Replace Dirty Jack London Square Power Plant By Jean Tepperman, East Bay […]

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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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