EBCE Goes Shopping for Clean Energy

March 12, 2020 No Comments

EBCE is getting greener, as it signs contracts for power from new wind, solar, and energy storage projects in California. In September the EBCE Board approved two contracts for utility-scale solar with storage, totalling 225 MW of solar and 80 MW / 160 MWh of batteries. The new deals bring the total contracted amount up […]

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Full Disclosure: EBCE is Greener

March 12, 2020 No Comments

Because EBCE is publicly-owned and governed, we go the extra mile to be transparent.  This includes mailing cards to our customers featuring our new power content label, disclosing the sources of the electricity we procure on behalf of 550,000 customers in Alameda County. The label is like the nutrition label found on packaged food.  Just […]

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Faces of EBCE: Annie Henderson

March 12, 2020 No Comments

In 2007, Annie Henderson was living in San Diego, running a solar water heater pilot program for the Center for Sustainable Energy.  The program was overseen by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), where her manager was a mid-level staffer named Nick Chaset. Fast forward a decade, and Chaset, now the CEO of the newly-forming […]

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Myth of the month: Gas generators are needed for reliability

March 12, 2020 No Comments

As California moves toward a 100 percent clean power supply, the rapid growth of wind and solar power has many people wondering how a modern, 24-7 society will still have reliable power. After all, wind and solar are only available when the wind is blowing and the sun is shining.   The conventional wisdom is that […]

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EBCE Staff Recognized by Governor’s Office for Electric Vehicle Work

March 12, 2020 No Comments

For going above and beyond to streamline permitting countywide for electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS), the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has recognized EBCE’s Distributed Energy Resources Program Manager Jessie Denver with their first “ZEVe Award”.  Cutting soft costs associated with cumbersome permitting processes is key in accelerating market transformation for charging […]

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News clips

March 12, 2020 No Comments

CCAs Correct Reports of ‘Free Nuclear Energy’ Offering From PG&E Linda Dailey Paulson, California Energy Markets, February 28, 2020 Local news reports that East Bay Community Energy was considering an offer from PG&E for “free” nuclear energy has created some confusion.  It is actually a complex, proposed transaction that only nominally involves generation, parties involved […]

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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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