Alameda County, CA – East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) presented their Local Development Business Plan (LDBP) to the Board of Directors on July 18 for approval. The plan outlines a wide range of investments in local renewable energy, clean transportation and distributed energy resources as well as a framework for accelerating the long-term development of clean energy assets within Alameda County. The plan was developed through dozens of public meetings, focus groups and workshops and includes a series of innovative strategies that seek to encourage local development that benefits disadvantaged communities – including special incentives for rooftop solar systems for low-income customers.
The plan prioritizes local development efforts that will create good, green energy jobs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and deliver low-cost clean energy solutions to all Alameda County residents. The plan includes detailed metrics to measure the ongoing impact of local development and will continue to draw upon the input of the Alameda County community to set investment priorities.
“This Local Development Business Plan represents the beginning of EBCE’s journey to deliver the benefits of clean energy to Alameda County through investments in electric vehicles, solar and more energy efficient buildings” says Nick Chaset, CEO of EBCE.
The LDBP also outlines key opportunities for local power development and a roadmap for maximizing EBCE’s community benefits goals in its early years of existence within the CCA program.
“The LDBP is a start toward community ownership of clean local energy resources, which will ensure the benefits of energy generation — like living wage jobs and a clean environment — benefit some of our most vulnerable community members,” says Anne Olivia Eldred, Chair of the Community Advisory Committee of EBCE.
“We applaud EBCE for prioritizing local renewable energy as it prepares its official launch of services to residents in Alameda County in November. The tools developed in the LDBP are key to long-term operations within EBCE’s service territory,” says EBCE Board Chair & County Supervisor Scott Haggerty.
EBCE holds its board meetings on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. All meetings are open to the public.
About EBCE – East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is a public agency power supplier committed to providing electricity generated from a high percentage of renewable sources such as solar and wind. Set to roll out from June through November 2018, Alameda County residents and businesses will soon have a greener choice for the source of electricity that powers their homes and businesses.
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