EBCE Introduced Local Development Business Plan to Board

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.

EBCE Media Contact
Annie Henderson
ahenderson@ebce.org

EBCE PR Contact
Rochelle Germano
R.Germano@circlepoint.com

EBCE to Launch for Commercial Customers in June

Alameda County, CA (April 18, 2018) – East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is one step closer to providing clean electricity to unincorporated Alameda County and eleven of its cities: Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, and Union City. Starting in June, commercial and municipal businesses within the EBCE service area will be automatically enrolled to receive cleaner energy. Residents will be enrolled in November. EBCE will become the electricity provider for the service area, partnering with PG&E for power distribution, customer service, and billing.

EBCE is scheduled to provide more renewable energy than PG&E at lower rates. As the state’s newest Community Choice Energy provider, EBCE is locally governed and its processes are completely transparent, with Board and Community Advisory Committee meetings open to the public. Moreover, EBCE will reinvest earnings back into the communities it serves. This will create local jobs and provide economic benefits to the Alameda County community, while also retaining local involvement in energy choices.

EBCE will provide two services to all customers: Bright Choice and Brilliant 100. The basic service is Bright Choice, which is powered by at least 38% renewable energy and an additional 47% carbon-free energy (together, a total of 85% carbon-free) and offered at a 1.5% discount to the corresponding PG&E rate. Customers may also choose Brilliant 100 service, which provides a 100% carbon-free service for the same cost as the corresponding PG&E rate. EBCE will purchase solar, wind, and small hydroelectric renewable energy, which is all carbon-free, and will purchase large hydroelectric power as supplemental carbon-free energy. Over time, EBCE will increase the amount of renewable energy in its power mix.

“We’re excited to bring this new service to Alameda County,” says Nick Chaset, CEO of EBCE. “Businesses will now be able to power their work with more renewable energy that doesn’t affect their bottom line.”

In an effort to support sustainability goals, commercial customers in Albany and Hayward will be enrolled in Brilliant 100 automatically at the start of service. As leaders against climate change setting the example for their communities, the cities of Albany, Emeryville, Hayward, and Piedmont have placed all of their city’s accounts on Brilliant 100 service.

Some businesses have already chosen to opt up to the Brilliant 100 service, such as Numi Organic Teas.

“EBCE helps Numi Tea to meet our eco-responsibility goals by providing clean power options like Brilliant 100, which provides 100% carbon-free power from renewables and hydro at the same price as PG&E rates,” says Jane Franch. Director of Quality, Sourcing & Sustainability at Numi Organic Tea in Oakland.

Residents have the opportunity to become “Early Adopters”, and enroll in EBCE service prior to automatic enrollment. Spaces are limited and requests to participate as an Early Adopter must be submitted by May 25th.

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 new greener choice for the source of electricity that powers our homes and businesses.

For more information about EBCE, please visit ebce.org

EBCE Media Contact
Annie Henderson
510-640-9681

EBCE PR Contact
Rochelle Germano
510-285-6726

EBCE Released Solicitation for Oakland Clean Energy Initiative

Alameda County, CA (April 13, 2018) – East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is making moves to provide more local clean energy in Alameda County through its solicitation as part of the Oakland Clean Energy Initiative. This initiative, a partnership with PG&E, will use local resources to replace an aging electricity generator in Oakland’s Jack London Square area, which runs on jet fuel, with newer, reliable sources of clean energy. The request for offers will be open until June 15 for providers of distributed energy resources to propose innovative solutions for maintaining local reliability.

EBCE will use this solicitation to source renewable energy and storage capacity locally, while PG&E will focus on ensuring transmission grid reliability.

“This is a first-of-its-kind collaboration to demonstrate that clean and local energy sources can be used effectively to replace dirty fossil fuel generation in our community while ensuring that the lights stay on for our residents and businesses,” said Dan Kalb, EBCE Vice-Chair and Oakland City Councilmember. “We are excited to be part of the solution to climate change while providing direct benefits to the people living in our communities.”

EBCE is dedicated to investing in the community, and this solicitation will further that goal by investing in local jobs and local sources for clean energy. It will also have an immediate impact on helping to clean up local air quality by replacing a dirty power plant with cleaner sources.

“We look forward to beginning a competitive market solicitation process in coordination with East Bay Community Energy,” said Roy Kuga, Vice President of Grid Integration and Innovation for PG&E. “This is a terrific opportunity to find clean-energy resources that both improve our grid’s resilience and help California meet its climate goals.”

EBCE will continue to work with its partners to find additional opportunities to create local jobs and fund renewable energy projects.

“EBCE is excited to launch its first solicitation for long-term clean energy products, and we are developing future solicitations for EBCE to contract for additional clean energy resources on behalf of our growing customer base,” said Nick Chaset, EBCE’s Chief Executive Officer. “It is part of our overall vision to bring lower-carbon energy to our community.”

For more information about this solicitation, visit ebce.org/solicitations.

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, wind, and geothermal. Set to roll-out from June through November 2018, Alameda County residents and businesses will soon have a new greener choice for the source of electricity that powers our homes and businesses.

For more information about EBCE, please visit ebce.org

EBCE Media Contact
Annie Henderson
510-640-9681