Bright Choice rates now 3% below PG&E

We've increased the discount for Bright Choice, lowered the premium for Renewable 100, and have a lot more exciting budget news.

Learn more about EBCE's 2022-2023 budget

Our Response to COVID-19

Man delivering a package of food with a mask and gloves on for social distancing

The coronavirus has been having a profound impact on our everyday lives and is taking an economic toll on residents and businesses throughout Alameda County. EBCE has made addressing this crisis a top priority. We have taken several actions to help our community during the COVID-19 crisis, including donating to local COVID-19 relief efforts through direct contributions and community grants.

Learn how EBCE is supporting local community grant funds

Learn how EBCE is donating to local food banks & food aids

Learn how EBCE is contributing to local COVID relief funds and recovery efforts

Learn how EBCE is supporting local medical and healthcare organizations

Learn how EBCE is offering Flexible Bill Repayment Options

Click here to see a contribution breakdown table

$2.2 Million

EBCE contributions to local organizations for COVID-19 relief

People getting COVID tests at an outdoor testing station

Supporting local community grant funds

$1,100,000 total donated to date

To ensure that these funds are reaching every part of our jurisdiction, EBCE's Board allocated an initial $1.1 million split proportionally across our service area. Contributions were provided to funds in every city we serve, and recipients included Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund, Fremont Family Resource Center, Hayward Community Relief Fund, and Alameda County COVID-19 Disaster Relief Emergency Fund/Disaster Relief Recovery Fund.

Donating to local foodbanks & food aids

$175,000 total donated to date

EBCE has issued grants to local support programs at Alameda County Community Food Bank and Meals on Wheels of Alameda County, among others. EBCE encourages companies, organizations, and individuals who are able to do so to also make contributions to local businesses and support programs. With this funding, EBCE launched a corporate match program for donations that more than doubled EBCE’s contribution. See this press release for a list of generous donors.

Contributing to local community efforts

$649,000 total donated to date

There is so much good charitable work happening throughout the East Bay, and we wanted to support that in the form of community grants. EBCE issued a series of solicitations to provide small grants to community-based organizations (CBOs) serving residents and/or businesses in EBCE’s service area. Specifically, EBCE sought to help those who have been impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis. The results can be found here:

Supporting local medical and healthcare organizations

$245,000 total donated to date

During a pandemic, staying healthy is the top priority, and supporting our frontline healthcare workers is critical to making that happen. EBCE carved out funds to donate to local hospitals and healthcare facilities throughout our service area.

Offering flexible bill repayment options

EBCE has suspended the return of non-paying customers back to PG&E service and is suspending collections activities. While EBCE does not ever shut off power to customers, during normal operations — after providing notices and a grace period to non-paying customers — EBCE eventually returns these customers back to PG&E service. Currently, all of EBCE’s collections and customer return activities have been suspended. EBCE is also working to implement flexible payment plans for customers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

Information & Updates

We will be updating this page as the COVID pandemic continues to up-to-date efforts to help our community. For more information or details, please contact Dan Lieberman at

How to help

Our Contribution Breakdown

Berkeley Relief FundBerkeley$79,000City Relief Fund
Hayward Community Relief FundHayward$126,500City Relief Fund
Oakland COVID-19 Relief FundOakland$278,500City Relief Fund
Alameda County COVID-19 Disaster Relief Fund/Disaster Relief Recovery FundAlameda County$88,500City Relief Fund
Livermore: Support for CityServe Tri-Valley, Open Heart Kitchen, and Tri-Valley Haven Shelf/Food PantryLivermore$79,000City Relief Fund
San Leandro: City of San Leandro COVID-19 Relief EffortsSan Leandro$79,000City Relief Fund
Fremont Family Resource CenterFremont$193,000City Relief Fund
Dublin: City of Dublin COVID-19 Relief EffortsDublin$50,000City Relief Fund
Newark: Newark Food Box Distribution EffortsNewark$5,000City Relief Fund
Pleasanton: Operations of the COVID-19 Testing Center at the County FairgroundsPleasanton$5,000City Relief Fund
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital OaklandOakland$25,000Healthcare Organization
St. Rose Hospital (Hayward)Hayward$15,000Healthcare Organization
Alameda County Health System FoundationAlameda County$90,000Healthcare Organization
Axis Health (Pleasanton)Pleasanton$10,000Healthcare Organization
Abode ServicesFremont$10,000Community Organization
Adamika VillageOakland$10,000Community Organization
Building Opportunities for Self-Sufficiency (BOSS)Berkeley$20,000Community Organization
Center for Elders’ IndependenceOakland$10,000Community Organization
Cornerstone Community Development CorporationSan Leandro$10,000Community Organization
Covenant House CaliforniaOakland$10,000Community Organization
Daily BowlUnion City$10,000Community Organization
East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC)Oakland$10,000Community Organization
East Oakland Grocery CoopOakland$10,000Community Organization
Eden HousingHayward$10,000Community Organization
Eden I&RHayward$10,000Community Organization
First Presbyterian Church of HaywardCastro Valley$10,000Community Organization
Fremont Family Resource Center CorporationFremont$10,000Community Organization
Healthy Black Families, IncBerkeley$10,000Community Organization
Mandela PartnersOakland$10,000Community Organization
NorCal Resilience NetworkOakland/Berkeley$10,000Community Organization
Pacific Center for Human GrowthBerkeley$10,000Community Organization
Street Level Health ProjectOakland$10,000Community Organization
Sunflower HillLivermore$10,000Community Organization
The Davis Street Community CenterSan Leandro$10,000Community Organization
Bay Area Community HealthFremont$10,000Community Organization
Tri-Valley Haven for Women (TVH)Livermore$10,000Community Organization
Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN)Oakland$5,000Community Organization
Bay Area Community Services (BACS)Oakland$5,000Community Organization
Centerville Free Dining RoomFremont$5,000Community Organization
Centro Legal De la RazaOakland$5,000Community Organization
Choices for FreedomOakland$5,000Community Organization
City Slicker FarmsOakland$5,000Community Organization
Creating New HopeBay Area$5,000Community Organization
Drivers for SurvivorsFremont$5,000Community Organization
East Bay Agency for ChildrenOakland$5,000Community Organization
East Bay FeedEREast Bay$5,000Community Organization
Easterseals Northern CaliforniaOakland$5,000Community Organization
Eden Area Interfaith CouncilHayward$5,000Community Organization
Healthy Communities, Inc/Healthy OaklandOakland$5,000Community Organization
HivelySan Leandro$5,000Community Organization
Jewish Family and Community Services East BayBerkeley$5,000Community Organization
LifeLong Medical CareBerkeley$5,000Community Organization
Local Ecology and Agriculture Fremont (LEAF)Fremont$5,000Community Organization
Mercy Retirement & Care Center’s Mercy Brown Bag ProgramOakland$5,000Community Organization
Mujeres Unidas y ActivasOakland$5,000Community Organization
Oakland Communities United for Equity & Justice – Self-Help Hunger ProgramOakland$5,000Community Organization
Partners for Change Tri-ValleyLivermore$5,000Community Organization
Prospera Community DevelopmentOakland$5,000Community Organization
Re-plate, IncOakland$5,000Community Organization
Safe Alternatives to Violent EnvironmentsFremont$5,000Community Organization
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda CountyOakland$5,000Community Organization
Spectrum Community ServicesHayward$5,000Community Organization
St. Mary’s CenterOakland$5,000Community Organization
The Berkeley Food NetworkBerkeley$5,000Community Organization
Arsola’s Distribution Center and Community ServicesOakland$10,000Community Organization
CityServe of the Tri-ValleyPleasanton$10,000Community Organization
Downtown Streets TeamHayward$10,000Community Organization
Eden United Church of ChristHayward$10,000Community Organization
Family Resource NavigatorsSan Leandro$10,000Community Organization
Fred Finch Youth & Family ServicesOakland$10,000Community Organization
Global Communication Education & Art (GCEA)Oakland$10,000Community Organization
Kitchen to Ward (Affiliated to E Biz Solutions Inc.)Bay Area$10,000Community Organization
La Clinica de La Raza, IncOakland$10,000Community Organization
Owning My Own Truth Inc.Oakland$10,000Community Organization
San Leandro Boys & Girls ClubSan Leandro$10,000Community Organization
Senior Support ProgramPleasanton$10,000Community Organization
Sister to Sister 2, Inc. dba Serenity HouseOakland$10,000Community Organization
Tiburcio Vasquez Health CenterHayward$10,000Community Organization
Tri-City Volunteers Food Bank and Thrift StoreFremont$10,000Community Organization
Tri-Valley Haven for WomenLivermore$10,000Community Organization
Trybe Inc.Oakland$10,000Community Organization
Viola Blythe Community Service CenterNewark$10,000Community Organization
Children’s Hospital OaklandOakland$50,000Healthcare Organization
Meals on Wheels Alameda CountyAlameda County$85,000Food Security
Alameda County FoodbankOakland$85,000Food Security
Washington Hospital (Fremont)Fremont$15,000Healthcare Organization
St Rose’s Hospital (Hayward)Hayward$15,000Healthcare Organization
Axis Community Health (Livermore)Livermore$15,000Healthcare Organization
To be determined food bank in Tracy selected in consultation with cityTracy$5,000Food Security
GRID AlternativesOakland$33,000Community Organization
Cypress MandelaOakland$33,000Community Organization
Tri-Valley Career Center at Chabot-Las Positas Community College District (TVCC)Dublin$33,000Community Organization