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December 17, 2020

Press Release

East Bay Community Energy Commits to 100% Clean Energy by 2030

Newly approved policy meets state goal 15 years ahead of schedule

Oakland, CA (December 17, 2020) – Last night, the East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) Board of Directors approved a policy to set a target of providing its nearly 1.7 million East Bay customers with 100% clean power by 2030 - a full 15 years before the state’s energy standard. This policy also recognizes the need for bold action to fight climate change while addressing the needs of our community.

The board action sets EBCE, the local community choice energy provider of electricity for most of Alameda County and soon to include the city of Tracy in San Joaquin County, as one of the largest electricity providers in the country to commit to 100% clean power by 2030[1] - and the largest of other local community choice energy providers that have set similar goals.

Board materials on this topic are available here (PDF).

“By setting itself on an aggressive path to meet 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, East Bay Community Energy is demonstrating that the future can be fully powered by renewable energy. This type of leadership is more critical than ever as we work to decarbonize California's economy and as the United States seeks to re-engage globally on climate action.”

- Angelina Galiteva, California Independent System Operator Board of Governors

“East Bay Community Energy 100% clean energy target by 2030 demonstrates that local communities can boldly lead on climate solutions. As a Berkeley resident, and lifelong Californian, I am proud of my local community choice energy agency for taking this critical step in supporting California’s global clean energy and climate leadership.”

- David Hochschild, California Energy Commissioner

“East Bay Community Energy’s commitment to procuring clean energy has already resulted in contracts for over 500 megawatts of new California wind, solar, and energy storage, and in 2021, EBCE expects to contract for several hundred more megawatts of clean energy. This positions EBCE well to meet its 100% clean energy goals. Through this procurement, EBCE is also focused on bringing the benefits of clean energy - jobs, resiliency, healthy air, and lower costs - to residents and businesses across the East Bay.

- Dan Kalb, Chair of the Board, EBCE; Councilmember for City of Oakland

“East Bay Community Energy’s 100% clean energy goal is the critical underpinning of EBCE’s broad plan to transform the energy systems across the East Bay. From building new wind farms in Altamont Pass to energy storage systems to replace fossil fuel power plants in West Oakland. This commitment, and the investments that come with it, will create good, family-sustaining jobs in our communities while also improving our environment.”

- Dianne Martinez, Vice-Chair, EBCE; Councilmember for City of Emeryville

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About East Bay Community Energy (EBCE)

EBCE is a not-for-profit public agency that operates a Community Choice Energy program for Alameda County and eleven incorporated cities, serving more than 550,000 residential and commercial customers throughout the county. EBCE initiated service in June 2018 and will expand to the cities of Pleasanton, Newark, and Tracy in 2021. As one of 19 community choice aggregation (CCA) programs operating in California, EBCE is part of the movement to expedite the climate action goals of their communities and those of California. EBCE is committed to providing clean power at competitive rates while reinvesting in our local communities. For more information about East Bay Community Energy, visit ebce.org.

CONTACT

Annie Henderson

510-640-9681

ahenderson@ebce.org


[1]https://www.energyandpolicy.org/utilities-carbon-goal-biden-climate-plan/