April 13,2018

Press Release

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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