May 27, 2020

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News Clips

A Better Way: The Emergence of Community Choice Aggregation in California (PDF)

Kroll Bond Rating Agency, March 18, 2020

A new report from the Kroll Bond Rating Agency finds that CCAs offer a “clear and compelling” value proposition for California consumers. Kroll believes that well-run CCAs “can achieve strong investment grade ratings through an asset-light and community-centric business model that provides clean, competitively priced power to residents.”

Local Energy Production Builds Resiliency in the Bay Area — Episode 101 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Institute for Local Self Reliance, April 8, 2020

EBCE’s Jessie Denver is interviewed on how EBCE is promoting distributed energy resources to prepare communities for disaster — and increase resilience after it hits.

Vistra’s Oakland Battery Will Have Two Customers, Suggesting New Path for Storage Market

Julian Spector, Greentech Media, April 17, 2020

The Oakland Clean Energy Initiative is replacing an old jet-fueled peaking plant with clean batteries. A partnership between PG&E and EBCE has made it financially viable. “Providing either resource adequacy to EBCE or a non-wires solution to PG&E may not have been bankable, but by contracting with both entities, both problems get solved and the system is fully recognized for its value.”

PG&E proposes lithium-ion battery projects to replace Oakland fossil fuel plant

Kavya Balaraman, Utility Dive, April 16, 2020

The application for the battery systems at Jack London Square was filed with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The initiative is a first-of-its-kind utility-CCA collaboration. Howard Chang, chief operating officer at EBCE, said “The ball is really in CPUC’s court to approve those contracts with PG&E.”

How Bay Area “Community Choice” energy programs are supporting us during COVID-19

Josh Lee, Sierra Club blog, April 27, 2020

The local Sierra Club collected the responses to COVID-19 of local Bay Area Community Choice energy providers — EBCE, MCE, and CleanPowerSF. “In responding to COVID-19, we need to be working to make a down payment on a regenerative economy, and our local Community Choice energy programs have shown themselves to be leaders in modeling the compassionate future we need to build together.”

Using More Power at Home Means Higher Bills. Here Are Financial Programs That Can Help

Kevin Stark, KQED, May 7, 2020

As customers stay home, their utility bills are rising. And since many are losing their jobs, power providers like EBCE are working to help customers manage their power bills. “We’re seeing customers delay or be unable to pay their bill,” says EBCE CEO Nick Chaset. “We are just at the beginning. There are some customers who are never going to be able to catch up.”