Power Mix

At EBCE, providing cleaner, greener energy at lower rates to our customers is a top priority. Buying your electricity from EBCE is a simple way to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and meet our community climate action goals. EBCE launched service in June 2018 with an ambitious power mix goal with higher percentages of renewable energy than PG&E. We also offer services for customers who want to double-down for the environment and purchase 100% carbon-free energy (Brilliant 100) or 100% renewable energy (Renewable 100).

EBCE is also investing in efforts to create more local sources of renewable energy. This will not only help create local jobs, but help us build a more sustainable future for our communities. But how much of your electricity will come from these sources? What do words like carbon-free and renewable mean?

Here are some commonly used terms:

  • Carbon-free energy – Carbon-free energy refers to energy that, when generated, creates no carbon emissions. Carbon dioxide, which is primarily produced by the burning of fossil fuels for electricity and transportation, is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases1. At EBCE, carbon-free energy comes from large hydropower sources.
  • Renewable energy – Renewable energy is energy that comes from resources that are naturally replenished, create no carbon emissions, and include small hydroelectric, solar, wind, biomass, biowaste, and geothermal sources. At EBCE, renewable energy comes from solar and wind sources.

How much clean and renewable electricity does EBCE provide?
East Bay Community Energy purchases both carbon-free and renewable electricity on behalf of our customers. Each electricity service has a different percentage of carbon-free and renewable energy.

EBCE Bright Choice
Bright Choice is at least 38% renewable and an additional 47% carbon-free
EBCE Brilliant 100
Brilliant 100 is at least 40% renewable and an additional 60% carbon-free
EBCE Renewable 100 logo
Renewable 100 is 100% renewable energy from California wind and solar

EBCE procures power on an on-going basis. The below table is EBCE’s actual power mix from 2018.

Electric Power Generation Mix for 2018*

Percent of Total Retail Sales (kWh)
Specific Purchases East Bay Community Energy PG&E PG&E Solar
Choice

Bright

Choice

Brilliant

100

Renewable

100

Renewable

       • Biomass & Biowaste

       • Geothermal

       • Eligible hydroelectric

       • Solar electric

       • Wind

41%

0%

1%

0%

15%

25%

45%

0%

0%

0%

20%

25%

100%

0%

0%

0%

50%

50%

39%

4%

4%

3%

18%

10%

100%

0%

0%

0%

100%

0%

Coal 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Large Hydroelectric 21% 55% 0% 13% 0%
Natural Gas 0% 0% 0% 15% 0%
Nuclear 0% 0% 0% 34% 0%
Other 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
Unspecified Sources of Power ** 38%*** 0% 0% 0% 0%
Total 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

* PG&E data as reported in PG&E’s rate comparison with EBCE.  

**Unspecified sources of power refers to electricity that is not traceable to a specific generating facility, such as electricity traded through open market transactions. Unspecified sources of power are typically a mix of all resource types, and may include renewables.

***Unspecified sources of power include power provided by Asset Controlling Suppliers (ACS). Over 75of EBCE’s unspecified sources of power is from ACS, which is supplied primarily by carbon-free large hydroelectric power from the North West Hydro system. 

Will these services always be the same?
EBCE began providing service to customers in 2018 with the services and power mix listed above. Over time, as EBCE generates revenue and matures as a business, we will invest in more renewable energy with the goal of developing local renewable energy projects. The power mix and rates will be set annually – our aim is to include as much renewable energy as possible while maintaining affordable rates.

Where is the power coming from specifically?
EBCE’s power portfolio is currently under development, but the intent is to purchase as much electricity as possible from sources located in California at prices that remain competitive with PG&E. EBCE will report historically to customers about the sources of power we buy in our annual Power Content Label that is mailed to all customers each Fall, and we will update this web page with details as we sign contracts with developers for new renewable energy projects.

1 https://www.climatewatchdata.org/ghg-emissions