Customers Are Opting Up to Cleaner Energy

EBCE serves clean energy, but customers can opt up to even cleaner choices, through the Brilliant 100 and Renewable 100 options.

Our three levels of power products have different mixes of renewable and carbon-free sources. (By “renewable” we mean sources that are eligible for the state renewables portfolio standard, like wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and small hydropower. Our “carbon-free” power is from large hydropower).

Bright Choice is at least 38% renewable plus 47% carbon-free, and is currently priced 1.5% below PG&E’s generation rates.  Brilliant 100 is at least 40% renewable and an additional 60% carbon-free, and is priced on par with PG&E. Renewable 100 is entirely from in-state RPS-eligible renewables.  Renewable 100 has a premium of 1 cent per kilowatt-hour above PG&E rates.

And customers are already opting up to greener energy. The Piedmont City Council voted earlier this year to enroll all residential accounts in Renewable 100.  By opting up, they said, “our community will make significant steps towards reaching the greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets of our recently-adopted Climate Action Plan 2.0.”

Hayward and Albany have opted for Brilliant 100 for all accounts, both residential and non-residential. 

Businesses too are opting up to help do their part to save the planet.  Schnitzer Steel, Roam Artisan Burgers, and Numi Tea are just a few that have voluntarily opted up to Brilliant 100.

One of the largest customers in the East Bay, U.C. Berkeley, is opting for Brilliant 100. The statewide University of California system announced on September 4 that all ten U.C. campuses and five medical centers will switch to zero-carbon power by 2025.

In the News

New energy provider begins this month in Alameda County, East Bay Times, November 13

East Bay Community Energy, launching this month, promises greener and in some cases less expensive service to about 568,000 Pacific Gas & Electricity customers, who are getting automatically enrolled as a result of their local city council or county supervisors joining the program.

San Diego Moves Ahead With 100% Clean Energy Community Choice Program, Greentech Media, October 25

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer announced that the city will move ahead with plans to create a CCA.  “This is not a partisan issue,” he said. “It’s a ‘right thing to do’ issue.” The city has a goal of 100% clean energy by 2035. If approved by the City Council, San Diego will be the 20th CCA in California and will serve 1.4 million customers.

10 Southern California municipalities commit to 100% renewables through CCA program, Solar Power World, November 5.

Nine SoCal cities plus Ventura County have opted for default 100% renewable supply for all residential, business, and public accounts through the Clean Power Alliance CCA. CARE and other low-income customers will get 100% renewables at no additional cost. The group has a combined population of approximately 750,000.

3 Bay Area cities ranked among greenest in U.S. — and one aims to keep improving, San Jose Mercury News, October 11.

Fremont was ranked the seventh greenest city in America by WalletHub. They tied for first on clean energy, thanks to their membership in EBCE, their local code requiring solar panels on all new residential construction, and their Fremont Green Challenge program to help households cut carbon.

The Growth in Community Choice Aggregation: Impacts to California’s Grid, Next10, August 2

The UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation released a report on the recent growth of CCAs in California. They found that CCAs got between 37 and 100 percent of their power from renewables last year, with a statewide average of 52 percent, higher than the IOUs at 32 to 44 percent.  CCAs also had lower rates, ranging from 0.1 to 2.1 percent lower.