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Saturday May 14 Workshop will Explore Local Energy Options

Berkeley, California (Thursday, May 05, 2016) - Come to a public workshop to learn about a new way for  residents and businesses to buy electricity, set rates on a local level and promote clean energy projects.

The workshop comes as Alameda County considers whether to form its own such program to bundle local buying power for electricity - an effort the Berkeley City Council and other cities may consider joining.

The benefits of such a program, known as "community choice energy," could advance Berkeley's resilience by increasing investment in local clean energy, create local jobs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions - critical to achieving the city's climate action goals.

Under a community choice energy plan, PG&E, the investor-owned utility that serves the Bay Area, would continue to maintain the power grid, resolve outages, and send monthly bills. Customers could opt out of the local community choice energy plan and continue to purchase power directly from PG&E.

Community Choice Energy Workshop 
Saturday May 14, 2016, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
(doors open at 10am)
Berkeley Public Central Library, Community Room
2090 Kittredge Street, Berkeley
Pros, cons and alternatives will be presented.
Organizers: Office of Energy & Sustainable Development, Berkeley Energy Commission  

The Energy Commission will take the feedback and provide the City Council with recommendations.

There are programs for Community Choice Energy, also known as "Community Choice Aggregation,"  in Marin CountySonoma CountyLancaster, and San Francisco; many other communities are considering them.

For more information about Community Choice Energy, see: www.cityofberkeley.info/CommunityChoice. To give input after the meeting or for those who cannot attend, email bromain@cityofberkeley.info.


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