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City participation can bring wind, solar power to your home

Berkeley, California (Thursday, June 07, 2018) - Come to a June workshop to learn how you can have wind, solar or other greener sources of electricity come to your home through existing power lines.

Through a process that pools the buying power of most Alameda County cities, cleaner sources of energy are available for your home or business for no more than you currently pay.

This county-created program, authorized locally by the Berkeley City Council, allows residents and businesses to use renewable or other clean power bought for them by East Bay Community Energy, a joint powers authority formed in 2016.

Come to our June meeting. Learn about your choices as an East Bay Community Energy customer. Understand how this program advances climate mitigation and environmental justice efforts. Get involved as an advocate for community choice energy.

East Bay Community Energy! 
Berkeley's new choices for clean energy 
Thursday, June 14
6:00pm - 7:30pm
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis Street 
Light refreshments
Wheelchair accessible
Please RSVP

In the process, your home becomes a tool in the fight against climate change. In the fall, Berkeley residents will be given a choice to become a customer of this locally controlled program or continue to purchase their power from PG&E.  East Bay Community Energy began serving commercial customers this month.

Even though a growing number of Berkeley buildings are powered by rooftop solar, they account for less than 10 percent of all buildings. Through East Bay Community Energy, the entire community can purchase clean electricity for no more than what they currently pay. Roughly 14 percent of Berkeley's greenhouse gas emissions come from electricity use in our homes and buildings.

Since 2000, Berkeley has reduced all of its greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent.    

East Bay Community Energy purchases electricity from clean sources such as solar and wind on behalf of Alameda County residents and businesses. PG&E will continue to deliver electricity and gas to your home or business, maintain the power lines, respond to outages and provide billing and customer service. As a customer, it would look and feel the same, but you would know that you are helping the environment by purchasing cleaner electricity.

Customers in special programs, such as the income-qualified CARE Program, can participate in East Bay Community Energy and will continue to receive discounted rates. You can learn more about your electricity service options on the agency's website.

The Berkeley City Council approved East Bay Community Energy as a source of electricity for Berkeley on November 2016 and, this April, voted to select the agency's  100% carbon-free electricity service. The decisions slashed the City of Berkeley's municipal greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50%.

However, we still have work to do as a community.  The city's Climate Action Plan goals lay a target of reducing the City's greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 based on 2000 levels. The choices you make for your home can play an important in reaching our goals.

Learn more about the choices and options available to you at our June 14 meeting.


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