Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

City Council Live Stream: Please visit https://www.cityofberkeley.info/CalendarEventWebcastMain.aspx

ZAB Live Stream: Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

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East Bay Community Energy (EBCE)

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is a community-governed, local power supplier that provides cleaner electricity to Alameda County residents and businesses, at rates that are lower or comparable to PG&E. Berkeley City Council approved joining EBCE on November 1, 2016.  EBCE began serving Berkeley customers in November 2018.

EBCE Infographic - How it WorksEBCE partners with PG&E, which continues to deliver electricity and natural gas, maintain the power lines, respond to outages, and provide billing and customer service. EBCE purchases electricity from clean, renewable sources such as solar and wind on behalf of Alameda County residents and business. All EBCE customers are still PG&E customers, and are eligible to participate in any of PG&E's rebate or savings programs. Additionally, CARE, FERA and medical baseline customers can participate in EBCE and will continue to receive discounted rates.

Understand Your Options

EBCE currently offers three different electricity services:

  • Bright Choice, the standard electric service, contains more renewable energy than PG&E's service for about the same cost.
  • Brilliant 100, which offers 100% carbon-free electricity at the same price as PG&E, is currently closed to new customers.
  • Renewable 100, offers 100% renewable and carbon-free electricity sourced from CA wind and solar for about $4/month more than PG&E for the average residential customer. Opt Up online for 100% clean energy. 
  • Customers can also purchase power directly from PG&E by opting out of EBCE.

EBCE Electricity Products 

Questions? Visit EBCE's website or call 1-833-699-EBCE (3223).

EBCE Partner Badge

On April 24, 2018, Berkeley City Council voted to opt up its municipal accounts to EBCE's 100% carbon-free electricity service  Brilliant 100 – to help the city achieve its Climate Action Plan goals. With Brilliant 100 the City reduced its municipal greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50%.

EBCE is one of several Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs operating in California. Community Choice Energy (also known as Community Choice Aggregation or CCA) allows public agencies to purchase electricity on behalf of customers, as an alternative to investor owned utilities, such as PG&E. CCE programs aim to provide locally controlled, greener electricity to customers as well as other community benefits such as workforce development and energy efficiency programs.  

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