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East Bay Community Energy (EBCE)

East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is a community-governed 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 Infographic - How it WorksEBCE partners with PG&E, which continues to deliver electricity and 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. 

Enrollment Information:

  • Commercial electricity service began June 2018
  • Residential electricity service begins November 2018
  • Solar (NEM) customers will enroll in 2019 after their annual true-up
  • CARE, FERA and medical baseline customers can participate in EBCE and will continue to receive discounted rates

After receiving notifications by mail, all customers will be automatically enrolled in EBCE's Bright Choice standard electric service which is less expensive than PG&E. Customers will also have the choice to:

  • Opt-up to Brilliant 100, which offers 100% carbon-free electricity at the same price as PG&E
  • Opt-up to Renewable 100, which offers 100% renewable and carbon-free electricity for a bit more than PG&E (about $4/month more for the average customer)
  • Or, choose to continue to purchase power directly from PG&E by opting out of EBCE

                EBCE Electricity Products

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. Berkeley joins other Alameda County cities in selecting the cleanest electricity service currently available. With Brilliant 100 the City will reduce 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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