Cleaner Energy Coming to San Leandro Businesses – Webinar on April 3!
In 2016, San Leandro joined ten other cities in Alameda County and the County of Alameda to establish East Bay Community Energy Authority (EBCE), a joint powers authority whose primary purpose is to supply electricity that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In June 2018, EBCE will begin serving non-residential customers (municipal, industrial and commercial accounts) and will serve residential accounts in November 2018. The EBCE product offering will include Bright Choice, which will be a minimum of 85% carbon free electricity, and Brilliant 100, which will be 100% carbon free.
Based on City Council comments during the February 20, 2018 update from EBCE, City staff plans to enroll all City of San Leandro municipal electric accounts in the Brilliant 100 electricity product to achieve timely GHG reductions for city operations. Staff will work with EBCE to reach out to commercial and industrial businesses to “opt up” on a voluntary basis to the Brilliant 100 electricity product. Businesses not interesting in the service must opt out prior to the roll-out. Current PG&E customers will receive at least four notices with information on customization of the service, as well as how to opt out.
EBCE works in partnership with PG&E to deliver reliable electricity under the same tariff structure and billing system but at lower rates and higher clean energy content. The Bright Choice option costs 1.5% less than PG&E’s generation rates, inclusive of utility exit fees, and the Brilliant 100 option costs the same as PG&E, inclusive of utility exit fees.
EBCE has made available a Business Toolkit that provides detailed program information, and is also hosting a lunch-time webinar on April 3rd at noon. Additionally, EBCE welcomes businesses to schedule conference calls or meetings in order to learn more.