East Bay Community Energy to Launch Commercial Service in June
This June, the East Bay Community Energy Authority (ECBE) will roll out its energy service to municipal and commercial accounts. In 2016, San Leandro joined ten other cities within Alameda County, and the County of Alameda to establish ECBE, a community choice energy aggregation program whose primary purpose is to supply electricity that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Residential accounts will receive service in November 2018, and there is an opportunity for residential customers to sign up as “early adopters” when the commercial service is launched in June. 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. As mentioned in a previous post, the City of San Leandro plans to enroll all municipal electric accounts in the Brilliant 100 electricity product to achieve timely GHG reductions for city operations.
Businesses not interested in the EBCE service must opt out prior to the roll-out. Current PG&E customers should have received 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 welcomes businesses to schedule conference calls or meetings in order to learn more.