The City of Pleasanton has joined East Bay Community Energy. East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is a public agency providing electricity generation for residents and businesses in the East Bay. PG&E will continue to provide the electricity delivery service and send the bill. PG&E's charge for generating electricity will be removed and replaced by EBCE's. EBCE is governed by a board of local elected officials. Council Member Kathy Narum currently represents Pleasanton. With EBCE, customers can choose from one of three power mixes or elect to remain with PG&E's mix. Come April 2021, most Pleasanton customers will automatically enroll in a power mix that is the exact same price as PG&E's and 100% carbon-free (Brilliant 100). Customers can select a different power mix or remain with PG&E by contacting EBCE. More information is available at ebce.org/pleasanton.
In 2018, the County of Alameda and 11 of its cities enrolled in EBCE, a not-for-profit public agency known as a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA). The City of Pleasanton is now a part of this agency which means EBCE offerings are now available to Pleasanton residents and businesses. EBCE reinvests the earnings it receives back into the community to create local green energy jobs, local programs, and clean power projects.
EBCE buys from, and is building, clean power plants on behalf of their customers. That power is delivered to customers by PG&E. Though the PG&E generation charge is removed, customers continue to pay PG&E for the delivery service. EBCE customers benefit from additional choice, clean energy, low rates, local governance, and innovative programs. EBCE customers can continue to utilize most PG&E offered programs since they are still a PG&E delivery customer.
EBCE’s Bright Choice option is priced slightly below PG&E rates (1% cheaper, including all fees) so customer bills are lower than what they would have been with PG&E's generation service. EBCE has already signed long-term contracts for wind, solar, and battery storage to add renewables to the grid and ensure low, stable rates for customers. EBCE offers their own programs to the benefit of their customers and invests dollars directly in the community through grants and sponsorships.
You can learn more about EBCE and the energy options they will be providing through a series of upcoming online informational presentations. Additional information on these meetings is available at: ebce.org/news-and-events. The presentations are currently scheduled as follows:
Additional information on this event is available. For details, please refer to East Bay Community Energy contact information below.