On Tuesday, November 15th, Emeryville City Council had their second reading of the Community Choice Aggregate (CCA) and approved joining East Bay Community Energy (EBCE).
The goals of EBCE are to use more renewable energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, create local jobs, and offer competitive electricity rates. EBCE will purchase electricity for energy customers located in the cities that join EBCE and in unincorporated Alameda County. Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will continue to provide customer billing, transmission, and distribution services. EBCE plans to begin serving customers in Fall 2017. Learn more at the EBCE website and see this report by Alameda County staff.
The City joins 11 other Alameda County cities including Albany, Berkeley, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, Dublin, Livermore, Hayward, Union City, Fremont, and Alameda County (unincorporated area) in providing a strong start for the EBCE Authority program beginning in 2017. This list of participating municipalities includes approximately 90% of the total electrical load of the County, beyond the minimum 7% required for a financially stable program.
On October 4th, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors approved the formation of a community choice energy program called East Bay Community Energy. You may find the video and details of this meeting here.
A thirty-nine membered Steering Committee was established by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors comprising elected officials, six staff members from Alameda County jurisdictions, residents, and representatives from organized labor, environmental groups, and community organizations. The Steering Committee helped guide the feasibility analysis and formation of the joint powers authority and had its last meeting on December 7th. More information about the Steering Committee is available at the EBCE website.
East Bay Community Energy will be governed by the EBCE Authority, which will be made up of elected officials from Alameda County and each participating city within the County. The process for establishing a nine-member Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will begin in late January/early February of 2017.