PG&E Or EBCE? This Will Help You Choose

BERKELEY, CA — Did you know that Berkeley residents now have a choice in electric service?

A workshop will be held this month that will explain how you can have wind, solar or other greener sources of electricity come to your home through existing power lines.

Through a process that pools the buying power of many Alameda County cities, cleaner sources of energy are available for your home or business for no more than you currently pay.

This county-created program, authorized locally by the Berkeley City Council, allows residents and businesses to use renewable or other clean power bought for them by East Bay Community Energy, a joint powers authority formed in 2016.

Learn about your choices as an East Bay Community Energy customer.

East Bay Community Energy
Berkeley’s new choices for clean energy
Thursday, June 14
6 – 7:30 p.m.
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis Street
Light refreshments
Wheelchair accessible
Please RSVP

In the fall, Berkeley residents will be given a choice to become a customer of EBCE or continue to purchase their power from PG&E. East Bay Community Energy began serving commercial customers this month.

Since 2000, Berkeley has reduced all of its greenhouse gas emissions by 12 percent.

East Bay Community Energy purchases electricity from clean sources such as solar and wind on behalf of Alameda County residents and businesses. PG&E will continue to deliver electricity and gas to your home or business, maintain the power lines, respond to outages and provide billing and customer service. As a customer, it would look and feel the same.

Customers in special programs, such as the income-qualified CARE Program, can participate in East Bay Community Energy and will continue to receive discounted rates. You can learn more about your electricity service options on the agency’s website.

The Berkeley City Council approved East Bay Community Energy as a source of electricity for Berkeley in November 2016 and, this April, voted to select the agency’s 100 percent carbon-free electricity service. The decisions slashed the City of Berkeley’s municipal greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent.

The city’s Climate Action Plan targets an 80 percent reduction of the city’s greenhouse gases by 2050 based on 2000 levels.

Learn more about the choices and options available to you at our June 14 meeting.

-Announcement from City of Berkeley

 

PG&E Or EBCE? This Will Help You Choose, by Bea Karnes, The Patch, June 8, 2018.

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