EAST BAY COMMUNITY ENERGY
What is East Bay Community Energy?
East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is the County of Alameda's Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), a community-governed power supplier that provides cleaner electricity to Alameda County residents and businesses, at rates that are lower or comparable to PG&E. EBCE partners with PG&E, which continues to deliver electricity and gas, maintain the power lines, respond to outages, and provide billing and customer service. EBCE is committed to providing electricity generated from a high percentage of renewable sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal energy. The goal is to have more local control over our community's sources of energy, which can lead to cleaner, greener, and more local electricity. For more information, visit EBCE's FAQ page.
The Dublin City Council voted to join East Bay Community Energy on November 15, 2016. The City Council presentation and discussion can be seen here.
How do I enroll in EBCE?
You will automatically start receiving EBCE’s Bright Choice service in November 2018, Bright Choice is at least 38% renewable and an additional 47% carbon-free at the same rate you currently pay for PG&E. You do not need to take any action to participate. You will continue to receive bills directly from PG&E, and PG&E will continue to provide the same reliable service.The City of Dublin has opted up to Brilliant 100 for all of its municipal buildings and we highly encourage you to opt up to the Renewable 100 or Brilliant 100 service too, which will bring Dublin closer to its sustainability goals.
There is no fee to opt out before enrollment or in the first 60 days of receiving EBCE service. If you opt out 60 or more days after EBCE service begins, or if you are an Early Adopter, you will be charged a one-time termination fee of $5 per residential account or $25 per commercial account. This fee will be waived for customers that opt out prior to June 1, 2019.
Rates and Billing
EBCE electricity rates will be set through a transparent public process and approved by the EBCE Board of Directors, elected officials from all participating jurisdictions. Members of the public are encouraged to participate in publicly noticed hearings for each step of the process.
While PG&E rates change several times a year, existing local programs in Marin and Sonoma counties have generally changed their rates only once a year. That stability makes it easier to determine household or business electricity expenses.
If you have any questions about your electric bill, check out: Understanding Your Residential Bill or call 1-833-699-3223.
You now have four options for electricity service:
- Bright Choice: the default option for Dublin customers with 1.5% less cost than PG&E
- Opt-up to Brilliant 100, which offers 100% carbon-free electricity at the same price as PG&E
- Opt-up to Renewable 100, which offers 100% renewable and carbon-free electricity for a bit more than PG&E (about $4/month more for the average customer)
- Choose to continue to purchase power directly from PG&E by opting out of EBCE
Renewable 100 is 100% renewable and carbon-free
Brilliant 100 is at least 40% renewable and an additional 60% carbon-free
Bright Choice is at least 38% renewable and an additional 47% carbon-free