In May 2021, most residential electricity customers in Alameda County were placed on Time of Use rates as part of a statewide transition to support more renewable energy. The transition included a year of bill protection, which has now concluded.Learn more
East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) exists to provide more renewable energy at competitive rates to our customers.
We reinvest the earnings back into the community to create local green energy jobs, local programs, and clean power projects. We supply electricity to all accounts (residential, business, and municipal) and PG&E delivers it to you.
In 2018, the County of Alameda and 11 of its cities launched EBCE as a not-for-profit public agency that governs this Community Choice Energy service. The Joint Power Agency expanded in 2021. The cities currently served are: Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, Tracy, and Union City. The unincorporated areas of Alameda County (including Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, San Lorenzo, and Sunol) are also served by EBCE.
Processes and decisions are completely transparent, with Board and Community Advisory Committee meetings open to the public. EBCE also has a local team to run day-to-day operations and provide customer support to residents and businesses.
EBCE’s operations are remarkably efficient: our team of 30 runs a $400 million per year operation, with 95% of our annual budget spent on power procurement.
Our Community Impact
EBCE provides greener power at low rates. As a public agency, we do not have shareholders, so we use any excess revenue to run local programs.
saved annually by our customers compared to what they would have paid PG&E
annual budget for local programs such as battery energy storage, induction cooking, and electric heat pump water heaters
in sponsorships to local programs in athletics, STEM education, music and art, and moreClick here to Learn more about EBCE Community Sponsorships
Our Environmental Impact
EBCE buys power mainly from clean sources like wind, solar, and hydropower. EBCE's Board of Directors established the goal of purchasing 100% clean power for all customers by 2030 — a full 15 years before the state's goal date.
How it works
EBCE buys clean power
EBCE buys from, and is building, clean power plants. EBCE sells the power to customers at low rates.
PG&E delivers the power
EBCE’s power is delivered to customers by PG&E. Customers pay PG&E for power delivery as they always have.
You get the power and all the benefits
You benefit from cleaner energy, low rates, local governance, and innovative programs.
EBCE’s Bright Choice is priced slightly below PG&E rates (including all fees) so customer bills are lower than what they would have been with PG&E generation service.
EBCE has already signed long-term contracts for wind, solar, and battery storage at low, stable rates and will pass those savings on to our customers.
EBCE is offering our own local energy programs to help customers install clean energy technologies, and also investing dollars directly in the community through grants and sponsorships.