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
Your service will change to 100% California wind and solar power in 2022.
In order to offer Berkeley businesses and residents cleaner energy, and to help the City of Berkeley achieve its Climate Action Plan goals, the Berkeley City Council voted to join East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in November 2016. EBCE began serving residential, business, and municipal electricity customers throughout Berkeley in 2018. Customers in Berkeley were automatically placed on EBCE’s Bright Choice service, which offers customers at least 5% more renewable energy than PG&E’s power at rates 1% below PG&E.
Transitioning to 100% California Wind and Solar Energy
In June 2021, the Berkeley City Council voted to set the default electricity option for Berkeley residents to EBCE’s Renewable 100 service starting in March 2022 and for commercial customers starting in October 2022. Renewable 100 service is sourced from California wind and solar facilities, including a new wind farm in Livermore. Renewable 100 costs an additional 1 cent per kilowatt-hour above PG&E rates. That’s about $5 more per month for a typical Berkeley home. Your participation is helping EBCE move toward 100% carbon-free electricity for all customers by 2030.
|Customer Type||Default service in 2021||Default service in 2022 (no action needed)||Choose a different service (action needed to choose)|
|Residential standard||Bright Choice||Renewable 100 (starting in March 2022)||Choose Bright Choice|
|Residential with CARE, FERA, or Medical Baseline||Bright Choice||Bright Choice||Choose Renewable 100|
|Commercial||Bright Choice||Renewable 100 (starting in October 2022)||Remain on Bright Choice|
EBCE also offers their Bright Choice service, which is priced 1% below PG&E rates and is 5% more renewable energy than PG&E’s power. Customers who prefer to power their home or business with Bright Choice are welcome to do so, by choosing to Choose Bright Choice. Customers who participate in CARE, FERA, and Medical Baseline programs will remain on Bright Choice service automatically, but can still choose Renewable 100. Customers can change their EBCE service or return to PG&E service anytime.
EBCE and the City of Berkeley will send notices in March and April to your PG&E billing address, and an email to customers who have an email address on file with PG&E, containing information about this service transition. To learn more about your electric service choices, please visit ebce.org/compare-plans-residential/ or ebce.org/compare-plans-business/ or contact EBCE’s call center at 1-833-699-EBCE (3223) during business hours (9 am - 5 pm on weekdays).
EBCE and the City of Berkeley will send notices in March and April to your PG&E billing address, and an email to customers who have an email address on file with PG&E, containing information about this service transition.
EBCE hosted a series of webinars to review the basics about our service. You can watch the recording here:
- What is EBCE?
East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) has been Berkeley's power supplier providing cleaner, greener, and more affordable choices for electricity since 2018. EBCE is a Community Choice Energy program, also known as Community Choice Aggregation, which allows public agencies to purchase electricity on behalf of their community members, instead of relying on PG&E to both procure and deliver energy. EBCE provides Berkeley with more local control over our sources of energy as well as resilience and efficiency programs. EBCE's Board includes one elected official from each member city, and Berkeley's appointee is Council Member Kate Harrison.
- Why do I still receive bills from PG&E?
EBCE procures electricity for our customers, and PG&E delivers electricity to your home or business. PG&E also continues to handle the billing, turn on and off power when you move, maintain the power lines, and resolve outages. As an EBCE customer, your PG&E bill will include EBCE charges and also a Generation Credit from PG&E since they are no longer providing power generation to you. Those who prefer to have PG&E continue to buy their electricity can choose that option.
- Why did Berkeley switch to Renewable 100?
Renewable 100 helps the City of Berkeley achieve its Climate Action Plan goals.
- How can I choose Bright Choice?
To choose Bright Choice, please complete the form here or call us at 1-833-699-EBCE (3223). Customers who are on CARE, FERA, and Medical Baseline programs will remain on Bright Choice service automatically - but these customers can still choose Renewable 100 by completing this form. Customers can opt-out of EBCE service and return to PG&E bundled service anytime.
- Where should I go if I have more questions?
For more FAQs, please visit ebce.org/faq/. To speak to a call center representative, call 1-833-699-EBCE (3223) weekdays between 9AM - 5PM.