What is EBCE?
East Bay Community Energy is a local public agency tasked with supplying clean electricity at low rates to customers in Alameda County. EBCE procures electricity and provides local renewable resources, while PG&E continues to administer natural gas service as well as energy transmission, distribution, repair, customer service, and billing for EBCE customers.
Why we've chosen EBCE:
Through the Albany City Council’s Strategic Vision, we are committed to maintaining Albany’s small-town ambiance, responding to the needs of a diverse community, promoting business vitality, and fostering a safe, healthy, and sustainable environment. Part of the effort of preserving Albany’s unique character includes ensuring long-term sustainability and resilience from climate change and its effects, which is why the Albany City Council chose to become a member of East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in November 2016, along with ten other East Bay communities.
We are excited to share this new program with you, which provides you a choice of electricity providers. EBCE is a public agency committed to providing clean energy at low rates while working to increase local renewable energy resources, reducing Albany’s environmental impact, enhancing disaster resilience, and creating local green jobs.
Every user of electricity in Albany has a role in meeting the City’s climate action goals. We hope you will either continue with Brilliant 100 service, or even better, opt up to the Renewable 100 service. Both products have the potential to significantly reduce your home’s carbon footprint and bring Albany closer to its climate action goals.
How do I enroll in EBCE?
You will automatically start receiving EBCE’s Brilliant 100 service in November 2018 (on your meter read date), providing you with 100% carbon-free electricity 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.
We highly encourage you to opt up to the Renewable 100 service, which brings Albany closer to its sustainability goals, as the service provides residents with 100% renewable electricity sourced from small hydroelectric, solar, and wind. This option only costs $4 more per month for the average Alameda County resident. To learn more about Brilliant 100, visit https://ebce.org/opt-up/.
You can also choose to opt down or out at ebce.org.
You now have four options for electricity service: Renewable 100 (100% Renewable), Brilliant 100 (100% carbon-free), Bright Choice (85% carbon-free), or you can “opt out” and continue to get your electricity from PG&E (78% carbon-free).
Why should I stay with EBCE?
The City of Albany is committed to protecting our environment, which requires ensuring long term sustainability and resilience from climate change. Cleaner energy reduces greenhouse gas pollution, improves public health, increases energy independence, and drives economic development. EBCE is a public agency committed to providing clean energy at low rates while working to increase local renewable energy resources, reducing Albany's environmental impact, enhancing disaster resilience, and creating local green jobs.