East Bay Community Energy recently committed to providing nearly 1.7 million local customers with 100% renewable energy in the next decade, 15 years ahead of the state's target date, when the Board of Directors adopted the policy at its Dec. 16 meeting.
The action makes EBCE one of the country's largest electricity providers to commit to 100% renewable power in the next ten years, and also sets the stage for taking "bold action to fight climate change while addressing the needs of our community," officials said in a statement.
Board Chair Dan Kalb, who also serves on the Oakland City Council, said the policy "has already resulted in contracts for over 500 megawatts of new California wind, solar, and energy storage," and that EBCE "expects to contract for several hundred more megawatts of clean energy" this year.
"This positions EBCE well to meet its 100% clean energy goals," Kalb said. "Through this procurement, EBCE is also focused on bringing the benefits of clean energy -- jobs, resiliency, healthy air, and lower costs -- to residents and businesses across the East Bay."
Service from the agency is already available in Dublin and Livermore, while Pleasanton is set to officially join as EBCE's 12th and newest member city in April, when all residential and business accounts in the city will be automatically enrolled.
Customers will see EBCE charges on their PG&E bill, along with a generation credit to offset the EBCE charges. Anyone with a special rate such as CARE, medical baseline, electric vehicle or solar NEM will also transfer automatically to EBCE.
Pleasanton officials told the Weekly that the new policy will appear on the Pleasanton City Council's Jan. 19 meeting agenda, but they did not provide any details.
The agency's clean energy goal was also cited by Emeryville City Councilmember and Board Vice Chair Dianne Martinez as "the critical underpinning of EBCE's broad plan to transform the energy systems across the East Bay," including planned wind farms in Altamont Pass.
"This commitment, and the investments that come with it, will create good, family-sustaining jobs in our communities while also improving our environment," Martinez said.
One of 19 community choice aggregation (CCA) programs in California, EBCE has operated since June 2018.