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East Bay Community Energy aims for 100% clean energy by 2030

Original post made on Jan 7, 2021

East Bay Community Energy recently committed to providing nearly 1.7 million local customers with 100% renewable energy in the next decade, when the Board of Directors adopted the policy at its Dec. 16 meeting.

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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 7, 2021 at 4:55 am

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""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.""

What "benefits" and "lower costs"? California's clean energy requirements have already resulted in rolling blackouts during the summer. We receive notices not to use air conditioners/appliances in the afternoon hours. This is only going to get worse as the state compels more people to use electric cars and/or bans natural gas in new construction projects. Compare the costs of energy in this state with such mandates vs other states. They are higher, not lower. This only hurts what is left of the middle and lower income residents in the state.

Jobs? We heard the same thing from the Obama Administration about the millions of "green jobs" that were going to be created from "clean energy" government mandates/spending programs. Where are they? I guess it would never occur to some "progressive" people that mandates (disregarding actual economics in favor of social justice) requiring more expensive sources of energy actually cost jobs (vs. creating them) and end up lowering standards of living.


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Posted by Linda Kelly
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 7, 2021 at 10:14 am

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Michael B doesn't seem to understand the "brown-outs" aren't caused by clean energy requirements but by PG&E's fear of more fines resulting from their equipment causing fires throughout the state of California. It isn't clean energy responsible for the Time of Use Rates from PG&E either. It is the utility's penchant for eking out the most it can from its customers. They've figured out more of us turn on energy guzzling air conditioners and cooking appliances during those afternoon hours, so they can collect more of our hard-earned dollars by charging higher rates during those hours. They've increased the peak rate times by an hour on each end...instead of 5 PM-8 PM, it will now be 4 PM-9 PM. 3 hours peak pricing just went to 5 hours peak pricing. And the PUC said Okey Dokey, so we're stuck with it. Not clean energy's fault.


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jan 7, 2021 at 10:19 am

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And Californians persist in their irrational fear of nuclear energy.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 7, 2021 at 10:28 am

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"Michael B doesn't seem to understand the "brown-outs" aren't caused by clean energy requirements but by PG&E's fear of more fines resulting from their equipment causing fires throughout the state of California."


Blame PG&E all you want. Someone doesn't understand that when the wind isn't blowing/sun is not shining, there is not enough clean energy being produced. Windmills and solar panels can't supply the needs of the state.


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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 7, 2021 at 10:52 am

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What savings? your power and your bill are still coming from PG&E. EBCE claims that they will save you @1-2% on your monthly bill. But at what cost? Its just another government bureaucracy...the employees of EBCE will need to be paid and then get those magical pensions so your taxes will go to pay that. And you are automatically being enrolled unless you "opt out". I choose to OPT OUT. Watch your mail because the notices look like junk mail and most will ignore them.


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Posted by Jeff H
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 7, 2021 at 11:42 pm

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The math is very simple - EBCE does not have a built-in profit which is guaranteed by the state regulators by their monopoly status. You are not paying layers of executive salaries and dividends to Wall Street. The newly hired CEO of PG&E has a $1.35M salary and a $6.6M bonus just for joining, plus stock. Community Choice Aggregators like EBCE are run very efficiently, almost no overhead and no profit motive.

If you are really concerned about the management and "extra bureaucracy" of EBCE you can join the community oversite board.


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Posted by Jeff H
a resident of Downtown
on Jan 7, 2021 at 11:58 pm

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As for costs and jobs...

Solar and wind are the lowest cost sources of energy currently available - whether it is sold to PG&E or EBCE. Current contracts are being signed for $0.02-$0.03/kWh. What you pay to PG&E has little to do with the cost of the energy they are buying on your behalf. The electrical grid infrastructure, the bureaucracy you mention, regulations and the profit and overhead are a much bigger influence.

Web Link

A couple of points on jobs...

• Since 2010, solar industry employment has grown by 167 percent, reaching nearly 250,000 jobs in 2019.
• Between 2014 and 2019, solar jobs grew five times faster than the overall economy.

Web Link

Not too many industries can claim similar job creation statistics.


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Posted by James Michael
a resident of Val Vista
on Jan 8, 2021 at 9:00 am

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Since when has any government agency been "run very efficiently" ? And if EBCE is so confident in their product then the customers should be given a choice to buy it, not automatically enrolled. Opting out is not a real choice since most people don't do the mail anymore and the government knows this.


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Posted by Mica
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Jan 8, 2021 at 8:03 pm

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Interesting that posters here talk only about costs and not environmental ramifications.


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Posted by MichaelB
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jan 9, 2021 at 2:13 pm

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"Interesting that posters here talk only about costs and not environmental ramifications."


Interesting that some choose to ignore the amount of environmental regulations the state already has, that there never seem to be enough, and that we need to be using more of an energy source that is both unreliable and can't be produced in sufficient quantity to serve the needs of customers.


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