Making the Switch to Clean Energy
This is an exciting time in Berkeley!
Starting June, commercial PG&E customers in the city and most of Alameda County will be automatically switched to East Bay Community Energy, the county's new electricity provider. EBCE will provide at least 38% renewable energy and an additional minimum of 47% carbon-free energy. Customers will also have a choice of receiving the Brilliant 100 service, offering 100% carbon-free power, for a slightly higher fee.
The city’s target for 2020 is to reduce community-wide GHG emissions by 33%. We're making steady progress, with 12% drop in emissions since 2000, despite a population increase of nearly 20% in the same time period. The city has conducted over 1,000 energy assessments, and starting this summer will require commercial and multifamily buildings over 50,000 sq. feet to get an energy assessment.
To find out more, stop by a community workshop organized by the Ecology Center on Thursday, June 14, starting 6pm at the South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street. This workshop is one part of ongoing efforts to educate Berkeley businesses and residents about their electricity options through EBCE.
Hope to see you there!