East Bay Community Energy Approves RA Contract with Vistra Energy for New Battery Energy Storage Project, Paving Way for Shut Down of Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plant in Oakland

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June 5, 2019

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East Bay Community Energy Approves Resource Adequacy Contract with
Vistra Energy for New Battery Energy Storage Project, Paving Way for
Shut Down of Fossil Fuel-Fired Power Plant in Oakland
Battery Storage Project Represents Major Step in Implementing Oakland Clean Energy Initiative

 

Oakland, Calif. – The East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) board of directors on June 5 approved a contract with Vistra Energy to receive resource adequacy capacity from a 20-megawatt (MW)/80-megawatt-hour (MWh) battery energy storage project that is currently planned to be built as a partial replacement for an aging, jet fuel-fired power plant located in the heart of Oakland. EBCE is a Community Choice Energy provider that serves most of Alameda County and is committed to increasing clean power within its local communities.

The board’s approval of the energy storage contract with Vistra represents a major step in a joint purchasing effort by EBCE and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), dubbed the Oakland Clean Energy Initiative (OCEI), which aims to replace the 40-year-old “Oakland Power Plant,” which was acquired by Vistra in 2018, with clean energy resources. The storage project will provide EBCE with local resource adequacy – electricity-generating capacity that is available to serve demand even under stressful system conditions – and is contingent on approval of a transmission-related reliability contract with PG&E.

“EBCE is thrilled to play a crucial role in securing the energy resources that are needed in downtown Oakland to support a cleaner, more reliable energy system,” said Dan Kalb, EBCE Vice-Chair and Oakland City Councilmember. “The project is one of the many ways EBCE is driving innovative solutions that address climate change and provide direct benefits to the people living in our communities.”

This is not the first energy storage project for Vistra in California. The company is also developing the largest energy storage system of its kind in the world in Moss Landing, California. “We are always looking for great partnerships that benefit the community, as well as our company,” said Curt Morgan, CEO of Vistra. “We’re proud to have the opportunity to provide Oakland residents with renewable power while supporting the community’s clean energy transition.”

The 165-MW Oakland Power Plant, located at 50 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, is designated a “Reliability-Must-Run” facility by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), which means it is needed for local reliability. In 2018, CAISO approved a plan to replace the power plant with local clean energy
resources, including energy storage, energy efficiency, and electric system upgrades to ensure grid reliability is maintained.

The 10-year energy storage contract with Irving, Texas-based Vistra Energy resulted from a request for proposals (RFP) issued in June 2018. The contract will allow EBCE to meet its minimum target under the RFP, and the community choice provider anticipates signing additional contracts to exceed this volume. The standalone energy storage project will be located at the power plant site and is expected to begin commercial operation in January 2022.

“The Oakland Clean Energy Initiative will replace an old power plant with zero emission energy storage that will help to clean our air and improve our community’s health.” said Reverend Ken Chambers of West Side Missionary Baptist Church in Oakland and President/Founder of the Interfaith Council of Alameda County.
With a capacity of 20 MW/80 MWh, the energy storage system will charge by drawing electricity from the grid during off-peak hours, when demand is low, and then discharging electricity during peak hours to help maintain reliability in the Oakland area. “This new, energy storage project will be built in partnership with a local, union workforce and represents an important step forward in enabling a just transition from fossil fuels to clean energy resources.” Bob Dean IBEW Local 1245
At the June 5 meeting, the EBCE board also approved a 56-MW solar power purchase agreement (PPA) with Tokyo-based Solar Frontier Americas [link to SFA website and/or press release], which is also the result of a competitive solicitation. The PPA has a 15-year term, with construction expected to begin in 2020. The solar facility will be located in Tulare County.

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About East Bay Community Energy East Bay Community Energy is a Community Choice Energy provider serving customers in Alameda County. Launched in 2018, EBCE serves approximately 550,000 electricity accounts in Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, Union City and Alameda County’s unincorporated areas. For more information about EBCE visit https://ebce.org/.

About Vistra Energy Vistra Energy (NYSE: VST) is a premier, integrated power company based in Irving, Texas, combining an innovative, customer-centric approach to retail with a focus on safe, reliable, and efficient power generation. Through its retail and generation businesses which include TXU Energy, Homefield Energy, Dynegy, and Luminant, Vistra operates in 12 states and six of the seven competitive markets in the U.S., with about 5,400 employees. Vistra’s retail brands serve approximately 2.9 million residential, commercial, and industrial customers across five top retail states, and its generation fleet totals approximately 41,000 megawatts of highly efficient generation capacity, with a diverse portfolio of natural gas, nuclear, coal, solar, and battery storage facilities. The company is currently developing the largest battery energy storage system of its kind in the world – a 300-MW/1,200-MWh system in Moss Landing, California. Learn more at www.vistraenergy.com

EBCE Repays $4.7 Million Startup Loan from Alameda County

After only eight months of operation, EBCE fully repaid its advance of start-up funding from Alameda County in the amount of $4.7 million.

County Supervisor and EBCE Board Chair, Scott Haggerty, a champion of EBCE since its inception, says “We’ve worked for many years on this effort to provide cleaner power to our local communities. This milestone shows the effectiveness of EBCE’s management and marks the start of an exciting transition to clean power.”

EBCE needed start-up resources in order to begin operations, and the County provided both start-up funding and staff support. The County Board of Supervisors originally approved the Community Choice Energy program in November 2016 and entered an agreement with EBCE in April 2017 to lend up to $5.5 million to the new agency.

EBCE is now operational, has a staff of 21, and is supplying power to over 550,000 residential and commercial customers throughout the County. To date, EBCE estimates it has saved customers over $5 million in electricity costs by offering lower rates for cleaner power. EBCE operates through revenue it receives from sales of electricity; it does not rely on any taxpayer funding.

At a meeting on February 26, several members of the EBCE Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, Nick Chaset, presented the repayment and thanked the Board of Supervisors, the County Administrator, the Community Development Agency, and the Auditor’s office for their coordinated efforts and forward thinking in making community choice a reality in Alameda County.

Also in attendance were EBCE Directors Dianne Martinez (Emeryville Council Member), Lily Mei (Mayor of Fremont), Ed Hernandez (San Leandro Council Member), and Anne Olivia Eldred (EBCE Community Advisory Committee Chair).

One of largest operational CCA solar projects in California now online

MCE and sPower recently announced that they achieved commercial operations on a 130 MWdc solar project in Lancaster, California. The project, named Antelope Expansion 2, completed by sPower in December of 2018 will sell output to MCE under a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). While California is home to many large solar projects, this is the largest one completed to-date in California with a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA). CCAs broaden the potential for renewables by allowing cities and counties to bring customers together to leverage individual purchasing power within a defined jurisdiction.

Antelope Expansion 2 is the second solar facility where sPower and MCE have partnered to bring more solar on-line. This project provides meaningful benefits to the community, producing enough electricity to power over 26,000 homes and eliminating over 217,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. While under construction, this project provided meaningful economic benefits locally in the over 261,000 union labor hours worked from the Southern California Trade Unions, including Laborers Local 300, Operators Local 12, Ironworkers Local 433 & 416 and IBEW Local 11.

“MCE is proud to partner with sPower and unions to continue supporting the green jobs and renewable energy projects that will both bolster local communities and evolve into the cornerstone of the state’s new economy,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “Projects like this demonstrate MCE’s mission to offer the 60-100 percent renewable energy options that helped MCE customers meet California’s SB 100 renewable energy targets 11 years ahead of schedule.”

“The project is indicative of the trend of CCAs taking a leadership position in renewable procurement within California,” said Hans Isern, sPower’s Senior Vice President of Origination. “CCAs are giving electric customers in California the ability to select a cleaner source of power from in-state projects, which also helps provide more opportunities for local businesses, labor unions, and communities within the state.”

Read more here: https://www.mcecleanenergy.org/news/antelope-2/

San José Clean Energy’s Credit Facility with Barclays Bank Increases to $80 Million

Agreement is one of many recent events demonstrating the
financial industry’s confidence in Community Choice Energy

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Zachary Struyk, Deputy Director, Account Management and Marketing
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San José, CA (May 20, 2019) – San José City Council agreed on April 30 to expand San José Clean Energy (SJCE)’s revolving credit agreement with Barclays Bank PLC from $50 million to $80 million. The increased credit facility will allow SJCE to make additional purchases of clean power into future years, thereby further hedging future electricity costs and maximizing customer savings.

Operated by the Community Energy Department, SJCE is the City’s Community Choice Aggregator (CCA). Through Community Choice, local governments like the City of San José buy electricity from cleaner sources, while the investor-owned utility (PG&E, for San José) continues to distribute the electricity, maintain the powerlines, respond to power outages, and provide billing.

“Our credit facility is another Community Choice financial milestone demonstrating the financial stability of CCAs,” said Lori Mitchell, Community Energy Department Director.

Last week, SJCE’s neighboring agency Peninsula Clean Energy received an investment grade credit rating from Moody’s Investors Service, following Marin Clean Energy. Their Baa2 ratings indicate a stable outlook and are higher than PG&E’s B2 rating.

“Financial institutions are recognizing the strength of the California Community Choice model. The 19 agencies have achieved strong finances, high community participation, and success in procuring cost-competitive renewable resources, all while advancing California’s climate goals and benefitting our local communities,” added Lori Mitchell.

The agreement with Barclays highlights the fiscal strength and security of the Community Energy Department, a department of the City of San José. While SJCE is part of a large city, this credit facility was achieved due to confidence in SJCE’s financial position.

“Barclays is pleased to support San José Clean Energy’s procurement of renewable energy. Our loan is an indication of our confidence in the financial position of San José Clean Energy and the California Community Choice model – its large customer base and support from local and state elected officials are markers of success,” said John McCray-Goldsmith, who leads the public sector climate change infrastructure finance practice for the western U.S. at Barclays.

CCAs have stable customer bases, and across the board CCAs have high participation rates. Over 98.7% of San José residents and businesses remain SJCE customers, including over 850 customers who have upgraded to TotalGreen service to receive 100% renewable energy.

To meet San José customers’ increased demand for renewable energy, totaling 2,000 GWh annually by 2022, SJCE currently buys power from existing power plants. SJCE is currently negotiating its first long-term power purchasing agreement (PPA) to build new renewable energy resources dedicated for SJCE customers and will issue a Request for Proposals for additional opportunities.

Many CCAs, including those without credit ratings, have successfully secured long-term PPAs with renewable energy developers at competitive rates. In 2018, Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Monterey Bay Community Power signed agreements with vendors to build a total of 328 MW of new solar and wind resources coupled with 40 MW of battery storage.

CCAs are driving California’s renewable energy future. In total, CCAs will build over 10,000 MW of new renewable resources by 2030, compared to 1,000 MW pledged by investor-owned utilities.

About the City of San José
With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040.

About the Community Energy Department
San José Clean Energy is the new electricity generation service provider for residents and businesses in the City of San José, operated by the City’s Community Energy Department. Governed by the City Council, it provides over 300,000 residential and commercial electricity customers with cleaner, lower carbon power options at competitive prices, from sources like solar, wind and hydropower. San José Clean Energy is governed by the City Council and operated by the City of San José. For more information, please visit www.SanJoseCleanEnergy.org.

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Peninsula Clean Energy Offers $4,000 Buyer IncentiveFor Purchase of Used Plug-in Hybrid Electric Cars

REDWOOD CITY, CA – May 15, 2019 – Income-qualifying residents of San Mateo County can receive a $4,000 incentive toward purchasing a used plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (EV) in a program announced by Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE), the County’s official electricity provider.

Peninsula Clean Energy’s DriveForward Electric vehicle purchase incentive is in partnership with the nonprofit Peninsula Family Service (PFS), whose long standing DriveForward program provides affordable interest rates on vehicle loans for those that qualify. By combining professional financial counseling and thoughtful budgeting, PFS helps participants end the cycle of economic dependence and build their lives on a stable financial foundation.

“Used plug-in hybrid electric vehicles can provide affordable and reliable transportation for all members of our community who need a car to access better jobs or opportunities,” said Jan Pepper, Peninsula Clean Energy CEO. “Electric cars deliver additional savings to drivers by reducing maintenance and fuel costs compared to a gas-powered car.”

Peninsula Clean Energy’s incentive will make electric cars more accessible to residents who may not otherwise consider them as an option. Program eligibility is based on total household income, ranging from up to $48,560 for one person to up to $169,520 for a family of eight. Participants must live or work in San Mateo County, have a valid driver’s license, and have the income to cover the vehicle loan and maintenance and fueling expenses.

Eligible San Mateo County residents can apply for PCE’s incentive to help with the down payment on a used plug-in hybrid through the DriveForward vehicle loan program from Peninsula Family Service. Program participants must be able to plug in their EVs at their residence or place of employment.

Today’s announcement came at the Peninsula Family Service Thought Leader Series Event “The Future of Transportation: Clean Energy & Transformation” co-sponsored by Peninsula Clean Energy. More information is available at peninsulacleanenergy.com/DriveForwardElectric. San Mateo County residents interested in the program can also call 650.403.4300 ext. 4105.

About Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. PCE (www.PeninsulaCleanEnergy.com) is a public local community choice energy program that provides electric customers in San Mateo County with cleaner electricity at lower rates than those charged by the local incumbent utility. PCE is projected to save customers more than $18 million a year. PCE, formed in March 2016, is a joint powers authority made up of the County of San Mateo and all 20 cities and towns in the County. PCE serves approximately 290,000 accounts.

About Peninsula Family Service
Peninsula Family Service (PFS) strengthens the community by providing children, families, and older adults the support and tools to realize their full potential and lead healthy, stable lives. Each year, PFS supports 12,000 of our region’s most vulnerable children, families, and older adults. PFS brings early learning to the zip codes that need it most, helps families build a bridge over the safety net, and ensures older adults are thriving. Join PFS in strengthening our community by securing opportunity, financial stability, and wellness for all. Learn more at https://www.peninsulafamilyservice.org/.

Peninsula Clean Energy Contact Kirsten Andrews-Schwind
Peninsula Clean Energy
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M: 650.260.0096

Peninsula Family Service Contact
Theresa Myers
Peninsula Family Service
tmyers@peninsulafamilyservice.org
P: 650.403.4300 x4410

SFPUC Delivers Report Outlining Options for Transition to Public Power to Stabilize Costs, Ensure Reliability and Expand Use of Renewable Energy

 
Preliminary Report Requested by Mayor Breed following PG&E Bankruptcy Announcement Details Next Steps for Public Power Study

San Francisco, CA— The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) today delivered its preliminary study of public power options that the City will consider in light of Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) filing for bankruptcy protection. SFPUC staff prepared the report at the request of Mayor London Breed and the Board of Supervisors. It represents the first step toward exploring the potential acquisition of PG&E assets for public use.

“We already deliver clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity to hundreds of thousands of San Francisco customers every day,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “As we continue to grow our services, we have a unique opportunity to seriously look at a rapid expansion of our public power programs that could provide major advantages for our customers and our community—from stabilizing costs and ensuring reliability to expanding the city’s reliance on renewable energy. There is more work to be done, but our initial analysis shows us we should continue to pursue this opportunity.”

The full report can be found here.

The SFPUC owns and operates transmission and distribution assets within and outside of San Francisco but relies on PG&E for delivery to most of its customers in San Francisco for both Hetch Hetchy Power and CleanPowerSF. The report identifies and describes three options the City can consider that would make it easier to serve more San Francisco customers with clean, safe, reliable and affordable power:

• Limited Independence.
• Targeted Investment for More Independence.
• Acquire PG&E Assets for Full Independence.

While any sort of acquisition of PG&E property would be a lengthy process, the preliminary report shows that public ownership of San Francisco’s electric grid has the potential for significant long-term benefits relative to investment costs and risks. Initial research shows total energy independence would make meeting the City’s goal of being 100 percent carbon neutral by 2030 much more likely. It would also lead to more stable rates and more transparency for customers. Additionally, PG&E’s existing workforce would be welcomed into SFPUC’s community-owned public service culture, where safety and efficiency are priorities.

The next phase of the analysis will go deeper. The City will be examining the impact of acquiring PG&E distribution assets on workforce, environmental justice, affordability, safety and reliability, neighborhood revitalization and community engagement. The agency’s analysis also includes the impact San Francisco’s departure from the larger PG&E system will have on other ratepayers across California.

SFPUC now meeting majority of City’s energy demand

The SFPUC recently completed the largest and last major enrollment of CleanPowerSF, the City’s local renewable energy program. More than 360,000 businesses and residents are now enrolled in CleanPowerSF, which receives energy from wind and solar sources. CleanPowerSF delivers cleaner energy to customers at prices that are below similar services offered by PG&E.

For more than 100 years, the City has been receiving 100 percent greenhouse gas-free hydroelectricity from the Hetch Hetchy Regional Power System. That service, which is also managed by the SFPUC, already powers City Hall, San Francisco International Airport, public libraries, schools and Muni vehicles, among other facilities. Between CleanPowerSF and Hetch Hetchy power, the SFPUC meets nearly 80 percent of the electricity demand in San Francisco.

The dual clean power programs managed by the SFPUC have played a key role in helping the City reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent below 1990 levels—a reduction that has occurred at the same at San Francisco’s population has increased by 22 percent and the economy has grown by 166 percent.

These public power programs have earned the support and confidence of San Francisco residents too. According to a recent poll, nearly 70 percent of respondents were in favor of the SFPUC delivering public power to the City, citing more affordable rates, increased accountability, cleaner energy and better service as reasons for their support.

About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at http://www.sfwater.org.

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Moody’s Assigns Investment Grade Credit Rating to Peninsula Clean Energy

Moody’s Assigns Investment Grade Credit Rating to Peninsula Clean Energy

Baa2 Rating Indicates Stable Outlook

REDWOOD CITY, CA –May 6th, 2019 –Today Moody’s Investors Service assigned a first-time Baa2 Issuer Rating to Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE). Moody’s Issuer Rating is an independent assessment of PCE’s financial strength over the long term, and PCE’s outlook is stable. PCE is the second CommunityChoice Aggregation (CCA) program to obtain an investment-grade credit rating.“Peninsula Clean Energy is excited to have reached this important financial milestone. May 2019 represents the two-year anniversary of PCE serving all of our customers in San Mateo County with cleaner and greener electricity at lower rates,” said Jan Pepper, CEO of Peninsula Clean Energy.“The Baa2 Issuer Rating from Moody’s further validates the CCA model in California.”

The Baa2 Issuer Rating recognizes PCE’s strong financial performance, stable customer base, and success in securing cost-competitive renewable resources. The rating further recognizes the local Board-regulated rate-setting authority afforded to PCE, including the broad business background of the PCE Board. Asof March 2019, PCE had unrestricted cash of $108 million. PCE projects cash on hand of approximately $125 million by FY 2019. This financial strength allows PCE to re-invest in the local community with new energy programs to advance its mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in San Mateo County.The benefits of a Baa2 credit rating for PCE include the potential to negotiate lower energy prices and improved credit terms for future power purchasing needs. This credit rating assures regulators and legislators that PCE’s financial strength is sound and, in light of PG&E’s bankruptcy filing, the CCA business model provides a stable framework for serving customers and advancing the state’s low carbon energy future.

About Peninsula Clean EnergyPeninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. PCE (www.PeninsulaCleanEnergy.com) is a public not-for-profit local community choice energy agency that provides all electric customers in San Mateo County with cleaner electricity at lower rates than those charged by the local incumbent utility. PCE saves itscustomers an estimated$18million a year. PCE, formed in March 2016, is a joint powers authority made up of the County of San Mateo and all 20 cities and towns in the County. PCE serves approximately 290,000 accounts.

Media Contact:

Kirsten Andrews-Schwind

Peninsula Clean Energy

kandrews-schwind@peninsulacleanenergy.com

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East Bay Community Energy launches $160k community innovation grant program to award up to $40,000 for energy-related projects

The Community Innovation Grant is East Bay Community Energy’s first grant program, funding projects that benefit local, Alameda County communities while inspiring innovation

Oakland, CA (April 18, 2019) – East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) is Alameda County’s local community choice energy program and currently provides electricity services to over half a million customers across the county. EBCE is launching a new grant initiative and invites community-based non-profit organizations to apply for its Community Innovation Grant. The grant program is one of the early action items in EBCE’s Local Development Business Plan, which is a comprehensive framework to deliver benefits within Alameda County.

Proposed projects must align with EBCE’s mission to deliver social, environmental, and financial benefits to residents of Alameda County. Applicants can request up to $40,000 for an energy-related project. Specifically, EBCE is looking for proposals that will deliver local benefits to targeted communities in areas such as job creation, workforce development, economic empowerment, and climate and social resilience, as well as projects that advance innovation and collaboration. Programs such as community-shared solar, energy conservation retrofits, workforce development efforts engaging disadvantaged and/or displaced workers, and energy-related projects directly impacting disadvantaged communities in Alameda County can directly benefit from EBCE’s grant. In addition, these programs will bring direct benefits to program participants.

“We are excited to launch EBCE’s very first Community Innovation Grant outlined in EBCE’s Local Development Business Plan. Investing in our local communities while supporting innovative, energy-related projects that benefit our County is a priority for our organization,”  said Nick Chaset, CEO of EBCE.

An online application is available Thursday, April 18, 2019. Applications are due on Friday, May 10, 2019. EBCE staff will host a webinar on April 25, 2019. To attend our webinar, please RSVP here. More information on the Community Innovation Grant program can be found at ebce.org/communitygrants.

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About EBCE

EBCE is the local electricity provider created by the votes of 11 City Councils and the County of Alameda Board of Supervisors to provide low cost, cleaner power to our community. Launching to residential customers in November 2018, EBCE joined 19 other Community Choice Energy programs operating across California.

Contact

JP Ross
jross@ebce.org

Peninsula Clean Energy saves customers $18 million, Earns National Recognition for San Mateo County and Cities

REDWOOD CITY, CA – April 16, 2019 – Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) released a new estimate that it saved San Mateo County customers $18 million on their electricity bills in 2018, while also earning San Mateo County and its 20 cities national recognition for commitment to renewable energy.

“Our county and cities voted unanimously three years ago to form Peninsula Clean Energy so that customers can enjoy cleaner energy at lower rates. We are proud to deliver on that promise,” said Jan Pepper, CEO of Peninsula Clean Energy.

Peninsula Clean Energy consistently sets its rates at 5% below PG&E’s electricity generation rates for its ECOplus product, resulting in millions of dollars of savings annually across its 290,000 customers. More than 97 percent of San Mateo County households and businesses purchase their electricity through Peninsula Clean Energy.

This year the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized San Mateo County and all 20 of its cities as new members of its national Green Power Community program, based on PCE’s ECOplus clean energy mix containing at least 50 percent renewable energy.

The EPA also individually honored 15 cities, plus the County of San Mateo, that have opted to purchase 100 percent renewable energy from PCE for their municipal operations through its voluntary ECO100 green power program. Atherton, Belmont, Brisbane, Burlingame, Colma, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Hillsborough, Menlo Park, Millbrae, Portola Valley, Redwood City, San Carlos, San Mateo, Woodside, and the County of San Mateo have been officially recognized by the EPA as Green Power Partners.

About Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. PCE (www.PeninsulaCleanEnergy.com) is a public not-for-profit local community choice energy agency that provides all electric customers in San Mateo County with cleaner electricity at lower rates than those charged by the local incumbent utility. PCE is estimated to save customers more than $18 million a year. PCE, formed in March 2016, is a joint powers authority made up of the County of San Mateo and all 20 cities and towns in the County. PCE serves approximately 290,000 accounts.

Media Contact Kirsten Andrews-Schwind
Peninsula Clean Energy
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Redwood Coast Energy Authority targets 100% clean and renewable electricity by 2025

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s (RCEA) Board of Directors approved two proposals at their March 28 meeting to advance the goals of Humboldt County’s Community Choice Energy program. The first was a resolution targeting a 100% clean and renewable electricity mix for RCEA’s community choice energy program by 2025. The City of Eureka, the City of Arcata, and the County of Humboldt have adopted similar resolutions.

The second was the launch of a Feed-In Tariff Program which offers standardized contract terms and purchase pricing for community-scale renewable energy projects under one megawatt in Humboldt County.

The 100 percent clean and renewable resolution was recommended by RCEA’s Community Advisory Committee to accelerate RCEA’s previously established renewable energy goals. The new Feed-In Tariff Program will facilitate the construction of new projects to help meet the 2025 target with local solar and other renewable energy generation projects located within the county.

Colin Fiske, the RCEA Community Advisory Committee member who presented the resolution to the committee was relieved, saying, “Adopting this goal clearly shows that RCEA recognizes the urgency of the need to take swift action to tackle the climate crisis. And it’s a significant step toward reflecting the values and priorities of our community in our energy portfolio. That’s the beauty of the Community Choice Energy program.”

According to Michael Winkler, RCEA board chair, “RCEA’s accelerated commitment to 100 percent clean and renewable electricity by 2025 builds on our already strong track record for delivering clean, local, renewable energy at competitive prices and promoting local economic development in Humboldt County.”

Matthew Marshall, RCEA’s executive director, added that “One of our central goals is to meet our local energy needs with local renewable resources, and the Feed-In-Tariff Program is a great mechanism to encourage new smaller, community-scale projects as a key element of meeting that goal.”

RCEA’s resolution reaffirms Humboldt County as a leader in going beyond the state of California’s 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018, which requires that eligible renewable energy resources and zero-carbon resources supply 100% of retail sales of electricity by the end of 2045.

In the coming months RCEA staff will conduct a technical analysis and gather public input on the long-term plan to achieve the goals of the resolution while continuing to also increase energy efficiency and conservation and deliver community benefits.

For more information, please visit RCEA’s Power Sources page.