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.”