Wind and solar power will be the default choice for electricity for all Berkeley businesses starting in October.
This shift toward entirely renewable sources as Berkeley businesses’ default electricity plans will cost ¾ of a cent more per kilowatt-hour, roughly 2.3 percent higher than PG&E rates for a small commercial or industrial customer. It requires no action to stay on that plan and reduces the City’s reliance on fossil fuels.
All City buildings and streetlights have already transitioned to wind and solar power through East Bay Community Energy, the non-profit local energy provider for Berkeley. The Berkeley City Council voted in June 2021 to make solar and wind power the default choice for residential customers, for whom it went into effect in March, and commercial customers, which happens in October.