Hayward goes carbon free
Hayward became one of the first and the largest Bay Area city to move onto entirely carbon-free sources of electrical power generation in 2018.
The move began in March with a City Council vote selecting an electricity product for Hayward customers being shifted off Pacific Gas and Electric Company-supplied electricity and onto power supplied by East Bay Community Energy (EBCE).
EBCE is what is known in the energy industry as a local aggregation network. It is one of several such nonprofit agencies being formed by local governments in the Bay Area and across California to takeover electricity procurement from PG&E and other investor-owned utility monopolies.
In June, Hayward commercial and public agency electricity customers were transitioned off PG&E power and onto EBCE supply. In November, Hayward residential customers were, too.
The goal of EBCE and other agencies like it is to provide a cleaner, greener, more affordable choice of electricity without sacrificing reliability. Under the system, PG&E remains responsible for electricity transmission, maintaining electricity distribution infrastructure, and customer service and billing.