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Hayward Electricity Accounts Will Transition to 100% Renewable Energy in January 2022

In January 2022, Hayward customers served by East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) will transition to energy that is 100 percent renewable, sourced entirely from California solar and wind energy. Renewable 100 service is sourced from California wind and solar facilities, including a new wind farm in Livermore, and costs an additional 1 cent per kilowatt-hour above PG&E rates. That’s about $5 more per month for a typical home.

Switch to Renewable 100 Today: While all accounts not enrolled in discount programs (such as CARE, FERA, or Medical Baseline) will be automatically enrolled in the Renewable 100 product in January, customers can also switch to Renewable 100 today to start getting 100 percent renewable energy even sooner.  

Switch to Bright Choice Today: Bright Choice is sourced from a power mix including 33 percent renewable energy and has a slightly lower price than PG&E. Customers may switch to the Bright Choice product at any time.

For more information on changing your electricity product, visit www.EBCE.org/Hayward or call EBCE at 833-699-EBCE (3223) to speak with a representative directly. Customers can also choose to opt out of EBCE and return to PG&E service on this webpage.

Discount Programs: Customers on income-related (e.g. CARE or FERA) or Medical Baseline discount programs will automatically remain on Bright Choice service. To learn if you are eligible for any of these programs, visit www.EBCE.org/Paying-Bills/.

Webinars: EBCE will host a series of webinars to review the upcoming changes and answer questions.

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Benefits of EBCE

Local Control

  • EBCE is a joint powers authority whose members include 13 of the 14 cities in Alameda County, the County of Alameda, and the City of Tracy. The City of Alameda is served by its own electric utility.
  • The EBCE Board of Directors is made up of city council members from each member jurisdiction. Hayward’s representative on the Board is Council Member Márquez and Hayward’s alternate Board member is Council Member Wahab.
  • The EBCE Board of Directors meets regularly. Meeting information is available at https://ebce.org/meetings/

Green Power

  • Cleaner electricity from EBCE allowed Hayward to achieve a 25.7% reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions between 2005 and 2019. Hayward’s goal was to reduce GHG emission 20% by 2020. Click here for more information about Hayward’s GHG goals and emissions.

Local Programs

Here are a few of the many EBCE programs available to Hayward customers.

Discount Programs

The CARE Program provides low-income customers a 35 percent discount on their electric bill and a 20 percent discount on their natural gas bill. The FERA Program provides low-income customers an 18 percent discount on their electric bill. More information about financial assistance programs is available here.

Other Community Choice Energy Programs in California 

There are many community choice energy programs throughout California. For information about other programs, please visit  https://cal-cca.org/powered/.  

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