Emerging Energy Solutions
The County of Alameda and 11 of its cities have come together to create a cleaner, greener energy supply for their communities. Together, they've formed a new local power supplier, East Bay Community Energy. To learn more about enrolling with EBCE, visit their website.
EBCE members include the County of Alameda and the cities of Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Piedmont, San Leandro, and Union City. EBCE will reinvest earnings back into the community to create local green energy jobs, local programs, and clean power projects. EBCE's Local Development Business Plan is available here.
The StopWaste Energy Council secures funding to implement sustainable energy solutions on behalf of the 15 jurisdictions in Alameda County.
Heat Pump Water Heater Regional Market Transformation
On behalf of BayREN, StopWaste recently obtained a Bay Area Air Quality Management District grant to administer a project designed to increase the use of heat pump water heaters in the region. This project will launch in mid-2018.
Ninety percent of Bay Area homes have natural gas-fueled water heaters. Replacing these with electric water heaters improves air quality and safety. Also, as the Bay Area's electricity sources become increasingly carbon-free, switching to electric water heating will play an essential role in helping California meet its GHG reduction goals.
Heat pump water heaters are more efficient than gas and electric resistance water heaters. In addition, because heat pump water heaters have a storage tank, water can be heated to times when the region's need for electricity is lower, helping reduce peak demand on the grid. For more information about this project, contact Jennifer West.
East Bay Energy Watch
East Bay Energy Watch is a local government partnership between PG&E and Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. EBEW's programs and services are funded by California utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. EBEW provides energy solutions for businesses, residents and local governments throughout the East Bay.
StopWaste administers the Strategic Advisory Committee that serves as EBEW's governing body. EBEW's programs, services and initiatives are approved by local government staff members who are appointed to the Strategic Advisory Committee.