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File #: RPT 16-037   
Section: Informational Report Status: Agenda Ready
Meeting Body: Council Sustainability Committee
Agenda Date: 3/14/2016 Final action:
Subject: Update on East Bay Community Energy
Attachments: 1. Attachment I 2016-2017 Timeline, 2. Attachment II JPA Overview & Recommendations, 3. Attachment III EBCE Priorities, 4. Attachment IV Communications and Outreach Plan
DATE: March 14, 2016

TO: Council Sustainability Committee

FROM: Director of Utilities and Environmental Services

SUBJECT
Title
Update on East Bay Community Energy

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RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation
That the Committee reviews and comments on this report.

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BACKGROUND

In June 2014, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, allocated $1.3 million to explore the possibility of establishing a community choice aggregation (CCA) program, which is being called East Bay Community Energy (EBCE). If established, EBCE would be a joint powers authority that aggregates electricity demand within participating Alameda County jurisdictions in order to procure more sustainable electricity for its customers. Pacific Gas & Electric Company would continue to provide customer billing, transmission, and distribution services.

On December 8, 2015, the Board of Supervisors authorized a contract with a consultant team led by MRW and Associates for preparation of the technical study, which will include analysis of possible energy portfolio scenarios, related greenhouse gas emissions and projected rates. Staff provided its most recent update to the Committee on December 10, 2015. The Alameda County CCA Steering Committee has thirty-nine members. It is comprised of elected officials, six staff members from Alameda County jurisdictions, several residents, and representatives from organized labor, environmental groups, and community groups.

DISCUSSION

Since December, the Steering Committee has met on January 6, February 3, and March 10, 2016.

January 6, 2016 - At the January meeting, it was announced that MRW had started to analyze load data and Mark Fulmer of MRW presented an overview of their coming work. A new, more aggressive timeline was presented (see Attachment I), which noted a new goal of launching EBCE in the spring of 2017 and the following points:

* Because of the aggressive timeline, the formation of the Joint ...

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