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File #: WS 16-024   
Section: Work Session Status: Agenda Ready
Meeting Body: City Council
Agenda Date: 4/5/2016 Final action:
Subject: East Bay Community Energy
Attachments: 1. Attachment I Alameda County CDA Staff Memo, 2. Attachement II Frequently Asked Questions
DATE: April 5, 2016

TO: Mayor and City Council

FROM: Director of Utilities and Environmental Services

SUBJECT
Title
East Bay Community Energy

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RECOMMENDATION
Recommendation
That Council reviews and comments on this report.

Body
SUMMARY

Alameda County and the cities within Alameda County are exploring the possibility of establishing a community choice aggregation program also known as a community choice energy program. At this meeting, County staff will present an overview of community choice energy, the current status, and next steps for the potential County-sponsored program.

BACKGROUND

In June 2014, the Alameda County Board of Supervisors, allocated $1.3 million to exploring the possibly 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 (JPA) that aggregates electricity demand within participating Alameda County jurisdictions in order to procure electricity for its customers. Pacific Gas & Electric Company would continue to provide customer billing, transmission, and distribution services.

On April 7, 2015, Council received an overview about community choice energy and designated Council Member Al Mendall as Hayward's representative on the Alameda County Community Choice Aggregation Steering Committee established by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. The Steering Committee has been meeting monthly since June 2015 and has thirty-nine members. It is comprised of elected officials, six staffers from Alameda County jurisdictions, several residents, and representatives from organized labor, environmental groups, and community groups.

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 greenho...

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