Fossil fuel peaker plant replacement

Description: Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) initiated the Oakland Clean Energy Initiative to replace a 40-year-old fossil fuel power plant located in Oakland, CA with local clean energy and battery storage. East Bay Community Energy, the local Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency, contracted with distributed energy resource providers to create a network of batteries and rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels. They will be installed in more than 500 low income households around the city, prioritizing West Oakland, which has long experienced poor air quality. The batteries will feed energy back into the grid in times of peak demand. The solar PV panels will feed energy to residents who will enjoy lower energy bills.

Goal: Fossil fuel peaker plant replacement: Replace jet-fuel-powered “peaker plant” with “virtual power plant” to improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs)

Measurement: Replace existing 165 megawatt fossil fuel power plant (Reliability-Must-Run contract) with a 20-megawatt/80 megawatt-hour system delivering clean energy.

Time to Implement:
Proposed by PG&E – December 2017
Approved by California Independent System Operator (CAISO) – March 2018
Contracts signed – July 2019
Expected completion – 2022


Local clean energy plan gets regulatory nod – March 2018

Oakland to Swap Jet-Fuel-Burning Peaker Plant for Urban Battery – June 2019

Expansion of Previously Announced Oakland Battery Energy Storage Facility – April 2020

Additional Information:

Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing, a program of the California Solar Initiative, helped East Bay Community Energy to finance this project

Contact Info:

Annie Henderson
East Bay Community Energy Media Contact
(510) 640-9681

Sectors(s) Community Choice Aggregation, Energy, Equity
Date First Adopted March 2018
Last Updated January 11, 2021
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