East Bay Community Energy, which serves most of Alameda County, has launched a campaign to increase the number of residential customers enrolled in the state CARE energy discount program, including those who may have been affected by COVID-19-related closures.

The California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) Program provides low-income customers up to a 35% discount on their electric bills and 20% discount on their natural gas bills. EBCE said eligibility is based on household income and is open to recently furloughed and laid-off workers.

The campaign, which includes social media and local advertising, is part of EBCE’s efforts to provide financial relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The nonprofit public agency has already committed over $1.5 million to the cities it serves, including Livermore, Pleasanton, and Dublin, and to local charities.

“Many customers in the East Bay struggle to pay their bills, and this has only gotten worse during the pandemic, as our economy has slowed and some people have lost their jobs,” said EBCE chief executive Nick Chaset. “EBCE wants low-income customers, as well as customers who have recently been laid off or furloughed, to access the significant discounts that are available to them on their energy bills.” 

For more information on the CARE program, go to https://ebce.org/care/.