in News Departments > FYI
print the content item

The Palo Alto (California) City Council has voted to implement a Carbon Neutral Plan, which commits the city to pursuing only carbon-neutral electric resources, effective immediately.

Palo Alto owns all of its utilities, and the city has many contracts for renewable energy in its electric portfolio, including for wind farms, solar arrays and landfill gas. In addition to these renewable resources, about 50% of the city's electric supply comes from hydroelectric generation.

The city's strategy for making all of its power purchases carbon-neutral will include promoting energy efficiency, taking advantage of existing carbon-free resources, contracting for new short- and long-term renewable resources and, if needed, balancing any small percentage of non-renewable energy purchased with renewable energy certificates. The economic impact of being 100% carbon neutral is estimated to be under $3/year for the average Palo Alto electric customer.

“As a city, we’ve had cheaper, greener power for our citizens for decades, and being able to make this recent move to 100 percent carbon-free electricity is just another example of how owning our own utilities pays off,” says City Manager James Keene.



Trachte Inc._id1770
Latest Top Stories

Wind And Solar Are Catching Up With Nuclear Power, Says Report

A new report from the Worldwatch Institute says nuclear energy's share of global power production is steadily shrinking. Meanwhile, renewables' share keeps growing.


Could New Desert Plan Spell The End Of California Wind Energy Development?

The California Wind Energy Association says it is disappointed with the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, which was recently released by state and federal agencies.


New U.S. House Bill Includes Wind PTC Extension

U.S. representatives have introduced the Bridge to a Clean Energy Future Act of 2014, which would extend the production tax credit (PTC) and other provisions through 2016.


Utility-Scale Wind And Solar Keep Getting Cheaper

A new study measures the levelized cost of energy from various technologies and suggests that the costs of utility-scale wind and solar power are catching up with those of traditional sources, even without subsidies.


The Song Remains The Same: Ontario Seeks More Science Before Lifting Offshore Ban

The Ontario government says the nearly four-year-old offshore wind moratorium will remain in place until the province fully understands the technology’s impact on the environment.

Canwea_id1984
Renewable NRG_id1934
Future Energy_id2008