Bioenergy, Geothermal, Hydropower, Solar, Wind Power

PG&E Expands Renewable Power Supply and Launches ClimateSmart

Using several sources for geothermal-and biomass-generated renewable energy, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for up to 387 megawatts (MW).

The utility currently supplies more than 12% of its customer load from renewable resources that qualify under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program. In total, about 50% of the power that PG&E delivers to its customers comes from generating resources that emit no carbon dioxide, the primary contributor to global warming. Also with the approval of the CPUC, PG&E will launch ClimateSmart in spring 2007 — a voluntary program that will provide customers the option to neutralize greenhouse gas emissions associated with their energy use. The program is designed to supplement, not substitute for, PG&E’s existing efforts — both voluntary and mandatory — to increase its renewable energy sources and expanding energy efficiency programs. ClimateSmart allows residential and business customers to sign up voluntarily and pay a small amount on their monthly utility bill based on energy usage, which will fund environmental projects aimed at removing carbon dioxide (CO2) from the air.