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Green Power Sources in California

Buying green power from alternative sources helps grow this sustainable energy source for our region. Here is a list of local green power sources.

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What is Green Power?

The term "green power" generally refers to electricity supplied in whole or in part from renewable energy sources, such as wind and solar power, geothermal, hydropower, and various forms of biomass. Increasingly, electricity customers are being given electricity supply options, either as retail power markets open to competition or when their regulated utilities develop green pricing programs. More than 50% of retail customers in the United States now have an option of purchasing a green power product directly from their electricity supplier. In addition, consumers can support renewable energy development through the purchase of green energy certificates.
Utility Name Program
Type Start Date Premium
Anaheim Public Utilities Green Power for the Schools PV 2002 Contribution
Anaheim Public Utilities Green Power for the Grid wind, landfill gas 2002 1.5¢/kWh
Burbank Water and Power Clean Green Support various 2001 1.0¢/kWh
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power Green Power for a Green LA wind, landfill gas 1999 3.0¢/kWh
PacifiCorp: Pacific Power Blue Sky Block wind 2000 1.95¢/kWh
Palo Alto Utilities/3 Phases Energy Services Palo Alto Green wind, PV 2003 / 2000 1.5¢/kWh
Pasadena Water & Power Green Power wind 2003 2.5¢/kWh
Roseville Electric Green Roseville wind, PV 2005 1.5¢/kWh
Sacramento Municipal Utility District Greenergy wind, landfill gas, hydro, PV 1997 1.0¢/kWh or $6/month
Silicon Valley Power / 3 Phases Energy Services Santa Clara Green Power wind, PV 2004 1.5¢/kWh

Source: National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado.

Notes: Utility green pricing programs may only be available to customers located in the utility's service territory. For additional details, please see the full green pricing products table.

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