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Last Updated: Jun 9, 2017
Register for City of Palo Alto Events & Workshops
Find out more about tree care, sustainable landscaping, home composting, attractive alternatives to lawns and more.
%22No water use%22 garden - courtesy Dr. Elizabeth Doughtery, PhD.

Palo Alto Receives Top Award for Climate Change Leadership
Palo Alto will be recognized as the first city to achieve a Platinum Level Beacon Award – the highest level possible - for its efforts and leadership in addressing climate change when Mayor Greg Scharff accepts the prestigious recognition in front of hundreds of elected leaders from throughout California at this year's League of California Cities Annual Conference on Sept. 14.

National Drive Electric Week
The City of Palo Alto is participating in the 2017 National Drive Electric Week.

Community Workshop for Utilities Strategic Plan Update
The City of Palo Alto Utilities is hosting a community workshop to provide information on our Strategic Planning efforts and gather public input.

Power, Gas & Fiber Optic Service Disruptions
Be prepared for outages with these tips. Also, receive notifications on emergencies impacting your neighborhood via AlertSCC at

City Promotes SunShares Discount Program on Solar, Zero Emissions Vehicles and EV Charging Equipment
Through limited time only group-buy, there is no better time to go solar or purchase a zero-emissions vehicle.

City of Palo Alto Paves the Way for More Electric Vehicles with Local Renewable Energy
On Monday, July 24, the City of Palo Alto unveiled new solar panels installed atop parking carports of two public garages and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that are powered by the renewable energy generated on-site.

Palo Alto's Open House Takes Community Behind the Scenes
The City of Palo Alto hosted an Open House on July 3 to showcase some of the “behind the scenes” work that it takes to operate a city.

Water & Drought Update - Palo Alto Water Use Guidelines
Current information on water supply conditions, water use restrictions and efficiency measures.
PA water at source--Tuolumne River-photo by C.Elvert

CPAU Scores Top Marks with Residential Electric Customers
The research finds Palo Alto residential customer satisfaction strong and solid on virtually every dimension, including power delivery reliability, customer service, and utility communication.
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Considering Solar?
Take advantage of Palo Alto's Net Energy Metering before we reach the program cap!

Carbon Neutral Certification
The Climate Registry has verified Palo Alto's carbon neutral status for 2014.

Annual Walking and Mobile Gas Leak Survey In Progress
This routine safety check is conducted every year out to ensure the safety of all who live and work in Palo Alto.

City of Palo Alto Ranks in National Top 10 for Most Solar Watts per Customer
Utility ranked third out of more than 300 utilities nationwide for 2015!
Palo Alto Resident Installs Solar PV Array

Mayor Burt Asks Residents to Sign Pledge for Water Conservation
Sign the pledge to conserve water through the end of April at and help Palo Alto win the national competition!
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City Responds to Drought Stressed Trees in Palo Alto
Trees are stressed by drought throughout Palo Alto, and the City is taking action to prevent a catastrophic loss of our urban canopy.

Trees Need Water (Especially) During Times of Drought
Palo Alto has done a great job in its water conservation efforts, and through its diligence, the community has cut water usage more than 33 percent compared to 2013 levels. While we need to conserve water, doing so may be impacting the City's trees, which are showing signs of stress.


Palo Alto Launches Home Efficiency Genie Program
Through Home Efficiency Genie, a Palo Alto homeowner can schedule a discounted assessment with the program’s specially trained building science expert. These experts can help residents learn cost effective ways to improve their home’s comfort, efficiency, health, indoor air quality, building durability and value.

City of Palo Alto Leads the Way in Sustainability
PaloAltoGreen Gas is the First Green-e Climate Certified Natural Gas Offset Program Offered by a Municipal Utility

Correctly Dispose of Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG)
FOG can clog pipes and damage property - Ensure that you are disposing of it correctly.

City Hall King Plaza Demonstration Garden
A garden planted by community volunteers which showcases sustainable landscape principles for maximum environmental benefits.
New sustainable demonstration garden at Palo Alto City Hall.

Keeping Cool In the Summer
Stay comfortable and save energy with these tips.

Read Your Own Meter? Annual check-ups are in May!
Every year in May, the Utilities Department needs access to your meters to conduct its mandatory annual meter-reading audit on households where customers usually self-read the meters.

Palo Alto ranks in Top 10 for Nationwide Water Conservation Challenge
Over 16,000 residents made the pledge to be more efficient.

Energy Upgrade California
Interested in upgrading your home? Questions about the Energy Upgrade California program? We have answers here.