The City of Palo Alto Utilities is proud of its ongoing choice to invest in "clean" energy resources. You can learn all about our carbon neutral electric purchase plan---and watch a fun video!--- here.
What is a power content label?
California State legislation (SB 1305) requires all energy service providers, such as the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU), to periodically inform their customers of the source of power they are being sold. Such information is provided in the form of a Power Content Label.
The Power Content Label is very much like a nutrition label on food and is designed to help consumers make informed decisions when selecting an energy service provider or energy product. View or download Palo Alto's Power Content Labels below:
If you have questions or want additional information about Palo Alto's electric power sources, please contact us!
CPAU electric power sources include the Calaveras hydroelectric project, the Western Area Power Administration (Western) hydro-electric contract, long-term power purchase agreements with solar, wind and landfill gas facilities and other short-term contracts from the wholesale market. Western power comes from two sources, the Central Valley Project hydroelectric facilities and from wholesale power contracts with various suppliers in California and the Northwest United States.
CPAU electric power wholesale market purchases are required to be reported as containing the California Power Mix. Regulations also require that wholesale power purchased by Western (non-Central Valley Project) be categorized and reported as though containing the California Power Mix. Therefore, it is the wholesale power purchases made by CPAU and Western that lead to a reported power content that includes resources such as nuclear, coal, natural gas, geothermal, wind, solar and biomass in which CPAU has made no long term investments nor any specified purchases.
Percentage changes occur each year depending on what electricity is available and which purchases best suit CPAU's needs and cost requirements in order to continue providing low rates.