Date: September 30,
For Immediate Release
Utilities Communications Manager
Phone: (650) 329-2656
of Palo Alto Utilities Sets Goal for PaloAltoGreen
Become the #1 Renewable Energy Program in the Country
Palo Alto, CA -- The
City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) announced it has set a goal to
have the #1 renewable energy program in the nation. PaloAltoGreen
plans to enroll 10% of the community in its renewable energy program
within one year. No current utility renewable energy program has
achieved this level of enrollment.
After unveiling its new renewable energy offering four months ago
on June 1, 2003, CPAU's PaloAltoGreen program achieved
one of the fastest community enrollment rates in the country compared
to similar programs. Four months into the program, about 1,100 participants,
or nearly 4% of the residential and business customers, enrolled
"Palo Alto's national reputation as an environmentally conscious
community is strengthened by the great initial response we've had
to this program," said City of Palo Alto Mayor Dena Mossar. "Having
the #1 renewable energy program in the nation will require a commitment
from residents and businesses but it's a commitment with a payoff
that's priceless: a sustainable, clean future. Collectively, we
can make a difference."
Many prominent Palo Alto businesses committed to supporting the
environment and responsible energy resources are participating in
PaloAltoGreen for their retail stores and corporate
"Our guests are savvy consumers, environmentally responsible and
concerned about value," said Stephanie Wansek, general manager of
Palo Alto's Cardinal Hotel. "Supporting renewable energy through
our hotel's participation in PaloAltoGreen is
a great proposition for us: it allows us to serve our guests needs
and our community at the same time."
PaloAltoGreen is a voluntary renewable energy program
offered to all residential, commercial, and industrial customers
within Palo Alto to support the generation of energy from 100% clean
wind and solar power resources at a low additional cost of 1.5 cents
per kilowatt-hour. While CPAU has purchased clean hydroelectric
power for its utility customers for decades, this new offering of
PaloAltoGreen adds to the City's goal for renewable
energy purchases to equal 10% by the year 2008 and 20% in renewable
energy purchases by 2015.
The approximately 1,100 participants currently enrolled in PaloAltoGreen
pay the low additional program fee to fund renewable power generators
so wind power is delivered to the regional power pool instead of
non-renewable energy. As a result, annually 11,600,723 pounds (5,273
tons) of carbon dioxide emissions and other harmful particulate
matter will be prevented from being released into the Earth's atmosphere.
According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the environmental
benefit is equivalent to planting 1,384 acres of forest or not driving
the average passenger vehicle 13,049,0000 miles each year.
CPAU is supported in its goal to have the #1 community renewable
energy program in the nation by 3 Phases Energy Services, a California-based
renewable energy company. 3 Phases has helped develop and administer
the program and manages the renewable energy purchases on behalf
City of Palo Alto Utilities' customers can sign up for PaloAltoGreen
by sending an email including customer address and telephone number
to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (650) 329-2161.
About the City of Palo Alto Utilities
The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) is the only full-service
municipal utility in California that operates services including
electricity, fiber optic, wastewater, natural gas and water. Visit
www.cpau.com for more information.
About 3 Phases Energy Services
In operation since 1994, 3 Phases Energy Services offers green pricing
program design and implementation services, retail and wholesale
marketing of tradable renewable certificates (Green Certificates),
100% renewable electricity direct access services, and solar photovoltaic
installation. Visit www.3phases.com
for more information.