Date: September 30,
For Immediate Release
Utilities Communications Manager
Phone: (650) 329-2656
Renewable Energy Industry Certification
Palo Alto, CA -- A "Green-e"
endorsement was recently bestowed on the City of Palo Alto Utilities'
(CPAU) PaloAltoGreen renewable energy program by the
Center for Resource Solutions (CRS). This important industry certification
provides Palo Altans quality assurance of the green power resources
they support by participating in PaloAltoGreen.
To earn Green-e certification, the PaloAltoGreen program
will undergo a comprehensive verification process conducted by CRS.
CRS will audit the program to verify that the quantity and type
of renewable resources sold met consumer demand, as well as the
renewable energy and consumer protection requirements. They also
biannually review all marketing materials to make sure that PaloAltoGreen's
claims to utility customers match what it delivers.
"We know that our customers value renewable energy resources but
the support of PaloAltoGreen in its first few months
has been overwhelmingly positive. This endorsement of our program
will only strengthen the compelling draw to support energy resources
like wind and solar power," said John Ulrich, City of Palo Alto
Director of Utilities.
PaloAltoGreen purchases renewable energy from newly
constructed public power wind turbine facilities within the western
states and from new solar photovoltaic projects in California. This
program, geared toward empowering individual consumers to have a
convenient way to make a difference, is just another way that CPAU
promotes renewable energy. 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.
Palo Alto residential and business utility customers can sign up
for PaloAltoGreen by sending an email that includes
customer address and telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
or by calling (650) 329-2241.
The Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) is a non-profit organization
that brings together diverse interests to preserve our environment,
encourage sustainable economic growth, and promote clean energy
for present and future generations. Based in San Francisco, California,
CRS administers national and international programs that preserve
and protect the environment through the design of innovative strategies
and increased utilization of sustainable technologies. More information
is at www.resource-solutions.org
About City of Palo Alto Utilities
The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) is the only municipal utility
in California that operates city-owned utility services including
electricity, wastewater, fiber optic, natural gas and water. Visit
www.cpau.com for more information.