Date: December 22, 2006
For Immediate Release
Utility Communications Manager
Alto is First California Green Power Community
Recognized by Environmental Protection Agency
Palo Alto, CA -- The City
of Palo Alto is the first city in California, and the fourth city
in the country, to be certified as a Green Power Community by the
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Palo Alto qualified for this
certification with a two percent green power purchase collectively
as a community.
“EPA applauds the City of Palo Alto for its collective green
power purchasing and leadership as a green power community,”
said Deborah Jordan, Director of the EPA’s Air Division in
the Pacific Southwest Region. “The City’s efforts should
serve as an example to other communities throughout California seeking
to reduce air emissions associated with using electricity. By purchasing
green power, Palo Alto is helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions."
To achieve EPA Green Community status, a combined effort of community
member and City enrollments in the PaloAltoGreen Program was needed.
To date, nearly 4,300
households and 130 businesses have enrolled in the program. Additionally,
the City and the Regional Water Quality Control Plant operated by
Palo Alto have committed to purchase renewable energy which results
in a combined 912,000 kilowatt-hours annually of wind and solar
energy for City facilities.
“Becoming an EPA-recognized Green Power Community demonstrates
that supporting renewable energy and fostering the development of
renewable energy technologies is not only feasible but easy. Choosing
to purchase PaloAltoGreen energy supports the growing wind and solar
power industry in our region and helps to reduce greenhouse gases
for our families today, and into the future for our children’s
children,” said City of Palo Alto Mayor Judy Kleinberg. “Once
again, I am proud to be part of a community like Palo Alto that
recognizes the need to promote sustainable energy solutions.”
Green Power Communities are a new type of Partner for EPA’s
Green Power Partnership program, providing assistance and recognition
to cities and their organizations that demonstrate environmental
leadership by choosing to purchase renewable energy or ‘green
power.’ Green Power Communities are recognized by EPA’s
Green Power Partnership in areas where homes, businesses, organizations
and local governments voluntarily commit to switch a portion of
their collective electric power usage to green power through individual
and organizational purchases.
The City of Palo Alto remains a national leader in renewable energy
use and production and is committed to innovative ideas that support
renewable energy and preserve the environment.
PaloAltoGreen offers residential, business and industrial utility
customers the option to support the generation of electricity from
100% renewable wind and solar resources. Voluntary participants
pay a low additional cost of 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour. Signing
up is easy. Visit www.cpau.com/programs/green/app.html
or call (650) 329-2161.
About EPA’s Green Power Partnership
EPA’s Green Power Partnership is a voluntary program helping
to increase the use of green power among leading U.S. organizations.
The program encourages organizations
to purchase green power as a way to reduce the risk of climate change
and the environmental impact associated with conventional electricity
use. Partners include a wide variety of leading organizations such
as Fortune 500 companies, local, state, and federal governments,
trade associations, as well as colleges and universities. For additional
information, please visit http://www.epa.gov/greenpower/