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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Palo Alto Ranked First in the Nation in Green Power Participation for Sixth Consecutive Year
Contact : Mary Coady, Communications Manager, Utilities    (650) 329-2479
Palo Alto, CA –  PaloAltoGreen, the renewable energy program offered by the City of Palo Alto Utilities, ranks first in the nation for its participation rate, according to the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) 2010 Top 10 rankings. With 21.5 percent of CPAU customers’ participating, PaloAltoGreen has held the top spot for best-in-nation participation for six consecutive years.

Palo Alto also ranked fourth in green power sales as a percentage of total retail electricity sales, with PaloAltoGreen customers purchasing renewable energy equaling 7.4 percent of the electricity that CPAU sold in 2010.  

Within Palo Alto, the top ten PaloAltoGreen neighborhoods were:

  • First place: Crescent Park, 34.88 percent participation
  • Second: College Terrace, with 34.32 percent participation
  • Third: Community Center, with 34.26 percent participation
  • Fourth: Duveneck/St. Francis, with 33.75 percent participation
  • Fifth: Leland Manor/Garland, with 32.71 percent participation
  • Sixth: Barron Park, with 32.45 percent participation
  • Seventh: Fairmeadow, with 31.86 percent participation
  • Eighth: Palo Verde, with 29.99 percent participation
  • Ninth: Southgate, with 28.44 percent participation
  • Tenth: Greenmeadow, with 28.13 percent participation 

"Palo Alto residents and businesses take environmental issues seriously," said Andrea Hart, program manager for PaloAltoGreen.  “Our customers’ continued leadership as number one nationally in green power program participation underscores that commitment.”

NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development.  Each year, NREL releases “Top 10” rankings of the nation’s best performing utility renewable energy program.  Such programs allow electricity consumers to purchase energy generated from renewable resources such as wind, biomass and solar.

“Participating in utility green power programs is one way that consumer can support renewable energy development.  These utilities are national leaders,” said NREL senior analyst Lori Bird.

Business support for the program is also strong, confirming that supporting renewable energy and the environment is good for business.  More than 200 businesses have joined PaloAltoGreen including SAP Labs, Hewlett-Packard, Lockheed Martin, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, TIBCO, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Vi at Palo Alto, IDEO and the City of Palo Alto.

Palo Alto’s consistent leadership in choosing renewable energy options reflects the community’s dedication to supporting electricity production from renewable sources such as wind and solar.  A key to PaloAltoGreen’s success has been the program’s innovative implementation and the community’s enthusiastic support.  The program takes a community-oriented approach and promotes the environmental benefits of participation.

About PaloAltoGreen 

PaloAltoGreen is a voluntary renewable energy program offered to all residential, commercial and industrial customers within Palo Alto as a way to support energy generated from 100 percent clean wind and solar power resources at an additional cost of 1.5 cents per kilowatt hour. CPAU customers can sign up for PaloAltoGREEN by visiting, by calling (650) 329-2161 or by e-mailing and providing name, service address and telephone number.  For more information on PaloAltoGreen participation by neighborhood, see 

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