Power Content Label

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!.

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!

More Background on Our Power Content Label

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. To the extent that CPAU makes any wholesale market power purchases (e.g., in a dry hydro year), that energy is categorized on the Power Content Label as coming from "Unspecified sources of power" because CPAU is unable to determine exactly what generation resource is producing that power. 

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.