Commercial, Distributed Generation, Industrial, Solar, Sourcing Renewables  -  March 1, 2016

Nearly 30% of PG&E's retail electricity is renewable, company says

San Francisco-based utility Pacific Gas and Electric recently said it is beating California's renewable portfolio standard as the renewable energy it delivers to its customers has reached nearly 30%.

Considering the company’s entire energy portfolio, more than 58% of the electricity that PG&E delivers to its customers comes from greenhouse gas-free resources when you include large hydroelectric and nuclear energy, the PG&E Corp. subsidiary said in a news release. 

State goals call for an average of 23.3% RPS between 2014 and 2016. PG&E surpassed that target, serving 29.5% of its retail electricity sales with renewable power in 2015. Additionally, PG&E says it’s well ahead of schedule to meet the state's 33% target by 2020.

PG&E’s renewable power mix consists of solar, wind, geothermal, bio-power and small, eligible-renewable hydroelectric energy, the utility said. That generation mix helped PG&E achieve a carbon emissions rate that is two-thirds cleaner than the national utility average.

The company also touted its rooftop solar activity, saying it has connected more than 215,000 customers with rooftop solar to the grid. The utility's Solar Choice program allows customers to lower their carbon footprint and purchase 50% or 100% of their electricity from solar power, without installing panels.

"The clean energy transformation that began with energy efficiency programs in the 1970s has made quantum leaps through new technologies like solar and wind energy, which are part of the green power we deliver to our customers every day," Geisha Williams, president of PG&E Electric said in the release.

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