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San Jose Launching Green Energy Program To Compete With PG&E

Mike Colgan
September 13, 2018 - 2:24 pm

SAN JOSE — A carbon-free clean energy program that's allegedly affordable will soon reach San Jose residents, according to city officials.

Residents and business will begin receiving green power in their homes in March if they opt in, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo announced.

“San Jose Clean Energy represents one of our most impactful tools for reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting the ambitious goals defined in Climate Smart San Jose, our Paris-compliant sustainability plan,” said Liccardo.

The program promises customers rates that are one percent below what they would pay PG&E, the regional utility giant. 

A limited initial launch will first bring 100 percent carbon-free energy that comes from a combination of renewable and hydroelectric sources to city hall, the regional wastewater facility, Mineta San Jose International Airport and other government buildings. 

Residents will have a choice between options to get their power partially or completely from renewable sources. Both options are carbon neutral. 

Pricing, however, for the all-renewable package has not yet been released. An existing program that offers 40 percent renewable energy comes out to be pennies cheaper than the typical PG&E bill, according to the city's figures

“This is a major milestone for San Jose Clean Energy and an excellent opportunity to recognize and appreciate all of the community members, organizations, and city staff who worked so hard over multiple years to make SJCE a reality,” said Lori Mitchell, San Jose's Community Energy Director.

Whether customers select one of the San Jose Clean Energy Plans or continue with their PG&E plan, PG&E will continue to distribute the energy, manage the power lines, and provide customer and billing services.

Written by Arooba Kazmi.