Portola Valley Town Council Chooses 100% Renewable Electricity
On Wednesday, May 25, 2016 the Portola Valley Town Council voted to bring all of its ratepayers into the Peninsula Clean Energy program at 100% renewable electricity. This groundbreaking action makes Portola Valley one of the first cities in California to move to 100% renewable electricity and the first to make this move through a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program. Said Mayor Maryann Moise Derwin,“The decision to default to 100% renewable energy reflects our historic environmental town values and is a fitting continuation of the work started ten years ago when the Climate Protection Task Force was first created.”
Councilmember Jeff Aalfs, Portola Valley’s representative to the Peninsula Clean Energy Board of Directors, has been instrumental in educating the community about the program, the benefits of which include far more local control over the mix of renewable electricity procured. With a higher percentage of renewable electricity, Portola Valley will realize measurable reductions in its greenhouse gas emissions and thus help meet its 2020 target of emissions that are 15% below 2005 levels. Commented Councilmember Aalfs at the Town Council meeting, “Adopting a 100% renewable mix as the default product will be a great show of leadership and environmental stewardship, two of Portola Valley’s defining characteristics.”
Portola Valley is expected to join Peninsula Clean Energy as part of the second phase of accounts to come online in April 2017. In the interim, town staff will work closely with Peninsula Clean Energy to help the community fully understand all of their options. All Portola Valley ratepayers will have the option to either “opt-down” to the 50% renewable electricity product, or “opt-out” to remain with PG&E. For more information on Peninsula Clean Energy, visit www.peninsulacleanenergy.com.