PaloAltoGreen scores national first-place rating

Ten Palo Alto neighborhoods take the lead in renewable-energy purchases

Ten Palo Alto neighborhoods have helped the city garner first place for renewable-energy participation in a federal Department of Energy ranking of effective renewable-energy programs.

PaloAltoGreen has won the first-place rating by the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory 2010 Top 10 for the sixth consecutive year.

About 21.5 percent of the city's Public Utilities customers participate in the voluntary program, which offers residential, commercial and industrial customers energy from 100 percent wind and solar sources for an additional 1.5 cents per kilowatt-hour.

The city also ranked fourth in green-power sales as a percentage of its retail electricity sales. PaloAltoGreen customers purchased renewable energy equaling 7.4 percent of the electricity the public utility sold in 2010.

The top ten neighborhoods participating in the renewable-energy program in 2010 were (by percentage):

Crescent Park: 34.88

College Terrace: 34.32

Community Center: 34.26

Duveneck/St. Francis: 33.75

Leland Manor/Garland: 32.71

Barron Park: 32.45

Fairmeadow: 31.86

Palo Verde: 29.99

Southgate: 28.44

Greenmeadow: 28.13

More than 200 businesses have also joined PaloAltoGreen, including SAP Labs, HP, Lockheed Martin, Palo Alto Medical Foundation, TIBCO, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, Vi at Palo Alto, IDEO and the City of Palo Alto, according to the city.

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory is the U.S. Department of Energy's primary national laboratory for renewable-energy and energy-efficiency research and development.

"Participating in utility green power programs is one way that consumers can support renewable energy development. These utilities are national leaders," Lori Bird, laboratory senior analyst, said.

Each year the laboratory releases its "Top 10" rankings of the nation's best performing utility renewable-energy programs. Such programs allow electricity consumers to purchase energy generated from renewable resources such as wind, biomass and solar.

We can't do it without you.
Support local journalism.


Like this comment
Posted by Googlegeek
a resident of Los Altos Hills
on May 12, 2011 at 6:42 pm

[Post removed by Palo Alto Online staff.]

Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood

on May 28, 2017 at 1:48 am

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?

Sorry, but further commenting on this topic has been closed.

Don't be the last to know

Get the latest headlines sent straight to your inbox every day.

Peek inside the fine-dining Selby's, opening in Redwood City this summer
By Elena Kadvany | 6 comments | 4,736 views

If you do nothing else, do These Three Things
By Sherry Listgarten | 28 comments | 1,944 views

Premarital and Couples: "You're Not Listening to Me!" may mean "I don't feel heard."
By Chandrama Anderson | 1 comment | 1,286 views

Lentil Brownies
By Laura Stec | 4 comments | 407 views

Finding Balance
By Cheryl Bac | 0 comments | 237 views


Vote now!

It's time once again to cast your vote for the best places to eat, drink, shop and spend time in Palo Alto. Voting is open now through May 27. Watch for the results of our 2019 Best Of contest on Friday, July 19.