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RENEWABLE ENERGY

Why does Alameda Municipal Power offer a voluntary renewable energy program?

Alameda Green was launched in response to requests from Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) customers. The program offers customers the option to match up to 100 percent of their monthly electricity use with clean, renewable energy.


Do other utilities offer voluntary renewable energy programs? 

Yes. Over 850 utilities offer a renewable energy option similar to Alameda Green. 


What is Renewable Energy

Renewable energy is energy from sources that replenish themselves without depleting the Earth's resources. Renewable resources are abundant and cause little, if any, environmental damage. Examples of renewable energy sources include:

  • Wind
  • Solar
  • Landfill and agricultural waste (biomass)
  • Heat of the earth (geothermal)
  • Water (low-impact hydroelectric facilities)
  • Wave or tidal (ocean power)

To learn more about renewable energy, visit the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).


What types of renewable energy are supported by Alameda Green?

Alameda Green supports renewable energy from a variety of resources while prioritizing California-based renewable energy projects. Alameda Green’s 2017 renewable energy mix is: 5% California solar, 30% California biogas, and 65% wind from western states (AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, or WY). Alameda Green will provide customers with an annual Product Content Label that contains detailed information about the renewable energy mix sources.


If I choose Alameda Green, will I actually receive electricity from renewable energy generation sources? 

Because of the way that power grids work, electricity from a specific facility or source generally does not flow directly to a specific customer's home. However, when you enroll in Alameda Green, we guarantee  that renewable energy in the exact amount of your electricity use is generated and delivered to Alameda’s electricity grid (Western Electricity Coordinating Council region).

The renewable energy you purchase cannot be used by utilities to meet any Renewable Energy Portfolio mandates. Your participation in Alameda Green therefore creates additional demand for renewable energy beyond that required by the government, encouraging further development of green power projects.

To learn more about how the electric grid works, visit the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s website.


HOW YOU CAN PARTICIPATE

How do I enroll?

Alameda Green is a voluntary program available to all Alameda Municipal Power customers. Enrollment is simple, voluntary and you may cancel at any time. 

Click here to find your enrollment options…


How much electricity does the average home in Alameda consume?

The average home in Alameda consumes approximately 330-400 kWh of electricity per month, or 3,960-4,800 kWh per year.* That is about a third less than half of the national average of 958 kWh per month*, illustrating that Alamedans are committed to saving vast amounts of energy. *Source: US Energy Information Administration


What if I wish to stop participating in Alameda Green?

No problem. You can cancel at any time and your next bill will reflect the change. Just call (510) 748-3900.


How do I know if I am getting what I pay for? 

Alameda Green is a Green-e Energy certified® program. Green-e Energy was established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions to provide information and an objective standard for consumers to compare renewable energy options and to verify that consumers get what they pay for.

When you see the Green-e Energy logo, it means:

  • The renewable energy option contains only new renewable resources.
  • The renewable sources of energy supplying the renewable energy option are independently verified by Green-e Energy, operated by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions.
  • The purchaser of a Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificate is the sole "owner" of the environmental attributes of a specific megawatt hour (MWh) of energy added to the grid. Independent verification ensures that no MWh are double-counted
  • The company offering the certified renewable energy option agrees to abide by the Green-e Energy Code of Conduct and Customer Disclosure Requirements governing its ethical treatment of customers.
  • For more information on Green-e Energy certification requirements, call 888.63.GREEN or go to www.green-e.org.


ALAMEDA GREEN FOR BUSINESSES

Why should my business purchase Alameda Green?

Choosing renewable energy offers a number of benefits to your business. Choosing Alameda Green will help your business:

  • Reduce your business' carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity use

  • Be a leader in your community and industry

  • Generate customer loyalty and employee pride

  • Create positive publicity and earn recognition benefits

  • Differentiate your company from the competition

  • Connect with and market to environmentally conscience customers

We encourage businesses to consider joining the U.S. EPA’s Green Power Partnership.  Purchases of Alameda Green qualify as an eligible supply for that program, as well as for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification program.  


Is Alameda Green eligible for LEED points?

Yes. All Alameda Green renewable energy is Green-e Energy Certified and eligible for green power points under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.


PRICE CHANGE

Why is the price of Alameda Green changing?

Given increased renewable energy market rates and interest from the Alameda community in local renewable energy, we have increased the amount of California-based renewable energy in the Alameda Green energy mix. 

While a local California mix is slightly more expensive, it allows Alameda Green customers to invest in more renewable energy projects located here in California while building demand for clean energy in our state and our region. It will also support the operations and growth of the program. 

How much will my bill increase because of the Alameda Green price change?

Based on the average Alameda household using 330 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per month, there will be an increase of $1.65 per month to the Alameda Green portion of your bill, or $6.60 in total.

How often have Alameda Green rates increased in the past?

This is the first time that Alameda Green rates have increased since the program began in 2012.

Can I expect the price of Alameda Green to change again in the future?

We strive to keep the price low and affordable and avoid changing rates whenever possible. Alameda Green rates may change again depending on renewable energy market rates, but we don’t anticipate any additional changes in the near future.

 

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