City of Burlingame Opts for 100% Renewable Electricity

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This press release was issued by the City of Burlingame on 7/5/17. 

The City of Burlingame

OFFICE OF THE CITY HALL — 501 PRIMROSE ROAD

CITY MANAGER BURLINGAME, CALIFORNIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 5, 2017

Contact: Sigalle Michael, Sustainability Coordinator smichael@burlingame.org Phone: 650-558-7261

City of Burlingame Opts for 100% Renewable Electricity

BURLINGAME, CA – Starting this month, the City of Burlingame will be purchasing 100% renewable energy for all of its electricity needs. Burlingame will be part of Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 program, an opt-up option available to all San Mateo County residents interested in purchasing 100% renewable energy.

Peninsula Clean Energy is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. Burlingame participated in the early development of Peninsula Clean Energy and officially enrolled as a customer last October at the default rate, known as ECOplus. ECOplus offers 50% renewable energy at a cost five percent less than PG&E’s.

With the adoption of the budget in June, Burlingame now has the funding to opt-up to Peninsula Clean Energy’s ECO100 rate. “We believe the City should serve as a role model for others and support renewable energy the best way we can,” Mayor Ricardo Ortiz explains. “Purchasing 100% renewable energy significantly reduces our greenhouse gas emissions through minimal hassle and effort.”

Purchasing 100% renewable energy will reduce the City’s greenhouse gas emissions by 1,000 tons per year. That is equivalent to removing 218 cars from the road, or avoiding the burning of one million pounds of coal, or planting 26,000 tree seeds.

Peninsula Clean Energy completed its county-wide enrollment this past April, and now all San Mateo County residents and businesses are part of Peninsula Clean Energy at the ECOplus default rate. Fewer than two percent of customers countywide have chosen to opt-out of the program and remain PG&E customers, while approximately one percent of customers have opted up to the ECO100 rate. ECO100 costs about five percent more than PG&E rates. For the average household, this equals about four dollars extra a month.

Peninsula Clean Energy purchases renewable power from small hydro, wind, and solar projects. This year, the agency approved an agreement to purchase solar electricity from a new solar power plant to be built in Merced Country. The power plant will generate enough solar energy to power over 75,000 California households.

Council Member Donna Colson, who serves as Burlingame’s representative on Peninsula Clean Energy’s Board of Directors, urges Burlingame residents to consider opting-up to ECO100 just as the City has done. “For those looking to support renewable energy or wishing to take a real action for our environment, opting up to ECO100 is the easiest and most effective way to make a difference.”