Valley Clean Energy is committed to its mission to deliver higher levels of renewable energy to the community at lower rates than PG&E. We will also offer 100% renewable energy at a slightly higher rate for those who want to do even more to reduce carbon emissions.
But where will this power come from? First, let’s explain a couple terms:
Carbon-free energy refers to energy that, when generated, creates no carbon emissions. Carbon dioxide, which is primarily produced by the burning of fossil fuels, is the largest contributor to greenhouse gases. At VCE, carbon-free energy comes from energy resources that qualify as renewable under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), as well as from large hydro resources that don’t qualify under the RPS.
Renewable energy is energy that comes from resources that are naturally replenished, create no carbon emissions, and include small hydroelectric, solar, wind, biomass, biowaste, and geothermal sources, and qualify under California’s RPS. For 2018 a most of VCE’s renewable energy will come from wind power located in the Pacific Northwest. VCE may need to procure additional renewable power supplies to meet the renewable power targets, but specific additional resources types have not yet been identified.
VCE offers two different services with different mixes of carbon-free and renewable energy.
Standard Service Option
Our standard service option is at least 42% renewable
and 75% carbon-free
UltraGreen is 100% renewable
VCE is still in the process of procuring renewable and clean power supplies for 2019 and beyond, and specific renewable technologies have not yet been identified. However, the goal is to increase the renewable power mix percentage for future years.