Power Sources

VCE is working towards a clean energy future.

VCE is committed to providing high levels of renewable energy and low levels of carbon to the communities it serves. Here’s what that means, and where our energy comes from.

Renewable Energy

Renewable energy comes from resources that are naturally replenished and create no net carbon emissions.

Renewable energy sources include solar, wind, biomass, bio-waste, geothermal, and small hydroelectric sources. VCE’s current renewable electricity supply comes mostly from wind power, generated in the Pacific Northwest. As the program grows, our goal is to purchase additional renewable energy even closer to home, as many of the other operational CCA programs have done.

When people create a greater demand for renewable energy, local producers have a greater incentive to provide it.

Carbon-free Energy

Unlike fossil fuels, carbon-free energy creates no carbon emissions when generated.

Carbon dioxide is produced when fossil fuels are burned, and this is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. VCE’s carbon-free energy comes from resources like wind and solar that also qualify as renewable under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS); some also come from large hydro resources, which do not qualify as renewable under RPS.

VCE Standard Service

Our standard electricity service option is 45% renewable and 75% carbon-free. It is cost-competitive with PG&E’s standard product, which is 29% renewable. Our goal is to eventually increase the percentage of renewable energy in our standard service option.

UltraGreen Service

Our UltraGreen premium electricity service option is 100% renewable and 100% carbon-free. It is available at a slight premium—1.5 cents per kWh. That might mean a few extra dollars per month or more for your home or business, depending on how much electricity you use.

VCE’s 2019 Power Content Label
* “Unspecified” means electricity from transactions that are not traceable to specific generation sources.

VCE’s 2018 Power Content Label is also available. To see more information about VCE’s power mix and how our rates compare to PG&E’s, please download the Joint Rate Mailer 2020.