San Francisco, April 25, 2012 — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. asked state regulators for permission to offer a new clean energy program that will give electric customers an opportunity to support 100 percent renewable energy for an average of a few dollars a month.
PG&E is proposing the "Green Option" in response to requests from customers, elected officials and the environmental community for more ways to promote renewable energy.
More than 50 percent of PG&E's electricity comes from sources that are renewable or free of greenhouse gas emissions.
PG&E will buy renewable energy certificates to match the portion of each participating electric customer's energy that is not already covered by PG&E's eligible renewable energy deliveries.
These certificates represent proof that specific quantities of electricity were generated from renewable sources such as wind and solar. PG&E will take steps to certify the Green Option through Green-e Energy, a program of the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions in San Francisco.
The Green Option will let customers support 100 percent renewable energy for a modest premium, similar to what other utilities charge for such voluntary programs. PG&E expects that participating residential customers will pay on average about $6.00 each month. Program costs will be borne only by customers who volunteer to participate. Customers may join or leave the program at any time.
PG&E is asking the California Public Utilities Commission to approve the Green Option by early 2013.