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PG&E touts green projects in 2017

December 29,2107

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PG&E’s clean energy and sustainability initiatives were recently recognized by the 2017 Newsweek Green Rankings, which named the company as the greenest energy provider in the nation and the fourth greenest company overall.

Screen Shot 2017-12-29 at 7.01.47 AMNearly 70 percent of the electricity PG&E delivers to its customers comes from greenhouse gas-free resources.
It’s no surprise since the company has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to sustainability as the world deals with the very real threat of climate change.
“Creating a sustainable energy future is at the core of PG&E’s vision,” said Geisha Williams, PG&E Corporation CEO and president. “This ranking reflects our progress in protecting the environment as we build a safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy future for our customers and communities. As we observe the real and present impacts of climate change, we are more motivated than ever to continue that work today and into the future.”
Other examples of how PG&E remained committed to clean energy in 2017:
▪ In March, the company announced it had achieved a renewable energy milestone with nearly 70 percent of the electricity PG&E delivered to its customers in 2016 coming from greenhouse gas-free resources. PG&E delivered an average of 32.8 percent of its electricity that year from renewable resources including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectric sources. That’s more than a 3 percent increase in just one year and the highest percentage yet for the state’s largest combined natural gas and electric company. A total of 69.3 percent of PG&E’s electric power mix is from nuclear, large hydro and renewable sources of energy.
▪ PG&E also launched the Better Together Resilient Communities grant program, a shareholder-funded initiative that will invest $2 million over five years to support local climate resilience planning efforts.
▪ In April, announced a call for proposals for renewable energy developers to build new projects for a clean energy program available to PG&E customers. The sites are for PG&E’s Regional Renewable Choice program, which will expand renewable energy access by enabling customers to work directly with developers of new renewable projects.
▪ In May, the company announced that the cost for customers to participate in PG&E’s Solar Choice program has dropped by 30 percent for residential customers and nearly 50 percent for some business customers. PG&E continues to invest in the program (launched in 2016) with new solar infrastructure by renewable developers.

▪ In September, in a move designed to remove obstacles and encourage low-income customers to consider electric vehicles, PG&E announced a new pilot program in partnership with Valley Clean Air Now and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 684 and 100 to provide free electrical panel upgrades to encourage electric vehicle ownership in underserved communities. The PG&E Corporation Foundation will provide $75,000 in shareholder funds to cover the cost of upgrading home service panels — a commonly cited obstacle to electric vehicle adoption. The IBEW will perform the site surveys, planning and panel installation for customers who qualify for the program.
▪ In June, PG&E announced that customers driving vehicles using compressed natural gas, who have CNG accounts and fill up at PG&E stations, will be eligible for a new rebate. The new rebate is part of California’s statewide Low Carbon Fuel initiative, which aims to reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the adoption of clean fuels like compressed natural gas.

And in December, PG&E said it will explore — through a technology demonstration project — will the viability of a clean energy system powering a home in the case of a power outage or during a demand response event. For the project, PG&E created a demonstration home energy system that includes private rooftop solar panels, battery energy storage, and an electric vehicle retrofitted to support two-way energy flow.

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