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When you enroll in Alameda Green, Alameda Municipal Power purchases renewable energy certificates (REC) from California bio gas projects and western U.S. wind farms.
Like the energy delivered through our basic service, once an electron is added to the grid, the exact source cannot be determined. However, the renewable energy certificates prove that renewable energy was generated at a power source and added to the electric grid on your behalf.
There are no structural or wiring changes made to your home when you join Alameda Green. Instead, renewable energy certificates (REC) will be purchased in amounts equal to your energy usage. Each REC represents 1,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy generated and delivered to the grid on your behalf.
One renewable energy certificate (REC) represents 1,000 kilowatt-hours of renewable energy delivered to the power grid. To give you an idea, the average Alameda home uses 333 kilowatt-hours a month. The purchase of RECs helps support production of new renewable energy technologies. All of our RECs are certified by the Environmental Protection Agency's preferred third party, Green-e.
Rest assured, you are still connected to the same power grid and will receive the same standard and quality of service.
Your participation directly supports the biogas and wind industry here in California and wind farms in the western U.S.
Alameda Green costs an additional 2 cents per kilowatt-hour on top of the standard Alameda Municipal Power electricity mix rates. The cost will vary monthly based on your usage, but is about $6.60 extra per month for the average Alameda home. It appears as a separate line item on your bill so you have full transparency on the monthly cost.
Alameda Green comes at a premium because we are purchasing renewable energy certificates for renewable energy delivered to the grid in the western U.S. These certificates support California biogas and western U.S. wind farms above and beyond what Alameda Municipal Power supports through its regular mix of electricity.
You are always in control of your enrollment. There is no contract and no cancellation fee, and you can opt down to the standard mix at any time without penalty.
A third party (in line with the Green-e Energy program requirements) audits the program each year to confirm that the renewable energy certificates purchased for Alameda Green customers are accounted for.
No problem. You can cancel at any time and your next bill will reflect the change. Just call 510-748-3900.
Choosing renewable energy offers a number of benefits to your business. Choosing Alameda Green will help your business:
We encourage businesses to consider joining the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Power Partnership. Purchases of Alameda Green qualify as an eligible supply for that program, as well as for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED certification program.
Yes. All Alameda Green renewable energy is Green-e Energy Certified and eligible for green power points under the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.