Novato upgrades to 100% renewable sources energy plan
City Council unanimously votes to participate in Marin Clean Energy’s (MCE) Deep Green/100% Renewable Energy Program
At their May 2 meeting, the Novato City Council unanimously voted to participate in Marin Clean Energy’s (MCE) Deep Green/100% Renewable Energy Program, in which all the energy used comes from renewable sources—50% wind and 50% solar generated in California. Additionally, the Council vote included conducting energy audits on City facilities to further reduce energy use.
“This year we are taking our commitment to sustainability to the next level,” said Mayor Denise Athas. “We are going beyond only greening our city operations and vehicle fleets. We are investing in programs and staffing to set a new standard for climate leadership and ensure a sustainable future for our community.”
Currently, the City is a participant in MCE’s Light Green program, which means at least 50% of the City’s electricity is being provided by renewable sources. For the past year, MCE has been able to provide 52% renewable energy, which is broken down as follows: Wind: 36%, Biomass/bio-waste, geothermal and small hydro: 11%, Solar: 5%. The remaining portion of the City’s electricity is generated through large hydroelectric, gas and unspecific sources of power (as reported by the California Energy Commission’s Power Source Disclosure Program).
MCE partners with PG&E to give residents and businesses choices about how much of their electricity comes from renewable sources. There are currently three different levels of MCE participation customers can choose from:
1) Light Green: 50% of energy used comes from renewable sources.
2) Deep Green: 100% of energy used comes from renewable sources.
3) Local Sol: 100% of energy used is locally produced solar energy (program is limited to residential customers).
The City’s participation in the Deep Green program, a stated goal in the City’s adopted Climate Change Action Plan, will save approximately 300 metric tons of carbon dioxide, which would meet 86% of the City’s 2020 target to reduce its emission levels.
Within the last 12 months, the City used 1,691,381 kilowatts per hour of electricity. The cost to participate in the Deep Green program is one cent ($.01) per kilowatt hour of energy used, which translates to approximately $17,000, or an increase of about 5% per year.
As part of the City’s commitment to sustainability, the City Council recently approved the hiring of a full-time Sustainability Programs Coordinator to manage the administration and implementation of the City’s Climate Action Plan and support community action plans, sustainability strategies, and local and regional energy efficiency and greenhouse gas reduction efforts.