By Erica Madison
Alameda City joins Oakland, Berkeley San Francisco, Richmond, Palo Alto, Santa Clara and Marin in offering a 100% renewable energy option.
Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) is rolling out a new Alameda Green program. Effective August 8th, 2012 consumers can opt in to purchase wind and solar power. The new program will cost volunteers an extra one and half cents per kilowatt-hour or roughly $6.00 more per month than the current price for electricity.
The energy will come from wind and solar energy plants in California and other western states. AMP will fund the program through the purchase of Green-e Energy certified renewable energy certificates.
The shift to renewable energy is part of a growing trend in the bay area called Community Choice Energy programs. Marin was the very first city to offer renewable energy to local businesses and their residents in 2010. Since then several clean energy bills have passed through California legislature (SB 843) which has encouraged more cities to join the renewable energy bandwagon.