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Saturday: Workshop in Portola Valley on 100% renewable sources of electricity

The availability of electricity from 100 percent renewable resources for Portola Valley residents and businesses begins in April, and the town is holding a workshop at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 11, to inform the public about the change and take questions.

The venue is the Historic Schoolhouse at 765 Portola Road in Portola Valley. Everyone is welcome, including residents of neighboring communities.


The Saturday workshop is recommended for residents with solar-panel installations at home and questions about net metering. (The town held a similar workshop on Thursday, March 9, but the focus was not on net metering.)

The electricity vendor is Peninsula Clean Energy, a joint powers board in San Mateo County that contracts with suppliers of renewable energy as an alternative to that supplied by Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

The green energy program launched in October 2016 for a limited set of customers; the second stage, to include all customers in the county, begins in April. PG&E will maintain the infrastructure for delivering the electricity.

"In essence, you still get the same dependable electrical service you’ve always enjoyed, just at a much smaller cost to the planet," according to a Town Hall statement about the program.

Portola Valley's Town Council decided that the default for all PG&E customers in town was to receive 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources – at a cost of a few dollars more per month than what they pay PG&E.

Customers have the option to receive 50 percent of electricity from renewable sources at a cost slightly less than what PG&E has been charging, the staff says. Customers may also return to PG&E as the supplier.

For more information, contact Brandi de Garmeaux, the town's sustainability and special projects manager, at bdegarmeaux@portolavalley.net or at (650) 851-1700 ext. 222.

To speak directly with a representative from Peninsula Clean Energy, call 1-866-966-0110.

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Dave Boyce

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5 people like this
Posted by Jane Gilman
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Mar 9, 2017 at 12:43 pm

Serious question: anyone know what percentage of the electricity we use in PV comes from nuclear power plants?

I'd to have 100% of my electricity created by nuclear power plants! Is that an option?


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Posted by Dave Boyce
Almanac staff writer
on Mar 9, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Dave Boyce is a registered user.

From this link at Peninsula Clean Energy ...

Web Link

Community Choice Energy programs "get their electricity supply from a variety of renewable resources. Renewable energy is simply defined as energy from a source that is not depleted when used or any energy source that is naturally occurring, therefore, inexhaustible. Renewable energy is not derived from fossil or nuclear fuel. Renewable energy resources include biomass, solar, wind, geothermal, and water.


5 people like this
Posted by UPS or FedEx?
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Mar 9, 2017 at 2:45 pm

@JaneGilman: I hope you have that option someday to choose 100% nuclear power.

How would you like the radioactive waste shipped to your home - UPS or FedEx?


5 people like this
Posted by Jane Gilman
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Mar 9, 2017 at 4:38 pm

@UPS or FedEx: Thanks, I'm pro-Choice!

Off-topic: I'll know that the "Climate Change community" is serious about their concerns when they have given their full backing to the construction of many small nuclear power plants using technology of the 2010s (not that of the 1950s and 1960s).


4 people like this
Posted by UPS or FedEx?
a resident of Portola Valley: Los Trancos Woods/Vista Verde
on Mar 9, 2017 at 6:28 pm

"many small nuclear power plants using technology of the 2010s"

And other than on drawing boards, where are these miraculous power plants located around the world, showing proof of concept?

I think that you are quite open-minded, taking your portion of nuclear waste and storing it in your closet!


4 people like this
Posted by Subway
a resident of Atherton: West of Alameda
on Mar 9, 2017 at 8:56 pm

ahhh... the ol' "but it's new and improved" trope.

Nah, not buying what yer peddling. New Nukes is like Clean Coal. Fairy tales.


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Posted by Skylonda
a resident of Woodside: Skywood/Skylonda
on Mar 10, 2017 at 5:07 pm

New nukes -> clean coal

Nice!


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