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Caltrain, SamTrans opt for 100 percent renewable electricity

Electrical power used by SamTrans and Caltrain in San Mateo County will soon come from 100 percent renewable sources, such as solar, wind and small hydroelectric power. The agencies use electrical power for train signals, stations, bus depots and offices.

The boards of directors for the transportation agencies voted recently to switch from PG&E power to 100 percent renewable electrical energy through a joint powers authority in San Mateo County known as Peninsula Clean Energy.

Peninsula Clean Energy operates as a public energy provider to enable PG&E customers to get electrical energy from renewable sources at rates competitive with PG&E's.

The program will soon become the default electrical energy provider in the county, unless customers choose to stick with PG&E.

The default option will be a 50 percent renewable energy package that's about 5 percent cheaper than PG&E. Users may choose to get 100 percent renewable energy for slightly more than PG&E's current rates.

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The transition to renewable sources is expected to be complete by the end of May, according to Peninsula Clean Energy spokesman Dan B. Lieberman.

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Caltrain, SamTrans opt for 100 percent renewable electricity

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Uploaded: Sun, Mar 12, 2017, 9:13 pm

Electrical power used by SamTrans and Caltrain in San Mateo County will soon come from 100 percent renewable sources, such as solar, wind and small hydroelectric power. The agencies use electrical power for train signals, stations, bus depots and offices.

The boards of directors for the transportation agencies voted recently to switch from PG&E power to 100 percent renewable electrical energy through a joint powers authority in San Mateo County known as Peninsula Clean Energy.

Peninsula Clean Energy operates as a public energy provider to enable PG&E customers to get electrical energy from renewable sources at rates competitive with PG&E's.

The program will soon become the default electrical energy provider in the county, unless customers choose to stick with PG&E.

The default option will be a 50 percent renewable energy package that's about 5 percent cheaper than PG&E. Users may choose to get 100 percent renewable energy for slightly more than PG&E's current rates.

The transition to renewable sources is expected to be complete by the end of May, according to Peninsula Clean Energy spokesman Dan B. Lieberman.

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Reality Check
another community
on Mar 13, 2017 at 1:53 pm
Reality Check, another community
on Mar 13, 2017 at 1:53 pm

This is great news because this also means electrified Caltrain will be powered by 100% clean, green and renewable energy.

Now if we can only convince the Trump's Federal Transit Administration headed by Elaine Chou (Mitch McConnel's wife) to approve the full funding grant agreement which is literally the last piece of funding needed to get electrification and modernization underway ...

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