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Posted on: November 28, 2018

[ARCHIVED] City Converts to Green Rate for Electricity

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The City is greening its operations by moving its municipal electric accounts to the Healdsburg Green Rate, which uses 100 percent clean, renewable energy from the Geysers, the world’s largest geothermal field.

City facilities such as City Hall, the Wastewater Treatment Facility and the Community Center, and operations like traffic lights, electric vehicle (EV) chargers and pathway lighting will be powered by geothermal energy. Super-heated steam generated from the Geysers, which spans about 45 square miles in the Mayacamas Mountains, is converted to electricity; this clean power meets nearly 60 percent of the electricity demand in the north coast, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.

We estimate that by moving the City’s 70 electric accounts to the Healdsburg Green Rate, the City will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 610 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (C02e). For comparison, the average home emits 6.7 metric tons of C02e every year from electricity, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Would you like to lower your greenhouse-gas footprint? The Healdsburg Green Rate is available to all residential and commercial customers for an additional 1.8 cents per kilowatt hour. For more information or to sign up, visit Electric Rates.

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