Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has reached California’s 2020 renewable energy goal three years ahead of schedule, and now delivers nearly 80% of its electricity from greenhouse-gas (GHG) free resources.
The company announced that 33% of its electricity came from renewable resources including wind, solar, geothermal, biomass, and small hydroelectric sources in 2017. Additionally, 78.8% of PG&E’s total electric power mix is from GHG-free sources including nuclear, large hydro, and renewable sources of energy.
It’s the highest percentage of clean energy deliveries in PG&E’s history.
“Reducing carbon emissions, as quickly as possible, is the main objective of California’s energy policies,” said PG&E Corporation President and CEO Geisha Williams. “Creating a sustainable energy future is also the guiding vision for PG&E. We’re proud to provide our customers and communities with safe, reliable, affordable and clean energy every single day, while building the energy network of tomorrow.”
The milestone comes three years before California’s 2020 mandate for energy companies to reach 33% of retail electric deliveries from eligible renewable sources. The company is also on pace to reach California’s 2030 goal of 50% renewables and a separate company goal of 55% renewables by 2031 ahead of schedule.
The record renewable energy deliveries are mirrored by continued advancements in reliability, safety and innovation. PG&E continues to make investments to its electric infrastructure and uses advanced technology to make the power grid smarter and more resilient.
Additionally, the company has increased its investment in Electric Vehicle (EV) infrastructure to help accelerate the adoption of EVs in California to improve air quality and reduce GHG emissions. Most recently, PG&E launched its new EV Charge Network program to install 7,500 EV chargers at condominiums, apartment buildings and workplaces across Northern and Central California, including at sites in disadvantaged communities.
PG&E has been a leader in clean energy and energy efficiency for nearly 50 years, beginning with energy conservation programs in the 1970s and continuing in the early 2000s with the first clean energy power purchase contracts.
Earlier this year, PG&E received approval to close Diablo Canyon in 2025, with plans to replace the nuclear power plant with other clean and renewable sources of energy.
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