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City of Palo Alto Utilities Offers New Green-e Climate Certified Natural Gas Offset Program to Residential and Commercial Customers
CPAU launches PaloAltoGreen Gas, a first of its kind Green-e Climate certified gas offset program
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (January 12, 2015)—Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) today announced that City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) has launched PaloAltoGreen Gas, a gas offset program that pairs Green-e® Climate certified carbon offsets with customers’ natural gas use. PaloAltoGreen Gas is the first Green-e Climate certified gas offset program offered by a municipal-level utility, and the first-ever Green-e Climate certified gas offset program offered to residential customers by a municipal utility.
Palo Alto residents and businesses can choose to offset 100% of the combustion emissions of their natural gas use. Businesses also have the option to buy carbon offsets in blocks of therms. CPAU customers can sign up for PaloAltoGreen Gas beginning January 8, 2015. The City has conveniently created three different channels for enrollment. Customers can enroll by mail, online at cityofpaloalto.org/pagg for residents or cityofpaloalto.org/pagbiz for businesses and by phone at 650-329-2161.
“PaloAltoGreen Gas is an exciting step forward for reducing the impact of our natural gas use,” said Todd Jones, manager of Green-e Climate. “While options are available for renewable electricity everywhere, this is the first time a municipal utility has offered a Green-e certified option to address the other main source of household emissions—our natural gas use.”
“In 2007, we adopted Palo Alto’s Climate Protection Plan that clearly outlined our goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from all sources,” said City Manager James Keene. “The PaloAltoGreen Gas program aligns with the plan’s vision, and is the first Green-e Climate certified gas offset program offered by a municipal utility, and the first to be offered to individual community members. This program helps move Palo Alto forward in our goal to become the greenest community in the country. Since 2013, Palo Alto has purchased 100% of its electric supplies from renewable energy sources and matches any ‘brown’ market purchases with Renewable Energy Certificates. However, there is still a carbon footprint associated with the natural gas we use in Palo Alto and emissions reduction projects are an effective way to offset these emissions.”
Through PaloAltoGreen Gas, carbon offsets are sourced from livestock methane capture projects; chiefly the Green Valley Dairy in Krakow, Wisconsin. Green Valley Dairy uses a methane digester to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas produced in its operations, and uses renewable electricity and waste heat from the electricity generators on-site. The offsets are provided by San Francisco–based Terrapass, Inc. and the project is certified by the Climate Action Reserve. Green-e Climate certifies the carbon offsets sold through the PaloAltoGreen Gas program.
Green-e Climate is the global retail standard for high-quality carbon offsets. It is an independent, third-party certification for utility gas offset programs and competitive gas offset products. It ensures that carbon offsets delivered to gas customers are real, permanent and verified. It certifies that the offsets come from projects that are beyond business-as-usual and registered with high-quality project standards. Green-e verifies gas customers’ exclusive ownership of the reductions as well as correct delivery, and protects against double selling. It also checks for certain disclosures related to offsets for gas customers as a safeguard for truth in advertising.
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