Starting now, all residents of San Mateo County can voluntarily opt-in for service with Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) to join the 20 percent of residents, randomly selected from different zip codes in the county. This initial 20 percent, and those who decide to switch early will be joined by the rest of the county in April, 2017 when the full program launches.
“As the program gets underway, customers will have several opportunities to opt out of the default and go with another option. Returning to PG&E will always be an option — at no cost if it’s done within the first 60 days of service, or later for a one-time fee of $5 (for residents).
The authority purchases energy on the open market, but from sources that are renewable — not derived from fossil fuels such as oil, natural gas and coal.
The authority’s primary goal is reducing greenhouse gas emissions on the Peninsula and participating in efforts to slow climate change induced by human activity that, by burning fossil fuels, adds to the accumulation of such heat-trapping gases in the Earth’s atmosphere.
If Peninsula Clean Energy is profitable, the earnings will be reinvested locally in new energy efficiency projects and programs, perhaps leading to new local green jobs, the agency says.
If the authority is not profitable, its purchase of a $100,000 bond, as required by law, will allow a smooth transition of customers back to PG&E, Mr. Burruto said.”
Open Enrollment Begins for Clean Energy Program, Dave Boyce, The Almanac, July 27, 2016.