Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) has announced that 69.3% of the electricity delivered to its customers in 2016 came from greenhouse-gas-free resources, including nuclear, large hydro and renewable sources of energy.
According to the company, PG&E delivered an average of 32.8% of its electricity in 2016 solely from renewables, including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectric sources. That’s more than a 3% increase in just one year and the highest percentage yet for the state’s largest combined natural gas and electric company.
“Delivering this amount of renewable electricity strongly confirms PG&E’s continued commitment to a cleaner energy future for our customers and all of California. We embrace our role as a leader in renewable energy, and we are full speed ahead in reaching our next targets,” says Geisha Williams, CEO and president of PG&E.
This record level of renewable deliveries also propels PG&E toward California’s goal of 50% renewables by 2030.
The renewable energy milestone comes as the energy company has continued to deliver strong electric reliability over the last decade. By investing in its electric infrastructure and integrating innovative technology to make its power grid smarter and more resilient, PG&E says it has reduced the number and duration of power outages impacting its customers.
California’s renewables portfolio standard is one of the most progressive clean energy mandates in the country. Established in 2002, it required energy providers to increase renewable energy deliveries to 20% by 2017 and, in 2008, expanded the goal to 33% by the end of 2020. Nearly achieving 33% renewable energy delivery and continuing the company’s advanced pace of renewable energy integration reflects PG&E’s larger commitment in the fight against climate change, says Williams.
PG&E’s diverse renewable power mix includes solar, wind, geothermal, bio-power and small, eligible-renewable hydroelectric energy. PG&E has connected 285,000 customers with private rooftop solar to the energy grid – representing about 25% of the nation’s rooftop solar and more than 2,409 MW of clean energy.
This article was originally featured on solarindustrymag.com.