On average, approximately half of the electricity PG&E delivers to its customers comes from a combination of renewable and greenhouse gas-free resources. PG&E customers benefit from wind energy generated from an Iberdrola Renewables site in Sherman County, Oregon. Photo courtesy of Iberdrola Renewables.The power mix* we provided to our customers in 2012 consisted of non-emitting nuclear generation (21 percent), large hydroelectric facilities (11 percent) and eligible renewable resources (19 percent), such as wind, geothermal, biomass, solar and small hydro. The remaining portion came from natural gas/other (27 percent) and unspecified power (21 percent). Unspecified power refers to electricity that is not traceable to specific generation sources by any auditable contract trail.
We have added more than 100 megawatts of new solar photovoltaic generation, owned and operated by PG&E, including three new solar plants dedicated last year in Fresno County.
We also continue to add solar energy to our energy supply through significant contracts with third-party developers.
Sempra Generation delivers energy to PG&E customers from a large photovoltaic solar power plant in Boulder City, Nevada, located about an hour southeast of Las Vegas. Photo courtesy of Sempra Generation.
Benefiting our customers further, PG&E administers the California Solar Initiative, an ambitious program designed to boost the amount of customer-installed solar capacity in California. PG&E paid and reserved $137 million in rebates for 70 MW of both installed and currently active residential and commercial solar installations in 2011. This accounted for nearly half of the total customer applications to reserve funding for residential and commercial solar projects. Learn more about solar energy.
PG&E leads the nation by hooking up more than 60,000 solar-generating customers to the electric grid.
PG&E owns and operates the nation's largest investor-owned hydroelectric system, providing a safe and reliable source of clean energy for millions of customers.
The system is built along 16 river basins stretching nearly 500 miles—from Redding in the north to Bakersfield in the south. PG&E's 68 powerhouses, including a pumped storage facility, have a total generating capacity of 3,896 MW and rely on nearly 100 reservoirs located primarily in the higher elevations of California’s Sierra Nevada and Southern Cascade mountain ranges.
By allowing more water to pass through new streamflow release facilities, we are enhancing 22.5 miles of the Pit River and its associated habitat.