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PG&E continues to grow renewables portfolio

by Andrea Waitrovich

Nearly 70 percent of the electricity Pacific Gas and Electric Co. delivered to its customers in 2016 came from greenhouse gas free resources.

PG&E delivered an average of 32.8 percent of its electricity in 2016 from renewable resources including solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectric sources.

It is a 3 percent increase in just one year, and the highest percentage yet for the state’s largest combined natural gas and electric company. A total of 69.3 percent of PG&E’s electric power mix is from nuclear, large hydro and renewable sources of energy.

This record level of renewable deliveries also propels PG&E toward California’s goal of 50 percent renewables by 2030.

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 percent by 2017, and in 2008 expanded the goal to 33 percent by the end of 2020.

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