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Palo Alto Mayor Greg Sharff stated, "Climate change is one of the critical challenges of our generation and we hope our actions will inspire others to follow suit."
Currently, Palo Alto derives about 50% of its energy from hydroelectricity. The city also makes use of wind turbines and solar panels.
Their plan is to have carbon-neutral electricity for the town by the end of 2013. For circumstances when renewable energy isn't enough, Palo Alto plans on buying short-term energy with the use of renewable energy certificates. These will be used to supplement long-term renewable energy resources.
Palo Alto's Carbon Neutral Plan is predicted to reduce 330,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions by 2016.
"As a City, we’ve had cheaper, greener power for our citizens for decades, and being able to make this recent move to 100% carbon-free electricity is just another example of how owning our own utilities pays off," said City Manager James Keene.