California's Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program

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In 2006, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, which requires the state of California to develop regulations that reduce the state’s carbon footprint to 1990 levels by 2020. This is about a 20 percent reduction from current amounts. Each year, the limit on the amount of statewide greenhouse gases (GHG) emissions will be lowered.

What does this mean for customers?

Ultimately, it will mean that California residents will have a lower carbon footprint. To reach this goal, the state of California requires both utilities and consumers to make changes that will affect how energy is produced, as well as the cost of that energy.

In 2014, qualified small business customers will see a monthly credit per kilowatt-hour and residential customers will see a semi-annual bill credit from the state of California, from payments made by GHG emitters into the GHG reduction program.

Because limiting GHG is something the whole state has to come together to solve, Pacific Power is working with businesses and residents to lower electricity usage.

What can you do to help?

Emission reductions are happening to reduce California’s carbon footprint. Here are simple things you can do to make a difference.

  • Sign up for paperless billling.
  • Install compact fluorescent or LED light bulbs.
  • Set your thermostat to 78°F in the summer and 68°F in the winter.
  • Be wattsmart! Check out our energy efficiency programs for homes and businesses.

Learn more about what you can do to reduce your environmental footprint.