Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) reports that the city of Rocklin, Calif., is the first town to jump on board the utility’s ClimateSmart program.
ClimateSmart encourages a series of voluntary initiatives that help customers become carbon neutral—by offsetting their greenhouse emissions through various alternative energy investments and efficiency measures. Under the program, PG&E calculates the approximate volume of carbon emissions annually produced by a given account. Then, customers are charged a fee that goes toward offset projects being administrated by the utility.
Altogether, Rocklin buildings and city facilities account for 218 meters across the municipality, according to PG&E. The city is aiming to offset 1.6 million pounds of carbon dioxide produced each year. Aside from ClimateSmart, Rocklin has invested in a 143 kilowatt solar power system at its police station that produces about 40 percent of the energy used to run the facility. (This project got them a $429,000 rebate from PG&E.) The City also supports an extensive open space plan and actively increases its tree canopy each year through plantings.