VTA’s Commitment to Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions4/19/2019 2:44 PM |
This Earth Day, and every day, VTA is committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
One way the agency is doing this is by participating in Community Choice Energy programs that allow local governments to purchase clean electricity for their residents and businesses at competitive prices.
VTA is enrolled in two Community Choice Energy programs: San Jose Clean Energy and Silicon Valley Clean Energy. These programs enable VTA to get energy from cleaner sources like solar, wind, and hydropower.
San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE) is the City of San Jose’s new electricity provider. In February 2019, homes and businesses in San Jose, including VTA, were automatically enrolled in SJCE’s new GreenSource service.
GreenSource includes 45 percent renewable energy (up from 33 percent in PG&E’s default mix) and is overall 80 percent carbon-free. It is also one percent cheaper than default PG&E service. Residents and businesses can also elect to upgrade to TotalGreen to get 100 percent renewable energy from SJCE.
Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) provides electricity to the communities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and Unincorporated Santa Clara County. In 2017, VTA enrolled in SVCE’s GreenPrime service which provides electricity from 100 percent renewable, carbon-free sources.
VTA is also reducing greenhouse gas emissions is by converting our fleet from standard diesel buses to hybrid and electric buses, constructing roadway improvements that reduce congestion and provide better pedestrian and bicycle access, and promoting the use of public transportation by encouraging commuters to get on board.