City of Santa Monica - Green Power Purchasing (California)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place California
Name City of Santa Monica - Green Power Purchasing
Incentive Type Green Power Purchasing
Applicable Sector Local Government
Eligible Technologies Biomass, Geothermal Electric
Active Incentive Yes
Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Percent Renewables 100%

Date added to DSIRE 2000-01-01
Last DSIRE Review 2012-07-03

References DSIRE[1]


The City of Santa Monica made history June 1, 1999, as green electricity began powering all municipal facilities -- including the Santa Monica Airport, City Hall and the Santa Monica Pier -- making it the first city in the world to switch to 100% renewable resources to meet the power needs of city facilities. Under the contract, the city purchases approximately 5MW of renewables. The proposed purchase is equivalent to the amount of electricity used by 5,000 to 6,000 homes.

Commerce Energy (formerly "Commonwealth Energy") currently provides the City with 100% renewable energy for City facilities through the purchase of renewable energy certificates. As of July 2008, the City pays $.134 per kilowatt-hour to Commerce for the electrical component of the City's utility bill which is about par with what the City would have paid Southern California Edison.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Susan Munves
Department City of Santa Monica
Address 1212 5th Street
Address 2 First Floor
Place Santa Monica, California
Zip/Postal Code 90401-3126
Phone (310) 458-8229


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"