The City is greening its operations by moving its municipal electric accounts to the Healdsburg Green Rate, which uses 100 percent clean, renewable energy from the Geysers, the world’s largest geothermal field. Super-heated steam generated from the Geysers, which spans about 45 square miles in the Mayacamas Mountains, is converted to electricity; this clean power meets nearly 60 percent of the electricity demand in the north coast, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border.
City facilities such as City Hall, the Wastewater Treatment Facility and the Community Center, and operations like traffic lights, electric vehicle (EV) chargers and pathway lighting will be powered by geothermal energy. We estimate that by moving the City’s 70 electric accounts to the Healdsburg Green Rate, the City will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 610 metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (C02e). For comparison, the average home emits 6.7 metric tons of C02e every year from electricity, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Green Rate for Healdsburg Residents and Businesses
The Healdsburg Green Rate is available to all residential and commercial customers for an additional 1.8 cents per kilowatt hour. Under the Green Rate, the City will procure, on the customer’s behalf, renewable energy to match the customer’s monthly energy consumption.
Electric Vehicle Discount
Qualified residential electric customers that have an electric vehicle may be eligible for the City's EV Discount Program. We offer a discount on electricity for customers that have an EV registered in Healdsburg and take the Time of Use rate to encourage charging during off-peak times. Detailed information about the program can be found on the discount application form, or call us at 707-431-3307 for questions.
Electric Rate Comparison
The charts below compare the electricity cost for three typical customer types from three local utilities: Healdsburg Electric, PG&E, and Sonoma Clean Power
Healdsburg Electricis a publicly owned utility (POU), which means that it is subject to local public control and regulation by the City’s governing body – Healdsburg City Council.
PG&Eis an investor-owned utility (IOU), which means it is a private company with shareholders and investors. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) oversees IOUs.
Sonoma Clean Poweris a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) electricity provider. CCA is a program available within IOU service territories that allows qualifying governmental entities to purchase electricity for their residents and businesses. The IOU is then responsible for delivering the electricity. Sonoma Clean power is responsible for the electricity generation, and PG&E is responsible for its transmission and distribution.