Electrical power used by SamTrans and Caltrain in San Mateo County will soon come from 100 percent renewable sources, such as solar, wind and small hydroelectric power. The agencies use electrical power for train signals, stations, bus depots and offices.
The boards of directors for the transportation agencies voted recently to switch from PG&E power to 100 percent renewable electrical energy through a joint powers authority in San Mateo County known as Peninsula Clean Energy.
Peninsula Clean Energy operates as a public energy provider to enable PG&E customers to get electrical energy from renewable sources at rates competitive with PG&E's.
The program will soon become the default electrical energy provider in the county, unless customers choose to stick with PG&E.
The default option will be a 50 percent renewable energy package that's about 5 percent cheaper than PG&E. Users may choose to get 100 percent renewable energy for slightly more than PG&E's current rates.
The transition to renewable sources is expected to be complete by the end of May, according to Peninsula Clean Energy spokesman Dan B. Lieberman.