Palo Alto City Council Approves Changes to Solar Program

Current Net Energy Metering program is extended through December 31, 2017.

Installing Rooftop Solar

Gas Safety Awareness Phone Surveys Begin December 12

Annual federally-mandated survey evaluates customer awareness about gas safety and protocols for who to call before digging or in the event of an emergency.


Palo Alto to Buy “Carbon Offsets” from Sister City, Oaxaca, Mexico

The City is working with sister city, Oaxaca, Mexico, on a forestry project to help offset carbon dioxide emissions associated with natural gas use in the Palo Alto community.


Beware of Scam Utility Calls

Beware of scam callers claiming to be from the Utilities Department! Hang up and call us at (650) 329-2161 to verify your account status if unsure.


City of Palo Alto Paves the Way for More Electric Vehicles with Local Renewable Energy

On Monday, July 24, the City of Palo Alto unveiled new solar panels installed atop parking carports of two public garages and electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that are powered by the renewable energy generated on-site.


Mayor's "Green Business Leader" Recognition Awards
Palo Alto businesses are honored for high energy efficiency achievements!
Mayor's Green Business Leader Award Winners

City of Palo Alto Ranks in National Top 10 for Most Solar Watts per Customer

Utility ranked third out of more than 300 utilities nationwide for 2015!

Palo Alto Resident Installs Solar PV Array

Mayor Burt Asks Residents to Sign Pledge for Water Conservation

Sign the pledge to conserve water through the end of April at and help Palo Alto win the national competition!

Dripping Faucet

Trees Need Water (Especially) During Times of Drought

Palo Alto has done a great job in its water conservation efforts, and through its diligence, the community has cut water usage more than 33 percent compared to 2013 levels. While we need to conserve water, doing so may be impacting the City's trees, which are showing signs of stress.


CPAU Scores Top Marks for Customer Satisfaction
The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) scored top marks again in a nationwide survey of utility customers for large business customer satisfaction.

City of Palo Alto Leads the Way in Sustainability

PaloAltoGreen Gas is the First Green-e Climate Certified Natural Gas Offset Program Offered by a Municipal Utility


Palo Altans Protecting the Planet---2013 Update
Celebrate the Earth all the time! See the community's progress on our Climate Protection Plan and find links to events, programs and services you can take advantage of now!

Fiber Optics Glossary of Terms
For businesses interested in the City's Fiber Optics program, we provide this handy explanation of common terms.

Water & Drought Update - Palo Alto Water Use Guidelines

Current information on water supply conditions, water use restrictions and efficiency measures.

PA water at source--Tuolumne River-photo by C.Elvert

Water Service Disruptions
Updates on water service disruptions.

Fiber Optic Services Pricing Overview
General information and examples of how the City's Fiber Optic Service pricing works.

California Drought Update - Use Palo Alto 311 App for Water Waste Reporting
Palo Alto 311 has been updated to include an option for water waste reporting.

Technical Reference Manual for Estimating Savings from Energy Efficiency Measures
These are the annual technical reference materials for energy efficiency program vendors.

Facility Manager Meetings
Check out Meeting Agendas and Presentations here!

Palo Alto Adds Two New Large-Scale Solar Projects, 60 MW to Renewable Energy Portfolio
Solar energy now supplying one-third of Palo Alto’s total electric needs each year!
Large scale solar panels tilt toward the sun.

Natural Gas Fixed-term Rate Indications
Available rates for natural gas fixed-term rate options

Geoexchange Heat Pump (GSHP)
Learn how the Children's Library in Palo Alto is utilizing a geoexchange heat pump to heat and cool the building more efficiently.

Register for City of Palo Alto Events & Workshops
Find out more about tree care, sustainable landscaping, home composting, attractive alternatives to lawns and more.
%22No water use%22 garden - courtesy Dr. Elizabeth Doughtery, PhD.

PG&E Gas Pipeline Projects in Palo Alto
Click here for more details on PG&E project activity in Palo Alto.
PG%26E Gas Pipeline Testing

Last Updated: Oct 3, 2017