Local Energy Supply

Everyone talks about what we want and hope our energy sources to become. In the meanwhile, who and what is actually keeping our lights on and our cars moving?


Southern California Gas
The gas purchased for use in the Santa Monica Mountains area comes primarily from El Paso, Texas. There may be a very small amount that comes from Canada by way of PG&E.


Southern California Edison
Coal and nuclear provide the majority of California’s electrical energy; Edison is working to become more renewable.

Southern California Edison’s Renewable Power Summary for 2014 states: “Renewable power plays an important role in California’s cleaner energy future. In 2014, we delivered approximately 17.7 billion kWh of renewable power – or about 23.5 percent of all the electricity we delivered that year.”

  CAPACITY(MW) DELIVERED IN 2014(GWh) PERCENTAGE OF OUR RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO (%)
Geothermal 951 6,828 39%
Wind 3,383 7,458 42%
Biomass 86 449 2%
Solar 1,605 2,692 15%
Small Hydro 180 304 2%
Total 6,205 17,731 100%

 


Sustainable Energy Use by Public Agencies
Local water districts and cities are moving towards more sustainable energy sources. How can greenwaste and foodwaste from restaurants fuel our cities’ energy needs?

  • The solar project at Las Virgenes Municipal Water District pumps recycled water for regional use.
  • The solar panel project at West Basin Municipal Water District supplies 10% of the district’s energy needs.
  • In Juehnde, Germany, a village of 750 people is 100% fueled by biowaste.

Energy Education
Learn more about how to transform our energy use on a personal, regional, statewide, and national level. Partnerships between cities and counties are working towards a more sustainable future.