City of Santa Monica - Green Power Purchasing through Clean Power Alliance Utility

August 30, 2021


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") provided the City with 100% renewable energy for City facilities through the purchase of renewable energy certificates.

Beginning May 1, 2019, Santa Monica businesses began receiving 100 percent green power. The City of Santa Monica through Clean Power Alliance introduced Santa Monica residents to green power in February 2019. Through the change, electricity delivery and billing remained with Southern California Edison (SCE), but business customers have a choice of three Clean Power Alliance energy plans derived from 100 percent carbon-free energy sources.

Clean Power Alliance will purchase clean power and Southern California Edison (SCE) delivers it. Clean Power Alliance offers three new, competitively-priced options for your electricity, all cleaner than what Edison provides, and also reinvests funds back into the community

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: Local
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: California
Incentive Type: Green Power Purchasing
Web Site:
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Biomass
Renewables % or Amount: 100%


Name: Clean Power Alliance Utility


Name: Matt Henigan
Phone: (301) 458-2238

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.