In 2013 Palo Alto decided to provide 100% Carbon-Free electricity to all its customers. This cut Palo Alto’s carbon footprint by almost 20%.
In March, 2013 Carbon Free Palo Alto also called for a 60% reduction in the City of Palo Alto’s greenhouse gas emissions in the next 10 years. This can efficiently and cost effectively be achieved by switching from the carbon based natural gas and gasoline fuels used for heating, cooling and transportation (generating the other 80% of CO2 emissions) to our new carbon free electricity source. We’ll need your help in achieving this incredibly ambitious goal. Sign up as a supporter to learn how and stay informed!
Lifecycle Analysis for Fuel-Switching
Here’s a link to a portfolio of spreadsheets that perform life cycle analysis on fuel switching for EVs, hot water heaters, and furnaces. The three base spreadsheets are pre-populated with the relevant numbers for City of Palo Alto Utilities, PG&E, and Silicon Valley Power – 9 spreadsheets in total.
EV vs Gas Vehicle Summary
Here’s a link to a summary table that shows the lifecycle costs and emissions for a number of popular EVs and gas-fired vehicles. A key comparison is between a Leaf and a gasoline powered Versa – which is quite similar to a Leaf. The Leaf costs $10,000 less over the lifetime of the vehicle – assuming a 10 year lifetime and 100,000 miles.