City Joins Apple, Walmart, Coca-Cola on EPA’s Clean Power Ranking

Electric vehicles lined up at the Ocean Beach charging stations. Photo by Chris Jennewein

The Environmental Protection Agency has ranked the City of San Diego as the eighth largest green power user in the country in an updated annual list.

The Top 30 On-Site Generation ranking, which is led by Apple and Walmart, recognizes companies, governments and organizations for generating power from alternative energy sources, including solar, landfill gas, hydroelectric and wastewater methane energy systems.

“We’re constantly looking for new ways to lead by example and use innovative technology to expand our use of renewable energy,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer. “We’re marching toward our goal of 100 percent renewable energy and this ranking reflects the significant progress San Diego is making to build a cleaner and more sustainable future for the next generation.”

The EPA estimates San Diego’s green power production is equal to 28 percent of its total municipal electric power needs — the equivalent of electricity necessary to power 5,000 homes.

The city’s climate action plan calls for using 100 percent renewable energy citywide and cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035.