March 1999 - The City of Santa Monica became the first city to switch all city facilities to 100% green power when the City Council directed city staff to sign a one-year contract with electricAmerica (formerly Commonwealth Energy) to purchase 5 megawatts of geothermal power. The city will pay a 5% premium, or about $140,000 more annually, for the electricity. Although, initially, the power will be supplied from existing geothermal power plants at The Geysers field in Sonoma County, Commonwealth has reportedly pledged to develop new geothermal power plants near the Salton Sea in Imperial County. In addition to its municipal purchases, Santa Monica plans to initiate a public education campaign to encourage residents and businesses to become more energy efficient and to switch to a green power provider.
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