Energy usage in our homes, schools, and places of business is the second largest contributor of greenhouse gases in Fremont, accounting for 39% of our overall GHG emissions.
The more electricity and natural gas that is consumed within our built environment, the greater the impact on our environment. Conservation measures such as lighting, refrigeration, and HVAC upgrades help to reduce energy waste, while conversion to cleaner energy technologies as solar electricity and wind energy help to reduce the overall environmental impact of the energy that is required to fuel our daily lives.
The graphs below show Fremont's community-wide energy consumption over time, as well as the greenhouse gas emissions that have resulted from that energy consumption. Note that GHG emissions vary more significantly by year than overall energy consumption; this is due to the fact that the mix of electric power sources change over time. Fluctuations are primarily the result of an interplay between an increase in renewable energy deployment and a decrease in availability of GHG-free hydroelectric power during times of drought.
Specific efforts to reduce the emissions resulting from energy usage include statewide efforts to green our power supply with renewable energy sources, as well as education and incentive programs for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in your home or business. Resources for these efforts are found in the links to the left.