The California Energy Commission is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Created by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, the Commission responsibilities include: Forecasting future energy needs and keeping historical energy data; Licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger; Promoting energy efficiency by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards and working with local government to enforce those standards; Supporting public interest energy research that advances energy science and technology through research, development, and demonstration programs; Supporting renewable energy by providing market support to existing, new, and emerging renewable technologies; providing incentives for small wind and fuel cell electricity systems; and providing incentives for solar electricity systems in new home construction; Implementing the state's Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program; and Planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. The company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, serves approximately 15 million people in northern and central California. Pacific Gas and Electric Company is committed to the environment, from clean-air vehicles to the redwood forests.Western Area Power Administration markets and delivers reliable, cost-based hydroelectric power and related services within a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. We're one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit electricity from multi-use water projects. Our transmission system carries electricity from 57 power plants operated by the Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the International Boundary and Water Commission. Together, these plants have an installed capacity of 10,395 megawatts.
Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) is a joint powers agency that provides support for the electric utility operations of our 17 member communities and districts in Northern and Central California. We own and operate several power plants that together comprise a 96% emission-free generation portfolio. NCPA was founded in 1968 as a forum through which community-owned utilities could prevent costly market abuses employed by private utilities at that time, and to make investments to ensure an affordable, reliable and clean future energy supply for the electric ratepayers we serve.
City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) is the only municipal utility in California that operates city-owned utility services that include electric, fiber optic, natural gas, water and wastewater services. Since 1896, CPAU has been providing quality services to the citizens and businesses of Palo Alto.
NV Energy is the electric utility that serves most of Nevada and the Lake Tahoe area of California with approximately 1.2 million customers. The utility also serves approximately 149,000 natural gas customers in the Reno-Sparks area of northern Nevada. The holding company for NV Energy is Sierra Pacific Resources, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol SRP.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District was founded with the idea that providing electric power to Sacramento was a job best done by a public utility overseen by an elected board of directors. As the sixth largest publicly owned utility in the country in terms of customers served, our innovative energy programs are known throughout the state, nation and world. SMUD's purpose is to provide solutions for meeting our customers' electrical energy needs. SMUDís vision is to empower our customers with solutions and options that increase energy efficiency, protect the environment, reduce global warming, and lower the cost to serve our region.
Silicon Valley Power works hard to help its customers reach their goals and enjoy brighter lives. We follow a basic set of principles that have served as our core values for over one hundred years: Service, Stability, Reliability and Quality. Today, the people in our organization embody these values, embrace them, and bring them to life. And they're what make Silicon Valley Power Your Hometown Advantage.
Since 1979, RHA has lead public outreach programs with innovative techniques focused on mainstream and hard-to-reach audiences. A program design and management firm, RHA serves as a prime contractor to federal, state and private sector clients. Its corporate capabilities reach and impact target publics in the energy arena. A minority-owned company with six California offices and over 250 employees, RHA has managed programs serving more than 13 million people and achieved energy savings of approximately 57,351,000 kWh in 2007.
Apogee Interactive, Inc. is the leading provider of self-service Web applications that drive sustainable behavioral change among utility consumers. Superior analytics coupled with engaging Web presentation provide actionable steps for customers, encourage greater participation in utility programs and generate automated reports for tracking results. From online to onsite energy audits and analyzers to fully integrated billing analysis and metering applications, Apogeeís online solutions deliver impeccable energy analysis and engaging customer experiences.