Pioneer Community Energy Begins Servicing El Dorado County and the City of Placerville

Pioneer Community Energy Begins Servicing El Dorado County and the City of Placerville

(Rocklin, CA) — January 18, 2022– As of January 3, Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) began providing residents and businesses of El Dorado County and the City of Placerville with electric generation. Pioneer, a community-owned, not-for-profit utility, will complete the transition from PG&E over the month of January.

Pioneer is a Community Choice Aggregator that began providing electricity to the communities of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and unincorporated Placer County in 2018. By joining Pioneer, customers in unincorporated El Dorado County and Placerville will join their neighbors and realize immediate savings on electricity generation rates.

“The addition of Placerville and El Dorado County will increase our account base to approximately 161,000,” said Jim Holmes, Placer County Supervisor for District 3 and Pioneer Board Chair. “That gives us more leverage in the energy markets, more opportunity to reinvest in local programs. The new jurisdictions’ move to join Pioneer is a testament to the success of our program and our commitment to electricity ratepayers in our service area.”

New customers eligible for Pioneer services received two notices before enrollment. Pioneer purchases and provides customers the electricity. PG&E still owns, operates, repairs, and services the poles and wires. Customers will continue to receive a bill directly from PG&E that includes Pioneer’s generation rate.

Pioneer focuses on initiatives that reinforce its commitment to local engagement and quality in service. If ratepayers have questions regarding the transition, need an explanation of their bill or have other concerns, they are encouraged to call 916-758-8969.

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ABOUT PIONEER

Pioneer is a community-owned, not-for-profit agency serving unincorporated Placer and El Dorado Counties, and the incorporated areas of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Placerville, and Rocklin. Pioneer serves more than 160,000 residential and commercial customers. Pioneer was formed to provide electric generation at competitive and stable rates, benefit from local control, and be an advocate for the region. To learn more, visit pioneercommunityenergy.ca.gov

Media Contact: Mark Riffey, MarkR@pioneercommunityenergy.ca.gov

 

EVmatch and Silicon Valley Clean Energy Partnering to Address Electric Vehicle Charger Accessibility in Santa Clara County

EVmatch and Silicon Valley Clean Energy Partnering to Address Electric Vehicle Charger Accessibility in Santa Clara County

Sunnyvale, CA – Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) is providing $100,000 in funding to EVmatch, a local electric vehicle (EV) charging software company, to support increased EV charging access to the public and people living in multi-unit residential housing. These funds will support the installation of 60 publicly available EV charging stations at eligible multi-unit residential properties within Santa Clara County.

The funding from SVCE matches grant funding awarded to EVmatch through the BESTFIT Innovative Charging Solutions Grant, provided through the California Energy Commission (CEC) Clean Transportation Program.

In addition to constructing new charging stations in the County, EVmatch will also provide their proprietary, national online social platform to connect available charging station hosts with EV drivers on a reservation basis, a service greatly needed in the industry. Any driver can download the free app, accessing publicly available charging stations at commercial and residential properties.

These installation efforts address critical EV charging market gaps that are common at multi-unit residences.

“We are proud to collaborate with SVCE to achieve our shared vision of increasing access to EV charging and electric mobility options to apartment dwellers and their neighbors who may not have convenient chargers accessible otherwise,” said Heather Hochrein, Founder and CEO of EVmatch.

“Increased EV charging access is necessary as communities transition to a clean energy future. EVmatch’s innovative software system and public sharing capabilities, as well as their commitment to making EV charging easy, reliable, and accessible to all, makes this an ideal partnership to advance charging availability in our region,” said SVCE CEO Girish Balachandran.

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EVmatch is committed to increasing EV adoption by making charging easy, reliable, and accessible. EVmatch operates a nationwide peer-to-peer EV charging network, enabling individuals and business owners to rent private charging stations, earning money and supporting their communities. Learn more and download the app at www.evmatch.com.

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a not for profit, community owned agency providing clean electricity from renewable and carbon free sources to more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers in 13 Santa Clara County jurisdictions.. Silicon Valley Clean Energy is advancing innovative solutions to fight climate change by decarbonizing the grid, transportation, and buildings. Learn more at SVCleanEnergy.org.

Convergent Energy + Power’s Battery Storage System to Increase Electricity Reliability in California’s East Bay in Partnership with East Bay Community Energy

Convergent Energy + Power’s Battery Storage System to Increase Electricity Reliability in California’s East Bay in Partnership with East Bay Community Energy

(Oakland) January 14, 2021Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent), a leading provider of battery storage solutions in North America, announced this week that the storage system it financed and developed outside Lemoore, California is operational and will increase grid reliability for the Alameda County area through its partnership with East Bay Community Energy (EBCE). Convergent has over a decade of expertise financing, owning, and operating energy storage assets, both commercial/industrial- and utility-scale. Through this partnership, Convergent will maintain the 10 MW / 40 MWh Lithium-Ion battery energy storage system and EBCE will control it.

EBCE is a community choice aggregator located in Alameda County whose board voted to be carbon-free by 2030—15 years ahead of California’s goal of net zero electricity emissions by 2045. EBCE, like other community choice aggregators, purchases power with a higher mix of renewables than the local utility, and provides lower rates. This is the first energy storage asset to come online for EBCE.

Energy storage is the linchpin of the clean energy transition and critical to helping California reach its ambitious renewable energy targets. Energy storage reduces dependency on peaker plants by injecting power back onto the grid when it is most needed. Energy storage also firms up renewable assets like solar, storing solar energy when there is a surplus and dispatching when the sun is not shining. The integration of renewables is particularly relevant to California—and to the East Bay—which has an abundance of solar energy that can be maximized when paired with energy storage.

“Renewable energy is critical to our clean energy future and wind and solar alone will not keep the lights on,” said Nick Chaset, CEO of EBCE. “We’re thrilled to partner with an experienced partner like Convergent Energy + Power, which has over a decade of expertise developing energy storage assets, to deliver our first energy storage asset and help us meet our climate goals, specifically to provide 100% clean energy to all of our customers by 2030.” 

“We are proud to continue bringing energy storage assets online that both reduce our customers’ costs and carbon footprint at the same time,” said Convergent CEO Johannes Rittershausen. “East Bay Community Energy is an optimal community energy partner who shares our deep commitment to accelerating the clean energy transition.”

Convergent has invested or committed over $400M in projects in operation or under development in 40 states and the Province of Ontario.

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 About Convergent Energy + Power

Convergent Energy + Power (Convergent) is a leading provider of energy storage solutions in North America. Convergent has over a decade of experience financing and managing all aspects of the energy storage development cycle to help customers reduce electricity costs and increase reliability. The company’s commercial, industrial, and utility-scale assets yield seven-figure savings from day one while advancing the clean energy transition. Convergent’s proprietary asset management platform, PEAK IQ® leverages machine learning and deep market knowledge to optimize asset performance and maximize value. With over $400M in capital invested or committed, Convergent is the leading independent owner and operator of energy storage and solar-plus-storage solutions. For more information, visit convergentep.com or follow us on LinkedIn or Twitter.

About East Bay Community Energy

EBCE is a not-for-profit public agency that operates a Community Choice Energy program for Alameda County and fourteen incorporated cities, serving more than 1.7 million residential and commercial customers. EBCE initiated service in June 2018 and expanded to the cities of Pleasanton, Newark, and Tracy in San Joaquin County in April 2021. As one of 19 community choice aggregation (CCA) programs operating in California, EBCE is part of the movement to expedite the climate action goals of their communities and those of California. EBCE is committed to providing clean power at competitive rates while reinvesting in its local communities. For more information about East Bay Community Energy, visit ebce.org.

 Convergent Press Contact

Sparkpr for Convergent Energy + Power

convergent@sparkpr.com

EBCE Press Contact

Dan Lieberman

dlieberman@ebce.org

SV Clean Energy Brings EV Drivers a New Way to Charge with Cheaper, Cleaner Electricity

SV Clean Energy Brings EV Drivers a New Way to Charge with Cheaper, Cleaner Electricity

EV drivers that download the GridShift app can sync charging with lower cost, renewable energy on the California grid

Sunnyvale, Calif. – January 10, 2022 -To help its customers charge their EVs with the cheapest and cleanest electricity, Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) has launched low-carbon events through the GridShift: EV Charging app. Beginning in December 2021 through May 2022, GridShift users can participate in low-carbon, clean-energy events throughout the month and earn bill credits. These events are designed to shift EV charging toward off-peak daytime hours when there is abundant renewable energy available on the grid.

SVCE launched the GridShift: EV Charging app, powered by ev.energy, in summer 2021. The app allows customers to align their EV charging with their electricity rate and renewable energy on the California grid. Low-carbon events further encourage customers to charge when the grid is clean by notifying users when there are substantial amounts of clean energy available on the grid and rewarding participants with rewards points that can be redeemed for electricity bill credits.

EV drivers in the following communities can simply download the GridShift app via Apple or Google Play and select push notifications to receive an alert for the next opportunity to participate in low-carbon events: Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, and Unincorporated Santa Clara County. The program follows a successful pilot that ran between November 2020 and February 2021 in which GridShift users saved an average of $24 per month on their energy bills versus charging immediately upon plug-in. The initial low carbon pilot ran between March and April 2021, with ev.energy’s algorithms successfully predicting low carbon events at a 72% lower carbon intensity than the overnight period.

“As EV adoption continues to increase in SV Clean Energy communities, GridShift offers additional savings to drivers,” said Margaret Abe-Koga, Mountain View Councilmember and SVCE Board Chair. “Low-carbon events allow us to reward customers for charging behaviors that support the state in its transition to a clean grid.”

Until May 2022, participants will have the opportunity to receive a $5 bill credit each month when they participate in five or more low-carbon events.

“The technology behind SVCE’s Gridshift app from ev.energy is already assisting thousands of EV drivers in saving money each month by charging at off-peak hours with renewable energy sources,” said Joseph Vellone, ev.energy’s Head of North America. “During the pilot period for low-carbon events from March to April 2021 participants avoided approximately 4,000lbs of CO2 by allowing the app to shift their charge.”

GridShift is available to all SVCE customers for free. Currently, Volkswagen (e-golf only), Tesla, Jaguar, Land Rover, and ChargePoint chargers (internet-connected models only) are compatible with the GridShift app, additional integrations are coming soon.

About Silicon Valley Clean Energy

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit, community-owned agency providing clean electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources to more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers in 13 Santa Clara County jurisdictions. As a public agency, net revenues are returned to the community to keep rates competitive and promote clean energy programs. Silicon Valley Clean Energy is advancing innovative solutions to fight climate change by decarbonizing the grid, transportation, and buildings. Learn more at SVCleanEnergy.org.

About ev.energy

ev.energy is a Certified B Corporation® with a mission to make EV charging greener, cheaper, and more accessible to everyone. Its end-to-end software platform connects to a range of electric vehicles and L2 chargers and intelligently manages EV charging in line with utility and network signals, while keeping customers engaged and rewarded through an award-winning mobile app. With a global base of utility customers including SVCE, American Electric Power, E.ON Energy, and UK Power Networks, ev.energy manages hundreds of megawatts of EV load on its platform each day. Learn more at https://ev.energy

Media Contacts: 

SVCE | Michaela Pippin, michaela.pippin@svcleanenergy.org, 408-721-5301 x1020

ev.energy | ev.energy@missionC2.com

Northern and Central California Community Choice Aggregators Issue Joint Request for Proposals for New Clean Energy Sources

 

Northern and Central California Community Choice Aggregators Issue Joint Request for Proposals for New Clean Energy Sources

Local electricity providers seek eligible renewable, carbon free and long duration energy storage resources to meet state procurement mandate

Santa Rosa, Calif.January 7, 2022 –  Three Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), Central Coast Community Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Sonoma Clean Power, have partnered to jointly issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for new clean energy resources. The RFP solicits proposals from qualified and experienced individuals or firms to develop non-polluting energy sources to meet the state’s new Mid-Term Reliability procurement mandate in addition to each respective CCA’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), greenhouse gas emission reductions and reliability requirements. The RFP may be found on the Sonoma Clean Power website at sonomacleanpower.org/request-for-proposals. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. PT on January 31, 2022.

“With the rapid growth of CCAs in California, the work of fulfilling the state’s climate goals is largely falling on public power providers like Sonoma Clean Power,” said Geof Syphers, CEO of Sonoma Clean Power. “This joint solicitation will help us maintain reliability while the state phases out reliance on nuclear and natural gas power.”

The CCAs are seeking to procure resources to satisfy the requirements of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) order D.21-06-035. The historic procurement mandate was made to respond to more extreme weather events and replace power from the Diablo Canyon nuclear facility, which will be decommissioned in 2025. As a result, the CPUC ordered all load serving entities in the state, including CCAs, to purchase 11,500 megawatts of new, clean resources to come online by 2026. The decision requires the three CCAs to procure a combined total of more than 600 MW of additional Net Qualifying Capacity (NQC) to come online before June 1, 2026. NQC refers to the ability of a power plant to meet the reliability needs of the grid, particularly during peak, evening hours.

Eligible resources for this RFP include – non-fossil fuel sources such as solar, wind, renewable plus storage hybrids, and demand response; zero-emitting resources available during peak evening hours, such as energy storage; firm-generation resources that are not weather dependent, such as geothermal; and long duration energy storage that is able to discharge over at least an eight-hour period.

The CCAs are locally governed public agencies, formed under Joint Power Authorities, to assist their regions with providing clean energy and lowering greenhouse gas emissions. Together, the three CCAs represent nearly 895,000 customer accounts and serve more than 11,000 gigawatt hours of load.

About Central Coast Community Energy

Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE) is a public agency that sources competitively priced electricity from clean and renewable energy resources. CCCE is locally controlled and governed by board members who represent each community served by the agency. Revenue generated by CCCE stays local and helps keep electricity rates affordable for customers, while also funding innovative energy programs designed to lower greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate economic development. CCCE serves more than 400,000 customers throughout the Central Coast, including residential, commercial and agricultural customers in communities located within Monterey, San Benito, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Santa Cruz counties. Learn more at 3CEnergy.org and on social media, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @3CEnergy

About Silicon Valley Clean Energy

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit, community-owned agency providing clean electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources to more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers in 13 Santa Clara County jurisdictions. As a public agency, net revenues are returned to the community to keep rates competitive and promote clean energy programs. Silicon Valley Clean Energy is advancing innovative solutions to fight climate change by decarbonizing the grid, transportation, and buildings. Learn more at SVCleanEnergy.org.

About Sonoma Clean Power

Sonoma Clean Power is the public power provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties, serving a population of about a half-million. In downtown Santa Rosa, SCP operates the only Advanced Energy Center in the United States dedicated to helping customers transition to 100% renewable energy for their homes, businesses, and cars. SCP is also the only power provider in California offering 100% renewable energy twenty-four hours per day, every day of the year. To learn more, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.

Media Contact: 
Kate Kelly, Director of Public Relations
Sonoma Clean Power
kkelly@sonomacleanpower.org | 707.486.2952

S&P Global Ratings Issues ‘A’ Credit Rating to Sonoma Clean Power

December 30, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kate Kelly, Director of Public Relations/Sonoma Clean Power
kkelly@sonomacleanpower.org | 707.486.2952

S&P Global Ratings Issues ‘A’ Credit Rating to Sonoma Clean Power
SCP has demonstrated robust financials, a diverse power supply, and no outstanding debt

(SANTA ROSA, CALIF.) – Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) announced today it earned an ‘A’ issuer credit rating (ICR) from S&P Global Ratings. As the public power provider serving 87% of eligible customers in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, SCP has contracted for $2 billion in renewable and hydroelectric power since starting service in 2014.

The ‘A’ rating speaks to SCP’s solid financial management, with the report stating SCP has “…robust liquidity, the absence of debt, and an overwhelmingly clean energy portfolio.” The outlook is stable. SCP’s purpose is to generate clean electricity to power all energy needs in buildings and cars while limiting the volatility of customer rates as delivery charges and fees from PG&E impact customer bills.

“Having a strong credit rating will help SCP accelerate construction of new renewable sources,” said Geof Syphers, CEO. “An ‘A’ rating will shorten the time it takes us to contract for clean power and give us improved access to low-cost financing. That means continuing to provide cleaner power while combatting California’s high cost of energy.”

About Sonoma Clean Power
SCP is the not-for-profit public power provider that operates a Community Choice Aggregation or ‘CCA’ for Sonoma and Mendocino Counties, serving a population of about a half-million. SCP has operated for 7-1/2 years, serving all the cities and unincorporated areas of the two counties except Healdsburg and Ukiah, where longstanding municipal power providers exist. In downtown Santa Rosa, SCP operates the
only Advanced Energy Center in the United States dedicated to helping customers transition to 100% renewable energy for their homes, businesses, and cars. SCP is also the only power provider in California offering 100% renewable energy twenty-four hours per day, every day of the year. To learn more, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.

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San Diego Community Power Expands Board of Directors to Include San Diego County and National City

Media Contact:
Rita de la Fuente
Director of External Affairs
rdelafuente@sdcommunitypower.org
(619) 657-0417

San Diego Community Power Expands Board of Directors to Include San Diego County and National City
County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis join California’s second largest Community Choice Energy provider

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – Dec. 17, 2021 – San Diego Community Power (SDCP) welcomed two new Board Members at yesterday’s Board of Directors meeting. San Diego County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis joined to represent the residents and businesses of the unincorporated areas of San Diego County and National City in the not-for-profit, community choice aggregation program to provide clean, renewable energy at competitive rates.

“This is an exciting time as we continue to grow and prepare to launch service to residential customers beginning in February,” said SDCP Board Chair and Encinitas Councilmember Joe Mosca. “We are pleased to welcome these two experienced leaders to our team as we continue to deliver clean energy and community reinvestment options to families and businesses in our region.”

SDCP’s Board includes elected representatives from each member city or jurisdiction. The founding member cities include San Diego, Chula Vista, Encinitas, La Mesa, and Imperial Beach. The Board conducts open, public meetings, set rates and govern the operations of the organization, and is accountable to all SDCP customers.

Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer represents District 3 on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. A third-generation San Diegan, Lawson-Remer is an economist, attorney, and public policy expert, who served as a Senior Advisor in the Obama Administration. A passionate environmentalist, she also helped the World Bank create its Climate Finance program, which funds billions of dollars of clean energy projects worldwide, and worked to develop policies to cut pollution from oil drilling and mining.

“Now that the County is a member of San Diego Community Power, we can say our region is truly working together to provide the clean energy necessary to move us away from fossil fuels,” said Supervisor Lawson-Remer. “Residents and businesses in unincorporated areas will soon join other local cities in being able to choose green energy to power their daily lives, which is a significant part of our strategy to fight climate change.”

Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis represents National City. A third-generation National City resident, she is the first Latina Mayor of National City and serves on the boards of SANDAG, Sweetwater Authority, and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System. Her consulting company, La Pluma Strategies, focuses on non-profit advocacy and grant writing.

“I look forward to National City helping to shape policies to bring more renewable energy resources and jobs to our region,” said Mayor Sotelo-Solis. “As a community-based nonprofit, SDCP reinvests in our region, and I look forward to having a hand in developing programs that will equitably serve our communities and reduce our carbon footprint.”

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to join SDCP in August, and the National City City Council voted to join in November. Because the California Public Utilities Commission requires a one-year implementation period, municipal, commercial, and residential customers in the newly added areas will begin receiving service in 2023.

SDCP currently serves municipal, commercial, and industrial customers in its five founding member cities with residential service set to launch early next year. Service tiers include PowerOn, offering 50 percent renewable energy, and Power100, offering 100 percent renewable energy. Per California law, customers are automatically enrolled with SDCP when service begins in their region. Customers can change tiers or opt out of the service at any time. San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will continue to deliver power, manage monthly billing and customer service, and provide ongoing system maintenance.

SDCP is the first Community Choice Aggregator to codify in its founding documents the goal of reaching 100 percent renewable energy by 2035 or sooner.

About SDCP
San Diego Community Power (SDCP) is a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) committed to providing municipalities, businesses, and residents in the six-member cities and unincorporated San Diego County with clean, renewable energy at competitive rates and investing in innovative programs that benefit the environment and the economy in our communities. Learn more at www.sdcommunitypower.org.

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S&P Global Ratings Issues ‘A’ Credit Rating to East Bay Community Energy

Contact Information

Dan Lieberman

dlieberman@ebce.org

925-579-1591

S&P Global Ratings Issues ‘A’ Credit Rating to East Bay Community Energy

EBCE’s solid financial performance shows deep customer base, diverse power supply arrangements, and lack of outstanding debt

Oakland, Calif. (December 15, 2021) — East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), one of California’s most successful community choice power agencies, today announced it reached a notable financial milestone by earning an ‘A’ issuer credit rating (ICR) from S&P Global Ratings report. To date, EBCE is the largest community choice aggregator (CCA) in California to earn an ‘A’ credit rating, with its swift acquisition of more than half a million customer accounts in just three years.

The report also cites:

  • EBCE maintains solid financial performance.
  • At fiscal year-end 2021, EBCE had no debt outstanding.
  • EBCE’s environmental risk exposure is low, based on its predominantly carbon-free resource portfolio.
  • The outlook is stable.

“The credit rating is important for two reasons,” said EBCE CEO Nick Chaset. “For EBCE’s counterparties, such as renewable energy project developers, it shows that we’re on solid financial footing and are low risk, which can help us secure the best terms in our contracts. This translates to better access and service of low-cost, long-term renewable energy for EBCE customers in the decades to come.”

About EBCE

EBCE is a not-for-profit public agency that operates a Community Choice Energy program for Alameda County and fourteen incorporated cities, serving more than 1.7 million residential and commercial customers. EBCE initiated service in June 2018 and expanded to the cities of Pleasanton, Newark, and Tracy in San Joaquin County in April 2021. As one of 19 community choice aggregation (CCA) programs operating in California, EBCE is part of the movement to expedite the climate action goals of their communities and those of California. EBCE is committed to providing clean power at competitive rates while reinvesting in its local communities. For more information about East Bay Community Energy, visit ebce.org.

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MCE Announces Largest Renewable Energy Project in Solano County

MCE Announces Largest Renewable Energy Project in Solano County

Lake Herman Solar in Benicia, CA provides clean power to 2,000 homes annually with 52% local labor hours during project construction

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 13, 2021

MCE Press Contact:
Jenna Tenney, Marketing & Communications Manager
(925) 378-6747 | communications@mceCleanEnergy.org

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — The 5-megawatt Lake Herman Solar Project — completed with prevailing wage and 52% local labor — is now operational, serving approximately 2,000 homes a year with 100% renewable power. The project, developed in partnership with San Francisco-based Renewable Properties and owned by Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company, is the first to be completed through MCE’s Feed-In Tariff (FIT) Plus Program. The FIT Plus program offers project developers incentivized rates for renewable energy development in MCE’s service area. All projects completed through this program are subject to prevailing wage, 50% local hire, and pollinator-friendly solar requirements.

“The Lake Herman Solar Project represents a strong partnership between Renewable Properties, local labor, the City of Benicia, and MCE,” said Aaron Halimi, President of Renewable Properties. “This partnership resulted in a unique project that created a win-win for the environment and for the local economy. We are proud to be a part of the clean energy revolution.”

The Lake Herman Solar Project has almost doubled the amount of solar energy produced in Benicia from 7.8 megawatts to 12.8 megawatts and began providing electricity for businesses and residents in fall of 2021. While 67% of the labor hours were from residents in MCE’s 4-county service area, 52% were from Solano County, providing family-sustaining jobs and boosting the clean energy economy. Over 99% of the labor hours were provided through union partners. The project will also include pollinator-friendly ground cover to support healthy, local ecosystems.

“MCE’s Feed-in Tariff Program creates a unique opportunity to provide clean, local power to our customers,” says Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “The Benicia project reduces the need for polluting fossil fuel plants, while offering high-value jobs to local workers. Lake Herman Solar showcases MCE’s commitment to energy equity through community partnership.”

The 35-acre Lake Herman Solar Project is MCE’s second renewable energy project in Solano County. This project will eliminate over 9,500 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, equivalent to removing over 2,000 cars from the road for a year.

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About MCE: As California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, MCE is a groundbreaking, not-for-profit, public agency that has been setting the standard for energy innovation in our communities since 2010.  MCE offers cleaner power at stable rates, significantly reducing energy-related greenhouse emissions and enabling millions of dollars of reinvestment in local energy programs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting a 1,200 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service and innovative programs to more than 540,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 36 member communities across four Bay Area counties: Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org, or follow us on FacebookLinkedInTwitter and Instagram.

About Renewable Properties: Founded in 2017, Renewable Properties specializes in developing and investing in small-scale utility and community solar energy projects throughout the U.S. Led by experienced renewable energy professionals with development and investment experience, Renewable Properties works closely with communities, developers, landowners, utilities and financial institutions looking to invest in large solar energy systems. For more information about Renewable Properties, visit www.renewprop.com.

About Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company: Greenbacker Renewable Energy Company LLC is a publicly reporting, non-traded limited liability sustainable infrastructure company that acquires and manages income-producing renewable energy and other energy-related businesses, including solar and wind farms. We seek to invest in high-quality projects that sell clean power under long-term contract to high-creditworthy counterparties such as utilities, municipalities, and corporations. We are long-term owner-operators, who strive to be good stewards of the land and responsible members of the communities in which we operate. We believe our focus on power production and income generation creates value that we can then pass on to our shareholders—while facilitating the transition toward a clean energy future. For more information, please visit https://greenbackercapital.com.

Valley Clean Energy launches an innovative program for agricultural customers to reduce grid stress and save farmers money.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press contacts:
Rebecca Boyles, Director of Customer Care and Marketing, Valley Clean Energy
(530) 446-2750 | info@valleycleanenergy.org

Nicola White, Program Manager, Polaris Energy Services

(530) 309 -1001| info@polarisenergyservices.com

Stephen MacDonald, Managing Director of Business Development, TeMix Transactive Energy Services (360) 773-2781 ContactTeam@temix.com

Valley Clean Energy launches an innovative program for agricultural customers to reduce grid stress and save farmers money.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a $3.25 million, 5-megawatt pilot program that simplifies energy pricing for agricultural customers and provides lucrative automation incentives to adjust schedules to match grid conditions.

Davis, California, December 13, 2021 — Valley Clean Energy (VCE) is excited to announce that the California Public Utilities Commission has approved a $3.25 million pilot program to deploy automation systems, mainly for irrigation, that are responsive to the power grid at subsidized or no cost to farmers.

Partnering with TeMix and Polaris Energy Services, VCE will implement the 5-megawatt program starting in the summer of 2022. TeMix invented the technology that creates and transmits dynamic electricity rates that are sensitive to grid conditions, and Polaris is the leader in agricultural demand flexibility.

Building on state-funded research and development by TeMix and Polaris, the Agricultural Flexible Irrigation Technology (AgFIT) pilot program will provide VCE agricultural customers with automation systems and software to easily purchase energy at the lowest prices possible while meeting their crop and operational requirements.

The pilot tariff gives price signals through the simplified rates to incentivize farmers to shift their electricity use. Electricity is not just cheaper when renewables are plentiful; shifting the electricity load off expensive peak times reduces carbon emissions because renewables can be relied upon more heavily, rather than using more carbon-intensive electricity due to higher demand.

As seen in the previous pilot by Polaris and TeMix, growers in the program enjoy a bill savings of 10–15% for shifting energy consumption from the hours when the grid is under the greatest stress to hours when renewable electricity is plentiful. Additionally, incentives for the automation systems of their choice save approximately 30% on labor costs while improving crop quality.

Commissioners expressed excitement about this innovative pilot that adopts the CPUC’s vision for a simplified approach to demand flexibility, removing barriers and inefficiencies that characterize the traditional market-integrated demand response programs.

Commissioner Darcie Houck was enthusiastic about the program: “I’m pleased to see this kind of innovation and creative approach to flexible load management. This pilot incorporates concepts from the DER (distributed energy resources) and demand flexibility roadmap, emphasizing the importance of automation and the use of dynamic energy costs based on the California ISO wholesale market prices. I’m looking forward to seeing the findings of the pilot project.”

Mitch Sears, interim general manager of VCE, said, “We appreciate the commission’s support for this program as we look to increase reliability, reduce costs and decarbonize the grid. Community choice aggregation programs (CCAs) have an important role to play in helping to increase grid reliability while enabling greater control over energy costs for our customers.”

David Meyers, Polaris’ CEO, said, “We are excited to build on our California Energy Commission-funded research and deploy a program that is lucrative and easy for agricultural customers to take advantage of, while helping to meet California’s decarbonization goals. We appreciate VCE’s leadership in adopting an innovative approach that our research shows can shift a significant portion of water pumping load out of the most critical hours for the grid.”

Edward Cazalet, TeMix’s CEO, added, “We look forward to demonstrating this dynamic approach to managing electricity transactions between agricultural customers, VCE, PG&E (the distribution grid operator), and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). Antiquated models based on static tariffs and programs that try to fit the square demand-side ‘peg’ into the round supply-side ‘hole’ simply won’t work for the wide variety of agricultural electricity uses and the highly variable supply of electricity as California increases our use of solar, wind and battery storage.”

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About VCE: Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit public agency formed to provide electrical generation service to customers in Woodland, Winters, Davis and the unincorporated areas of Yolo County. VCE’s mission is to source cost-competitive clean electricity while providing product choice, price stability, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emission reductions and reinvestment in the communities it serves.

About TeMix: TeMix is the leading transactive energy services provider to utilities, electricity customers and suppliers. TeMix’s mission is to provide simple and powerful transaction systems to support a sustainable grid that is efficient, economic, fair and clean.

About Polaris: Polaris is the leader in connecting agricultural customers with energy market incentives and revenue that automates irrigation control and provides operational savings and visibility. The company manages a network of 500-plus irrigation and water conveyance pumps connected in the field to Polaris pump automation controllers and third-party systems, representing 75 MW of peak load that can be shifted when the grid is stressed.