Peninsula-Silicon Valley Collaboration Recognized for Advancing Electrification in Building Codes, EV Infrastructure

Joint effort supports growing movement for emissions-free new construction

Sunnyvale and Redwood City, Calif. – The Peninsula-Silicon Valley Reach Code Initiative Project has been named as a finalist for the Smart Electric Power Alliance’s (SEPA) Power Players Award, for trailblazing work in supporting cities’ consideration and adoption of new building electrification and electric vehicle infrastructure codes that exceed those required by the state.

The collaborative project includes more than 30 local jurisdictions and two community energy agencies – Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) and Peninsula Clean Energy. The SEPA Power Players Awards celebrate innovation and collaboration by utilities, industry partners and individuals shaping the future of electricity.

The project has been recognized for its scale of success in expanding local government building code enhancements that advance building and transportation decarbonization in new construction. The initiative is also distinguished by innovation in specific building codes along with its scope of support and coordination.

“We are proud to be part of such an industry-leading effort to advance cost-effective electrification,” said Howard Miller, SVCE Board Chair and City of Saratoga Mayor. “This effort would not have been possible without the leadership of many city councilmembers who took a stand against fossil fuels to make lasting change and protect future generations from climate change.”

In addition to the towns and cities that worked to pass reach codes within the cycle of the state’s regular building code updates, the partnership also included support from county, non-profit, and technical partners. The success of the effort has also spread outside of the SVCE and Peninsula Clean Energy service areas as other agencies have made use of the contracts, information, and resources the group developed to deliver electrification benefits cost-effectively.

“A key component of the work was ensuring it was adaptable and scalable for other cities to use and take advantage of what we’ve done,” said Jeff Aalfs, Peninsula Clean Energy Board Chair and Town of Portola Valley Mayor. “We also wanted to quicken the development of reach codes that are feasible with existing technology and reduce harmful heat-trapping emissions from our appliances and vehicles.”

To date, 15 jurisdictions in the SVCE and Peninsula Clean Energy service areas have adopted reach codes, with 13 of those taking a strong stance for all-electric codes and prohibitions on new gas hookups. Additional agencies are in progress towards code adoptions. The program, still ongoing, is delivering major advances in decarbonization through technical and programmatic approaches. As local amendments are often adopted and applied statewide, this initiative has the potential to inform major decarbonization efforts on a much larger scale.

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About Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a community-owned agency serving the majority of Santa Clara County communities, acquiring clean, carbon-free electricity on behalf of more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers. As a public agency, net revenues are returned to the community to keep rates competitive and promote clean energy programs. Member jurisdictions include Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and unincorporated Santa Clara County. SVCE is guided by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of a representative from the governing body of each member community. For more information, please visit SVCleanEnergy.org.

About Peninsula Clean Energy
Peninsula Clean Energy launched in October 2016 as California’s fifth Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency and is the official local electricity provider for all of San Mateo County. It is one of only two CCAs in California to obtain an investment-grade credit rating. While offering rates that save San Mateo County customers an estimated $18 million annually compared to PG&E, Peninsula Clean Energy is aggressively striving toward the goals of providing 100 percent greenhouse gas-free power by 2021 and 24/7 renewable power by 2025. Find out more at peninsulacleanenergy.com.

Media Contact:

Pamela Leonard
Communications Manager
530-306-0122
pamela.leonard@svcleanenergy.org

Darren Goode
Peninsula Clean Energy
202-550-6619
dgoode@peninsulacleanenergy.com

Electric vehicle charger incentives bring EV accessibility to Sonoma and Mendocino counties

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2020

Chuck Colgan, Center for Sustainable Energy, 858-244-1184
Lindsay Buckley, California Energy Commission
Kate Kelly, Sonoma Clean Power, 707-486-2952

Electric vehicle charger incentives bring EV accessibility to Sonoma and Mendocino counties
Sonoma Coast Incentive Project increases electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the region

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – The Sonoma Coast Incentive Project promotes easy access to electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure with nearly $7 million in incentives over the next three years for the purchase and installation of public EV chargers in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Beginning July 8th, qualifying sites can apply for rebates to help cover eligible equipment and installation costs, with additional incentives for sites within unincorporated, low-income, or disadvantaged communities. Businesses, nonprofits, and government entities are encouraged to apply for rebates of up to $7,500 per Level 2 connector and up to $80,000 per direct current (DC) fast charger. A minimum of 25% of both Level 2 and DC fast charger funds will be distributed to disadvantaged and low-income communities in Mendocino County and to unincorporated communities in Sonoma County.

The Sonoma Coast Incentive Project is part of statewide efforts to increase EV adoption through the California Electric Vehicle Incentive Project (CALeVIP). Implemented by the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), CALeVIP receives funding from the California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Clean Transportation Program. Its purpose is to help California reach its goal of 5 million EVs by 2030 by supporting those vehicles with 250,000 chargers statewide.

“After sellout successes in other parts of the state, the CEC is proud to fund this new CALeVIP project and bring the latest EV charging technology to Mendocino and Sonoma counties,” said CEC Commissioner Patty Monahan. “Working with local partners ensures infrastructure is installed where it’s needed most to help all Californians take part in our clean energy future.”

CALeVIP partnered with local organizations Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) and the Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District for the Sonoma Coast Incentive Project.

“This partnership with CALeVIP furthers Sonoma Clean Power’s mission of turning the tide on the climate crisis, through bold ideas and practical programs. Increasing access to public EV charging, particularly in rural and disadvantaged communities, is a key priority for our agency,” said Nelson Lomeli, Programs Manager at SCP.

By providing EV charging, businesses can attract more customers, build customer loyalty, and increase property value. Increasing charging accessibility also helps the state of California reach its ambitious goals to combat greenhouse gas emissions. CALeVIP has brought nearly $71 million in incentive funding to communities across California, and those communities have reaped the benefits for their business, property value, and customers.

“With more Californians looking to stretch their dollar further, we’re pleased to help close the gap in the demand for publicly accessible chargers for Sonoma and Mendocino county residents. As we see the positive effects of fewer internal combustion vehicles on the roads, it’s even more important to provide charging infrastructure so our communities can easily make the switch to electric and reap the benefits of accessible charging,” said Andy Hoskinson, CSE’s senior manager for EV initiatives.

For more information about the Sonoma Coast Incentive Project, visit https://sonomacleanpower.org/calevip.

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About the California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. The agency was established by the California Legislature through the Warren-Alquist Act in 1974. It has seven core responsibilities: advancing state energy policy, encouraging energy efficiency, certifying thermal power plants, investing in energy innovation, developing renewable energy, transforming transportation and preparing for energy emergencies.

About the Center for Sustainable Energy
One simple mission—DECARBONIZE.
The Center for Sustainable Energy® (CSE) is a nonprofit offering clean energy program administration and technical advisory services. With the experience and streamlined efficiency of a for-profit operation, CSE leads with the passion and heart of a nonprofit. We work nationwide with energy policymakers, regulators, public agencies, businesses and others as an expert implementation partner and trusted resource.

About Sonoma Clean Power
Sonoma Clean Power is the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. SCP’s services and programs are practical, affordable, and inclusive, empowering everyone to be part of the transition toward a clean energy future. To learn more, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.

About Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District
Northern Sonoma County Air Pollution Control District (“NSCAPCD”) is the regulatory agency responsible for monitoring air quality and enforcing air quality laws and regulations within its jurisdiction. To learn more about NSCAPCD visit www.NoSoCoAir.net or call (707) 433-5911.

SV Clean Energy Surpasses $1 Billion in Renewable Power Investments

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SV Clean Energy Surpasses $1 Billion in Renewable Power Investments

Long-term Contracts Will Provide Clean Energy for Years to Come

Sunnyvale, Calif. – Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) has reached a major milestone in clean energy investment with over $1 billion now committed to building and operating renewable energy generation plants for residents and businesses in Santa Clara County.

With the approval of a new power purchase agreement with 8minute Solar Energy earlier in June, the SVCE board has approved seven contracts totaling $1.134 billion for renewable energy facilities since the agency began operating three years ago.  The contracts total 384 MW of generating capacity, enough to serve 37 percent of SVCE’s retail energy sales annually.

“I’m proud of the work that SVCE has done to get us to this point,” said Howard Miller, SVCE Board Chair and City of Saratoga Mayor. “This is a great illustration of how we are actively searching out the best opportunities to make an impact on climate change and serve our customers. We aren’t just shuffling around existing resources, we’re working to increase the amount of cost-effective renewable energy on the grid, strengthening our portfolio and providing our customers with clean, reliable energy.”

The seven contracts are due to come online between 2021 and 2023, and range in length from 10 to 20 years. The approved contracts include geothermal and solar-plus-storage generation facilities.

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About Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a community-owned agency serving the majority of Santa Clara County communities, acquiring clean, carbon-free electricity on behalf of more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers. As a public agency, net revenues are returned to the community to keep rates competitive and promote clean energy programs. Member jurisdictions include Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and unincorporated Santa Clara County. SVCE is guided by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of a representative from the governing body of each member community. For more information, please visit SVCleanEnergy.org.

8minute Solar Energy Signs Contract with MBCP and SVCE to Develop 250 MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project

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8minute Solar Energy Signs Contract with MBCP and SVCE to Develop 250 MW Solar-Plus-Storage Project

Aratina Solar Center is 8minute’s first project with Community Choice Energy providers, delivering clean, reliable, and affordable energy to power 93,000 homes

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—JUNE 16, 2020: 8minute Solar Energy (8minute) announced that the company has executed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Monterey Bay Community Power Authority (MBCP) and Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE), marking 8minute’s first contract with Community Choice Energy (CCE) providers. The 250-megawatt (250 MWdc / 200 MWac) Aratina Solar Center includes 150 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy storage and will provide enough power for 93,000 homes.

“Community Choice Energy providers across California are taking proactive and ambitious action on behalf of their communities and are playing a critical role in helping the state reach its aggressive clean energy goals,” said Dr. Tom Buttgenbach, President and CEO of 8minute. “Our first partnership with Community Choice Energy providers has been a positive experience for 8minute, giving us an opportunity to partner directly with communities to put more affordable, clean energy on the grid. We look forward to continuing to build strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with MBCP, SVCE and other community aggregators as we pioneer a new generation of solar and storage.”

Scheduled to come online before the end of 2023, the Aratina Solar Center will offset carbon emissions by approximately 430,000 metric tons each year, the equivalent of planting 7 million trees annually or removing 90,000 cars from the road.

The Aratina Solar Center will serve approximately 7-8% of MBCP’s retail load with 120 MWac solar generating capacity, 30 MWac battery energy capacity and a 3-hour discharge duration, while SVCE will be contracting for 80 MWac solar generating capacity and 20 MWac battery energy capacity, with a 3-hour discharge duration, serving 6.6% of SVCE’s annual retail load.

“Securing renewable, reliable, affordable energy to power our community and support our clean energy goals is our top priority, and we have been proud to work with the state’s largest solar developer to ensure that we meet that goal,” said Tom Habashi, Chief Executive Officer of MBCP. “This large-scale, long-term solar project with storage launches us into an even stronger position in doing our part to reduce carbon emissions while meeting our customers’ needs.”

“Our partnership with 8minute is another success shared with MBCP as we continue to take significant steps to expand California’s renewable energy portfolio,” said Girish Balachandran, Chief Executive Officer of SVCE. “The Aratina Solar Center, complete with battery storage, will allow us to store and deliver solar power when our customers need it — well into the evening hours — reducing our reliance on carbon-emitting gas plants and moving us ever closer to a decarbonized grid.”

The Aratina Solar Center is being built in Kern County, California, where 8minute has been a significant player in accelerating solar and storage development. This marks the company’s ninth project in the county, where it has already developed and placed in operation more than 500 MWdc of solar, including the Springbok Solar Cluster and the Redwood Solar Cluster.

The Aratina Solar Center alone is expected to generate hundreds of millions in total capital investment, more than $12 million in local tax revenues, $16 million in land payments over the life of the project and 300 direct construction jobs.

This contract is a result of the Joint Request for Offers (RFO) issued by MBCP and SVCE in April 2019. The Aratina Solar Center will be the seventh project the CCE’s have jointly acquired.

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ABOUT 8MINUTE SOLAR ENERGY

As a nationwide leader in solar-plus-storage, 8minute Solar Energy (8minute) is championing the clean energy transition in the United States and shaping the future of energy. With a focus on technology and engineering innovation, the company has successfully put 2 GW of solar projects into operation and currently has over 18 GW of solar and storage projects under development. Since its founding in 2009, 8minute has continued to set new industry standards, developing the largest solar plant in the nation starting in 2012, delivering the first operational solar plant in the U.S. to beat fossil fuel prices in 2016, and setting the record for the lowest cost solar-plus-storage project in 2019. As the largest privately-held solar developer in the country with an established track record of delivering above-market profitability, 8minute is pioneering a new generation of large-scale, fully dispatchable solar power. For more information, please visit www.8minute.com.

ABOUT MONTEREY BAY COMMUNITY POWER (MBCP)

Monterey Bay Community Power is a Community Choice Energy agency established by local communities to source carbon-free electricity for Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties in addition to San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay as well as most of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties starting in 2021. PG&E and SCE continue their traditional role delivering power as well as maintaining electric infrastructure and billing. As a locally controlled public agency, MBCP supports regional economic vitality by sourcing cleaner energy at a lower cost and advancing local energy programs to accelerate electrification, fuel-switching and resiliency. For more information, visit www.mbcp.org

ABOUT SILICON VALLEY CLEAN ENERGY (SVCE)

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit community-owned agency serving the majority of Santa Clara County communities, acquiring clean, carbon-free electricity on behalf of more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers. As a public agency, net revenues are returned to the community to keep rates competitive and promote clean energy programs. Member jurisdictions include Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and unincorporated Santa Clara County. SVCE is guided by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of a representative from the governing body of each member community. For more information, please visit SVCleanEnergy.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS

8minute Solar Energy
Katie Struble
Director, Corporate Communications
kstruble@8minute.com
T : +1 608 332 2809

Monterey Bay Community Power
Shelly Whitworth
Senior Energy Media Specialist
swithworth@mbcp.org
T: 831 229 0277

Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Michaela Pippin
Communications Specialist
michaela.pippin@svcleanenergy.org
T:  408 721 5301 x1020

SFPUC and NextEra Energy Resources Partnership Contributes $170,000 in COVID-19 Relief Funding to Blythe, California

NEWS RELEASE
SFPUC Contact:
Will Reisman
415-551-4346
wreisman@sfwater.org
June 16, 2020

 SFPUC and NextEra Energy Resources Partnership Contributes $170,000 in COVID-19 Relief Funding to Blythe, California

Grants Will Fund Programs like Food Banks, Homeless Services and Mental Health Support in Community that Provides Renewable Power for San Francisco

San Francisco, CA –The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has partnered with NextEra Energy Resources to provide $170,000 in grant funding for COVID-19 relief efforts in Blythe, California and its surrounding area in Riverside County.

The SFPUC’s local clean energy program CleanPowerSF contracted with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources to expand a solar array in the area that will supply renewable energy to nearly 380,000 CleanPowerSF customers in San Francisco.

“At the SFPUC, we work hard to be a good neighbor to the communities where we and our contractors serve, and this commitment extends well beyond the borders of San Francisco,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “We feel fortunate to be able to assist the City of Blythe during this extremely challenging time and bring relief to some very deserving organizations.”

The $170,000 in grant funds was provided to beneficiaries in May. Later this summer, an additional $100,000 is expected to be granted to a scholarship fund. The grants will be distributed among the City of Blythe, Lift to Rise, and the Riverside Latino Commission Counseling Center. Programs such as food banks, food pantries, cash relief, homeless services and counseling/therapy will be supported by the funding, and may be available to individuals who do not normally qualify for assistance.

“As our nation works to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to assisting the most vulnerable in our communities,” said NextEra Energy Resources senior vice president of development Matt Handel. “I’m confident that, together with our partners at SFPUC, we can help our community survive and become even stronger from our current challenges. NextEra Energy Resources will continue to build strong partnerships and support the communities we serve.”

“The City of Blythe is much appreciative of the very generous donation NextEra Energy Resources has made to our local charities to help with food access and homelessness,” said Mallory Crecelius, the interim City Manager and City Clerk of the City of Blythe. “These funds will go a long way to help families in the City and the Palo Verde Valley during this unprecedented time. The City thanks NextEra Energy Resources for continuing to be an outstanding community partner.”

As part of their contract with the SFPUC, NextEra Energy Resources made a commitment to provide funding to community organizations in Blythe within five years of launching its expanded solar array in the region. However, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, the grants will be administered immediately.

“We thank NextEra Energy Resources and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for their investment in our region,” said Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia. “In collaboration with local partners, these grants will support our Blythe community by bringing relief and resources to residents during this critical time. We applaud all those who have come together over the last few months to lend a helping hand.”

“Riverside County residents have been acutely impacted by our current public health and economic crisis. NextEra Energy Resources’ support of our Economic Protection Plan and Support Fund has provided critical immediate economic relief to hundreds of households navigating extreme financial precarity,” said Heather Viakona, CEO of Lift to Rise. “We’re incredibly grateful for NextEra Energy Resources’ leadership in supporting our collaborative effort and ongoing commitment to Riverside County communities.”

“The Latino Commission from the Coachella Valley is very grateful to have received a monetary donation during this pandemic,” said Bea Gonzales, Chair of the Latino Commission. “We are in the process of identifying families who do not qualify for stimulus or government aid. We will be able to support them with cash aid because of the donation. In addition, we are also working with partner organizations and community members, to identify the need for mental health and substance use services as well as the need for support with food insecurities. We are very grateful to NextEra Energy Resources for their commitment to the community of Blythe and the surrounding Coachella Valley.”

The SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership Program invites private sector firm partners to give back to the communities in which they are performing work on behalf of the SFPUC. The SFPUC is the first public utility in the country to implement a social impact program that advances corporate social responsibility as a part of its competitive bidding process for professional services, alternative delivery and energy procurement contracts.

Other examples of the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership program include the Maisin Scholar Award, which provides financial support for local youth to pursue higher education, CityWorks, which offers paid internships for young adults in the City’s Southeast communities, and the Phoenix Fund, a small business assistance program for local companies impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CleanPowerSF launched in 2016 with a mission to provide San Francisco residents and businesses with clean, renewable electricity at competitive rates. Following the largest and last enrollment period in April of this year, CleanPowerSF now serves about 380,000 customer accounts in San Francisco.

Along with CleanPowerSF, the SFPUC operates the Hetch Hetchy Regional Power System, which provides 100 percent greenhouse gas free energy to public facilities, such as City Hall, San Francisco International Airport, Muni buses, schools and libraries. Collectively, the two systems meet approximately 80 percent of the electricity demand in San Francisco.

In addition to partnering with NextGen on COVID-19 relief efforts in Blythe, the SFPUC has also provided local support efforts during the pandemic. Last month, the agency launched an emergency community assistance program to help residential customers struggling to pay their water, sewer and Hetch Hetchy power bills during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The agency also suspended water and power shutoffs due to late payments, while postponing liens and collections, waiving late fees and providing rental payment deferments for tenants of SFPUC facilities.

About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org.

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Businesses in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties Eligible to Receive Free Energy Audits for Backup Power

June 15, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Kate Kelly, Director of Public Relations/Sonoma Clean Power

kkelly@sonomacleanpower.org | 707.486.2952

 Businesses in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties Eligible to Receive Free Energy Audits for Backup Power

Sonoma Clean Power Launches the Energy Resiliency Audit Program to Help Local Businesses Prepare for Power Outages

 (SANTA ROSA, CA) – As PG&E’s Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events become regular occurrences for communities in California, and as natural disasters such as wildfires intensify, having a reliable source of backup power has become a necessity for nearly every business. That’s why Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) has developed the Energy Resiliency Audit Program (ERAP).

Through ERAP, SCP’s commercial customers can receive an analysis, free of charge, to learn if battery storage is financially feasible for their site, how much storage would be needed to power critical electric loads during a shutoff, and how to integrate battery technology into their existing operations to benefit their business year-round.

“After seeing the impacts that last year’s PSPS events and the Kincade Fire had on our customers, particularly those in the business community who were still being depended on for essential services and goods, we knew there would be a rise in the need for reliable backup power,” said Geof Syphers, SCP’s Chief Executive Officer.

“We saw a significant increase in the number of generators being purchased and installed after the first shutoff, which are not ideal when it comes to safety or emissions. This program will help businesses better understand all of their backup energy options, including more sustainable alternatives such as battery storage,” added Nathan Kinsey, SCP’s Commercial Accounts Manager.

In addition to allowing businesses to stay up and running during a power outage, battery-stored energy is cleaner, safer, and quieter to use than gas-powered generators. When utilized to its full potential, battery storage can also help to lower a site’s overall electric costs.

SCP has partnered with the Center for Sustainable Energy, a nonprofit energy program administration and advisory services organization, to connect local businesses with energy experts and engineers who will evaluate the businesses’ operations and advise a best path forward.

An ERAP audit will provide the information needed to implement a solution to improve resiliency during PSPS events, develop a cost-saving strategy which may lower electricity bills, and estimate the cost of installing commercial battery storage.

Small and medium commercial customers, essential businesses, and businesses that were impacted by prior PSPS events are all eligible to participate in the program, free of charge.

Interested businesses can contact SCP by calling 1 (855) 202-2139 Monday through Friday between 8 A.M. and 5 P.M. PST, or by emailing info@sonomacleanpower.org.

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About Sonoma Clean Power

Sonoma Clean Power is the public electricity provider for Sonoma and Mendocino counties. SCP’s services and programs are practical, affordable, and inclusive, empowering everyone to be part of the transition toward a clean energy future. To learn more, visit sonomacleanpower.org or call 1 (855) 202-2139.

Redwood Coast Energy Authority Hosts Solar and Net Energy Metering Webinar

Contact:
Nancy Stephenson
Community Strategies Manager
Redwood Coast Energy Authority
NStephenson@RedwoodEnergy.org
c: (707) 382-7110

Home/Business Solar and Net Energy Metering Webinar

  • WHAT: A webinar on Net Energy Metering and first steps to installing your solar electricity system
  • WHEN: Tuesday, June 23, two sessions: 10-11 a.m. and 5:30-6:30 p.m.
  • WHERE: Zoom
  • WHO: The Redwood Coast Energy Authority staff – Mahayla Slackerelli, Account Services Manager, and Mike Avcollie, Project Manager

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority invites the community to a webinar about home and business solar electricity systems and Net Energy Metering. Two sessions will be offered on Tuesday, June 23, the first at 10-11 a.m. with a repeat at 5:30 p.m. Both webinars will include time at the end for attendees to ask questions.

RCEA is dedicated to supporting customers who wish to generate their own renewable energy and boost their energy independence. The webinars will focus on the first steps to installing solar, and RCEA’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) Program. Billing and generation credits will be explained. Current customers should have their bills handy.

Register in advance on Zoom via RCEA’s website: https://redwoodenergy.org/get-involved/repowerhour/home-business-solar-and-net-energy-metering-workshop/

RCEA, a local government Joint Powers Agency founded in 2003, develops and implements sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and advance the use of clean, efficient and renewable resources.

Call (707) 269-1700, email info@RedwoodEnergy.org, or go to www.RedwoodEnergy.org for more information.

Electric school bus incentives now available through MBCP & MBARD partnership

         

Electric school bus incentives now available through MBCP & MBARD partnership

$1.2 Million Program Supports Cleaner Transportation for Local Schools

Monterey, CA. June 9, 2020 –  Monterey Bay Community Power (MBCP) in partnership with the Monterey Bay Air Resources District (MBARD) today announced its new program incentivizing the purchase of electric buses for public schools within Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties. The two agencies share a goal of improving air quality by reducing local greenhouse gas emissions. The Zero Emissions School Bus Program provides school districts with an opportunity to replace diesel school buses with clean running electric buses, reducing overhead costs and improving local air quality while helping to educate students about the benefits of electric vehicles.

“Electrifying school buses is an incredible opportunity to make a meaningful impact in the Monterey Bay by supporting our local students and schools.” shared MBCP CEO, Tom Habashi. “Our partnership with MBARD increases the impact of this important local greenhouse gas reducing transportation electrification program.”

MBCP has allocated a total of $1.2 million and will provide up to $200,000 per bus, for a total of six buses, during the current fiscal year. MBARD is set to leverage state funding for the remaining balance of each electric school bus. In addition, MBARD has reserved funding to provide up to $20,000 for charging infrastructure available to applicants in need of a charging station for their new electric school bus. The program is the first of its kind among Community Choice Aggregators statewide. MBCP and MBARD see their growing partnership as a true example for others to replicate and help further the state’s transportation and climate goals.

“MBARD is proud to collaborate with Monterey Bay Community Power on our Zero Emission School Bus Program.  Funding from this this partnership helps transition schools to cleaner transportation thereby improving air quality and the health of our children and the community.” shared Richard Stedman, MBARD Air Pollution Control Officer.

Close to 100 different school districts across the Monterey Bay Region are eligible to benefit from this program.  According to MBCP’s Electrification Strategic Plan, each diesel-powered school bus replaced by an electric bus is projected to avoid an estimated 20 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions (MTCO2e) each year, for an annual program total of 120 MTCO2e, the equivalent of over 132,000 lbs. of coal burned each year. Eligible applicants are public school districts enrolled with MBCP and located within the Counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz. MBARD is set to administer the program and begins accepting applications June 17, 2020 at 10 AM. Learn more here:

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About: Monterey Bay Community Power is a Community Choice Energy agency established by local communities to source carbon-free electricity for Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties in addition to San Luis Obispo and Morro Bay as well as most of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties starting in 2021. PG&E and SCE continue their traditional role delivering power as well as maintaining electric infrastructure and billing. As a locally controlled public agency, MBCP supports regional economic vitality by sourcing cleaner energy at a lower cost and advancing local energy programs to accelerate electrification, fuel-switching and resiliency. For more information, visit www.mbcp.org

Monterey Bay Community Power             
Shelly Whitworth
Senior Energy Media Specialist
Tel: +1.831.229.0277
swhitworth@mbcp.org

Peninsula Clean Energy Extends $3.6 million Low-Income Customer Credit


Peninsula Clean Energy Extends $3.6 million Low-Income Customer Credit

Part of broader $31+ million effort toward COVID-19 relief and power resiliency   

REDWOOD CITY, CA – June 9, 2020 – Peninsula Clean Energy will extend a $100 credit to provide bill relief to additional low-income customers who have struggled during the COVID-19 pandemic and shelter-in-place. The credit extension brings the total investment of this program to $3.6 million as part of the organization’s broader effort to address the current crisis and ensure longer term electricity reliability.

The one-time on-bill credit will automatically be applied for roughly 4,400 San Mateo County customers who have been covered under California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) or Family Electric Rate Assistance (FERA) rate plans as of May 27 and who are not among the roughly 30,000 customers who already received the bill credit in April.

Peninsula Clean Energy’s Board of Directors approved extending the initial credit to take into account the thousands of San Mateo County residents added to the CARE and FERA rolls in recent weeks.

“As this pandemic continues, our most vulnerable customers should never have to worry about keeping their power on at home,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said.

The bill credit is part of a broader package of efforts by Peninsula Clean Energy to help customers during the pandemic. This includes:

  • Investing $10 million in programs to improve energy resiliency, including clean backup batteries for medically vulnerable residents and at critical facilities
  • Continuing to save customers $18 million annually by providing rates 5 percent lower than those offered by PG&E
  • Continuing Peninsula Clean Energy’s long-standing practice of not returning delinquent accounts to PG&E for collection

Those interested in qualifying for CARE’s monthly discount of at least 20 percent on gas and electricity or FERA’s monthly discount of 18 percent on electricity can learn more and apply on PG&E’s website.

About Peninsula Clean Energy

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Valley Clean Energy: Two Years Strong

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Press contact: Jim Parks, director of customer care and marketing
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VALLEY CLEAN ENERGY — 2 YEARS STRONG

Yolo County, CA, June 8, 2020 – During these trying times, it’s more important than ever to take note of the good news that’s worth celebrating.

“Please join us as we mark the anniversary of Valley Clean Energy,” said Don Saylor, chairman of the board of directors of the not-for-profit public agency and a Yolo County supervisor. “We’re two years strong as of June 1, and it’s all because of you, the VCE customers who support us in taking charge of our clean energy future.”

People who suffer from asthma and other lung-related conditions have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, so cleaning up the air in California has become even more important for everyone.

“That’s just what VCE has been doing these past two years, by offering people cleaner, greener electricity and an option for 100% carbon-free power,” added Dan Carson, VCE’s board vice-chair and a member of the Davis City Council. “And we’ve only just begun.”

VCE has encountered its share of curve balls in the past 24 months, especially as PG&E declared bankruptcy and initiated temporary power shut-offs as part of a public safety strategy, and COVID-19 has kept us all at home. Despite these challenges, the dedicated VCE team has worked hard to achieve its goals:

· Cleaner, less polluting electricity: In the past two years, VCE exceeded its targets for renewable energy and carbon-free power;

· Choice for everyone: The agency — which serves the cities of Woodland and Davis as well as the unincorporated portion of Yolo County — expanded to include the city of Winters, where service will begin in 2021;

· Fiscal responsibility: $1.5 million in start-up loans from the participating government agencies were paid back well ahead of schedule;

· Emission-free driving: A $2.9 million SACOG grant will bring an extensive electric vehicle charging network to Yolo County;

· Local control: VCE is governed by a local board of directors and took steps to acquire PG&E distribution assets to reduce customer costs while concurrently improving safety and reliability;

· Re-investment in our communities: VCE has committed to renewable energy contracts close to home and is working to secure more; and

· Not-for-profit and for the people: VCE does not have shareholders, keeping the benefits focused on its customers.

“All of these achievements were made without costing customers one cent more than they’ve been paying PG&E,” Saylor said. “That’s the power of not-for-profit local control fighting for our customers and communities. We believe that’s worth celebrating.

“We’ve stood together to accomplish some great things in the past two years, and our plans for the future are even more ambitious. We believe they’re achievable.”

Added Carson, “The temporary lockdown has been an eye-opener when it comes to pollution levels of every kind. We need to use this momentum to refocus on climate gains as we move forward.”

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About VCE: Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit public agency formed in June 2018 to provide electrical generation service to customers in Woodland, Davis, and the unincorporated areas of Yolo County. The city of Winters is VCE’s newest member. 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.