SV Clean Energy Announces 2020 Emissions Reductions and Power Content

SV Clean Energy Announces 2020 Emissions Reductions and Power Content

Region sees 35% reduction in energy-related emissions and delivers on clean energy commitment

Sunnyvale, Calif. – Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) was founded by its member communities to reduce emissions by procuring electricity generated from renewable and carbon-free sources. To monitor progress towards its carbon reduction goals, the agency annually tracks greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy-related sources, including electricity generation and building and transportation energy use.

In the most recent 2020 measurement, regional energy-related GHG emissions have declined 35% from the 2015 baseline year. This exceeds the agency-adopted 2021 target to reduce emissions 30% by 2021. A key reason for the substantial reduction was reduced regional transportation emissions, due to the 2020 stay-at-home orders enacted to keep the community safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

As shown in the chart above, electricity-related emissions are a small portion of total emissions, and has steadily decreased over the years, with a significant reduction from 2017 to 2018 when SVCE completed enrollment of all customers. The SVCE Decarbonization Programs Roadmap and resulting Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan and Building Decarbonization Joint Action plan have defined strategies and programs for how the agency works with its member communities to reduce emissions from transportation and buildings.

“The recent United Nations IPCC report says that we can no longer avoid the effects of a changing climate due to human-caused fossil fuel emissions, but we can try and prevent the worst outcomes with solutions that exist today,” said Margaret Abe-Koga, SVCE board chair and City of Mountain View councilmember. “Silicon Valley Clean Energy is advancing innovative initiatives and customer programs to lower carbon emissions across sectors and sharing what we learn with other communities so we may scale solutions and work together on our shared climate goals.”

SVCE is continuing to deliver on its community mission of procuring electricity from clean sources. This month, SVCE customers are receiving their annual Power Content Label, which provides a breakdown of the generation sources that make up their electricity mix. The annual communication is required by the California Energy Commission, and this year, for the first time, it includes the GHG emissions carbon intensity associated with electricity providers’ power supply.

The SVCE GreenStart product is sourced from renewables and carbon-free energy sources, with seven pounds of carbon-dioxide (CO2) emissions per megawatt-hour (MWh). GreenPrime, the voluntary 100 percent renewable offer, has zero emissions. By comparison, the California grid mix has an average of 466 lbs. of CO2 per MWh. The emissions associated with the SVCE power supply are from renewable biomass and geothermal, which have some emissions, as well as from some out-of-state energy imports.

SVCE is continuing to increase the supply of clean energy on the grid and has invested $1.6 billion for renewable energy projects. Several of these projects are under construction today, and all contracts total more than 700 megawatts (MW) of capacity and nearly 175 MW of battery capacity. By 2024, when all projects are delivering power to SVCE, more than 60 percent of the agency’s energy supply will come from renewables, which is more than 10 years ahead of the SB 100 mandate, which requires 60 percent renewable and 100 percent clean energy by 2045.

To learn more about the renewable energy projects contracted by SVCE, visit the new power sources webpage at svcleanenergy.org/power-sources.

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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.

Media Contact:
Pamela Leonard, Communications Manager
pamela.leonard@svcleanenergy.org
408-721-5301 x1004

Pioneer Community Energy to Provide up to $50,000 in Bill Relief to River Fire Victims

Pioneer Community Energy to Provide up to $50,000 in Bill Relief to River Fire Victims

September 16, 2021 – The Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) Board unanimously approved a resolution to provide bill forgiveness on the Pioneer generation portion of its customer bills from July to August 2021 for customers whose residences were destroyed in the River Fire. The Pioneer Board approved an amount not to exceed $50,000 in total.

“As a community-owned organization, Pioneer can step up to provide assistance to our customers in times of need,” said Jim Holmes, Placer County District 3 Supervisor and Pioneer Board Chair. “Pioneer has a number of programs to help customers with their utility bills. Waiving the July and August generation charges for our customers who lost their homes was the right thing to do.”

PG&E is currently working with CalFire to confirm which accounts have been closed because of the River Fire. Once the list has been confirmed, Pioneer will initiate the bill forgiveness.

The River Fire started near the Colfax area on August 4, 2021 and burned 2,619 acres according to CalFire. It burned for nine days, affecting both Placer and Nevada Counties. CalFire reported 21 structures damaged and 142 residential, commercial and other buildings destroyed.

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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 currently serves more than 94,000 residential and commercial accounts and will begin serving the 68,000 accounts in El Dorado County and Placerville in January 2022. Pioneer was formed to provide electric generation at stable rates, while offering programs that deliver economic and workforce benefits for the local community.

Contact:

Alexia Retallack

Pioneer Community Energy

(916) 758-8948

Oakland Roots to Become Climate Positive by 2022 in Partnership with EBCE

Oakland Roots to Become Climate Positive by 2022 in Partnership with EBCE

Roots aiming to Become Among First Professional Sports Teams in the World to be Climate Positive

Oakland, CA – September 16, 2021 –  Oakland Roots SC today announced their commitment to be among the first professional soccer teams in the world to become climate positive. This means that Oakland Roots will go beyond achieving net-zero carbon emissions by removing more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere than they emit. The commitment builds on their partnership with East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), a local public power agency leading the transition to green power, and will be celebrated on the club’s first ‘Climate Night’ against LA Galaxy II on Saturday September 18th.

As the first purpose-driven professional sports team in the United States, Roots’ journey to become climate positive is part of the club’s commitment to long-term community health. Roots has begun calculating the club’s carbon footprint and will set reduction targets that meet or exceed recommendations from the IPCC, the United Nations body for assessing the science related to climate change. For areas where Roots can’t currently reduce emissions (such as travel to away games by air), Roots will focus on purchasing offsets that support local tree-planting and environmental education efforts in Oakland.

Oakland Roots will assess and address the carbon impact of all facets of operations, including:

      • Energy use and waste at home games
      • Air and bus travel for away games
      • Business travel including scouting
      • Front Office operations including energy, waste, water, shipping, recycling, and employee commuting
      • Emissions generated by fans traveling to and from home games

“EBCE has sponsored Oakland Roots since they began in the East Bay in 2018 as a soccer club on a mission to be a model community partner,” said EBCE CEO Nick Chaset. “This announcement exemplifies Oakland Roots commitment to the environment through operational practices that reduce their impact, and then planting trees locally to make up for emissions that simply cannot be avoided. It is this dedication to the environment and the East Bay community that fundamentally connects EBCE and Oakland Roots.”

Roots fans will be asked to get involved with the initiative through surveys and volunteer opportunities. During ‘Climate Night’, Roots fans will also be encouraged to sign up for Renewable 100, EBCE’s electric service that provides 100% California solar & wind energy, including supply from their new 57.5 megawatt wind farm in Livermore. Oakland Roots is also donating $510 on behalf of EBCE to local climate justice and tree planting organizations for every Roots goal this season.

“We’re committed to playing our part in supporting the long-term health of our community, and that includes the environment,” said Steven Powell, Chief Revenue Officer at Oakland Roots. “This commitment, and the support of East Bay Community Energy, is a natural and important step in supporting the City of Oakland’s 2030 Equitable Climate Action Plan (ECAP), a 10 year plan to reduce greenhouse gases and improve the well-being for everyone in the Town.”

‘Climate Night’ will be just the start of a collaboration with EBCE to promote green power and environmental health at all Roots home matches and through a digital storytelling education series focusing on clean energy and community sustainability topics.

To help the Roots set and achieve transparent, science-based targets for carbon emission reduction, the club is working with Sustainable Business Consulting, expert strategic advisors who help companies integrate sustainability across their entire organization. To learn more, click here for FAQs.

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About Oakland Roots SC

Oakland Roots Sports Club is a professional soccer club which competes in the USL Championship (USL-C). Oakland Roots is the first, Purpose-driven professional team in the United States which seeks to harness the magic of Oakland and the power of sports as a force for social good.

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 630,000 residential and commercial customers throughout the county. EBCE initiated service in June 2018 and expanded to the cities of Pleasanton, Newark, and Tracy 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 our local communities. More at ebce.org.

About Sustainable Business Consulting

SBC is a strategic consultancy based in Seattle that helps organizations drive business value through better environment, climate and social justice practices. SBC has helped over 220 organizations, ranging from Fortune 500s to Pro Sports Franchises and it has been named by B Corp as a ‘Best in the World’ organization four times.

Silicon Valley Clean Energy and San José – Evergreen Community College District Launch Building Electrification Workforce Training

Silicon Valley Clean Energy and San José – Evergreen Community College District Launch Building Electrification Workforce Training

Eligible workers in Santa Clara County receive $500 for completing online course

San José and Sunnyvale, Calif.September 16, 2021 –  To meet growing demand in the marketplace, Silicon Valley Clean Energy and the San José – Evergreen Community College District Workforce Institute have launched ‘FutureFit Fundamentals,’ a new online course focused on all-electric building practices. The training is designed to familiarize local contractors, apprentices, and journeypersons with the latest in all-electric building systems and appliances, and rapidly evolving building policies as communities transition to a clean, all-electric future.

Eligible participants will receive a $500 stipend for course completion and may qualify to receive up to $5,000 for installing selected electric appliances in their home or business. Training includes all-electric HVAC, heat pump water heating, high-efficiency electric appliances and home solar+battery storage.

“As a residential solar installer and electrician serving the region for more than two decades, I know that there is tremendous opportunity for local contractors to learn about new, electric technologies that customers are now requesting more often,” said Barry Cinnamon, CEO of Cinnamon Energy. “This training helps prepare installers to be able to guide customers towards technologies that will help them save energy, money and the climate.”

Demand for clean, non-polluting electric technologies has created new opportunities for building professionals, but past policies and California’s historical reliance on gas have created a gap in education for tradespeople. FutureFit Fundamentals provides a good introduction to the concepts and knowledge tradespeople need to meet growing customer demand for all-electric installations and upgrades.

Many cities throughout Silicon Valley have recently instituted all-electric building codes, now in effect, via ‘reach codes’ that transition new building construction away from systems or appliances that require fossil fuel use. Further, the California Energy Commission recently adopted the most ambitious building codes in the country to prevent fossil fuel pollution from buildings and further the fight against climate change. The codes will require new buildings to include solar and battery storage, and pre-wiring that prepares for the transition to an all-electric future with efficient, electric appliances, particularly heat pump technology. These sweeping changes will go into effect in 2023.

“As we make major investments in clean energy and move towards meeting our climate goals as set forth in SB 100, we cannot afford to leave anyone behind. We must invest in workforce training and education to ensure that we create a just clean energy transition,” said Margaret Abe-Koga, SVCE board chair and City of Mountain View councilmember.

“We are very pleased to be able to partner with Silicon Valley Clean Energy on the FutureFit Fundamentals program,” said Dr. Alexandra Duran, San José – Evergreen Community College District’s interim executive director of strategic partnerships and workforce innovation. “This training will not only benefit those individuals who go through the program to receive the stipend and learn new skills to become more competitive in the market for building professionals and tradespeople, but will benefit the entire state as we transition to an all-electric future.”

FutureFit Fundamentals contractor training is a part of the SVCE COVID-19 relief plan; intended to support local businesses during these challenging times.

Eligible participants may sign up for the course at: www.svcleanenergy.org/FutureFit-Fundamentals.

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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 the SJECCD Workforce Institute

The Workforce Institute’s mission is to extend opportunity and mitigate economic disparities by empowering community members and transforming organizations for the evolving job markets. Established in 1988, the Workforce Institute has partnered with a diverse array of organizations to meet the needs of our diverse community and the ever-changing workforce. The services and training sessions provided advance career and personal growth and enhance skills needed for the evolving job market.

Media Contact: 
Michaela Pippin, michaela.pippin@svcleanenergy.org, 408-721-5301 x1020

Central Coast Community Energy Seeks to Increase Local Economic Impact Through New Local Vendor Registry

Central Coast Community Energy Seeks to Increase Local Economic Impact Through New Local Vendor Registry

Small, Local, and Diverse Businesses Within CCCE’s Service Area Qualify to Register Beginning National Small Business Week

Monterey, CA. September 15, 2021Central Coast Community Energy today announced the opening of its Local Vendor Registry which will help the agency better understand and share potential contract opportunities with small, local, and diverse businesses on the Central Coast to expand its local economic impact through product and service needs.

Following an informal small and local vendor preference, Central Coast Community Energy also recently formally adopted a Small and Local Preference Policy allowing the agency to, whenever possible, work with small, local, and diverse independently owned and operated businesses to provide goods and services to the agency.

“Central Coast Community Energy seeks to actively drive more local economic impact by seeking to engage with small and local business vendors in our service area. Our Local Vendor Registry coupled with our new Small and Local Preference Policy allows CCCE to further increase local economic benefits.”
Shares CCCE CEO, Tom Habashi.

Central Coast Community Energy is contracting with local vendors for services and products from video production needs, IT solutions, administrative support, website, graphic design, technical solutions, to local large scale renewable energy and storage resources. Registered businesses will receive direct announcements of opportunities including RFPs that pertain to their business and allows for CCCE to provide a higher score to small and local businesses responding to RFP/Qs.

To date CCCE has issued 27 RFPs and is a member of 35 small, local and diverse organizations. CCCE seeks local businesses from Santa Cruz Counties to Santa Barbara Counties within the Central Coast Community Energy service area to register for the Local Vendor Registry here: https://3cenergy.org/local-vendor-registry/

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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. 3CE 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.

Central Coast Community Energy | CCCE
Shelly Whitworth
Senior Energy Media Specialist
Tel: +1-831-229-0277
swhitworth@3CE.org

City of La Mesa Opts-Up to 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Energy from San Diego Community Power for All Municipal Accounts

 

 

 

City of La Mesa Opts-Up to 100 Percent Clean, Renewable Energy from San Diego Community Power for All Municipal Accounts

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – (September 8, 2021) – The City of La Mesa is taking action for its municipal accounts and opting up to San Diego Community Power’s (SDCP) 100 percent renewable Power100 program. SDCP, the not-for-profit community choice energy agency, provides clean, carbon-free, and cost-competitive energy to municipalities, commercial and industrial clients in the member cities of La Mesa, Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, and San Diego.

“This decision to opt-up to Power100 will go a long way towards helping the city achieve our ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals,” said La Mesa Councilmember and SDCP Board member Bill Baber. The city climate action plan calls for community-wide GHG emission reductions of 53% by 2035.

SDCP began enrolling municipal customers on March 1, 2021, and commercial and industrial account holders on June 1, 2021. SDCP is now providing reliable, clean energy for nearly 72,000 commercial and industrial accounts representing nearly 60% of the forecast energy load. Residential service will begin to roll out in early 2022.

La Mesa residential customers will receive additional information before the launch via direct mail. When service launches, customers will continue to get the same single bill from SDG&E with a line item for electricity generation from SDCP which replaces what SDG&E would have provided.  SDG&E will continue to deliver power, customer service and provide ongoing system maintenance.

SDCP is a not-for-profit Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) committed to providing municipalities, businesses, and residents in its five-member cities with clean, renewable energy at competitive rates. CCA programs were enabled by state legislation as part of the solution to the 2001 energy crisis, allowing local communities choice and control of the energy they buy.

San Diego Community Power offers many key benefits:

Customer-Driven Choice: CCAs were created to advocate for ratepayers by providing end-user choice and shifting control of local energy decisions into the hands of residents and businesses.

Future-Focused: SDCP offers tiered programs that provide cleaner energy for competitive rates, helping reach climate action goals and supporting healthier communities today and for the future.

Proven Path to Saving Money and the Environment: There are currently 23 successful CCAs operating in 200 communities around California. As the second-largest in the state, SDCP provides the same reliable energy service as the local investor-owned utility but with cleaner, most sustainable energy.

Local Management, Investment, and Jobs: As a locally controlled not-for-profit energy provider, SDCP supports economic vitality by investing in local renewable energy projects.

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ABOUT SAN DIEGO COMMUNITY POWER

San Diego Community Power (SDCP) is a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) committed to providing municipalities, businesses, and residents in the five member cities with clean, renewable energy at competitive rates and investing in innovative programs that benefit the environment and the economy in our communities. SDCP will source cleaner electricity services for approximately 960,000 customer accounts in the cities of Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, and San Diego, and the unincorporated communities of San Diego County. Learn more at www.sdcommunitypower.org.

 

 

Peninsula Clean Energy to Receive Power From World’s Largest Geothermal Complex

Peninsula Clean Energy to Receive Power From World’s Largest Geothermal Complex

35MW starting in June 2022 helps toward 24/7 renewable power goal

REDWOOD CITY, CA – Sept. 7, 2021 – Peninsula Clean Energy will receive clean and reliable electricity generation from the world’s largest complex of geothermal power plants.

Peninsula Clean Energy beginning in July 2022 will receive 35 megawatts (MW) of geothermal power from The Geysers, a 725-MW complex run by Calpine Corporation and located 70 miles north of San Francisco. The power purchase agreement is Peninsula Clean Energy’s first to involve geothermal. The 35 MW are enough to power 60,000 households annually in San Mateo County.

“The geothermal power from The Geysers is another reliable tool to reduce heat-trapping greenhouse gas emissions and slow climate change,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said. “This helps us further evolve our energy mix to meet growing demand for affordable 24/7 renewable power.”

The 15 geothermal power plants at The Geysers stretch across 45 square miles in Sonoma and Lake Counties and are responsible for providing nearly one-tenth of the renewable power produced annually in California.

“Calpine and The Geysers are proud to support Peninsula Clean Energy in its goal of providing clean, renewable and reliable energy to customers across San Mateo County and the city of Los Banos,” said Gevan Reeves, Calpine’s Vice President of Origination. “Geothermal energy from The Geysers is available every hour of every day, supporting Peninsula Clean Energy’s efforts to deliver a reliable power portfolio sourced from 100 percent renewable energy. It also supports hundreds of hardworking employees committed to powering communities across California with reliable geothermal energy.”

The geothermal power from The Geysers will bring Peninsula Clean Energy another step toward the organization’s ultimate goal of providing 24/7 renewable power to its customers. Peninsula Clean Energy this year for the first time began providing 100 percent carbon-free power to all of its nearly 300,000 customers. At least half of that power this year stems from renewable power, with the remainder coming from large hydropower and other carbon-free generation.

About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation agency. It is the official electricity provider for San Mateo County and, beginning in 2022, for the City of Los Banos. Founded in 2016 with a mission to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the county, the agency serves 295,000 customers by providing more than 3,500 gigawatt hours annually of electricity that is 100 percent carbon-free and at lower cost than PG&E. As a community-led, not-for-profit agency, Peninsula Clean Energy makes significant investments in its communities to expand access to sustainable and affordable energy solutions. Peninsula Clean Energy is on track to deliver electricity that is 100 percent renewable by 2025. The agency has earned investment grade credit ratings from Moody’s and Fitch.

Follow us at PenCleanEnergy.com, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Media Contact

Darren Goode

Peninsula Clean Energy

dgoode@peninsulacleanenergy.com

202-550-6619

EDF Renewables North America and Clean Power Alliance Sign Power Purchase Agreement for Solar-plus-Storage Project

EDF Renewables North America and Clean Power Alliance Sign Power Purchase Agreement for Solar-plus-Storage Project

Project to Provide Enough Electricity to Power More Than 163,000 Homes, Avoiding 669,000 Metric Tons of Carbon Emissions Annually or More Than 145,000 Passenger Vehicles Driven over the course of One Year

SAN DIEGO and LOS ANGELES (Sept 2, 2021): EDF Renewables North America (EDFR) and Clean Power Alliance (CPA) today announced the signing of a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for the Desert Quartzite Solar-plus-Storage project. The project, consisting of a 300 megawatt (MWac) solar project coupled with a 600 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS), is expected to begin delivery of clean electricity to CPA’s customers throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in February 2024. The CPA Board of Directors approved the long-term contract during its September meeting.

The Desert Quartzite Solar-plus-Storage Project is located on unincorporated land in Riverside County, California, administered by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The BLM designated this area as a Solar Energy Zone (SEZ) and Development Focus Area, land set aside for utility-scale renewable energy development. The project will utilize horizontal single-axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) technology; and is expected to create more than 800 construction jobs.

By coupling the solar facility with an energy storage solution, electricity produced during peak solar hours can be dispatched later in the day, thereby creating a balance between electricity generation and demand. Energy storage can further smooth electricity prices and provide grid stability in an environmentally friendly way.

“The clean reliable energy we will receive from the Desert Quartzite facility fits perfectly within our mission to improve the lives and environment of our customers and communities,” said Clean Power Alliance Executive Director Ted Bardacke. “Our Board has identified solar-plus-storage as being key to our continued growth and a means to further improve reliability for our millions of customers. This project will also create many more green jobs here in Southern California.”

“EDF Renewables is pleased to partner with Clean Power Alliance to supply affordable in-state solar energy to their growing customer base through the Desert Quartzite Solar-plus-Storage Project,” commented Sohinaz Sotoudeh, Senior Director, Origination & Power Marketing at EDF Renewables. “It is particularly satisfying to work with CPA, whose mission to empower communities with a choice for renewable power aligns with EDF Renewables’ ambition to help build a sustainable energy future. We are committed to helping CPA and other CCAs achieve their clean energy future through projects that also improve grid resiliency.”

The expected electricity generated at full capacity is enough to meet the consumption of more than 163,000 average California homes1 . This is equivalent to avoiding over 669,000 metric tons of carbon (CO₂) emissions annually which represents the greenhouse gas emissions from more than 145,000 passenger vehicles driven over the course of one year2 .

EDF Renewables, one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America, is committing to providing solutions to meet California’s carbon-reduction goals. With 35 years of experience and 20 gigawatts of wind, solar, and storage projects developed EDF Renewables provides integrated energy solution for grid-scale power to electric vehicle charging.

1 According to U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) 2019 Residential Electricity Sales and U.S. Census Data and typical transmission assumptions. 2 According to U.S. EPA Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies calculations and typical transmission assumptions.

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Sandi Briner, +1 858-521-3525

MediaRelations@edf-re.com

 

Joseph Cabral, +1 213-442-8019

jcabral@cleanpoweralliance.org

SV Clean Energy Surpasses $1 Million in Innovation Pilot Funding

SV Clean Energy Surpasses $1 Million in Innovation Pilot Funding

New report highlights impact of local climate tech investments

Sunnyvale, Calif.September 2, 2021 –  $1.1 million invested in local solutions for decarbonization. 25 EV charging stations installed at multifamily properties designed to address access to EV charging for renters. 160 local contracting businesses subscribed to use free, authorized access to energy data to speed installation of clean energy projects. 250 customers charging with GridShift, syncing their charge with the cleanest and lowest-cost electricity available.

These are some results from the Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) Innovation Onramp program. Published today, the SVCE Innovation Impact Report outlines the achievements made in the program’s first three years.

In 2019, SVCE established the Innovation Onramp grant program to leverage SVCE’s unique position to engage and support the innovation ecosystem in addressing key technical, market and policy barriers to achieving deep decarbonization.

SVCE has funded twelve innovation pilots with focuses ranging from transportation electrification and building decarbonization to energy resilience. Three years later, 2,400 SVCE customers have benefitted from the technologies deployed through the program.

Select pilot programs have made an impact well beyond the SVCE territory. The Data Hive pilot, which allows customers to authorize third-party access to their energy data, has been referenced as the “gold standard” in regulatory proceedings in four states, D.C. and federally. The partner company from the GridShift:EV Charging pilot is now working with another CCA in California to reduce emissions from EV charging while offering customer savings.

Since launching the Innovation Onramp program, SVCE has reviewed more than 112 applications and worked with 13 startup partners. The most recent grants focused on seed funding for decarbonization solutions and were awarded to two electrification-focused projects:

  • The NeoCharge Smart Splitter is a low-cost technology advancing home electrification by helping people access EV charging and add large electric appliances without requiring electrical panel upgrades, a solution that is particularly relevant to renters and residents of older homes.
  • XeroHome is an app that streamlines the electrification process by customizing appliance recommendations, predicting utility bill impacts, and connecting users directly to contractors all in-app.

The Innovation Impact Report outlines each SVCE-funded pilot project and highlights some of the major milestones that have been achieved. Read the Impact Report at www.svcleanenergy.org/innovation/#impact-report.

For more information on the SVCE Decarbonization Programs Roadmap visit www.svcleanenergy.org/decarbonization.

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.

Media Contact: 
Michaela Pippin, michaela.pippin@svcleanenergy.org, 408-721-5301 x1020

Central Coast Community Energy Incentivizes Regional EV Adoption with Rebates for New and Used Vehicles, Charging Stations for All Customers

Central Coast Community Energy Incentivizes Regional EV Adoption with Rebates for New and Used Vehicles, Charging Stations for All Customers

CCCE Calls on Residential, Income Qualified, Commercial, Agricultural and Public Agency Customers to Utilize Outstanding Funding in Final Month

Monterey, CA. August 31, 2021 – Heading into the final month of program funding, Central Coast Community Energy is continuing its push for electric vehicle adoption which the agency began earlier this year. Transportation is the largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions along the Central Coast and lack of charging stations is one of the bigger barriers to more drivers making the switch to electric vehicles.

Not long after launching its Electrify Your Ride Electric Vehicle incentive program in February, CCCE pumped even more energy into transforming regional transportation with the EV charger equivalent, Charge Your Ride. Since then, Central Coast’s primary electricity provider continues to support greater regional EV adoption; reducing transportation-related emissions by incentivizing the lease or purchase of nearly 300 new and used EVs and increasing access to charging stations by making $19 million available to fund the construction of new public charging stations in partnership with the California Energy Commission and its California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP).

“Central Coast Community Energy continues to design and fund impactful programs that create meaningful greenhouse gas reduction while supporting the electrification of our Central Coast” shares CCCE CEO, Tom Habashi. “Central Cost Community Energy is excited to continue accelerating the electrification of the transportation sector to reduce climate impacts locally.”

Both programs are the second iterations of electric vehicle and charging station programs that have provided CCCE customers with access to more than $2.1MM in funding since Central Coast Community Energy began service in 2018. In keeping with the theme of making clean-energy solutions more accessible to its customers, many of CCCE’s energy programs offer greater rebates and incentives for income-qualified customers. Funding for EV and charging stations are being guided to disadvantaged communities which historically have the least access to EVs and charging stations. Electrify Your Ride offers double incentives, up to $4,000 for income-qualified customers while Charge Your Ride offers up to $10,000 rebate for an EV charger and any needed electrical work.

“One of the biggest barriers to EV adoption is EV charging and overcoming range anxiety” shares CCCE Director of Energy Programs Jon Griesser, “while Central Coast Community Energy has brought $7MM in EV charging infrastructure to the Central Coast in public and business settings, community members are more likely to switch to an EV with access to a convenient and reliable way to charge at home and at work. The Charge Your Ride program helps customers cover the cost of level 2 chargers and associated electrical work to support the installation of an EV charger. This electrical work will in turn also support the further electrification of equipment and appliances in the future as our agency continues to roll out more residential energy programs.”

Businesses, commercial property owners and public agencies are eligible to receive funds for multiple EVs and charging stations, an opportunity for Commercial, Agricultural, and Public Agency customers located throughout the Central Coast are able to play a role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by fuel switching their vehicle fleets and offering EV charging stations at their office locations for both company fleets and staff electric vehicles. To date, $200,000 remains in Electrify Your Ride program funding and $145,000 is still available for Charge Your Ride. All customers are invited to apply for funding here: Electrify Your Ride and Charge Your Ride. Program applications will be accepted for both programs through September 30, 2021.

CCCE Energy Programs are aimed at locally reducing GHG emissions in the three sectors which emit the most emissions: transportation, buildings and agriculture, as well as additional efforts to improve regional energy resiliency. By providing incentives to electrify infrastructure, equipment and everyday resources used by residential, commercial and agricultural customers, CCCE is making the greatest impact possible and making resources available to all types of customers. For more information about CCCE Energy Program funding, please visit 3CEnergy.org/energy-programs/

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About Central Coast Community Energy

Central Coast Community Energy is a public agency that sources competitively priced electricity from clean and renewable energy resources. CCE 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.

Central Coast Community Energy                                  
Shelly Whitworth
Senior Energy Media Specialist
Tel: +1-831-229-0277
swhitworth@3CE.org