CleanPowerSF Announces Solar and Battery Storage Contract

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SFPUC Contact:
Will Reisman
415-551-4346
wreisman@sfwater.org

September 25, 2020

CleanPowerSF Announces Solar and Battery Storage Contract, Expanding the Program’s Renewable Energy Capacity and Increasing Grid Reliability for Program’s 380,000 Customers

The new power procurement contracts will help ensure electricity reliability during time of power uncertainty in California

San Francisco, CA – The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)’s community choice energy program, CleanPowerSF, executed two new renewable energy contracts that will increase energy capacity and storage infrastructure for the state’s power system, ensuring more electricity reliability for the program’s 380,000 customers in San Francisco.

“At a time when the state is experiencing rolling blackouts and other power uncertainties, ensuring grid reliability for our customers is paramount for the agency,” said SFPUC General Manager, Harlan L. Kelly Jr. “Through the approval of these new contracts, we are taking an important step to ensure we continue providing clean, safe, and affordable energy to our customers no matter the time of day.”

CleanPowerSF’s investment in the two contracts—with a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources and EDF Renewables, respectively—will allow for the construction or expansion of solar power plants in California to provide 20 megawatts of new solar energy with 60 megawatt hours of energy storage and 200 new megawatt hours of energy storage to be added to a previously signed contract for 100 megawatts of solar for the CleanPowerSF program

The two new contracts will also add the first projects to include solar plus battery storage to CleanPowerSF’s energy portfolio, helping to ensure electricity reliability for its customers. Excess energy produced during the day when solar power is readily available can be stored in batteries and used in evening hours or at night when energy demand is high and solar production is low or solar is not producing at all.

Crow Creek Energy Center, a solar photovoltaic power plant developed by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources in Stanislaus County, will provide 20 megawatts of power and 60 megawatt hours of battery storage capacity to CleanPowerSF. The project is expected to create between 40 and 60 full time jobs during construction. As part of their contract with CleanPowerSF, NextEra Energy Resources also committed to providing $100,000 in community benefits over the first five years of the contract.

“We are pleased to work with our partners at CleanPowerSF to bring additional low-cost, renewable energy to customers and economic growth to California,” said Matt Handel, senior vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources. “This solar plus storage project will allow CleanPowerSF customers to benefit from emission-free solar energy during more hours of the day, as well as improved reliability across the regional electric grid.”

Maverick 6 Solar Project, a photovoltaic power plant developed by EDF Renewables in Riverside county, will provide 100 megawatts of solar energy to CleanPowerSF under a power purchase agreement (PPA) announced in December 2019. This new contract will expand the solar project to include 200 megawatt hours of battery storage. The project is expected to begin operations in December 2021 and will account for roughly 12 percent of CleanPowerSF’s renewable energy supply. The construction and operation of Maverick 6 will create between 150 and 200 full-time jobs.

“EDF Renewables is pleased to partner again with CleanPowerSF to expand upon our solar PPA to include battery storage at Maverick 6,” said Dai Owen, Vice President of Origination and Power Marketing at EDF Renewables. “Battery storage is increasingly becoming essential to enable further deployment of renewables as well as to provide grid stability. This 200 MWh increases EDF Renewables’ contracted battery portfolio to 1.5 GWh to be constructed by 2023 in the US.”

In addition to Crow Creek Energy Center and Maverick 6, CleanPowerSF has invested in four other large solar and wind energy projects in California since 2018. The program has consistently delivered on its promise to reinvest ratepayer dollars and create jobs through renewable energy development.

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 Hetch Hetchy Power, which provides 100 percent greenhouse gas-free energy to public facilities such as City Hall, schools and libraries, some private commercial developments, and affordable housing. Collectively, the two systems meet over 70 percent of the electricity demand in San Francisco.

 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.

California Elected Leaders Demand CPUC Stabilize Electric “Fees”

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Pete Hillan, Singer Associates
Pete@singersf.com, 415-244-5782

California Elected Leaders Demand CPUC Stabilize Electric “Fees”
Dozens call for common-sense fixes to reduce consumer costs, stabilize volatility

SAN JOSÉ, CA. – (Sept. 24, 2020) – Nearly 100 elected officials and community leaders throughout California called on the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) today to reduce price volatility and costs that harm all electricity customers in the state.

In a co-signed letter, the 99 leaders, who are board members of 11 local Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs), demonstrate that the rules underlying the Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) – a fee charged to all electricity consumers for utility above market generation costs – have not achieved their stated outcomes.

“The 2018 PCIA decision promised stakeholders transparency and stability. Neither outcome has occurred,” the letter reads. “The heart of the problem is that the current regulatory structures governing exit fees provide no incentive for Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) to reduce their portfolio costs – an outcome that hurts all energy consumers in the state, customers of the IOUs and the CCAs.”

The “exit fee” has risen more than 600 percent since 2013 in the Pacific Gas & Electric service area. The fee has nearly doubled since the CPUC changed the PCIA rules in 2018. The state’s two other IOUs, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric, are set to raise their “exit fees” again this year, in the middle of a global pandemic and its accompanying economic hardships, raising rates for consumers.

The letter makes two specific asks of the CPUC to reduce volatility and cost impacts:
1) Adopt the recommendation proposed by the California Community Choice Association (CalCCA) and Southern California Edison in the public working group that requires utilities to allocate resources to load serving entities whose customers pay for them, and to encourage the optimization of supply portfolios; and,
2) Adopt transparency measures on exit fees that give consumers more information on what they are paying for.

“California has been a leader on clean energy for decades,” the leaders wrote. “It is time to continue that work by fully partnering with CCAs and the equitable, resilient, and clean-energy future they are building.”

The elected officials signed as individuals and their activities should not be construed as official actions or representations of the cities or municipalities that they represent.

About Community Choice Aggregators
Community Choice Aggregators, or CCAs, provide competitively priced, clean energy choices to their communities while reinvesting revenues into local and statewide projects and programs, supporting sustainability and enhancing their local economies. There are 21 CCAs in California, serving more than 10 million customers. To learn more about CCAs, click here.

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SV Clean Energy Launches eHub to Aid Consumers With Fighting Climate Change

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New Online Resources to Aid Consumers With Fighting Climate Change

eHub Helps SV Clean Energy Customers Cut Carbon Emissions and Save Money 

Sunnyvale, Calif. – For many consumers, figuring out the most impactful ways to lower their carbon footprint can be a time-consuming challenge with many options to consider. To help customers make easy, informed choices, Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) has launched eHub, a set of online resources designed to take the guesswork out of switching to all-electric living and lowering greenhouse gas emissions.

eHub features the following information and tools to assist customers with adopting clean energy choices that will benefit the environment and fit their needs without stressing their wallets.

  • Drive Electric – Features the benefits of electric vehicles and an EV Assistant, which allows customers to compare models, range and other customizable filters to help choose the right electric vehicle, locate charging stations and identify available rebates.
  • Electric at Home – Focuses on switching to efficient, electric appliances, such as electric heating and cooling in the home. The Appliances Assistant helps customers choose appliances based on efficiency scores, customer reviews and affordability, features a marketplace for purchases and a search to find qualified installers.
  • Clean Electricity – Explains how customers can enhance their clean energy use; installing solar and battery storage to power electric vehicles and energy-efficient appliances, or upgrading to SVCE’s GreenPrime 100 percent renewable energy offering. The Solar and Battery Assistant offers a concierge service to help customers evaluate and install renewable and resilient power options.

“While SV Clean Energy already supplies clean electricity from carbon-free sources to most households in our area, customers have indicated they want to do even more to fight climate change,” said Girish Balachandran, SVCE CEO. “There is a lot of information out there and it can be difficult to sort through. With eHub, we want consumers to be empowered to make decisions that will improve their quality of life while also lowering their carbon footprint.”

As a Community Choice Energy agency, SVCE was formed by 13 communities to fight climate change locally. Providing electricity from clean, non-polluting sources has helped reduced carbon emissions in our area by 24 percent since 2015. To achieve local and state climate goals, the next step is to further address emissions from transportation and buildings.

eHub enables customers to make clean energy choices that help make their homes more efficient, safe and comfortable; and reduces emissions for a more sustainable future.

Explore eHub at svcleanenergy.org/ehub.

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About Silicon Valley Clean Energy
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.

MCE Releases 10-Year Impact Report Highlighting Significant Community Reinvestment Benefits

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 22, 2020
Press Contact:
Jenna Famular | Marketing & Communications Manager
(925) 378-6747 | communications@mceCleanEnergy.org

MCE Releases 10-Year Impact Report Highlighting Significant Community Reinvestment Benefits

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — To mark a decade of clean energy service and community reinvestment, MCE is excited to announce the release of its inaugural 10-year Impact Report. As the first community choice energy agency in California, MCE has committed over $180 million to local reinvestment, including $81 million in projects, $68 million in customer rate savings, and $5 million spent at local businesses.

MCE’s impact stretches throughout the entire California economy – MCE has supported over 5,000 jobs and 1.4 million prevailing wage labor and union labor hours statewide – including $1.25 million spent directly on workforce development in MCE’s service area. MCE’s clean energy investments mean that their default electricity option is 50% more renewable than the incumbent utility and meets state renewable energy targets 13 years early. Moreover, MCE has enabled $1.6 billion in new renewable energy development around the state.

“Ultimately, what drives MCE is the same purpose that we all share. We want a better future, for ourselves, for the ones we love, for all things living on this planet,” said Dawn Weisz, MCE CEO. “The successes highlighted in this impact report demonstrate the great things that happen when communities are empowered to create their own choices. We are excited to celebrate our first ten years of service with our valued customers and partners and look forward to another decade of building a brighter future together.”

MCE led the way for the growth of CCAs around the state which now includes 21 programs responsible for over 170 communities, 10 million customers, and 3,600 megawatts of new clean energy.

MCE’s impact report features information across three main priority areas: environmental justice, workforce development, and the global reach local change can have. Key highlights include the following:

MCE is committed to creating more equitable communities while addressing climate change through renewable energy, energy efficiency, and local economic and workforce benefits. MCE serves diverse communities with unique opportunities to build an equitable future.

MCE’s Sustainable Workforce & Diversity Policy outlines MCE’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through contracting for power resources, procuring goods and services, and implementing hiring initiatives. The policy calls for quality training, apprenticeship, and pre–apprenticeship programs; fair wages; and the use of direct hiring practices that promote diversity in the workplace.

In 2002, MCE was a bold idea to help the planet and communities simultaneously. MCE’s vision was to provide alternatives to the costly global warming impacts of fossil fuels by investing revenues in renewable energy projects, good–paying jobs, and energy efficiency programs. This new model would deliver more than just clean power. It would offer the power of choice, the power of a transparent, publicly accountable agency, and the power of local economic reinvestment.

Stepping into the next ten years of service, MCE remains committed to strengthening energy resilience in its communities, investing in decarbonization of transportation and electrification infrastructure, continuing to develop innovative community energy programs, and ensuring that local workforce and diverse community benefits are anchored in all aspects of its work.

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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 its 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 to more than 480,000 customer accounts and more than one million residents and businesses in 34 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 Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

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Synaptics Headquarters to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Through New Partnership with San José Clean Energy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 

CONTACT
Zachary Struyk Deputy Director, Account Management and Marketing
San José Clean Energy, City of San José
(408) 535-4868, zachary.struyk@sanjoseca.gov

David Hurd, Head of Corporate Marketing & Public Relations
Synaptics Incorporated
(408) 904-1100, david.hurd@synaptics.com

Synaptics Headquarters to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy Through New Partnership with San José Clean Energy

Choosing TotalGreen means their headquarters will be powered by solar

SAN JOSE, Calif. (September 21, 2020) – Synaptics Incorporated (Nasdaq: SYNA), the leading provider of human interface solutions, announced a decision to power their headquarters with 100% renewable energy through TotalGreen, a program available through San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE).

SJCE’s TotalGreen electric service sources renewable, emission free energy from solar generation. TotalGreen is a simple, cost-effective way for companies to reduce their impact on the planet, which is exactly what drove Synaptics to upgrade their service.

“We are thrilled to be able to power our San José facility with 100% renewable energy,” said Michael Hurlston, president and CEO of Synaptics. “We recognize the importance of protecting the environment for future generations and are always looking for ways to reduce our carbon footprint. TotalGreen helps us achieve that goal.”

The partnership with SJCE is part of Synaptics’ greater sustainability initiative. The company is committed to increasing use of renewable energy to 50% across its global facilities by 2022. In addition, Synaptics recently upgraded their HVAC systems, increased temperature in their datacenters, and converted to LED lighting to reduce building energy consumption.

“We are pleased to welcome Synaptics as our newest TotalGreen corporate partner,” said Lori Mitchell, Community Energy Department Director, which operates SJCE. “It’s paramount that local government and the private sector work together to drive investment in cleaner energy to fight climate change and improve quality of life in our communities.”

SJCE is the City’s Community Choice Energy program. Community Choice programs allow local governments like the City of San José to buy electricity from cleaner sources, while the investor-owned utility (PG&E, for San José) continues to distribute the electricity, maintain the powerlines, respond to power outages, and provide billing.

SJCE plays a crucial role in Climate Smart San José, the City’s climate action plan, and is dedicated to increasing the amount of renewable energy in its power supply. To date, SJCE has contracted for nearly 500 megawatts (MW) of new renewable energy and 10 MW of battery storage that will come online over the next few years.

Earlier this year, SJCE partnered with developer Terra-Gen on two long-term power purchase agreements that will provide San José with 162 MW of solar that will be built in Kern County. One of the agreements includes a particularly innovative approach that guarantees delivery of 62 MW renewable energy from 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. every day. This will help meet SJCE’s goal of providing more renewable energy during all hours of the day to increase reliability, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and lower greenhouse gas emissions. SJCE expects to announce another power purchase agreement for wind energy later this year.

About the City of San José
With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040.

About the Community Energy Department
San José Clean Energy is the new electricity generation service provider for residents and businesses in the City of San José, operated by the City’s Community Energy Department. Governed by the City Council, it provides over 328,000 residential and commercial electricity customers with cleaner, lower carbon power options at competitive prices, from sources like solar, wind and hydropower. For more information, please visit www.SanJoseCleanEnergy.org.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SJCleanEnergy.

About Synaptics
Synaptics (Nasdaq: SYNA) is pioneering the relationship between people and intelligent devices, bringing innovative and intuitive user experiences for the premium market. Synaptics’ broad portfolio of touch, display, biometrics, voice, video, vision, AI, audio and connectivity products are built on the company’s rich R&D, extensive IP and dependable supply chain capabilities. With solutions designed for the smart home, smartphones, PC and peripherals, and automotive markets, Synaptics combines ease of use, functionality and aesthetics to enable products that help make our digital lives more productive, secure and enjoyable. Follow Synaptics on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook, or visit synaptics.com.

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Peninsula Clean Energy Offers $1.55M Small Biz COVID-19 Assistance

Peninsula Clean Energy Offers $1.55M Small Biz COVID-19 Assistance

Rate credit would be coupled with credit union community fund donation

REDWOOD CITY, CA – Sept. 21, 2020 – Peninsula Clean Energy will offer up to $1.55 million to help small businesses impacted by the economic downturn during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The assistance includes a $250 bill credit for up to 6,000 qualifying small businesses and a $50,000 donation to the San Mateo Credit Union Community Fund.

Peninsula Clean Energy will send letters to roughly 12,000 customers who are potentially eligible for the bill credit. Those businesses must respond with additional information before approval of the credit, which will be issued within one to two billing cycles. Qualifying businesses are small commercial customers with no more than one or two accounts in their name.

The $50,000 donation is earmarked for small business support overseen by the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (REC), which has served 195 small businesses throughout San Mateo County over the past two years.

“Small businesses at the heart of our communities are struggling just to survive as this pandemic and recession drag on,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said. “We’re hoping to help keep the dream alive for these businesses and budding entrepreneurs.”

“This bill credit is our way of reaching out in a neighborly way and helping to preserve our local businesses during these extraordinarily difficult times,” City of San Mateo Council Member Rick Bonilla said. “If we do this well, we will help preserve local jobs and the ability to continue receiving the goods and services that we have been accustomed to.”

“Small businesses are really hurting right now, so I am very supportive of efforts to help them through this tough time,” said Ian Bain, Councilmember, Redwood City. “Both the rate credit and the donation to the Community Fund will be well received by small businesses in our community.”

The small business assistance is part of a broader package of efforts by Peninsula Clean Energy this year to help customers who have struggled during the pandemic. That includes an automatic one-time $100 bill credit to more than 36,000 qualifying low-income customers and investing $10 million in programs to improve energy resiliency, including clean backup batteries for medically vulnerable residents and at critical facilities.

About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation agency and the official electricity provider for San Mateo County. 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 95% carbon-free and at lower cost than PG&E. As a community-led, not-for-profit agency, Peninsula Clean Energy makes significant investments in our communities to expand access to sustainable and affordable energy solutions. Peninsula Clean Energy is on track to deliver electricity that is 100% carbon-free by 2021 and 100% renewable on a 24/7 basis by 2025. The agency has earned investment grade credit ratings from Moody’s and Fitch.Follow us at PenCleanEnergy.com, on Twitter and Facebook (@PenCleanEnergy) and on LinkedIn.

Media Contact
Darren Goode
Peninsula Clean Energy
dgoode@peninsulacleanenergy.com
(202) 550-6619

Peninsula Clean Energy Launches $28M Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program

Peninsula Clean Energy Launches $28M Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Program

Largest EV effort by a community energy agency targets 3,500 charging points

 

REDWOOD CITY, CA – Sept. 16, 2020 – Peninsula Clean Energy has launched its EV Ready Program, an unprecedented $28 million effort to install electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure at commercial workplaces, multi-family dwellings and other public locations. It is the largest EV charging infrastructure program tied to a single Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) agency. 

 

EV Ready intends to install 3,500 charging ports in San Mateo County over the next four years. The effort includes $24 million in project incentives and $4 million towards free technical assistance for eligible properties, support of workforce development in the county and other assorted costs.

 

The $24 million in project incentives includes $12 million from Peninsula Clean Energy and $12 million from the California Energy Commission (CEC) under the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP). CALeVIP is a state-funded EV charging infrastructure program that works with local community partners to develop and implement regional incentive projects for charging infrastructure that supports EV adoption statewide. That broader CALeVIP Peninsula-Silicon Valley effort will also include $36 million in incentives that will be disbursed in partnership with four Santa Clara County agencies – Silicon Valley Clean Energy, San Jose Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Power and the City of Palo Alto Utilities.

 

Peninsula Clean Energy’s EV Ready Program includes free technical assistance for eligible properties to support project design, equipment discounts, bidding and contractor selection. The program will offer advanced design strategies which support more EVs at lower cost, including Level 1 and power-managed Level 2 charging ports. Properties receiving that technical assistance will also have access to preferential pricing for EV charging stations.

 

Applications for the technical assistance and initial phase of installation incentives are open and, along with additional information on preferential pricing, are available via PenCleanEnergy.com/EV-Ready. The initial phase of incentives supports multi-family properties and low-power workplace solutions. The second phase of incentives supporting DC Fast Charging and Level 2 charging at a broader range of properties will come with the opening of the CALeVIP Peninsula-Silicon Valley Incentive Project on December 16, 2020.

 

“The installation of these new charging stations will bring much-needed charging infrastructure to the Peninsula and the opportunity for eligible properties to access free technical assistance is an added bonus,” Assemblymember Kevin Mullin said. “Peninsula Clean Energy is putting together a wonderful trifecta of expanding charging stations, providing jobs and providing incentives for people to make the move to electric vehicles.”

 

“Making sure that all drivers will be able to easily charge their cars at work, at home and elsewhere is a critical step in our efforts to make electric vehicles accessible and affordable,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said. “This could make a sizable dent in transportation-sector greenhouse gas emissions, which is by far the biggest contributor to climate change in San Mateo County. It further supplements our aggressive goal of expanding clean energy, including striving toward all-renewable power to our customers by 2025.”

 

By 2025, San Mateo County is expected to have more than 45,000 EVs.

 

Peninsula Clean Energy is committed to utilizing a skilled and trained workforce in an effort that is projected to result in more than 400 projects.

 

“This program will deliver living–wage local jobs at a time when such a commitment has never been more welcomed,” said David Mauro, business manager and affiliate of San Mateo Building Trades Council.

 

In addition, Peninsula Clean Energy’s technical assistance will assist San Mateo County facilities in securing additional incentives from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District’s Charge! Program when applications open later in the fall.

 

Peninsula Clean Energy already has offered incentives for the purchase and lease of new EVs and instituted a program to help low-income residents purchase a used EV.

 

About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy is a Community Choice Aggregation agency and the official electricity provider for San Mateo County. 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 95% carbon-free and at lower cost than PG&E. As a community-led, not-for-profit agency, Peninsula Clean Energy makes significant investments in our communities to expand access to sustainable and affordable energy solutions. Peninsula Clean Energy is on track to deliver electricity that is 100% carbon-free by 2021 and 100% renewable on a 24/7 basis by 2025. The agency has earned investment grade credit ratings from Moody’s and Fitch.

 

Follow us at PenCleanEnergy.com, on Twitter and Facebook (@PenCleanEnergy) and on LinkedIn.

 

Media Contact

Darren Goode

Peninsula Clean Energy

dgoode@peninsulacleanenergy.com

(202) 550-6619

 

 

$35 Million Electric Vehicle Charging Station Incentive Project Launches in Santa Clara County

$35 Million Electric Vehicle Charging Station Incentive Project Launches in Santa Clara County

Details now available on how to apply for rebates provided by local municipal utilities, Community Choice Aggregators, and the California Energy Commission

Santa Clara County, Calif. – Starting December 16, 2020, businesses, commercial property owners, and multifamily residences in Santa Clara County can apply for significant rebates to pay for equipment and installation costs for eligible electric vehicle (EV) chargers.

This opportunity is available through a partnership with the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP). Participants can receive up to $480,000 per site for Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) stations and up to $120,000 per site for Level 2 (L2) charging stations.

Today, CALeVIP launched a new website (calevip.org/incentive-project/peninsula-silicon-valley) specific to the Peninsula-Silicon Valley Incentive Project to help interested participants prepare for the application process, which opens on December 16. The new website provides specifics on eligibility requirements and eligible equipment costs, summarizes the application process, and provides a list of frequently asked questions. Project funding is expected to be in high demand, so applicants are encouraged to prepare ahead of time and apply quickly.

The City of Palo Alto Utilities, San José Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy, and Silicon Valley Power are invested in expanding EV charging accessibility in the region. Together, the local agencies and California Energy Commission are offering $35 million in funding for Santa Clara County. As more Californians choose to drive EVs and the state transitions to an electric transportation system, there is a continued need for available charging stations. This is especially the case in Silicon Valley, which has the highest rate of EV sales in the state.

“Providing better access to charging stations will help accelerate EV adoption and our County’s transition to a cleaner, electric transportation system,” said Supervisor Susan Ellenberg, Santa Clara County Board Supervisor and SVCE Board Director. “Powering cars with electricity rather than fossil fuels reduces local air pollution and climate-changing carbon emissions from tailpipes.”

The Peninsula-Silicon Valley Incentive Project will help Santa Clara County reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, the leading source of emissions in Silicon Valley.

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

CALeVIP works to address regional needs for EV charging infrastructure throughout California, while supporting the state’s goals to improve air quality, fight climate change and reduce petroleum use. The Santa Clara County investments are part of a regional Peninsula-Silicon Valley Incentive Project that totals $55 million in incentive funding ($35 million in Santa Clara County and $20 million in San Mateo County).

CALeVIP has several other regional projects throughout the state, including projects in San Joaquin Valley, Sacramento County and Southern California. CALeVIP and its regional projects are implemented by the Center for Sustainable Energy and funded primarily by the Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program (also known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program).

The incentive project will help increase the number of fast chargers and L2 chargers in public, workplace and multifamily housing locations, as well as along highway corridors. Fast chargers provide at least 100 miles of range per hour of charging, and some can charge a battery up to 80 percent in 30 minutes. L2 chargers provide 15-35 miles of range per hour of charging, which is enough for most day-to-day driving.

More information about agency-specific investments in electric transportation is available at the following links:

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About the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU)
The City of Palo Alto is the only municipality in California operating a full suite of utility services including electric, fiber optics, natural gas, water and wastewater, along with refuse and storm drain public works services. Since 2013, the City’s electric supply portfolio has been carbon neutral. For more about CPAU’s EV programs, visit cityofpaloalto.org/EV.

About San José Clean Energy
San José Clean Energy is the new electricity generation service provider for residents and businesses in the City of San José, operated by the City’s Community Energy Department. Governed by the City Council, it provides over 330,000 residential and commercial electricity customers with cleaner, lower carbon power options at competitive prices, from sources like solar, wind and hydropower. For more information, please visit www.SanJoseCleanEnergy.org. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @SJCleanEnergy.

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 Silicon Valley Power
Silicon Valley Power (SVP) is the trademark adopted for use by the not-for-profit electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA, serving residents and businesses for over 120 years. SVP provides power to nearly 55,000 customers, at rates 25 to 48 percent below neighboring communities. SVP is the only full service, vertically integrated publicly owned utility in Silicon Valley owning generation, transmission and distribution assets.
See more at: www.siliconvalleypower.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

About the California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission is leading the state to a 100 percent clean energy future. It has seven core responsibilities: developing renewable energy, transforming transportation, increasing energy efficiency, investing in energy innovation, advancing state energy policy, certifying thermal power plants, and preparing for energy emergencies.

About the Center for Sustainable Energy
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. EnergyCenter.org


Media Contacts

City of Palo Alto Utilities
Catherine Elvert
Utilities Communications Manager
catherine.elvert@cityofpaloalto.org
(650) 329-2417

San José Clean Energy
Zachary Struyk
Deputy Director, Account Management and Marketing
zachary.struyk@sanjoseca.gov
(408) 535-4868

Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Pamela Leonard
Communications Manager
pamela.leonard@svcleanenergy.org
(408) 721-5301 x1004

Silicon Valley Power
Kathleen Hughes
Sr. Division Manager – Customer Engagement
khughes@svpower.com
(408) 615-6632

California Energy Commission
Lindsay Buckley
lindsay.buckley@energy.ca.gov
(916) 654-4989

Center for Sustainable Energy
Chuck Colgan
chuck.colgan@energycenter.org
(858) 244-1184

$14 Million Electric Vehicle Charging Station Incentive Project Launches in San José

For Immediate Release
Contact: Zachary Struyk Deputy Director
Account Management and Marketing
San José Clean Energy, City of San José
(408) 535-4868, zachary.struyk@sanjoseca.gov

$14 Million Electric Vehicle Charging Station Incentive Project Launches in San José
Details now available on how to apply for rebates provided by San José Clean Energy and the California Energy Commission

SAN JOSE, Calif. (September 16, 2020) – Starting December 16, 2020, businesses, commercial property owners, and multifamily residences in San José can apply for significant rebates on eligible electric vehicle (EV) Level 2 and DC Fast charging equipment and installation costs. This opportunity is available through San José Clean Energy’s (SJCE) partnership with the California Energy Commission’s California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP).

Today, CALeVIP launched a new website (calevip.org/incentive-project/peninsula-silicon-valley) to help prepare interested participants for the application process, which opens on December 16. The new website provides specifics on eligibility requirements and eligible equipment costs, summarizes the application process, and provides a list of frequently asked questions. Project funding is expected to be in high demand, so applicants are encouraged to prepare ahead of time and apply quickly.

This $14 million investment ($4 million from SJCE and $10 million from the California Energy Commission) will add approximately 100 new DC fast charging ports and 1,400 level 2 ports – doubling the current level of charging infrastructure in San José.

SJCE is committed to installing at least 25% of the charging stations in low-income and disadvantaged communities to improve access to this infrastructure and move the needle on EV adoption. CALeVIP’s program administrator, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), will also provide technical assistance to multifamily residences and properties located in low-income and disadvantaged communities.

“Improving access to EV infrastructure is imperative to bringing down San José’s greenhouse gas emissions – 60% of which comes from current transportation methods,” said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “We are committed to making cleaner air and a more livable planet for all San Joseans.”
CALeVIP works to address regional needs for EV charging infrastructure throughout California, while supporting the state’s goals to improve air quality, fight climate change, and reduce petroleum use. San José’s investment is part of a regional Peninsula-Silicon Valley Incentive Project that totals $55 million in incentive funding in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

San José residents can take advantage of extra discounts on EVs now through October 31 through Drive Electric San José. Five local dealerships – Capitol Chevy, Capitol Hyundai, Capitol Kia, Premier Nissan of San José, and Stevens Creek Kia – are offering up to $3,000 in discounts on seven EV models. Customers can stack these discounts on top of state, federal, and local EV rebates for up to $13,000 in savings.

Income-qualified households can receive additional grants, affordable loans, and extra support to purchase or lease an EV, including used EVs. Those interested can learn more through free one-on-one counseling and financing workshops in partnership with Peninsula Family Service.

“We are thrilled to offer these incentives to our community,” said Lori Mitchell, director of the Community Energy Department, which operates SJCE. “Making EVs more affordable and expanding the city’s charging network will help San José shift to an electric transportation system, which will lead to cleaner air and healthier communities.”

Income inequality is a challenge in San José and Silicon Valley, and many of our communities are disproportionately burdened by environmental pollution. As San José does more to ensure that low-income residents and disadvantaged communities have greater access to the benefits of our tech-centered economy, SJCE will focus on providing programs that are designed to increase equity and access to the benefits of electrification and renewable energy.

Learn more about the benefits of EVs and SJCE’s EV programs at www.sanjosecleanenergy.org/ev.

About the City of San José
With more than one million residents, San José is one of the most diverse large cities in the United States and is Northern California’s largest city and the 10th largest city in the nation. San José’s transformation into a global innovation center has resulted in one of the largest concentrations of technology companies and expertise in the world. In 2011, the City adopted Envision San José 2040, a long-term growth plan that sets forth a vision and a comprehensive road map to guide the City’s anticipated growth through the year 2040.
About the Community Energy Department

San José Clean Energy is the new electricity generation service provider for residents and businesses in the City of San José, operated by the City’s Community Energy Department. Governed by the City Council, it provides over 330,000 residential and commercial electricity customers with cleaner, lower carbon power options at competitive prices, from sources like solar, wind and hydropower. For more information, please visit www.SanJoseCleanEnergy.org.

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Sonoma Clean Power to Provide Local School Districts Free Battery Storage Assessments

September 15, 2020

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

 

Sonoma Clean Power to Provide Local School Districts Free Battery Storage Assessments

Schools with existing solar arrays in SCP’s service territory can participate in energy storage feasibility study

(SANTA ROSA, CA) – Sonoma Clean Power (SCP) is partnering with TerraVerde Energy to offer financial and technical feasibility assessments for battery storage systems, at no cost, to public K-12 schools in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties.

Reliable backup power has become an essential asset for public-serving entities in California, especially for public schools, which in addition to being important educational facilities for their communities, often serve as emergency response centers during natural disasters.

In October of 2019, over 1,000 California schools were forced to close their campuses due to wildfire-related Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events.

“Our service territory has endured a lot of challenges over the last few years. As an agency, it’s our priority to make sure our communities are adapting quickly and safely to be better prepared for future disasters and power outages. Helping our customers install battery storage systems where they can have the biggest impact is one of the best ways to facilitate that adaptation,” said Carolyn Glanton, Programs Manager at SCP.

Of the 52 School Districts in SCP’s territory, those with existing on-site solar arrays are invited to apply for the feasibility study.

Each participating School District will receive a report from TerraVerde outlining the financial benefits, infrastructure implications, and considerations of coupling their solar system with added energy storage. The report will also identify potential funding sources available to schools for installing a battery storage system.

“Schools play such a vital role in our communities and deserve our support! As independent energy advisors, TerraVerde has proudly served schools for more than 11 years in evaluating and deploying energy projects. We are thrilled to partner with Sonoma Clean Power with providing schools in Sonoma and Mendocino Counties with objective technical and financial assessments of the opportunity for deploying battery systems at their campuses.” said David Burdick, Executive Vice President of TerraVerde Energy.

SCP and TerraVerde will be reaching out to local School Districts via phone and email over the next few weeks to begin enrolling sites in the program.

Interested School Districts can also learn more by emailing programs@sonomacleanpower.org, or by visiting sonomacleanpower.org/solar-storage-study-for-schools.

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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.

About TerraVerde Energy
TerraVerde Energy is an independent energy consulting firm that supports Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs) in designing and deploying Distributed Energy Resource programs that leverage energy technologies such as solar PV, battery energy storage, electric vehicle chargers, and smart thermostats. Through these programs, CCAs and their customers can enjoy reduced energy costs, increased power reliability, and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. TerraVerde provides data-driven program design, efficient program deployment, and effective program administration services that deliver the strongest outcomes for CCAs and their customers. Learn more at terraverde.energy/cca.