East Bay Community Energy Begins Service in New Service Areas on Third Anniversary 

East Bay Community Energy Begins Service in New Service Areas on Third Anniversary 

Community choice energy program also announces millions in customer savings while donating to local community COVID-19 relief efforts.

Oakland, CA – June 8, 2021 –  East Bay Community Energy (EBCE), the public agency that provides electricity generation service throughout most of Alameda County, today announced service has started in Newark, Pleasanton, and Tracy. EBCE also announced today that in their first three years, customers have saved more than $26 million dollars on their PG&E bills. Lastly, EBCE released details on their local COVID-19 relief efforts. EBCE was formed by Alameda County and 11 of its partner cities in 2018, and marks their third anniversary in June.

“It is remarkable to witness what EBCE has accomplished in three years. From including new communities, like Tracy where I live, within their service area to funding local COVID-19 relief efforts, EBCE’s demonstrated a deep commitment to the greater East Bay. EBCE consistently goes above and beyond their role as a public power agency,” said William Muetzenberg, a member of EBCE’s Community Advisory Committee. “As a Tracy resident, I welcome their service in my community.”

When launched in 2018, EBCE started with 11 cities in Alameda County. Today, EBCE celebrates officially beginning service in Newark, Pleasanton, and Tracy. Residents and businesses in these cities now have access to EBCE’s Bright Choice and Renewable 100 programs. Each program offers a different mix of renewable energy including wind, solar, and hydropower. Customers in these new service areas will benefit from green energy at low rates.

For the last three years, EBCE has been steadfastly committed to supporting the East Bay community. Since 2018, they have provided the following donations and relief:

  • In 2020, EBCE donated more than $2 million to local organizations. The Alameda County Food Bank and Meals on Wheels received a combined $175,000 to support food distribution to low-income and senior community members during the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2020, EBCE was one of Meals on Wheels’ top three donors. EBCE also donated to various local hospitals to assist with PPE procurement and vaccine distribution efforts. A complete list of donations distributed during the COVID-19 pandemic is available here: https://ebce.org/covid-19-response/.
  • EBCE has provided sponsorships to more than 50 local groups, from little-league teams to robotics clubs to civic orchestras. Most recently, EBCE sponsored Sunhower Hill, a Pleasanton program supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. A complete list of sponsorships is available here: https://ebce.org/community-sponsorships/.
  • EBCE has given hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to community-based organizations. Recent grant recipients include Ecology Action and Re-volv. Ecology Action designed an Electric Vehicle charging program for low to moderate income residents in EBCE’s service areas and Re-volv installed a solar photovoltaic system on the roof of La Peña Cultural Center in Berkeley. A partial list is available here: https://ebce.org/community-innovation-grants/

Since launching, EBCE has saved customers more than $26 million dollars. In 2020 alone, EBCE saved customers $10 million dollars with their Bright Choice program.This program offers residential and business customers at least 5% more renewable energy than PG&E forecasts at rates 1% below PG&E. Bright Choice provides customers with cleaner energy at a lower cost.

“EBCE prioritizes our residents and businesses in times of need. At the core of our organization is a deep sense of community partnership. We will continue to support and reinvest in our local communities.” said Nick Chaset, CEO of EBCE. “As we celebrate our third anniversary, we are also thrilled to expand into the cities of Newark, Pleasanton, and Tracy. The more local communities we serve, the more renewable energy we bring into the Bay Area with the ultimate goal of providing 100% clean energy by 2030.”

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About East Bay Community Energy (EBCE)

EBCE is a not-for-profit public agency that operates a Community Choice Energy program for Alameda County and fourteen incorporated cities, serving more than 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. For more information about East Bay Community Energy, visit ebce.org.

CONTACT

Dan Lieberman

dlieberman@ebce.org

925-579-1591

 

Clean Power Alliance Inks Four Long-Term Contracts to Supply Over 175,000 Homes with Clean Energy

Clean Power Alliance Inks Four Long-Term Contracts to Supply Over 175,000 Homes with Clean Energy; Batteries and Geothermal will Enhance Reliability

New Solar and Geothermal Projects to add 256.5 MW of Clean Renewable Energy, reducing 258,827 Metric Tons of GHGs, and 163 MW of Storage Capacity to CPA’s Diverse Portfolio Ensuring Reliability and Sustainability into the Future

Los Angeles, CA – June 4, 2021 – Clean Power Alliance (CPA), the single largest provider of 100% renewable energy in the United States, has taken action to continue delivering clean, reliable power to the three million people it serves throughout Los Angeles and Ventura Counties. During its June 3 meeting, the CPA Board of Directors approved four long-term clean energy contracts which will add 256.5 MW of renewable energy and 163 MW of storage to CPA’s already diverse portfolio, resulting in long-term reliability and sustainability for the many communities CPA serves. The contracts, which include one Geothermal facility and three Solar plus Storage facilities, will provide enough clean renewable energy to power 177,153 homes for a year and avoid 258,827 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year.

To date, CPA has signed 19 long-term contracts with renewable and storage resources for terms of 10-20 years, totaling 1,601 MW of renewables and 878 MW of storage. This is enough energy to power 842,583 homes for a year and avoid 1,224,443 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions for a year. While most of these projects are solar or solar plus storage, the CPA portfolio also includes standalone storage, wind, geothermal, and hydro. Five of the projects are currently online serving CPA’s customers, with the remaining projects scheduled to come online later in 2021 through 2024.

“CPA is providing a model for California and our nation as to how provide the reliable electricity that people need today in an environmentally-friendly way that protects our earth for future generations,” said Ted Bardacke, CPA’s Executive Director. “Our customers expect reliability. The addition of these geothermal and solar plus storage facilities will allow us to better provide 24/7 reliable energy to address our customers’ needs.”

Of the four contracts the CPA Board of Directors’ approved June 3, two were with Clearway Energy Group. One of these contracts is with Clearway’s Arica solar plus storage project, and the other with Clearway’s Daggett 2 solar plus storage project.

The 15-year contract with Clearway’s Arica solar plus storage project will add 93.5 MW of solar plus 71 MW of storage to CPA’s portfolio. CPA will begin receiving power in December 2023, with expected average annual generation of 284,054 MWh, enough energy to power 47,342 homes for a year and eliminate 68,798 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions a year. In addition, it is estimated that this project will create up to 280 new construction jobs and three new permanent jobs.

The Clearway Daggett 2 solar plus storage project is an extension of the Daggett solar plus storage project already under contract with CPA. The 15-year Daggett 2 contract adds 65 MW of solar plus 52 MW of storage to CPA’s portfolio. CPA will begin receiving power in September 2023, with an expected average annual generation of 202,432 MWh. This is enough energy to power 33,738 homes for a year while eliminating 49,029 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year. This project will create approximately 240 jobs during the peak construction phase and five permanent jobs during the operational phase.

“We’re thrilled to continue our partnership with Clean Power Alliance and help California residents and businesses access clean, low-cost renewable power,” said Valerie Wooley, Vice President of Origination at Clearway Energy Group. “By combining solar and storage, Clearway’s Daggett and Arica projects represent a significant step forward in the state’s transition to 100% clean energy with the ability to provide reliable power to the grid.”

The third contract the CPA Board of Directors approved is with NextEra Energy Resources’ Resurgence Solar II project, located in San Bernardino County, for a 20-year term. This project adds 48 MW of solar plus 40 MW of storage to CPA’s portfolio, with an expected average annual generation of 144,161 MWh, enough energy to power 24,026 homes for a year while eliminating 34,916 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.

“We are pleased to work with our partners at Clean Power Alliance 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 CPA customers to benefit from emission-free solar energy during more hours of the day, as well as improved reliability across the regional electric grid.”

While solar is a low-cost and plentiful renewable resource, it only generates during daylight hours. As such, storage is a critical resource to shift solar from mid-day to peak reliability hours. Alternative technologies such as wind and geothermal provide renewable generation during non-daylight hours.

The fourth contract approved by CPA’s Board of Directors is with Calpine’s ‘The Geysers’ geothermal facility, which will add 50 MW of energy and generate 438,000 MWh of energy per year, enough to power 73,000 homes for a year, while avoiding 106,084 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Under the 15-year contract, the project will begin delivering January 2022, providing reliable cost-effective renewable energy to CPA’s customers while supporting hundreds of jobs.

Located north of San Francisco on the border of Sonoma and Lake Counties, The Geysers is the single largest geothermal electrical operation in the world. A geothermal resource occurs when water deep below the earth’s surface is heated by exposure to hot, porous, and permeable rock resulting in dry steam or hot water. At The Geysers, dry or superheated steam is produced.  Steam production wells, some deeper than two miles, are drilled to tap this naturally occurring steam. Once the steam reaches the surface, it is piped overland to a network of interconnected power plants, where it spins conventional steam turbines that drive generators to produce clean, reliable electricity for California.

“Calpine and The Geysers are elated to support Clean Power Alliance’s renewable energy goals by providing green, reliable geothermal energy to your customers across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties.” stated Gevan Reeves, Vice President, Origination, Calpine Corporation.

“Geothermal energy from The Geysers is available every hour of every day, supporting Clean Power Alliance’s efforts to decarbonize the Southern California electric system and maintain grid reliability for years to come. Thank you, Clean Power Alliance, for choosing Calpine and The Geysers. Your purchase supports hundreds of hardworking employees committed to powering communities like yours with green, reliable geothermal energy.”

The Geysers’ contract follows closely on the heels of CPA’s recent announcement of a 15-year contract with Ormat Technologies Inc.’s Heber South Geothermal facility located in Imperial Valley, CA. Once the Heber South contract takes effect January 1, 2022, the facility will add 14 MW of renewable energy to CPA’s portfolio. This is enough energy to power 5,752 homes for a year and eliminate 8,911 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions for a year.

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 About Clean Power Alliance

Founded in 2017, Clean Power Alliance is the locally operated electricity provider for 30 cities across Los Angeles County and Ventura County, as well as the unincorporated areas of both counties. CPA is the fifth largest electricity provider in California and the single largest provider of 100% renewable energy to customers in the nation. CPA serves approximately three million customers via one million customer accounts, providing clean renewable energy at competitive rates. To view CPA’s 2020 Impact Report click here. For complete information regarding CPA visit cleanpoweralliance.org.

About Calpine:

Calpine is charting a cleaner future for California. Our state has set ambitious clean energy goals and The Geysers is helping energy providers meet their clean energy targets by supplying green, reliable, geothermal energy.  Located north of San Francisco in the Mayacamas Mountains, spanning 45 sq miles, The Geysers is the single largest geothermal electrical operation in the world.  With 13 power plants owned and operated by Geysers Power Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Calpine Corporation, The Geysers reliably supports California with up to 725 MW of clean, geothermal energy every hour of every day. Each year, Calpine’s Geysers operations prevent the emission of 2.4 million tons of carbon dioxide that would have otherwise been emitted by existing power generation facilities – this is the equivalent of removing 432,500 cars from the road.

Calpine and The Geysers are committed to sustainable management and through innovative recycled water projects, environmental problems for local communities are solved while simultaneously generating reliable energy for California from The Geysers.  To learn more visit https://gogeothermal.geysers.com/.

About Clearway Energy Group:

Clearway Energy Group is leading the transition to a world powered by clean energy. Along with our public affiliate Clearway Energy, Inc., we own and operate over 7.5 gigawatts of renewable and conventional energy assets across the country. As we develop a nationwide pipeline of new renewable energy projects for the future, Clearway’s 5 gigawatts of wind, solar, and energy storage assets offset the equivalent of nearly 8.8 million metric tons of carbon emissions for our customers today. Clearway Energy Group is headquartered in San Francisco, CA with offices in Carlsbad, CA; Scottsdale, AZ; Houston, TX; and Princeton, NJ. For more information, visit clearwayenergygroup.com.

About NextEra Energy Resources, LLC:

NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a clean energy leader and is one of the largest wholesale generators of electric power in the U.S., with approximately 23,900 megawatts of total net generating capacity, primarily in 38 states and Canada as of year-end 2020. NextEra Energy Resources, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun based on 2020 megawatt hours produced on a net generation basis, and a world leader in battery storage. The business operates clean, emissions-free nuclear power generation facilities in New Hampshire and Wisconsin as part of the NextEra Energy nuclear fleet. NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Florida-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

 

Long-term Electricity Contract Benefits Placer and El Dorado County Residents and Businesses

Long-term Electricity Contract Benefits Placer and El Dorado County Residents and Businesses

Placerville, Calif. — Wednesday, June 02, 2021 – El Dorado Irrigation District (EID) and Pioneer Community Energy (Pioneer) signed a contract for Pioneer to receive electricity from an EID hydro-electric facility over the next 10 years. The contract represents a mutually beneficial arrangement that meets EID’s non-rate revenue goals through hydroelectric generation, while providing Pioneer with cost-effective, clean electricity for ratepayers in Placer and El Dorado Counties.

EID provides water service to approximately 42,748 residential, agricultural, commercial, and industrial accounts in the Western Slope of El Dorado County and also provides wastewater treatment, disposal, and reclamation services to approximately 24,165 residential, commercial and industrial accounts in the suburban areas of Cameron Park, Diamond Springs, El Dorado, El Dorado Hills and Shingle Springs.

As part of providing water service, EID owns and operates El Dorado Project 184, a federally licensed 21-megawatt hydroelectric power generation system. The system consists of five reservoirs with dams, including Echo Lake, Lake Aloha, Caples Lake, Silver Lake, and El Dorado Forebay, a 22-mile water conveyance system of flumes, canals, siphons, and tunnels, and the El Dorado Powerhouse. Project facilities are located east of Placerville in El Dorado, Alpine, and Amador counties. EID operates the hydroelectric facilities as a water supply project with the ancillary benefit of selling power generated from the powerhouse as a stable source of non-rate revenue that helps offset EID’s operational costs.

“Our aim in power contracting is to optimize power generation income while prioritizing drinking water supplies for our customers and community,” said EID General Manager Jim Abercrombie. “This contract allows us to do that, while also minimizing financial risks to the district.”

Pioneer Community Energy is a Community Choice Aggregator that began providing electricity to the communities of Auburn, Colfax, Lincoln, Loomis, Rocklin and unincorporated Placer County in 2018. Pioneer currently serves more than 93,500 residential and commercial accounts, and will be adding approximately 65,000 more accounts when El Dorado County and the City of Placerville join Pioneer in January 2022.

“When we created Pioneer, we made a commitment to support local economies through as many local investments as possible,” said Jim Holmes, Placer County Supervisor and Pioneer Board Chair. “Pioneer is thrilled to start the relationship with El Dorado and Placerville with a local power purchase. We look forward to investing in more local programs in the future.”

In addition to power procurement, Pioneer focuses upon local programs that meet local needs and priorities. Most recently, the Pioneer Board approved Green100, a 100% renewable electricity product, in response to customer requests for a cleaner power supply. Starting in June, Customers will be able to enroll in Green100 and pay less than 1 cent per kWh more for 100% renewable energy. Only customers who choose this product will pay for it.

For more information on Pioneer, visit www.PioneerCommunityEnergy.ca.gov.

EID Contact: Jesse Saich, (530) 642-4127, jsaich@eid.org

Pioneer Community Energy Contact:

Alexia Retallack

(916) 758-8948

alexiar@pioneercommunityenergy.ca.gov

San Diego Community Power Brings Renewable Energy Choice to All of its Member Cities’ Businesses

San Diego Community Power Brings Renewable Energy Choice to All of its Member Cities’ Businesses

Businesses in five member cities can now save money, get cleaner energy and make a positive impact on the economy and environment

SAN DIEGO, Calif. – (June 1, 2021)San Diego Community Power (SDCP), the not-for-profit community choice energy program, launched renewable energy services for commercial and industrial energy customers in the cities of San Diego, Chula Vista, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, and Encinitas. Commercial and industrial account holders will be enrolled over the month of June as customers of a public energy company committed to providing clean energy, competitive rates, and innovative programs. The move offers businesses a choice in energy providers for the first time in the region’s history.

“Businesses no longer have to decide between affordable rates and meeting their climate action goals,” said SDCP Board Chair and Encinitas Councilmember Joe Mosca, SDCP Board Vice Chair. “SDCP provides the rare win-win-win scenario of affordable rates, cleaner energy, and community reinvestment supporting economic and environmental sustainability.”

Today and throughout the month, SDCP flips the switch for approximately 72,000 commercial and industrial accounts representing nearly 60 percent of its forecast energy load. The not-for-profit community choice energy program launched renewable energy procurement services for municipal customers in March and will launch residential service beginning in February of next year.

“For years we knew a sustainable economy must include clean energy and lower rates to benefit our businesses and communities. Businesses have been desperate for forward thinking energy partners who truly prioritize business growth and the people who work there,” said Dr. Cindy J. Lin, Business for Good. “Today, marks a huge leap forward for businesses in San Diego who want to do what’s right to help protect our jobs, reduce costs and improve our health and planet. It’s a no-brainer and a win-win-win!”

Saving Money and Positively Impacting the Community

SDCP provides competitive rates for significantly greener energy options and reinvests in clean energy projects supporting healthier communities today and for the future. The launch energy portfolio includes 55 percent and 100 percent renewable energy options. Businesses that upgrade to the Power100 tier will have the option to register as a Power100 Champion, enabling them to be included in a number of SDCP marketing and promotional opportunities. Businesses can change tiers or opt out of the service at any time. SDG&E will continue to deliver power, manage monthly billing and customer service, and provide ongoing system maintenance.

Organized as a community-accountable not-for-profit, SDCP invests in local communities through job training, renewable energy development projects, and aid programs for communities of concern. Just three months after the official service launch, SDCP has already announced partnerships three clean power development projects that will deliver significant solar energy and battery storage capabilities adding resiliency and new capacity to our local energy sources.

“We are here to advocate for business users, be accountable to the community, drive economic vitality, and support clean energy jobs for local workers,” said SDCP Interim CEO Bill Carnahan. “Clean technology already provides more jobs in the region than all coal-related jobs in the country, and we want to see that trend grow.”

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs were enabled by state legislation as part of the solution to the 2001 energy crisis, allowing local communities to control the energy they buy and address constraints on competition that contributed to the problem. Locally-elected officials govern CCAs with consistent input from a Community Advisory Council. All decisions on energy procurement, rates, and reinvestment are made at open meetings giving member city residents and businesses a voice in energy choices.

There are currently 23 CCAs operating successfully across California and providing reliable service to more than 11 million customers in more than 190 cities and counties.

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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 770,000 customer accounts in Chula Vista, Encinitas, Imperial Beach, La Mesa, and San Diego. Learn more at www.sdcommunitypower.org.

Media Contact

Joe Camero

Civilian, Inc.

joe@civilian.com

(310) 493-8997

Redwood Coast Statement on Biden’s Offshore Wind Decision

Redwood Coast Offshore Wind

The Biden Administration announces Wind Energy Areas off the coast of Humboldt County as a prelude to a federal lease auction in 2022

EUREKA CA – May 26, 2021. Redwood Coast Offshore Wind (Redwood), a joint venture of Ocean Winds and Aker Offshore Wind in partnership with Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) and Principle Power, applauds today’s announcement by federal and California officials that begins the process of developing up to 4.6 gigawatts of offshore wind energy generation off the California coast. Redwood is focused on a pioneering North Coast project that will utilize floating wind technology.

Today’s announcement is the beginning of an energy revolution for California and the West and offshore wind will be a critical tool in combatting climate change while creating skilled jobs and driving economic development up and down the California coast.

The Biden Administration along with the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, California Governor Gavin Newsom, and Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Dr. Colin Kahl jointly announced the creation of Wind Energy Areas off Humboldt County on the North Coast and Morro Bay on the Central Coast as a prelude to holding a federal lease auction in mid-2022.

Redwood has been pressing for such an auction since it was formed in early 2018 when the team of Ocean Winds, Aker, and Principle Power was selected by RCEA to enter a public-private partnership to unlock the value of Humboldt County’s offshore wind resource.

Redwood expresses particular appreciation to those California officials who worked with the federal administration to identify sea space for offshore wind development so that California can contribute towards President Biden’s stated goal of developing 30 gigawatts of offshore wind energy in the United States by 2030.

“We are committed to proactively addressing climate change while ensuring that our coastal environment is protected for habitat values as well as economic benefits of commercial and recreational fisheries. We are taking a community-based approach to developing Humboldt County’s offshore wind resource which prioritizes community values and perspectives of local Tribes, protecting the environment, developing strategies to avoid or mitigate impacts to fisheries and fishermen, and developing sustainable family-wage jobs” said RCEA Executive Director Matthew Marshall.

In 2018, RCEA entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Humboldt Fishermen’s Marketing Association agreeing to work together to effectively identify, avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to the commercial fishing industry to the greatest extent possible. Since entering the MOU, RCEA and the project have continued to engage with HFMA with the intent to enter an agreement that further solidifies the commitments outlined in the 2018 agreement.

Humboldt Bay is a deep draft port with under-utilized Coastal Dependent Industrial lands that could be revitalized and upgraded for staging floating offshore wind projects. Developing a purpose-built port facility for the staging, construction, long-term operations and maintenance of offshore wind projects will position Humboldt County tomaximize local economic and job creation benefits associated with offshore wind,” said Larry Oetker, Executive Director of the Humboldt Bay Harbor and Recreation District.

Offshore wind also presents great potential for high-wage, union jobs associated with building, installing and maintaining facilities. In fact, the offshore wind industry is working hand in hand with State Building and Construction Trade Council of California’s decision to push Assemblymember David Chiu’s (D-San Francisco) offshore wind planning bill, AB525, which is currently before the California Legislature.

The Redwood Coast Energy Authority is a local government Joint Powers Agency whose members include the County of Humboldt; the Cities of Arcata, Blue Lake, Eureka, Ferndale, Fortuna, Rio Dell, and Trinidad; and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District. The purpose of RCEA is to develop and implement sustainable energy initiatives that reduce energy demand, increase energy efficiency, and advance the use of clean, efficient and renewable resources available in the region for the benefit of the Member agencies and their constituents.

Aker Offshore Wind is an offshore wind developer striving to create a sustainable future – one driven by clean, green energy. We aim to drive the industrialization of deepwater and floating offshore wind and take early mover positions in the development of large-scale deepwater wind farms across the globe. We have resources at our disposal to become a leading deepwater independent power producer, including five decades worth of offshore expertise, industry-leading technology and powerful alliances.

Ocean Winds is an offshore wind developer and the result of a joint venture of EDP Renewables and ENGIE. Both companies share the vision in which renewables, particularly offshore wind, play a key role in the global energy transition. Ocean Winds is a global leader in floating offshore wind and developed the pioneering 25 MW WindFloat Atlantic Project off Portugal which began operation in 2020.With 1.5 GW under construction and 4.0 GW under development, Ocean Winds’ mission is to make offshore wind one of the main sources of renewable energy by delivering more efficient and sustainable wind energy solutions.

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Contact: Nancy Stephenson

Phone: (707) 382-7110

Email: nstephenson@RedwoodEnergy.org

Peninsula Clean Energy Launches “E-Bikes for Everyone” Program

Peninsula Clean Energy Launches “E-Bikes for Everyone” Program

Includes discounts for qualified residents, free training and other resources

REDWOOD CITY, CA – May 26, 2021 – Peninsula Clean Energy has launched the “E-Bikes for Everyone” program, including significant discounts to qualified San Mateo County residents for the purchase of a new electric bicycle (e-bike) in a broader effort to raise awareness and adoption of this healthier, cleaner and affordable transportation option.

San Mateo County residents who meet income qualifications will receive a discount at participating shops of up to $800 off the purchase price for an e-bike.

Details on how to apply for and receive the discount, participating bike shops and other resources are available at peninsulacleanenergy.com/ebikes/.

As e-bikes and their benefits are quickly growing more popular in the Bay Area and beyond, E-Bikes for Everyone is intended to help ensure that they are accessible and affordable to all interested members of the community.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to expand options for affordable, clean and practical electric transportation to underserved sectors in our communities,” said Redwood City Vice Mayor Giselle Hale, who also represents the city on Peninsula Clean Energy’s board of directors. “By partnering with our bike shops, this program helps bolster local businesses as we continue to recover from the pandemic and reopen our economy.”

Peninsula Clean Energy is also expanding education about e-bikes through a partnership with Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, a nonprofit working to make bicycling accessible and safe for all users in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties. That will include free training, group rides, giveaways and additional resources.

“The e-bike rebate program is so important as people are biking much more since we have been forced to reset transportation norms during the pandemic,” said Emma Shlaes, deputy director of Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition. “We now have a chance to maintain those norms and enable more people to e-bike as a way to get around and to go further, which helps the community meet its health and climate change goals.”

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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, on Twitter and Facebook (@PenCleanEnergy) and on LinkedIn.

Media Contact

Darren Goode

Peninsula Clean Energy

dgoode@peninsulacleanenergy.com

202-550-6619

Bay Area Communities Awarded $1.5 Million in Revitalization Funds Through EPA’s Brownfields Program

Bay Area Communities Awarded $1.5 Million in Revitalization Funds Through EPA’s Brownfields Program

Grants announced at a virtual event with East Bay Community Energy

San Francisco, CA – May 26, 2021 –  Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $1.5 million in grants to the East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) and the Cities of Richmond and Vallejo  to identify and prepare formerly contaminated properties, also known as “brownfields,” for redevelopment. The announcement was made at a virtual event with EBCE CEO Nick Chaset and Hayward City Councilmember / EBCE Board of Directors, Elisa Marquez. EBCE is a not-for-profit public agency renewable energy provider.

EBCE will use their $300,000 award to support development of electric vehicle (EV) charging hubs and will focus on redeveloping brownfields in communities impacted by environmental justice challenges in Alameda County and the City of Tracy. The funds will be used to complete environmental assessments of potentially contaminated properties and develop cleanup and reuse plans for EV hub development. These future hubs may include solar arrays and battery storage. Battery storage at former brownfields sites can increase community climate resiliency by improving access to electric power during blackouts, which have been increasing in frequency due to wildfires.

“These exciting projects will ensure the Bay Area becomes more resilient in the face of climate change impacts while revitalizing underserved communities and under-utilized properties” said Jeff Scott, EPA’s Land Director for the Pacific Southwest. “The Brownfields program provides flexibility and support to make these important transitions happen.”

“This grant from EPA is instrumental in helping the East Bay transition to a clean power economy” said EBCE CEO Nick Chaset. “The results of this project should lead to a replicable model for converting brownfields into valuable cleantech infrastructure, in the form of hubs for electric vehicle fast-charging.”

“This project brings the potential for many local wins here in Hayward. It addresses several dire environmental issues, including redeveloping contaminated brownfields, bringing economic prosperity to dormant urban land, and creating opportunities to expand the adoption of clean, electric transportation in Hayward.” said Elisa Marquez, Hayward City Councilmember and member of EBCE’s Board of Directors.

The City of Vallejo’s $600,000 award will be used to fund redevelopment efforts on Mare Island and along the Downtown Waterfront. Goals for redevelopment in these target areas will align with existing plans for waterfront redevelopment, including mixed-use commercial, residential, shoreline access and transit-oriented development. The City of Richmond will use $600,000 to repurpose brownfields located close to transit in Central and North Richmond into affordable and workforce housing.

Nationwide, 151 communities are receiving awards totaling $66.5 million. Since its inception in 1995, EPA’s Brownfields Program has provided nearly $1.76 billion in grants to assess and clean up contaminated properties and return them to productive reuse. This has led to significant benefits for communities across the country, including  $6.8 million  in Brownfields funding over the last five years to communities throughout the nine Bay Area counties. EPA’s “early-in” funding has supported the productive and safe reuse of brownfields in the Bay Area into affordable housing, open space and commercial redevelopment, as well as job training programs for unemployed adults in professional environmental cleanup skills.

  • To date, communities participating in the Brownfields Program have been able to attract more than $34.4 billion in cleanup and redevelopment funding after receiving Brownfields funds. This has led to over 175,500 jobs in cleanup, construction, and redevelopment.
  • Based on grant recipient reporting, recipients leveraged on average $20.13 for each EPA Brownfields dollar and 10.3 jobs per $100,000 of EPA Brownfield Grant funds expended on assessment, cleanup, and revolving loan fund cooperative agreements.
  • In addition, an academic peer-reviewed study has found that residential properties near brownfield sites increased in value by 5% to 15.2% as a result of cleanup activities.
  • Finally, analyzing data near 48 brownfields, EPA found an estimated $29 million to $97 million in additional tax revenue for local governments in a single year after cleanup—2 to 7 times more than the $12.4 million EPA contributed to the cleanup of those brownfield sites.

For more information, please visit the e-media kit: https://www.epa.gov/pacific-southwest-media-center/15-million-east-bay-cities-redevelop-properties

For more information on East Bay Community Energy, please visit: ebce.org.

Learn more about EPA’s Pacific Southwest Region.

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Contact Information

Dan Lieberman

dlieberman@ebce.org

925-579-1591

Clean Power Alliance Receives Policy Leadership Award for its Ongoing Work in Centering Equity in the Delivery of Clean Energy Throughout Southern California

Clean Power Alliance Receives Policy Leadership Award for its Ongoing Work in Centering Equity in the Delivery of Clean Energy Throughout Southern California

U.S. Green Building – Los Angeles Chapter presents Award during its 20th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 24, 2021                                                               

Los Angeles, CA – The U.S. Green Building-Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) has presented its 2021 Policy Leadership Award to Clean Power Alliance (CPA). CPA received the award for its ongoing work in centering equity in the delivery of clean energy to customers across the region.

The award was presented during USGBC-LA’s two-day virtual 20th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo, which took place May 21 and 22. In presenting the award, USGBC-LA cited CPA’s: focus on equity in clean energy, providing 100% Green Power automatically to bill assistance customers, workforce development, education programs, and its pandemic response.

While virtually receiving the award on behalf of CPA and its Board of Directors, CPA Executive Director Ted Bardacke thanked USGBC-LA and proudly spoke to the five categories. Bardacke then added “CPA’s Board will soon be freezing the rates for our approximately 300,000 low-income customers for another year. We are also reserving 50% of the funds for our electric vehicle charging station incentive program for use amongst the many disadvantaged communities located within our diverse service territory.”

CPA is the locally operated electricity provider for 30 cities throughout Los Angeles County and Ventura County, as well as the unincorporated areas of both counties. As the fifth largest electricity provider in California and the single largest provider of 100% renewable energy to customers in the nation, CPA provides clean renewable energy to approximately three million customers, located in many diverse communities throughout the Southern California region.

To keep pace with its customers growing demand for clean, reliable, and affordable zero-carbon energy, CPA’s Board of Directors has also approved several high impact long-term power purchase and energy storage agreements. All Each of these energy projects meet CPA’s high standards for: benefits to disadvantaged communities, workforce development, environmental stewardship, proximity to CPA territory, economic value, and development risk.

“CPA was founded upon the values of equity, local control and providing choice to our many member agencies and customers,” said CPA’s Board Chair Diana Mahmud. “We are proud to be recognized for prioritizing equity not only in the delivery of clean energy to our customers, but throughout our operations and decision making.”

In 2020, CPA’s Board of Director’s adopted CPA’s Local Programs for a Clean Energy Future five-year strategic plan, which calls for $200 million in local investment in customer programs and community priorities, centered around: resiliency and grid management, building and transportation electrification, and local renewable energy procurement.

In choosing which local programs to prioritize CPA uses a comprehensive accessibility analysis, which includes benefits to low-income communities and disadvantaged communities. These local programs include such programs as: residential demand response programs, public electric vehicle charging stations incentives, building electrification code incentives, and natural gas appliance replacement. In addition, CPA’s Power Share program incorporates both 100% green discounts and community solar components, which are targeted toward the many low-income and disadvantaged communities located throughout CPA’s service territory.

The Power Share program provides 100% clean energy at a 20% discount to eligible customers. The Power Share discount is applied in addition to customers’ already discounted California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE), or Family Electric Rates Assistance (FERA) programs, which can lead to an overall bill savings of approximately 35 to 45 percent. The community solar component of the program will soon bring multiple local community solar projects to disadvantaged communities in CPA’s service territory.

While acknowledging the many various award recipients during the award ceremony, USGBC-LA’s Executive Director, Ben Stapleton said “We are proud in this unique moment to honor the City of LA’s leadership to forge the trail to 100% renewable energy, the Clean Power Alliance’s commitment to equity being at the heart of that discussion, and all the public buildings with the dedicated project teams who helped bring them into existence.”

To read USGBC-LA’s Press Release regarding the 20th Annual Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo and all award recipients click here.

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About Clean Power Alliance

Founded in 2017, Clean Power Alliance is the locally operated electricity provider for 30 cities across Los Angeles County and Ventura County, as well as the unincorporated areas of both counties. CPA is the fifth largest electricity provider in California and the single largest provider of 100% renewable energy to customers in the nation. CPA serves approximately three million customers via one million customer accounts, providing clean renewable energy at competitive rates.  To view CPA’s 2020 Impact Report click here. For complete information regarding CPA visit cleanpoweralliance.org.

About U.S. Green Building Council-Los Angeles

USGBC-LA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization committed to creating a prosperous and sustainable future within one generation. Our mission promotes sustainability in LA County’s built environment by delivering access to knowledge, resources, recognition and networking. (http://www.usgbc-la.org)

About Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (MGBCE)

Since its inception in 2001, MGBCE has become the longest-running and largest gathering of leading sustainability and green building advocates within both the public and private sectors in Southern California. This annual conference and trade show provides cutting-edge thought leadership, education, and networking opportunities to inform local government agencies, building industry professionals, and the general public about the principles, practices, and products associated with green building. (https://usgbc-la.org/programs/mgbce/)

Media Contact: 

Joseph Cabral

External Affairs Manager

Clean Power Alliance

213-442-8109

jcabral@cleanpoweralliance.org

PG&E, Peninsula Clean Energy Will Move Some Customers to Time-of-Use Rate Plan

In Support of Statewide Initiatives, PG&E and Peninsula Clean Energy Will Move Some Residential Customers in San Mateo County to a Time-of-Use Rate Plan in September 2021 to Encourage Energy Usage When Renewables are More Plentiful, and Demand is Lower

Customers Can Choose Their Preferred Rate Plan at Any Time

Customers Who Automatically Transition to the Time-of-Use Rate Plan Will Receive Risk-Free Bill Protection for the First Year 

May 18, 2021 – As part of a multi-year, statewide energy policy to create a cleaner energy future for California, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and Peninsula Clean Energy will move approximately 200,000 eligible residential electric customers currently on a tiered rate plan called E-1 to a Time-of-Use (TOU) rate plan in September 2021. On the Time-of-Use (Peak Pricing 4-9 p.m. Every Day) rate planwhen customers use energy is as important as how much they use.

The transition to this Time-of-Use rate plan will occur by geographical region and affect approximately 2.5 million customers in PG&E’s service area in stages through 2022. Customers in San Mateo County will receive a series of notifications by mail starting this month to allow them ample time to make a choice if they prefer another rate plan. Customers can choose another rate plan at any time.

Customers are encouraged to shift some energy use to times when rates are lower, demand is lower and renewable resources, like solar and wind power, are most plentiful.

“To ensure our customers are fully aware of the transition to the Time-of-Use rate and how the program works, we’re communicating this change more than 90 days ahead, and we’ll continue to share information before each regional transition takes place,” said Laurie Giammona, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer for PG&E. “And, customers can choose the rate plan that best fits their needs and lives at any time.”

All California investor-owned electric utilities are required to automatically transition customers to the Time-of-Use rate plan to support a cleaner, healthier and more reliable energy grid. PG&E does not profit from this change. Customers can choose an alternate Time-of-Use rate plan or another rate plan, including the Tiered rate plan, at any time. Customers enrolled in the Medical Baseline program will not be part of the automatic transition.

“By encouraging energy use when solar generation is most abundant, this rate plan change will allow our customers to assert more control over meeting the aggressive clean power goals they desire and which we have been setting in place,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said. “This nicely complements the track record of Peninsula Clean Energy and other community-based providers that are at the forefront of offering affordable and reliable emission-free power before it is too late to mitigate the most harmful effects of climate change.”

PG&E and Peninsula Clean Energy customers who automatically transition to this Time-of-Use rate plan will receive risk-free Bill Protection for the first 12 months. If a customer pays more on the Time-of-Use (Peak Pricing 4-9 p.m. Every Day) rate plan than they would have on their current rate plan, PG&E and Peninsula Clean Energy will automatically credit the customer the difference for the first year.

 

More About Time-of-Use Rate Plans

Customers on these rate plans can choose to shift and reduce some energy use to lower-cost time periods (19 hours) every day, including weekends and holidays. The hours of 4 to 9 p.m. are higher priced (peak times). All other times are lower priced (off-peak). Environmental advocacy groups such as the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) support the transition to TOU rates as the plans help build healthier communities.

“TOU rates help Californians take advantage of less expensive, cleaner and more plentiful electricity during periods when a greater share of renewable energy is flowing through the grid. Combined with energy efficiency, electrification, and demand response programs, TOU helps customers reduce energy costs and their carbon footprints by using appliances when more emissions-free electricity is available,” said Alejandra Mejia Cunningham, Building Decarbonization Advocate, NRDC.

Starting in 2018, approximately 150,000 residential customers from across PG&E’s service area representing diversity in climate, household size and energy use were randomly selected as part of the first phase of transitions. Eighty percent of those customers stayed on the new Time-of-Use rate plan for more than a year. PG&E incorporated feedback from this initial group into the plans for the full rollout.

For more information about the transition to Time-of-Use rates and Bill Protection eligibility, customers can visit www.pge.com/toutransition and PenCleanEnergy.com/toutransition. To view a customized rate plan comparison, customers can visit their account online at www.pge.com/TOUchoice. Dedicated rate plan specialists are available at 1-866-743-7945 to answer questions and help customers choose a rate plan.

 

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About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is a combined natural gas and electric utility serving more than 16 million people across 70,000 square miles in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.

 

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. 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. For more information, visit PenCleanEnergy.com.

Media Contact:

Darren Goode

Peninsula Clean Energy

dgoode@peninsulacleanenergy.com

(202) 550-6619

Peninsula Clean Energy, SSMC Announce Inaugural Building Electrification Leaders

Peninsula Clean Energy, SSMC Announce Inaugural Building Electrification Leaders

First-time honors presented to San Mateo County commercial, residential leaders

REDWOOD CITY, CA – May 17, 2021 – Peninsula Clean Energy revealed the recipients of the first awards recognizing builders, property owners and design teams at the forefront of building electrification in San Mateo County at Sustainable San Mateo County’s 22nd annual Awards Celebration on May 14.

At the online ceremony, Peninsula Clean Energy presented two inaugural All-Electric Commercial Leader awards to the William V. Campbell Academic and Arts Center at Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton and the Redwood City Veterans Memorial Senior Center. Peninsula Clean Energy also recognized the Sweet home in Redwood City as the All-Electric Residential Leader and the Bobba home in Burlingame as the All-Electric Residential Emerging Leader.

The William V. Campbell Center also received the Green Building Award from Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) and the San Mateo County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Each commercial winner received a check for $3,000 and each residential winner received $1,000, along with plaques. Honorable mentions in the residential category were awarded to Tah Mah Lah in Portola Valley and the Boles home in Pacifica.

SSMC presented 2021 Sustainability Awards to San Mateo Deputy Mayor Rick Bonilla; The HEAL Project, which offers hands-on teaching to children about the connection between food, health and the environment; and Bay Area sustainable facility maintenance company Service by Medallion. Former SSMC Board Chair Bryan Chen received the Ruth Peterson Award, named in memory of a longtime SSMC leader.

The all-electric William V. Campbell Center includes sophisticated monitoring providing real-time data tracking energy production from the 364-kilowatt rooftop solar photovoltaic system, as well as energy and water use. It uses natural lighting and ventilation and is designed to improve indoor air quality, while minimizing nonrenewable energy consumption and overall water and energy use. Also extraordinary was the concerted push by project leaders to factor the carbon footprint into all aspects of the process and construction. This resulted in the sourcing of regional materials, curbing of embodied carbon and transportation emissions and recycling of roughly 70 percent of the construction waste.

“The William V. Campbell Center represents the best of what our communities can achieve not only in creative, collaborative and inclusive teaching and learning but also in cutting-edge sustainable construction,” said Rick DeGolia, Atherton council member and chair of Peninsula Clean Energy’s board of directors.

The Redwood City Veterans Memorial Senior Center, expected to be completed in 2022, will feature an all-electric kitchen that uses electric induction cooking rather than methane gas-powered commercial cooking equipment. It will have a solar photovoltaic system serving most of the building, as well as a microgrid for both emergency power and for more routine energy storage that allows the building to be powered by solar energy during peak demand hours and in the evenings.

The all-electric Sweet home in Redwood City produces energy from both solar photovoltaic and solar thermal systems.  It uses recycled and sustainable materials exclusively and irrigates the landscape through a system incorporating shower water. Owners Eric and Diane Sweet also have distinguished themselves as residential sustainability leaders through their company, emeraldECO, which specializes in working with homeowners who want to retrofit their homes to all-electric.

The Bobba home’s owner, Bobba Venkatadri, is also working toward making his home emission-free. He has added a rooftop solar system, converted his gas furnace and water heater to all-electric systems, installed a smart thermostat and electric fireplace, and plans to add an electric induction cooktop.

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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 our 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, on Twitter and Facebook (@PenCleanEnergy) and on LinkedIn.

About Sustainable San Mateo County

Founded in 1992, Sustainable San Mateo County (SSMC) is a nonprofit dedicated to a vision of a sustainable future for everyone in the county. Its mission is to drive impactful action on economic, environmental and social equity issues that leads to sustainable practices and improves the long-term health of San Mateo County. For more information, visit sustainablesanmateo.org, or contact advocate@sustainablesanmateo.org.

Media Contacts

Darren Goode

Peninsula Clean Energy

dgoode@peninsulacleanenergy.com

(202) 550-6619

 

Terry Nagel

Sustainable San Mateo County

terry@sustainablesanmateo.org

(650) 678-7082