CleanPowerSF Wins Prestigious C40 Cities Award

San Francisco is one of seven cities internationally recognized for inspiring and innovative climate action policies

San Francisco, CA — CleanPowerSF, the City’s local renewable energy program, has won a C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Award, a prestigious honor that provides international recognition for cities that are demonstrating climate action leadership. San Francisco was one of only seven winners from across the globe who were announced yesterday at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen.

“When I first helped to launch CleanPowerSF as a Supervisor, I knew it had the potential to make a transformative change for this City,” said Mayor London N. Breed. “We are seeing significant reductions in emission levels and are well on our way to meeting our climate action goals. We will continue to push forward, working with our allies in the C40 Cities coalition to find new and innovative solutions to the challenge of climate change.”

CleanPowerSF has played a major role in San Francisco’s ability to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 36 percent below 1990 levels. The program will also help the City realize its ambitious climate action goals, including reaching 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030 and reducing net emissions to zero by 2050. Last month, Mayor Breed’s legislation to transition private commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet and larger to 100 percent renewable electricity was enacted into law. Earlier this week, the Board of Supervisors passed legislation requiring electric vehicle charging stations in large commercial parking facilities.

Operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), CleanPowerSF launched in 2016 with a mission to provide San Francisco residents and businesses with the choice of having their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources at competitive rates. Following the largest and most recent enrollment period in April of this year, CleanPowerSF now serves more than 376,000 customers in San Francisco, a 360 percent increase from the prior year. With a 96 percent participation rate, the program is popular among businesses and residents.

“San Francisco is a global leader in sustainability, and we’re honored to be recognized with such a respected award,” said San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Harlan L. Kelley, Jr. “Building on our 100-year legacy of providing clean energy to San Francisco, we launched CleanPowerSF to provide more power options to our residents and businesses, who share our commitment toward a more sustainable future.”

CleanPowerSF was selected as the winner by C40 Cities in “The Future We Want Requires Transformative Change” category. C40 Cities received 195 climate action project submissions this year, which were evaluated on the following criteria: climate action, benefits, innovation, governance, and sharing and scaling.

C40 Cities connects ninety-four of the world’s leading cities to take bold climate action towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700 million residents and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level.

“Cities worldwide are at the forefront of providing innovative solutions to the climate crisis humanity is facing—demonstrated brilliantly by the inspiring examples showcased in Cities100,” said Mark Watts, Executive Director of C40 Cities.

Along with CleanPowerSF, the SFPUC operates the Hetch Hetchy Regional Power System, which provides 100 percent greenhouse gas free energy to public facilities, such as City Hall, San Francisco International Airport, Muni buses, schools and libraries. Collectively, the two programs meet approximately 80 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 San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. The SFPUC’s mission is to provide 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.

About C40

C40 Cities connects 94 of the world’s leading cities to take bold climate action, leading the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future. Representing 700+ million citizens and one quarter of the global economy, mayors of the C40 cities are committed to delivering on the most ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement at the local level, as well as to cleaning the air we breathe. The current chair of C40 is Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo; and three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40’s work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, and Realdania. To learn more about the work of C40 and their cities, please visit their website, or follow them on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn.

SFPUC Celebrates Public Power Week by Encouraging Employees to Take Part in Clean Energy Challenge

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Contact:

Will Reisman

415-551-4346

wreisman@sfwater.org

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 7, 2019

SFPUC Celebrates Public Power Week by Encouraging Employees to Take Part in Clean Energy Challenge

New effort focuses on local residents upgrading to 100 percent renewable energy in their homes

 

San Francisco, CA—To celebrate national Public Power Week and Energy Awareness Month, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is asking local workers to participate in the Clean Energy Employee Challenge, a focused effort to encourage employees to upgrade to 100 percent renewable energy plans for their homes.

 

“We understand that combatting climate change requires partnership and collaboration and we are fortunate to have so many residents and businesses dedicated to helping us tackle this challenge,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “Small changes can add up to something big—if we all pitch in and work together, we have the ability to make a real impact. The Clean Energy Employee Challenge is a great way to encourage that mindset.”

 

Lead by CleanPowerSF, the Clean Energy Employee Challenge is a regional campaign among Bay Area Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs that will focus on employees at companies that are already enrolled in a 100 percent renewable energy option. The challenge is also an opportunity for participating companies to share their sustainability stories, generate friendly competition, and foster workforce pride.

 

The SFPUC launched CleanPowerSF in 2016 with a mission to provide San Francisco residents and businesses with the choice of having their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources at competitive rates. There are two enrollment options for customers—Green service, which is comprised of 48 percent renewable energy sources—and the SuperGreen service, which is 100 percent renewable energy, and costs a few extra dollars more a month.

 

Following the largest and last enrollment period in April of this year, CleanPowerSF now serves more than 376,000 customers in San Francisco, a 360 percent increase from the year prior. With a 96 percent participation rate, the program is popular among businesses and residents.

 

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

 

Cities across the country are joining San Francisco in recognizing public power week, which runs from October 6 – 12. On average, public power costs significantly less and is more dependable, according to the California Municipal Utilities Association. About one in four Californians receive their power from more than 40 publicly owned utilities such as the SFPUC. Nationwide, there are more than 2,000 community-owned, not-for-profit electric utilities nationwide that collectively provide electricity to 49 million Americans, according to the CMUA.

 

“Public Power Week is a great reminder that publicly owned utilities provide clean, reliable, affordable and safe electricity service that local communities across California count on 24/7, each and every day,” said Barry Moline, executive director of the California Municipal Utilities Association. “We are governed by a local board and pride ourselves on reflecting the values and needs of our communities. It’s power to the people.”

 

October is also Energy Awareness Month. Every year, the Department of Energy designates October as Energy Awareness Month as a way to encourage energy efficiency and conservation activities.

About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission

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

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Clean Power Alliance Signs New 300 MW Wind Power Purchase Agreement

The project’s 2020 online date will help CPA meet SB100 goals ten years early while enabling CPA to lower customer costs.

Clean Power Alliance (CPA) signed a power purchase agreement for a new utility-scale wind turbine project. The project was approved by CPA’s Board of Directors at their October 3rd board meeting. The project contracts 300 megawatts from the White Hills Wind project in Arizona, with an expected output of 830,000 MWh/year. It is located near Hoover Dam and will be owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. The project, which comes on-line in December 2020 with a 20-year term contract, will count as a PCC-1 renewable resource.

The project will enable CPA to lower costs, including reducing the premium between its 100% Green and 50% Clean and 36% Lean Power rates to incentivize more customers to increase their renewable energy rate tiers. It will also allow CPA to comply with state renewable energy mandates in a cost effective and expeditious manner given its 2020 online date. Building the project will require approximately 300 construction workers, delivering on CPA’s mission to invest in a green energy workforce. The developer has also committed to contributing $1 million towards local workforce development initiatives in Clean Power Alliance’s service territory over four years. The project has completed the NEPA permitting process and construction is anticipated to begin in early 2020.

The White Hills Wind project complements CPA’s several other recently signed long-term contracts for solar, wind, and hydroelectric projects. CPA will also be launching its 2019 Clean Energy RFO in Fall, which will have tracks for utility-scale projects as well as smaller distributed energy projects, the latter of which would be located exclusively in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Read more here: https://cleanpoweralliance.org/2019/10/04/clean-power-alliance-signs-new-300-mw-wind-power-purchase-agreement/

SV Clean Energy Issues Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan

New programs announced to increase EV charging throughout Santa Clara County

Sunnyvale, Calif. – Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) has released an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Joint Action Plan (EVI Plan), which assesses and prioritizes future EV charging needs across local communities. It outlines new SVCE programs focused on deployment of charging infrastructure needed to sustain and accelerate rapid adoption of electric vehicles.

The EVI Plan describes six new programs – two focused on building a local electric vehicle charging ‘support ecosystem’ and four focused on directly deploying infrastructure:

Silicon Valley Transportation Electrification Clearinghouse (SVTEC) Regional convenings of key EVI stakeholders focused on information sharing and attracting external funding to the SVCE community
Regional EV Leadership Recognition Recurring recognition for best practices in EV infrastructure deployment at local businesses, educational institutions and public agencies
Priority Zone Direct Current Fast Charging (DCFC) Competitive solicitation to fund DCFC in SVCE-designated “priority zones”, including support for nearby Multi-Unit Dwelling (MUD) properties
Multi-Unit Residential Charging Technical Assistance Technical assistance and rebates for shared Level 2 charging onsite at MUD properties
Workplace Charging Rebates Level 2 charging rebates, focused primarily on small/medium businesses and mixed-use locations
Fleet Electrification Grants Competitive solicitation for fleet electrification planning support and funding for site upgrades

“As a public agency dedicated to reducing use of fossil fuels and reinvesting in our community, we have been eager to make a significant impact towards advancing electric transportation in our communities,” says Margaret Abe-Koga, SVCE Board Chair. “With this plan we are focusing our efforts and funding to the places that need the most help with EV adoption. We look forward to realizing the impact our new investments will have in the years ahead.”

While sales of EVs in the Silicon Valley region are higher than the rest of the country, wider adoption of EVs is needed to meet local and state climate goals. The EVI Plan is the result of significant research and input from many local residents, businesses, organizations and agencies that participated in stakeholder workshops, as well as customer surveys.

SVCE recently partnered with the California Energy Commission (CEC) as part of the California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), which works with local community partners to develop and implement regional incentive projects for charging infrastructure that supports the adoption of EVs statewide. The CEC’s proposed CALeVIP investment for Santa Clara and San Mateo counties is $33 million working through a regional partnership with Peninsula Clean Energy, San Jose Clean Energy, City of Palo Alto Utilities and Silicon Valley Power.

The SVCE Board of Directors committed to match the CEC’s CALeVIP funding of $6 million directed to the SVCE territory for a total of $12 million in CALeVIP for SVCE customers. In total, the SVCE Board of Directors has dedicated $8 million in program funds towards EV initiatives over the course of four years, which includes the CALeVIP match. Funding for EVI investment leveraging CALeVIP funding is expected to begin in spring 2020 and span two to four years.

“With the EV infrastructure plan, SVCE will be leveraging our program investments with external funds and harnessing strong regional partnerships to make access to EV charging much more prevalent for our communities,” says Girish Balachandran, SVCE CEO. “SVCE’s commitment to innovation is also an opportunity to unlock new technologies and strategies that will further increase EV adoption.”

Additionally, to complement the EVI Plan’s foundational investments, the next SVCE Innovation Onramp application cycle will prioritize piloting innovative mobility solutions that take a higher-risk, higher-reward approach. Innovation Onramp is an SVCE program that engages Silicon Valley’s ‘innovation ecosystem’ in addressing key technical, market and policy barriers to achieving deep decarbonization, locally and beyond. The program offers two stages of grant funding for proof of concept ($10,000 – $75,000) and funding for demonstrations ($50,000 – $100,000).

The full EVI Joint Action Plan is available at svcleanenergy.org/programs.

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

 

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

 

MCE Receives Second Investment-Grade Credit Rating

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Aug. 30, 2019

Press Contact:

Kalicia Pivirotto| Marketing Manager

(415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org

MCE Receives Second Investment-Grade Credit Rating

After 2018 Investment-Grade Rating from Moody’s, New Fitch Rating Indicates Continued Stable Outlook

SAN RAFAEL and CONCORD, Calif. — On August 29, 2019, Fitch Ratings assigned a ‘BBB’ Issuer Default Rating to Marin Clean Energy (MCE), California’s first Community Choice Aggregation agency. Fitch cited several factors as contributing to this rating, including MCE’s solid financial profile, liquidity levels, robust and diverse power supplies, and adequately-priced power to support its operations.

Fitch’s rating marks MCE’s second investment-grade credit rating received in less than 18 months, further demonstrating MCE’s continued stable financial outlook, strong business and risk management practices, and leadership in the Community Choice marketplace. MCE was also the first CCA to receive an investment-grade credit rating, with a Baa2 Issuer Rating issued by Moody’s in May, 2018.

“MCE is pleased to have received our second investment-grade credit rating as further validation of MCE’s financial structure and California’s Community Choice Energy model. Receiving two investment-grade credit ratings in less than 18 months also demonstrates MCE’s strong operational practices and our continued ability to reliably purchase clean, renewable energy at competitive prices on behalf of our customers,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE.

Fitch’s new investment-grade credit rating generally reflects the ability of MCE to meet its financial obligations. MCE has no direct debt outstanding. The rating also incorporates higher reserves anticipated by the end of MCE’s current fiscal year.

The benefits of this BBB rating include:

  • MCE’s ability to negotiate lower energy prices and improved credit terms for future contracts;
  • further validation of the CCA business model from an internationally-recognized rating agency; and
  • assurance for customers that MCE’s financial strength is sound and that it will continue to provide competitively-priced and reliable clean energy services over the long term.

MCE is a California joint powers authority (JPA) that was created in 2008 to implement a community choice aggregation (CCA) program. Since launching service in 2010, MCE has grown from its initial eight member communities to 34 communities across four Bay Area Counties, and currently serves over 470,000 electricity customers and approximately 86% of retail customers in its service area.

MCE offers a choice of three competitively-priced energy service options, including default 60% renewable and 100% renewable products. In 2018, MCE energy portfolio was approximately 87% GHG-free.

Beginning with MCE, California’s CCA market has grown to include 19 agencies operating throughout the State, serving over 10 million customers. Peninsula Clean Energy, another Community Choice agency serving customers in San Mateo County, also received an investment-grade credit rating from Moody’s in 2019.

Read Fitch’s Ratings Statement here.

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Avangrid Renewables to Sell California Wind Energy to CalChoice

Avangrid Renewables to Sell CaliforniaWind Energy to CalChoice
Three Communities to Benefit from Local Energy Supply

PORTLAND, Oregon — August 19, 2019 — Avangrid Renewables, a subsidiary of AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR), and the California Choice Energy Authority (CalChoice) announced today three new power purchase agreements for wind energy from Avangrid Renewables’ Mountain View III Wind Farm in Palm Springs, California. CalChoice will buy the entire output of the 22.44-megawatt (MW) wind farm starting in 2021 on behalf of three of its members: Apple Valley Choice Energy (AVCE), the Rancho Mirage Energy Authority (RMEA), and Lancaster Choice Energy (LCE).

The power purchase agreements (PPA) will enable these three locally operated electric service providers to offer their customers clean, renewable energy generated in one of the most wind-rich areas of California. The project location is very well-suited for CalChoice’s membership, as it sits adjacent to RMEA’s service territory and relatively close to the LCE and AVCE customer bases. The Mountain View III Wind Farm output will allow these CalChoice members to continue offering voluntary service options that provide customers with the opportunity to purchase up to 100% renewable energy from local and regional generating resources, and will facilitate compliance with California’s renewable energy policy.

“Helping communities in Southern California deliver locally-generated clean energy is an inspiring market development that CalChoice has helped enable,” said Diana Scholtes, Vice President of Renewable Origination and Strategies for Avangrid Renewables. “Our diverse asset fleet, paired with Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) programs, permits us to offer flexible, customer-driven products to cities and counties seeking competitive, clean energy solutions.”

“CalChoice is excited to partner with Avangrid Renewables in purchasing locally produced wind energy,” noted CalChoice Executive Director Jason Caudle. “We are committed to
pursuing clean, locally situated energy supply options for our members, and the Mountain View III Wind Farm was a perfect fit in this regard. We look forward to working with Avangrid Renewables during the upcoming 10-year delivery period.”

The Mountain View III Wind Farm generates approximately 70,000 megawatt hours per year, enough to power more than 8,000 typical California homes annually. That amount of carbon-free energy delivered to our customers is the approximate equivalent of 78 million avoided vehicle miles per year.

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Napa County Solar Project Powers 1,000+ Homes Per Year

For Immediate Release

Aug. 27, 2019

MCE Press Contact:

Kalicia Pivirotto | Marketing Manager

(415) 464-6036 | kpivirotto@mceCleanEnergy.org

 

Napa County Solar Project Powers 1,000+ Homes Per Year

Renewable Properties & MCE celebrate completion of  American Canyon Solar Project

NAPA COUNTY, Calif. — MCE and Renewable Properties celebrated the completion of MCE’s first local, renewable energy project in Napa County in August with a ribbon cutting for the American Canyon Solar Project, one of the largest solar farms in Napa County.

The annual 3 MW output from the project[1] is expected to generate enough clean, locally-produced electricity to power over 1,000 homes per year.

“This is an ideal location for a solar project and a great use for this parcel, providing clean, reliable, locally-generated renewable energy,” said Supervisor Belia Ramos, District 5. “We are grateful to the leaders and community members in American Canyon and throughout Napa County for supporting clean energy in our community. Our participation in MCE service reduces our electricity-related carbon footprint, while helping MCE to lead the way in meeting California’s ambitious renewable standards years early.”

This is the twelfth local, small-scale renewable energy project MCE has completed in its four-County service area—and MCE’s first Feed-In Tariff (FIT) project in Napa County. The FIT program allows small-scale renewable energy projects to become long-term suppliers to MCE. MCE has approximately 31 MW of local renewable projects in its service area, with ~25 MW operational and ~6 MW in the pipeline.

“American Canyon Solar is a great example of MCE’s mission in action: Helping accelerate clean energy deployment, sourcing renewable energy projects as close to our customers as possible, and also providing local workforce opportunities,” said Dawn Weisz, CEO of MCE. “We’re grateful to Renewable Properties for investing in clean, renewable solar and providing local, green-collar job opportunities.”

Located on approximately 21 acres of land, the American Canyon Solar Project utilizes horizontal single-axis tracking solar photovoltaic (PV) technology. MCE and Renewable Properties have agreed to a 20-year power purchase agreement.

Now that the project is online and serving customers, it’s expected to pay back dividends to the environment by displacing conventional, greenhouse gas-emitting energy sources with renewable, pollution-free solar energy.

“Renewable Properties is pleased to partner with MCE to supply affordable, local, in-service area solar energy to its customers through the American Canyon Solar Project,” said Aaron Halimi, President of Renewable Properties. “American Canyon Solar represents one of the largest solar projects in Napa County and we’re thankful that the County and MCE chose to be part of the solution.”

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About MCE: MCE is California’s first Community Choice Aggregation Program, a not-for-profit, public agency that began service in 2010 with the goals of providing cleaner power at stable rates to its customers, reducing greenhouse emissions, and investing in targeted energy programs that support communities’ energy needs. MCE is a load-serving entity supporting ~1,000 MW peak load. MCE provides electricity service to approximately 470,000 customer accounts and more than 1 million residents and businesses in 34 member communities across 4 Bay Area counties: Napa, Marin, Contra Costa, and Solano. For more information about MCE, visit mceCleanEnergy.org.

 

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

[1] American Canyon Solar Project combines three 1-MW solar arrays as part of MCE’s FIT program.

State Proposes $33M in New Funding for Electric Vehicle Charging in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties

California Energy Commission to help the Peninsula and South Bay keep pace with rapid adoption of electric vehicles

Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties, Calif. – The California Energy Commission is partnering with five local energy agencies to launch an incentive project for the installation of public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations throughout Santa Clara and San Mateo counties. 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.

The project, expected to launch in spring of 2020, is an initiative of the Energy Commission’s California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP), which works with local community partners to develop and implement regional incentive projects for charging infrastructure that supports the adoption of EVs statewide. Funding will span two to four years.

The Energy Commission is proposing to provide $21 million in incentives to Santa Clara County and $12 million in incentives to San Mateo County. City of Palo Alto Utilities, Peninsula Clean Energy, San José Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Silicon Valley Power are pledging to contribute millions in matching funds to this effort, pending approval by their respective governing boards or city councils. By leveraging local investment, CALeVIP funds will further expand EV charging accessibility in the region.

“This project will help provide the necessary infrastructure for the shift to a clean, electric transportation system statewide,” says California Senator Bob Wieckowski. “Adding charging options in convenient locations will make electric vehicles accessible for those unable to charge at home. This in turn will support a continued increase in EV adoption, allowing our communities to meet our climate goals, and helping everyone benefit from better local air quality.”

“The lack of charging stations is one of the main reasons consumers are reluctant to make the switch to electric vehicles. We can’t move the needle on EV adoption unless we aggressively expand our charging infrastructure. This state and local funding partnership would not only support the current demand in the South Bay and Peninsula, but also help meet the needs of future EV drivers,” said Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), whose district includes northern San Mateo County.

“The Energy Commission is excited to work with all our partners on this project to increase access to convenient charging for electric vehicles in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties,” said Commissioner Patty Monahan of the Energy Commission. “By expanding the state’s charging network, CALeVIP projects like this one help the state transition to zero-emission transportation, provide cleaner air and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

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 incentive project will help increase the number of fast chargers and Level 2 chargers in public, workplace and multi-family 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. Level 2 chargers provide 15-35 miles of range per hour of charging, which is enough for most day-to-day driving.

California’s goal is to get 5 million EVs on its roads by 2030 to reduce carbon emissions and to support those vehicles by installing 250,000 chargers statewide, including 10,000 direct current fast chargers, by 2025.

Santa Clara and San Mateo counties receive clean electricity from local energy providers that is at a minimum 80 percent greenhouse-gas free. Powering cars with electricity rather than fossil fuels dramatically reduces tailpipe emissions that contribute to climate change and air pollution. CALeVIP funding and the matching funds from local agencies will help Santa Clara and San Mateo counties accelerate this transition, reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector, the leading source of emissions in Silicon Valley.

CALeVIP has several regional projects throughout the state, including projects in Fresno, Sacramento 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).

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Full press release here: https://www.svcleanenergy.org/news/state-proposes-33m-in-new-funding-for-electric-vehicle-charging-in-santa-clara-and-san-mateo-counties/

 

Valley Clean Energy Board to Study Purchase of PG&E Assets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 9, 2019
Press Contact: Vicky Zavattero
530-446-2756 | v.zavattero@valleycleanenergy.org

Valley Clean Energy Board to Study Purchase of PG&E Assets

The Valley Clean Energy (VCE) Board of Directors — composed of elected officials from Woodland, Davis, and Yolo County — is studying the potential acquisition of PG&E distribution facilities in Yolo County as a way to provide safer, cleaner, more reliable and affordable electricity service to its customers.

PG&E’s recent bankruptcy filing provides an opportunity for a fresh look at how electricity is delivered.

The decision to explore options to provide electric distribution service is not unique to VCE — the city of San Francisco and the South San Joaquin Irrigation District (SSJID) in the greater Manteca/Ripon/Escalon area are doing the same.

In June, after 15 years of fighting for local control, the mayors of Manteca, Ripon and Escalon authored a letter asking for support from Gov. Gavin Newsom. The governor’s appointed Energy Strike Force wrote in its April 12, 2019, report, “After years of mismanagement and safety failures, no options can be taken off the table to reform PG&E, including municipalization of all or a portion of PG&E’s operations…”

The PG&E bankruptcy affords an ideal opportunity to determine whether a “public power” electric service approach might provide greater control, benefits and safeguards to California communities.

“Exploring the feasibility of this option is the responsible thing to do for our customers,” said VCE Board Chair Tom Stallard, a member of the Woodland City Council. “And the timing of this opportunity is unique. If we find a practical path forward, transferring PG&E’s poles and lines could mean a safer electricity system and benefits for both customers and the environment — it could bring a real sea change in local power provision.”

While the cost and responsibility of operating and upgrading electrical distribution lines is significant, there are many proven examples showing it is practical for public ownership of power facilities. There are currently 54 public power utilities in California serving almost a third of Californians. VCE will evaluate the benefits and risks of public ownership, as well as possible governance options.

Lucas Frerichs, VCE Board member and Davis City Council member, stated, “Although the structures of various public power utilities may differ, their objectives are always the same: achieving greater control over system safety, investment in equipment upgrades, transparent public governance, and rate stability to benefit all power consumers.”

VCE currently provides more than 90 percent of the electrical generation needs in Woodland, Davis, and unincorporated Yolo County. But customers still must pay PG&E for the distribution of that power to their homes and businesses.

Having full control over both electricity distribution and generation could help achieve VCE’s stated goals of providing cost-competitive clean energy, product choice, increased energy efficiency and price stability.

VCE’s exploratory process will weigh costs and benefits of public power and assess risks that may be associated with ownership of the local distribution system. It is possible to reduce and better control risk by removing the private profit motive and using profits otherwise distributed to PG&E shareholders for reinvestment in the safety of local electric power.

Regular updates on VCE’s feasibility study will be provided at the agency’s board meetings where the board encourages public input. For more information about VCE or the feasibility study, visit www.ValleyCleanEnergy.org.

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San José Clean Energy, EDP Renewables Sign Long-term Agreement for 100 MW of Solar and 10 MW of Battery Storage

For Immediate Release

Contacts

Zachary Struyk, Deputy Director, Account Management and Marketing San José Clean Energy, City of
San José

(408) 535-4868; zachary.struyk@sanjoseca.gov

Blair Matocha, Communications Manager EDP Renewables North America

(281) 414-7589, blair.matocha@edpr.com

San José Clean Energy, EDP Renewables Sign Long-term Agreement for 100 MW of Solar and 10 MW of Battery Storage

SJCE’s first agreement will help meet San José’s climate goals and accelerate renewable energy in  California

SAN JOSE, Calif. August 7, 2019 – Today, San José Clean Energy (SJCE) and EDP Renewables SA (EDPR), through its fully owned subsidiary EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA), signed a 20-year  power purchase agreement (PPA) for 100 megawatts (MW) of new solar energy and 10 MW of battery  storage at the Sonrisa Solar Park in Fresno County, California. The project is anticipated to be  operational in 2022.

This long-term agreement is the first of many SJCE expects to sign to meet customer demand for  renewable energy, which will total 2,000 GWh annually by 2022. SJCE serves more than 328,000
residential and business customers and has a high participation rate (98.6%).

“100 MW of solar energy will enable San José Clean Energy to power nearly 36,000 homes each year  with clean electricity—the same impact as removing more than 871,000 cars from our city’s roads,”  said Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Today’s investment will avoid more than 4.1 million tons of greenhouse  gases from our air, bringing us another step closer towards meeting the aggressive emission  reduction targets defined in our Climate Smart San José plan and securing a sustainable future for  our community.”

Operated by the Community Energy Department, SJCE is San José’s Community Choice Aggregator (CCA).  Through Community Choice, local governments like the City of San José buy electricity from cleaner  sources, while the investor-owned utility (PG&E, for San José) continues to deliver the electricity  over their transmission and distribution infrastructure.

“A long-term PPA produces power at a lower price than short-term contracts, so SJCE will see our  operational costs decrease,” said Lori Mitchell, Community Energy Department Director. “Because  SJCE is a government agency, these savings will be reinvested into our community through lower  rates and community programs – instead of going to shareholders. This agreement is a win for the environment, a win for our ratepayers, and a win for San José.”

The Sonrisa Solar Park will be EDPR’s first North American project to include both solar energy and  battery storage. The project will bring economic benefits to the state by way of jobs, landowner  and tax payments, and money spent in local communities. With battery storage, solar energy can be generated during the day and distributed during the evening peak hours.

“Energy storage plays an important role in creating a more flexible and reliable grid system, and  as storage technology progresses, EDPR will continue to pursue the inclusion of storage at
additional projects within our portfolio,” said Miguel Prado, EDP Renewables North America CEO.  “EDP Renewables is pleased to contribute to the increasing amount of clean power in California and  aid SJCE in meeting its customers’ call for clean, emission-free energy.”

SJCE joins another local CCA East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) in purchasing energy from EDPR’s  Sonrisa Solar Park, as announced on June 20, 2019. EDPR’s agreements with SJCE and EBCE will enable  200 MW of solar and 40 MW of storage to be constructed at the project. Collaborating on power  purchase agreements creates planning and economic efficiencies. CCAs are driving California’s clean energy future: in total, the CPUC projects that CCAs will contract for more than 10,000 MW of new renewable resources by 2030, compared to 1,000 MW pledged by California investor-owned utilities.

The agreement with EDPR reflects SJCE’s financial stability and growing financial resources. SJCE  leveraged its $1 billion buying authority from the San José City Council.

“By empowering San José Clean Energy to manage our city’s power supply, we’re expanding our  residents’ and business’ access to renewable energy, while also shrinking their utility bills,”
added Mayor Liccardo.

SJCE’s default power mix GreenSource includes 45% renewable energy – 6% more than PG&E’s standard  mix – at 1% lower rates. Customers can upgrade to SJCE TotalGreen service to receive 100% renewable  energy. Nearly 1,000 customers have upgraded to TotalGreen.

“Renewable energy prices have fallen drastically over the last years, to the point that the average  total cost to build and operate renewables is often lower than fossil fuels,” said Jeanne Solé,
Community Energy Deputy Director of Power Resources Management. “We’re excited to take advantage of  these low prices and to include storage in our project to maximize the value of the solar  generation for our customers and improve grid reliability.”

Increasing the amount of renewable and carbon-free energy powering San José is a key component of  Climate Smart San José, the city’s climate action plan. The goal is to provide San José with 100%  carbon-free power by 2021 and 100% renewable power by 2050.

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 San José 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.

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About EDP Renewables North America

EDP Renewables North America LLC (“EDPR NA”) and its subsidiaries develop, construct, own, and  operate wind farms and solar parks throughout North America. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, with  48 wind farms, five solar parks, and 13 regional and development offices across North America, EDPR  NA has developed more than 6,700 megawatts (MW) and operates more than 6,100 MW of renewable energy  projects. EDP Renewables is a wind and solar energy industries leader in California. The company’s  footprint in the state includes three phases of the Rising Tree Wind Farm in Kern County as well as  two phases of the Lone Valley Solar Park in San Bernardino County. These projects produce enough  clean electricity to annually power more than 101,000 average California homes. EDPR NA is owned by  EDP Renováveis, S.A. (EDPR). For more information, visit www.edprnorthamerica.com.

About EDP Renewables

EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR) is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s  fourth-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets, and  market- leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and  is currently present in 14 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Greece, Italy,  Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK, and the U.S.). Energias de Portugal, S.A.  (“EDP”), the principal shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value  creation, innovation, and sustainability. EDP has been included in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 12 consecutive years. For further information, visit www.edpr.com.

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This news release is available at www.sanjoseca.gov