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Background

SVCE is redefining the local electricity market, providing residents and businesses with new clean energy choices—renewable and carbon–free electricity at competitive rates. Thirteen communities in Santa Clara County govern SVCE, creating a community-owned agency. SVCE is the official electricity provider for these communities.

The following communities make up the SVCE territory: 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 works in partnership with PG&E to buy clean electricity direct from the source—encouraging the kind of market growth and competition that results in more renewable energy and lower energy generation rates. PG&E continues to deliver electricity over existing infrastructure, maintain power lines and provide customer service as they always have. Your bill continues to come from PG&E, with SVCE’s lower generation charges replacing those from PG&E.

Choosing carbon-free electricity is an easy and economical choice. It’s the single most effective and large-scale action our communities can take to curb emissions and combat climate change.

All service-oriented organizations with an established track record of public outreach, communications, providing social services or case management in Santa Clara County are eligible and encouraged to apply.

SVCE invites service-orientged organizations to apply for small grants to fund outreach collaboration with our agency to provide accurate information about SVCE to your members, clients, constituents and broader audiences. Grants will be awarded in amounts from $5,000 to $20,000 per outreach project, for work to be completed by August 30, 2019, with a report completed by September 27, 2019. This small grant program is a pilot project that may result in renewed opportunities for collaboration funding based on results.

The goals of the program are to collaborate with trusted local organizations to increase knowledge of the following points among residents in the SVCE territory, specifically:

  1. Understanding of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, its mission and benefits
  2. Understanding of how SVCE savings appear on residential energy bills
  3. Knowledge of eligibility for energy discount, efficiency and associated programs

SVCE is especially interested in reaching the following audiences:

  • Low-income residents
  • Seniors
  • Customers eligible for Medical Baseline discounts (see below)
  • Customers with low English language proficiency
  • Milpitas, south county (Morgan Hill/Gilroy) and unincorporated county residents

Customers eligible for Medical Baseline discounts are dependent on life-saving medical devices that use electricity, and which may significantly raise their energy bills. Target audiences are often senior, chronically ill and disabled populations. Medical Baseline is one of several state public benefit discount programs administered in Santa Clara County by PG&E. Silicon Valley Clean Energy customers are eligible to be considered for all such discount programs administered by PG&E. Medical Baseline customers specifically are exempt from paying a fee which results in an effective 15% discount on the electricity generation line item of their bill, which can result in significant savings.

SVCE expects that organizations will generally include SVCE’s key messages in their existing outreach, communications, services, and programs.

Your organization will collaborate with SVCE staff to provide messaging to a target number of households in the SVCE service territory, identified in your grant application. This number will be based on your outreach capacity and requested financial award, with an expectation of reaching 5,000 households with a grant of $20,000. Organizations that do not have capacity to reach 5,000 households may use this application to apply for grants of smaller amounts proportionate to their outreach capacity.

Outreach may include a mix of in-person presentations and conversations at events, email blasts based on confirmed open rate, confirmed traditional media and/or social media reach, and other creative outreach ideas based on your organization’s capacity. In-person outreach methods are preferred (door-to-door canvassing prohibited).

Grantees will collaborate with SVCE to customize messaging for your audience, with SVCE providing creative content and speakers as needed. SVCE will provide a one-day training on understanding and presenting our key messages which will be required for all grantee staff implementing the project.

Grantees will be expected to produce quarterly progress reports and a final report, according to the timeline above.

Deliverables for All Reports
  1. Each report will include:
    • Expenses and administrative costs by line item
    • Statistics on how many people were reached by each outreach method
    • Estimated demographics of people reached based on target populations
    • Community feedback on SVCE messaging
    • Community input on programs
    • Lessons learned
  1. Check-in and mid-point reports will include next steps in your grant project. The final report will include recommendations for SVCE programs that would benefit your target audience.
  2. Final report will include five high quality photos of your outreach activities, with signed participant waivers allowing SVCE to use.

Grantee organizations will be selected by SVCE staff based on the following criteria:

  1. Demonstrated outreach capacity to key audiences in our service territory described above
  2. Quality of proposed plan to meet required grant deliverables
  3. Preference for organizations based in SVCE service territory
  4. History of meeting grant deliverables, and/or meeting SVCE outreach expectations
  5. Diversity of approaches and audiences across our service territory

If this pilot grant program is successful, SVCE may consider additional rounds of funding for outreach collaboration.

Interested organizations are requested to provide the following information in a proposal of no more than five pages including budget. Please email application as an attached Word or PDF document, along with all other required attachments to Paige Wenzel, paige.wenzel@svcleanenergy.org. Questions may also be sent to this email address. All application materials are due by end of day August 24.

Organizations may submit one request for each specific outreach project. Each request may be made in an amount up to $20,000 per project. Grants will be paid 50% up front, and 50% upon receipt of a brief mid-point progress report.

Please provide:

  1. Legal name of organization, address of local office(s), and email and phone number for your main point of contact.
  2. One paragraph summary of proposal with amount requested
  3. Your organization’s history of and demonstrated capacity to reach and effectively communicate with residents in SVCE territory, especially with:
    • Low-income residents
    • Seniors
    • Customers eligible for Medical Baseline discounts
    • Customers who communicate primarily in a language other than English
    • Residents of Milpitas, Morgan Hill, Gilroy, or Unincorporated Santa Clara County.
  1. Please provide quantitative measures of outreach capacity specifically in our service territory, such as number of local subscribers to your email newsletters, annual attendees at events and workshops, residents served, annual caseload, etc. Specific measures related to our target audience outlined above are appreciated.
  2. Your proposed work plan and timeline to meet required grant deliverables during the time period of September through August Please include:
    • Your proposed communication methods. All types of communications are eligible, with highest preference given to in-person interactions that allow questions to be answered.
    • A specific plan to track the number of residents you reach through each communication method, especially the populations outlined in #3. Examples include counting numbers of people who received information about SVCE while visiting an event booth, providing copies of workshop sign-in sheets, providing screen shots of analytics on open rates of email newsletters or social media post interactions, or tracking number of clients who received SVCE information during case management.
  1. A simple budget for implementing your proposed workplan, including staff time, overhead, direct expenses, and sources of any additional funding for your proposal.
  2. Your organization’s history of meeting grant deliverables for other funders, and/or meeting SVCE outreach expectations. If applicable, you may provide contact information for up to three funders as references.
  3. Required Attachments:
    • If applying as a nonprofit  please provide a determination letter, for your organization or your fiscal sponsor
    • If working with a fiscal sponsor, your fiscal sponsor organization will need to provide:
      • Fiscal sponsorship letter taking responsibility for your organization’s fiscal administration
      • Letter of request authorizing your organization to apply to SVCE for the amount you are requesting
  1. Optional Attachments if Available:
    • Examples of materials or reports from similar outreach work recently conducted by your organization
    • Letters of recommendation

Sourced from wind, solar, hydro and other renewable energy sources to meet the total annual demand of SVCE customers

Based on typical residential usage of 450 kWh under the E-1 rate schedule at current PG&E rates, and SVCE rates effective April 1, 2018. Actual costs will vary depending on usage, location, rate schedule, and other factors. Estimate provided is an average of seasonal rates. PG&E renewable energy content as reported in the Annual Report to the California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program in June 2018

Based on typical small commercial usage of 850 kWh per month under the A-1 Time of Use rate schedule at current PG&E rates, and SVCE rates effective April 1, 2018. Actual costs will vary depending on usage, location, rate schedule, and other factors. Estimate provided is an average of seasonal rates. PG&E renewable energy content as reported in the Annual Report to the California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program in June 2016.

Based on large commercial monthly usage of 265,360 kWh per month and annual peak demand of 730 kW under the E-19S rate schedule at current PG&E rates, and SVCE rates effective April 1, 2018. Actual costs will vary depending on usage, location, rate schedule, and other factors. Estimate provided is an average of seasonal rates. PG&E renewable energy content as reported in the Annual Report to the California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program in June 2016. 

根據目前 PG&E 價格以及 2018 年 4 月 1 日生效的 SVCE 價格的 E-1 價格表下 450 千瓦小時 (kWh) 的典型民用用電量。實際費用將根據用電量、地點、價格表和其他因素而有所不同。所提供的估計值是季節性費率的平均值。PG&E 可再生能源含量如 2016 年 6 月提交給加州能源委員會電源披露計劃 (Power Source Disclosure Program) 的年度報告中所報告的。

根據目前 PG&E 價格以及 2018 年 4 月 1 日生效的 SVCE 價格的 A-1 使用時間價格表下每個月 850 千瓦小時 (kWh) 的典型小型商用用電量。實際費用將根據用電量、地點、價格表和其他因素而有所不同。所提供的估計值是季節性費率的平均值。PG&E 可再生能源含量如 2016 年 6 月提交給加州能源委員會電源披露計劃 (Power Source Disclosure Program) 的年度報告中所報告的。

根據目前 PG&E 價格以及 2018 年 4 月 1 日生效的 SVCE 價格的 E-19S 價格表下每個月 265,360 千瓦小時 (kWh) 的大型商用每月用電量以及 730 千瓦 (kW) 的年度巔峰需求量。實際費用將根據用電量、地點、價格表和其他因素而有所不同。所提供的估計值是季節性費率的平均值。PG&E 可再生能源含量如 2016 年 6 月提交給加州能源委員會電源披露計劃 (Power Source Disclosure Program) 的年度報告中所報告的。

The California Public Utilities Commission does not classify large hydroelectric facilities as renewable energy sources, though hydroelectric power is classified as 100% carbon-free.

加州公用事業委員會不將大型水力發電廠歸類為可再生能源,因為這些發電設施需要建造大壩。

En función del uso residencial típico de 450 kWh según el esquema de tarifas E-1 con las tarifas de PG&E actuales y las tarifas de SVCE con entrada en vigencia el 1 de abril de 2018. Los costos actuales variarán según el uso, el lugar, el esquema de tarifas y otros factores. El cálculo proporcionado es un promedio de tarifas estacionales. Contenido de energía renovable de PG&E según se comunica en el Informe Anual al Programa de Divulgación de Fuentes de Energía de la Comisión de Energía de California en junio de 2016.

En función del uso comercial pequeño típico de 850 kWh por mes según el esquema de tarifas de Tiempo de Uso A-1 con las tarifas de PG&E actuales y las tarifas de SVCE con entrada en vigencia el 1 de abril de 2018. Los costos actuales variarán según el uso, el lugar, el esquema de tarifas y otros factores. El cálculo proporcionado es un promedio de tarifas estacionales. Contenido de energía renovable de PG&E según se comunica en el Informe Anual al Programa de Divulgación de Fuentes de Energía de la Comisión de Energía de California en junio de 2016.

En función del uso mensual comercial grande de 265,360 kWh por mes y la demanda pico anual de 730 kW según el esquema de tarifas E-19S con las tarifas de PG&E actuales y las tarifas de SVCE con entrada en vigencia el 1 de abril de 2018. Los costos actuales variarán según el uso, el lugar, el esquema de tarifas y otros factores. El cálculo proporcionado es un promedio de tarifas estacionales. Contenido de energía renovable de PG&E según se comunica en el Informe Anual al Programa de Divulgación de Fuentes de Energía de la Comisión de Energía de California en junio de 2016.

La Comisión de Servicios Públicos de California no clasifica las grandes instalaciones hidroeléctricas como fuentes de energía renovable, aunque están clasificadas como 100 % libres de carbono.

Căn cứ vào mức tiêu thụ 450 kWh điển hình theo tỷ lệ E-1 theo tỷ giá PG & E hiện tại, và tỷ lệ SVCE có hiệu lực vào ngày 1 tháng 4 năm 2018. Chi phí thực tế sẽ khác nhau tùy thuộc vào cách sử dụng, vị trí, tỷ lệ và các yếu tố khác. Ước tính cung cấp là mức trung bình của các mức giá theo mùa. Nội dung năng lượng tái tạo của PG & E được báo cáo trong Báo cáo Thường niên cho Chương trình Phát hành Nguồn Năng lượng của Ủy ban Năng lượng California vào tháng 6 năm 2018

Dựa trên mức sử dụng thương mại nhỏ tiêu biểu là 850 kWh / tháng trong khuôn khổ tỷ lệ sử dụng thời gian sử dụng A-1 theo tỷ giá PG & E hiện tại, và tỷ lệ SVCE có hiệu lực vào ngày 1 tháng 4 năm 2018. Chi phí thực tế sẽ thay đổi tùy theo cách sử dụng, các yếu tố. Ước tính cung cấp là mức trung bình của các mức giá theo mùa. Nội dung năng lượng tái tạo của PG & E được báo cáo trong Báo cáo Thường niên cho Chương trình Phát hành Nguồn Năng lượng của Ủy ban Năng lượng California vào tháng 6 năm 2016.

Dựa trên mức sử dụng hàng tháng thương mại lớn là 265.360 kWh / tháng và nhu cầu hàng năm cao nhất là 730 kW theo lộ trình E-19S theo tỷ giá hiện tại của PG & E, và tỷ lệ SVCE có hiệu lực vào ngày 1 tháng 4 năm 2018. Chi phí thực tế sẽ khác nhau tùy thuộc vào cách sử dụng, lịch trình, và các yếu tố khác. Ước tính cung cấp là mức trung bình của các mức giá theo mùa. Nội dung năng lượng tái tạo của PG & E được báo cáo trong Báo cáo Thường niên cho Chương trình Phát hành Nguồn Năng lượng của Ủy ban Năng lượng California vào tháng 6 năm 2016.

Ủy ban Tiện ích Công cộng California không phân loại các cơ sở thủy điện lớn làm nguồn năng lượng tái tạo, mặc dù điện thủy điện được phân loại là không có carbon.

來自於風能、太陽能、水力發電和其他可再生能源,能滿足 SVCE 用戶全年的需求。

Con origen en fuentes de energía eólica, solar, hidráulica y otras fuentes de
energía renovable para satisfacer la demanda total anual de clientes de SVCE.

Lấy từ gió, năng lượng mặt trời, nước và những nguồn năng lượng tái tạo khác để đáp ứng nhu cầu hàng năm của các khách hàng SVCE.