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Silicon Valley Clean Energy has made major achievements in reducing our community-wide emissions by providing clean electricity to nearly 97% of homes and businesses. Now, we are working to reduce emissions from buildings and transportation and accelerating innovation to find new ways to fight climate change and increase the use of renewable, carbon-free energy.

Through extensive community input, the Decarbonization Strategy and Programs Roadmap was developed and approved to reduce energy-related emissions from natural gas usage in homes and buildings, and cut emissions from power supply and transportation, all while enhancing energy efficiency and the grid’s ability to use more renewable energy. Programs also target local innovation and customer engagement to further reduce carbon emissions within our community.

These initiatives are built upon electrification, switching energy sources such as natural gas to clean electricity, and decarbonization, eliminating carbon emissions from our ways of life.

By 2030, Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s programs aim to cut energy-related emissions in half from the 2015 baseline. That would prevent 2 million metric tons of CO2e from being emitted into the environment each year. These efforts help create a more comfortable, efficient, and healthy future for community.

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Programs Descriptions

Transportation

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is working to electrify transportation on all fronts because nearly 40% of Santa Clara County’s emissions come from transportation. Unlike conventional vehicles, which run on gasoline or diesel, electric vehicles are powered by electricity and produce no emissions. Silicon Valley Clean Energy plans on increasing adoption of electric vehicles and alternative modes of transportation to accelerate and transform how people get from place to place.

Electric Vehicle (EV) Adoption: While sales of EVs in the Silicon Valley region are higher than the rest of the country, it is still crucial to support greater adoption to meet local and state climate goals. SVCE was recently awarded significant funding from the California Energy Commission 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.

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 EVI program designs – two focused on building a supportive ecosystem and four focused on directly deploying infrastructure.

Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Joint Action Plan

Power Supply

By providing clean electricity, Silicon Valley Clean Energy contributed to a 21% reduction of community-wide carbon emissions from 2015 baseline levels.

When powered with clean electricity, switching from natural gas usage in buildings to electric appliances, and swapping gasoline powered cars for electric vehicles, reduces the emissions associated with keeping your water hot and from driving a car. Silicon Valley Clean Energy is focused on providing sustainable, affordable, and carbon-free power to ensure that our buildings and cars are powered by clean electricity.

In addition, we are continuing to build new renewable energy projects and develop programs that help our customers with smarter energy use. Silicon Valley Clean Energy also aims to provide clean power offerings that go beyond traditional power sources at competitive rates for large corporate customers.

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Buildings and Homes

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is ensuring that buildings and homes within our community are FutureFit for efficiency, comfort, and safety. The following programs intend to accelerate high-efficiency, all-electric new construction and retrofits.

Reach Code Development: By working with local governments, building officials, and stakeholders from the building community, we are developing reach codes that help encourage the construction of buildings and homes that are powered solely with clean electricity. Visit our Reach Code webpage to learn more about this program.

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All-Electric Showcase Awards: We want to recognize the leaders within the community who are reducing local emissions and promoting a healthier community with their technology and building designs. This award program showcases existing all-electric buildings that utilize our carbon-free electricity. We intend to collect and display resources and examples to increase awareness of all-electric buildings within our community.

FutureFit Your Home: Water heaters are something many residents may not think of too often – that is until their water heater stops working. Most water heaters run on natural gas, which produces carbon emissions. With the FutureFit Program, Silicon Valley Clean Energy helps residents replace their natural gas water heaters with an efficient, electric, heat pump water heater at a cost comparable to replacement with a traditional, natural gas water heater. If you would like to indicate early interest in participating in the FutureFit program email: FutureFit@svcleanenergy.org.

Grid Integration and Energy Efficiency

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is maximizing clean electricity utilization on the grid and with our power supply.  Our relationship with the grid has changed as distributed generation, such as solar, has grown and as technologies that manage energy use have evolved. We will leverage these resources to take advantage of using power when it’s the cheapest and cleanest.

Virtual Power Plant Options Analysis

Silicon Valley Clean Energy partnered with Gridworks to assess five different virtual power plant options: Real Time Pricing, Peak Day Pricing, Demand Response Auction Mechanism, Load Shift Resource and Distribution Services Model. Operations were evaluated against SVCE’s criteria, including customer and community value, emissions reductions, scalability and transferability, equity in service, core role for SVCE, and viability and outlined in the paper titled “Silicon Valley Clean Energy Virtual Power Plant Options Analysis.”

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Education and Outreach

Education and outreach play a key role with each of Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s programs. Connecting customers to their electricity usage and providing the tools necessary to empower all of us to reduce emissions benefits everyone.

Community Engagement Grants: Silicon Valley Clean Energy awarded $75,000 in grant funding to six local nonprofits to reach underrepresented members of our community. The non-profit grantees (Acterra, El Concilio, Interfaith Power and Light, Sound of Hope, Sunnyvale Community Services, Vietnamese Voluntary Foundation) will help reach a broader audience and create an understanding of SVCE’s mission, programs, energy bills and benefits for the community.

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Innovation

Change requires innovation. Innovation is incorporated within each of Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s programs to accelerate emissions reductions. SVCE is also focused on cultivating innovative ideas outside of our designated programs to embrace new ideas and technologies. Our community is centered in the nation’s innovation capitol, Silicon Valley, leveraging this community will help accelerate our decarbonization mission.

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is working with local partners, such as research institutions and startup incubators who are deeply embedded in the innovation ecosystem of Silicon Valley. Through research, investing, and mentorship, these organizations help foster novel program ideas for carbon reduction, such as startups working on new solutions for transportation electrification, energy management and financing that will help our communities meet their sustainability goals.

The application period for the Innovation Onramp is currently open now through 5 p.m. PDT, November 1, 2019.

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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 470 kWh under the E-1 rate schedule at current PG&E rates, and SVCE rates effective August 1, 2019. 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 2019.

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 August 1, 2019. 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 2019.

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 2019. 

根據目前 PG&E 價格以及 2019 年 8 月 1 日生效的 SVCE 價格的 E-1 價格表下 470 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 2019 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 2019 年 8 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 2019 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 2019 年 8 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) 的每月大型商用用電量以及 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 2019 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 2019.

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 2019.

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 augusto de 2019. 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 2019.

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.

Dựa theo mức sử dụng tư gia điển hình là 470 kWh theo biểu giá E-1 ở mức giá hiện tại của PG&E, và mức giá của SJCE có hiệu lực từ ngày 1 tháng Tám, 2019. Chi phí thực sự sẽ thay đổi tùy theo mức sử dụng, địa điểm, biểu giá và những yếu tố khác. Ước tính được cung cấp là trung bình của mức giá theo mùa. Loại năng lượng tái tạo PG&E như cho biết trong Báo Cáo Thường Niên cho Chương Trình Khai Trình Nguồn Điện của Ủy Ban Năng Lượng California (California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program), vào tháng Sáu, 2019.

Dựa theo sử dụng thương mại nhỏ điển hình là 850 kWh mỗi tháng theo biểu giá của Thời Hạn Sử Dụng A-1 theo mức giá hiện tại của PG&E, và mức giá của SVCE hiệu lực vào ngày 1 tháng Tám, 2019. Chi phí thực tế sẽ khác nhau tùy thuộc vào cách sử dụng, địa điểm, biểu giá và các yếu tố khác. Ước tính được cung cấp là trung bình của mức giá theo mùa. Loại năng lượng tái tạo PG&E như cho biết trong Báo Cáo Thường Niên cho Chương Trình Khai Trình Nguồn Điện của Ủy Ban Năng Lượng California (California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program), vào tháng Sáu, 2019.

Dựa theo sử dụng thương mại lớn hàng tháng là 265,360 kWh mỗi tháng và nhu cầu cao điểm hàng năm là 730 kW theo biểu giá E-19S theo mức giá hiện tại của PG&E, và mức giá của SVCE có hiệu lực vào ngày 1 tháng Tám, 2019. Chi phí thực tế sẽ khác nhau tùy thuộc vào cách sử dụng, địa điểm, biểu giá và các yếu tố khác. Ước tính này là trung bình của mức giá theo mùa. Loại năng lượng tái tạo PG&E như cho biết trong Báo Cáo Thường Niên cho Chương Trình Khai Trình Nguồn Điện của Ủy Ban Năng Lượng California (California Energy Commission Power Source Disclosure Program), vào tháng Sáu, 2019.

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.