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Keeps Costs Low

  • New Construction – all-electric homes and offices cost less to construct than buildings using a combination of electricity and gas.
  • Utility bills – all-electric buildings have utility bills similar to or less than mixed fuel buildings when using the same construction budget.

Prevents Pollution

  • Electric appliances emit no toxic pollution, unlike their gas-powered equivalents.

Utilizes the Grid’s Clean Energy

  • Fossil fuel usage is at an all-time low and declining in the overall grid.
  • Increased local demand will be met by carbon-free sources via SVCE, not fossil fuels.
  • All-electric can help with resilience because new gas appliances require electricity to function, energy resiliency is best managed with battery storage or a propane (long storage life) generator.

 

Communities are Evaluating Reach Code Options

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Building Reach Code Options (from the chart above) – a summary of  the Residential requirements

     1 = All-Electric inside the building;  May still have gas for outdoor applications, unless otherwise restricted
     2 = High Reach (electric + natural gas inside);  If allowing this option, it is typical paired with one or more of the following:
  • a) pre-wiring for future electric appliances when installing a natural gas appliance (+ ~$1500),
  • b) an increase in energy efficiency requirements (+ ~$1500), and/or
  • c) an energy resource, like solar thermal or battery storage (+ ~ $7500).
     2A = Mostly Electric (electric, except for gas cooking and/or gas drying);  If allowing this option, it is typically paired with the following:
  1. Pre-wiring at the stove and dryer for future electric appliance (+ ~$500)

EV Charging Code Options – because this is quite intricate, we are summarizing only whether the proposed local amendment is less than, equal to, or greater than the drafted code language provided by SVCE.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does PG&E have enough transmission capacity for the expected increase in electricity demand?

This answer has two parts – in general and then specific to a project location.

Generally speaking, yes, PG&E has enough transmission capacity.  New construction accounts for a very small fraction of overall electricity usage and occurs gradually, enabling PG&E time to accommodate.

At the site level, all projects are reviewed for impact on the local transformers and lines.  This will continue.  PG&E has been a participant in the reach code effort since the beginning and sent letters of support to all cities considering a reach code.

Does SVCE have enough generation capacity for the expected increase in electricity demand?

SVCE regularly reviews customer load compared to our energy contracts.  We began funding the development of new renewable resources starting in 2017 and continue to do so for this very reason.

What might be the positive or negative impact on a residential electricity bill for an all-electric home?

Using the same construction budget, all-electric homes provide similar or lower utility bills than comparable homes using gas.

What type of energy is on the grid?

SVCE is responsible for the electricity purchases for its territory.  All sources are carbon-free.  Load growth will also be met with carbon-free sources.

Other buyers in the energy market purchase coal or natural gas to meet their regional needs.  As renewables have increased, fossil fuel usage has decreased.  Over the last 10 years, natural gas is down from 45% to 35% today.  Coal is down from 18% to just 3%.  Renewables have increased from 11% to 31% over that same period.  All load serving entities have a choice in what they buy.

https://ww2.energy.ca.gov/almanac/electricity_data/total_system_power.html.

Doesn’t renewable energy cost more?

This certainly was true a decade ago.  However, the cost of new generation coming from carbon-free sources is competitive to and often less costly than new natural gas power plants.

Isn't gas still used when the sun goes down?

More correctly, something other than solar must be used when the sun goes down.  This can be met by hydro, wind, natural gas peakers, and now by large scale battery storage often recharged by solar as SVCE has done.

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Is gas more resilient?

PG&E is also required to shut down gas service during fires and/or earthquakes.  Gas service was shutoff for tens of thousands during Camp and Kincaid Fires, some for over 10 days.

For new buildings with gas appliances, having gas service does not improve resiliency as new gas appliances require electricity for ignition and motors to function.  This includes tankless water heaters, furnaces, gas dryers, gas ranges (especially with digital controls).   Resilience is best handled with battery storage, propane (long storage life) generators or both.

Aren’t fuel cells twice as efficient as natural gas power plants?

True but somewhat misleading.  If all electricity were produced in this fashion, emissions within PG&E territory would actually rise compared to their current power mix, not reduce.  Even PG&E purchases most of their electricity (about 85%) from sources currently cleaner than this method.  Compared to what SVCE purchases, the increased GHG from using natural gas this way would be dramatically worse, as all SVCE sources are cleaner.  Any use of this technology in PG&E territory would rapidly move emissions in the wrong direction.

Do gas appliances affect my health?

Burning gas releases multiple harmful byproducts, including carbon monoxide and formaldehyde.  “Additionally, cooking emissions, especially from gas stoves, have been associated with increased respiratory disease. Young children, people with asthma, and people with heart or lung disease are especially vulnerable to the toxic effects of combustion pollutants.” – California Air Resources Board

Visit SiliconValleyReachCodes.org to learn more.

Benefits

Improved Air Quality

If we stop burning fossil fuels for transportation and buildings, we will reduce pollutants that cause smog and poor air quality.

Cost Savings

Not running gas infrastructure to new buildings saves thousands for new homes, and even more for larger buildings. Also, making new buildings EV ready saves on future retrofit costs.

Better Public Health

Avoiding the use of natural gas prevents the release of carbon monoxide and nitrogen dioxide which can be toxic to people and pets. Electric vehicles do not contribute to air pollution that is known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health issues related to gas-powered transportation emissions.

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.

In response to local public health concerns, the SVCE office will be closed, until further update, on Monday, March 16, 2020 through Tuesday, April 7, 2020.
The contact center will remain open and can be reached via phone at 1-877-474-7823.