Business Forum

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Business Forum on
Community Choice Energy for Silicon Valley

Thursday, January 29, 2015
10:30 am – 12:15 pm

Lunch 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
for continued discussion and networking (optional)

NetApp Campus
Building 7
1345 Crossman Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA (View Map)

Materials for Downloading

Presentation Slides

Forum Description

The Cities of Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View, and the County of Santa Clara, are conducting an initial study on formation of a Community Choice Energy Program in our area:

  • How can Silicon Valley accelerate the switch to greener power?
  • How can new competition and choice provide more local control over energy costs?

In this interactive Forum, the sponsoring local government agencies and their partners have arranged for regional and state-level experts to introduce the concept of Community Choice Energy, and how this applies for commercial energy customers. In addition, the agencies are seeking business-sector input and priorities for consideration of such a program, including how best to engage the business community should the study move to the next phase. This event is invitation-only, and space is limited.

This forum is designed for senior facilities, energy and sustainability professionals at local corporate and commercial organizations. The agenda, detailed below, includes context setting by local agency officials and Silicon Valley-based companies, and a primer on Community Choice Energy from the California Public Utilities Commission Office of Ratepayer Advocates. This will be followed by presentation and participant Q&A with senior energy executives leading Community Choice Energy programs in Sonoma and Marin Counties, and representatives from businesses now receiving energy service from these programs.


10:00 am

Registration begins

10:30 am

Welcome/Meeting Overview and Attendee Introductions

10:40 am

Community Imperatives for Clean Energy

  • Mayor Jim Griffith, City of Sunnyvale
  • Elected representatives from Mountain View, Cupertino, County of Santa Clara
10:50 am

Business Imperatives for Clean Energy

  • Local Corporate Energy & Sustainability Leaders
10:55 am

Overview of Community Choice Energy in California

  • Joe Como
    Director, Office of Ratepayer Advocates
    California Public Utilities Commission
11:05 am

Community Choice Energy in Practice

  • Damon Connolly
    Board Chair, Marin Clean Energy 2011-2014
  • Kelly Foley
    General Counsel and Director of Regulatory Affairs, California Clean Power (former Sonoma Clean Power General Counsel and Regulatory Director)
11:35 am

Community Choice Energy from a Business Perspective

  • Moderated Audience Q&A with representatives from companies in Sonoma and Marin Counties currently being served by Community Choice Energy providers.
  • Joe Carroll, Project Manager and Facilities Engineer, Keysight Technologies (formerly Agilent Technologies)
  • Julien Gervreau, Senior Sustainability Manager, Jackson Family Wines
  • Jason Simon, Director of Policy Strategy, Enphase Energy
11:55 am

Discussion/Feedback/Next Steps

  • Discussion of feasibility study timeline and key steps, solicitation of business feedback on potential benefits, key concerns and issues to address in feasibility study
    Melody Tovar
    Regulatory Programs Division Manager, City of Sunnyvale
12:15 pm

Lunch and Networking

This Forum was organized under the direction of the Cities of Sunnyvale, Cupertino, and Mountain View and the County of Santa Clara, with the assistance of Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Business for Clean Energy.

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For more details, contact

Don Bray

Smart Energy (SEEDZ)

Joint Venture’s SEEDZ Initiative focused on building the ‘smart energy’ network of the future – demonstrating and delivering leading power performance and sustainability benefits on a commercially based, community-wide scale.

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