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Municipal Internet of Things Blueprint Released

Innovation CitiesJuly 10, 2019 – Joint Venture's civic technology team announced publication of Municipal Internet of Things (IoT) Blueprint, a free PDF download to inform local government leaders about trends in the IoT. Published by the Wireless SuperCluster, a part of the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) project, and led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the tool was co-edited by David Witkowski, Executive Director of Joint Venture’s Civic Technologies Program.

Data Release: Silicon Valley has access to cleaner power than CA or the U.S.

solar panels and wind millsJuly 9, 2019 - The Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies has released a comparative analysis of local sources of power by emissions intensity. In just three years, the majority of Silicon Valley energy customers – both residents and businesses alike – have transitioned away from PG&E to community choice energy programs.

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Joint Venture & SVCE Tackle Green Building Rules

Illustration showing connection between clean electricity and clean communityJuly 1, 2019 - Joint Venture is partnering with Silicon Valley Clean Energy to promote local green building rules through an innovative mechanism called reach codes. Under state law, cities and counties may adopt local ordinances that exceed state codes to ensure new buildings promote a clean and healthy future through greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions.

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Joint Venture Food Recovery Partners with Loaves & Fishes

Loaves & Fishes logoCollaboration will double community impact

July 1, 2019 – Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen have formed a partnership that will enable Joint Venture’s Food Recovery initiative, known as A La Carte, to transfer day-to-day operations to Loaves & Fishes Family Kitchen. Effective immediately, A La Carte operations will be managed by Loaves & Fishes, including pick-up and delivery operations and the fleet of trucks that deliver meals to people who are in need.

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Facebook funds new truck for Food Rescue

group standing in front of truckJuly 1, 2019 - Facebook, in partnership with Flagship Facility Services, Inc., will fund a new food truck for Joint Venture's Food Rescue initiative, known as A La Carte, that has been picking up and distributing food from four of Facebook’s cafes and mini cafes since March. The new truck will increase the size of the fleet that "harvests" prepared food for people in the community who are food-insecure. Facebook has donated more than 22,000 meals through the program to date.

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Joint Venture partners with Adobe for people with disabilities

people chatting July 1, 2019 - Joint Venture's Silicon Valley Talent Partnership has paired a pro bono team of experts from Adobe to assist nonprofit Project HIRED to help people with disabilities find employment. Have a project that could use expert help?

Contact Joint Venture's SVTP for details.

Joint Venture board adds new members

July 1, 2019 – The Joint Venture board of directors elected two new members at their quarterly meeting: Supervisor Susan Ellenberg and Michael Isip, President and Chief Executive Officer of KQED. “We are delighted to add the expertise of Supervisor Susan Ellenberg and Michael Isip to the Joint Venture board,” said Russell Hancock, President & CEO of Joint Venture.

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Meet Duffy Jennings

July 1, 2019 - Duffy Jennings first joined Joint Venture in 2008 as VP of Communications after enjoying a distinguished career as a corporate communications executive and journalist. He retired—or rewired?—from corporate life in February 2019 and, with the new release of his memoir, Reporter’s Note Book: A San Francisco Chronicle Journalist’s Diary of the Shocking Seventies, he added author to his list.

Read Duffy's profile

Silicon Valley Indicators

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Data and charts from the Silicon Valley Index (and more) are available on a dynamic and interactive website that allows users to further explore Silicon Valley trends.

Download the 2019 Silicon Valley Index.

Investors Spotlight

Donors invest in Joint Venture with both general support and project-specific gifts that help us react nimbly to provide analysis and innovative solutions to issues that confront our regional economies and quality of life. Here are just a few of our many investors:

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Joint Venture offers a variety of support and sponsorship opportunities for individuals, corporations, and public sector organizations. To inquire about becoming a member of our Investors Council, call (408) 298-9330 or visit our Become an Investor page. To see our current investors, visit our investors pages.

What is Joint Venture Silicon Valley?

Established in 1993, Joint Venture brings together Silicon Valley’s established and emerging leaders—from business, government, academia, labor and the broader community—to spotlight issues and work toward innovative solutions. In this short video see what Silicon Valley leaders have to say about the organization.

A Visit with CEC Leadership

At our January CPC/SEEDZ quarterly meeting, hosted by Google, we were honored to be joined by Chair Robert Weisenmiller and Deputy Director of Energy Research and Development Laurie ten Hope of the California Energy Commission. In this newsletter, we highlight their visit and new opportunities for our region to play a leading role in achieving California’s aggressive energy and environmental goals.

In Silicon Valley, energy customers, solution providers, municipalities, institutions and utilities are deploying the nation’s most advanced ‘smart energy’ solutions at scale, defined by new levels of performance and sustainability.

As a recent example, the number of plug-in and battery electric vehicles in Silicon Valley has grown by nearly 700% in the past 18 months. EVs supplied by distributed renewable resources and/or the local grid offer dramatic efficiency and GHG benefits in our area versus conventional vehicles. Indeed, EVs and EV infrastructure have rapidly become integral elements in the smart energy network of the future.

As always, we welcome your questions and feedback about SEEDZ.

Thanks for your interest!

Don Bray,
SEEDZ Executive Director

What's New In This Issue:

• California Energy Commission Chair Weisenmiller Discusses State Energy Policy
• EPIC ‘Pre-Proposal Roundtables’ Scheduled
• EV Infrastructure Workshop Keys Formation of Interest Group
• Sunnyvale Community Solar Feasibility Study Released

What's New

CEC Chair Weisenmiller Discusses Evolving State Energy Policy

Commissioner Weisenmiller chairs a five-member commission that is responsible for overseeing California’s energy forecasting, research and development, renewable energy development, efficiency standards, transportation alternatives, contingency planning, and the Integrated Energy Policy Report.

In his wide-ranging remarks, he outlined the state’s current energy policy and goals, the status of AB 32 implementation, and the impending 2014 AB32 Scoping Plan Update. He described how the state’s progressive energy policies - past, present, and future - have helped drive California’s investment and leadership in areas such as energy efficiency, renewables, demand programs and transportation energy.

The state’s new Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) was adopted in 2012 by the California Public Utilities Commission to support development and deployment of next generation clean energy technologies. The mission of EPIC, said Weisenmiller, is to fill critical funding gaps in advancing technologies and solutions that provide California’s IOU ratepayers with “clean, affordable and reliable electricity and help enable the 21st century power grid.” Competitive solicitations for select funding initiatives will start being released early this year, he said.

Chair Weisenmiller’s presentation to the SEEDZ team

EPIC ‘Pre-Proposal Roundtables’ Scheduled

As noted by Chair Weisenmiller, several hundred million dollars in smart energy research and deployment grants are being made available under California’s new EPIC program in the coming months. SEEDZ is conducting a series of seven EPIC Pre-proposal Roundtables for interested SEEDZ participants during February and March.

The seven roundtables are organized by EPIC funding area: building energy efficiency, electric vehicles, demand response and customer-side storage, distributed generation, grid monitoring and DER integration, innovation cluster, and community and training.

The goals of the roundtables are to:

convene SEEDZ organizations interested in possibly pursuing EPIC grant funding in a given funding area.

review specific related initiatives as currently defined by the CEC.

engage in a group discussion of related experience, priorities, and possible proposal approaches and teaming roles.

help participants determine degree of fit and interest in teaming to pursue specific EPIC grant opportunities going forward.

EV Infrastructure Workshop Keys Interest Group Formation

In November, SEEDZ conducted an Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Workshop, hosted by Juniper Networks. More than 700 charging stations have been recently deployed by employers in the SEEDZ area, with many more installations planned.

The workshop featured SEEDZ survey results on EV infrastructure deployment trends, governance, and related challenges at ten local employers. In addition, experts from Google, SAP, ChargePoint, PG&E, GridScape, EPRI, Green Charge Networks and LBNL discussed opportunities and challenges for EV infrastructure from the perspective of the infrastructure hosting energy customer, EVSE network provider, system integrator and utility.

As an outgrowth of the workshop, the SEEDZ EV Infrastructure Interest Group was launched to help practitioners at local organizations establish and share best practices for EV infrastructure and expansion. At the group’s first meeting in January, attendees identified key issues and areas of focus. These included establishing a collective ‘rule of thumb’ for scaling targets and strategies, approaches for managing driver/user behavior, communications protocols, physical configuration and optimization, energy management approaches, EV parking policies and incentives, procurement/RFP processes, EVSE and cloud feature development and rate and/or penalty structures.

The next SEEDZ EV Infrastructure Interest Group is scheduled for Tuesday March 18th at NetApp. Please contact Lisa Bruner for more information if you are interested in attending.

Sunnyvale Community Solar Feasibility Study Released

At its November 26th meeting, the Sunnyvale City Council discussed staff recommendations on ways the City could help advance uptake of solar power within the community. This included programs for community engagement and volume purchase, and the possibility of constructing a large ‘shared’ solar array on city property to provide solar power to community subscribers.

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To support deployment of net-metered solar within the community, the City Council voted to participate in the American Solar Transformation Initiative's (ASTI) Solar Roadmap Project. Due to current siting and financial uncertainties, the council voted to hold off on constructing a community solar array for now, and opted to reach out to Santa Clara about possible collaboration on a community array.

Joint Venture SEEDZ, in association with Optony and RevGen Consulting, developed the supporting Sunnyvale Community Solar Array Development Feasibility Study, evaluating a range of critical regulatory, financial, and physical site considerations for community solar in Sunnyvale. The study reviews new options for deployment of shared solar resources under California’s recently-passed SB43 Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) program.

A CPUC rulemaking process is currently shaping the exact details of the SB43 GTSR program, with a final ruling due in July 2014. Rate structures and affinity models as detailed in the ruling will have a significant impact on the practical viability of community shared renewables for the immediate future.

The SEEDZ stakeholders meet regularly under the auspices of Joint Venture’s Climate Prosperity Council, co-chaired by San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and Accenture Institute Executive Research Fellow Chris DiGiorgio. The council includes representatives from Google, EPRI, NetApp, Optony, PG&E, NASA Ames Research Center, Integral Group, Juniper Networks, Accenture, McCalmont Engineering, Microsoft, the Cities of Mountain View and Sunnyvale, and other leading Silicon Valley organizations.

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How are we defining Smart Energy?

An integrated portfolio of new practices, standards and technologies for improved performance and sustainability in the generation, distribution and use of energy throughout the community.

For more information about SEEDZ, please contact:

Don Bray

Executive Director, SEEDZ
(408) 298-9338(408) 298-9338

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In The News

July 17, 2019 - (KPIX TV-5) - Elon Musk Developing AI-Connected Brain Implant To ‘Secure Humanity’s Future’: Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russ Hancock believes if anyone can merge human beings with artificial intelligence, it would be Musk. More

July 16, 2019 - (Energy Pages) - Rise of Energy Choice Diminishes PG&E’s Silicon Valley Market Share:Silicon Valley residents have greater access to cleaner energy compared to the rest of California and the rest of the country, says The Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies. More

July 10, 2019 - (American City & County) - Small cells, big uncertainties: “The FCC’s approach is a pretty blanket approach. And it may not account for all of the nuances of local government..." notes David Witkowski, executive director of civic technology initiatives at Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

July 8, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Exodus: For Bay Area millennials, moving up means moving out: In 2017, roughly 36 percent of Silicon Valley adults between the ages of 18 and 34 lived with their parents, according to an analysis by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

July 5, 2019(KPIX-TV5) - New Numbers Show Silicon Valley Tech Jobs Are Moving North: "The workforce is young," says Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock.  More

June 29, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Pizarro: Literary Send-Off - Joint Venture Silicon Valley CEO Russell Hancock and his wife, Marguerite Hancock, hosted a reception to bid farewell to Duffy Jennings, who served as Joint Venture’s communications director for the past 11 years. More

June 26, 2019 - (Michigan Daily) - KLA opens temporary R&D site in Ann Arbor:According to Curbed San Francisco, a recent census done by Joint Venture Silicon Valley discovered the median home sale price for a house is $1.2 million. More

June 26, 2019 - (The Almanac) - Manzanita Talks move forward: Efforts to bring together public and private sector leaders to talk about how to address regional transportation problems moved forward on June 13 with what Joint Venture Silicon Valley President and CEO Russell Hancock called a historic discussion. More

June 25, 2019 - (KQED News) - Stanford Wants to Expand: Russell Hancock, a Stanford lecturer and also president and CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, said, "It's always baffling to me when the neighbors vilify Stanford. This is a world class institution. There would be no Silicon Valley without Stanford." More

June 19, 2019 - (NPR News) - Google Pledges $1 Billion For Affordable Housing: We are seeing an increase in the people that are living in RVs or other temporary shelters," said Rachel Massaro, director of research for Joint Venture. More

June 18 - (KQED News) - Google Pledges $1 Billion to Help Fight Bay Area Housing Crisis It Helped Create: Joint Venture reported that affordable housing units represented only a small share of recently approved units in Silicon Valley.   More

June 18, 2019 - (Mercury News) - Californians sharply divided over how to tackle housing shortage: Russell Hancock, CEO of Joint Venture Silicon Valley, believes Bay Area residents have become more open to new solutions to the housing shortage in the last five years. More

June 18, 2019 - (Mercury News) - With SUV ads and snark, desert city looks to woo Bay Area residents: According to a study by the regional think-tank Joint Venture Silicon Valley, the region gained about 62,000 foreign-born residents between July 2015 and July 2018, while 64,300 residents left. More

June 14, 2019 - (AJOT) -Commute times across Silicon Valley have increased by 17% over the past decade, adding an average of 43 minutes weekly per commuter, according to the 2018 Silicon Valley Index by Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More

June 12, 2019 - (Los Altos Town Crier) - Food truck puts corporate leftovers to community good: Silicon Valley Food Rescue operates as a project of Joint Venture Silicon Valley. More