2013 Newsletters

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Landmark law opens renewable energy to millions in state

A new state law awaiting Governor Brown's signature enables millions of Californians who cannot install their own solar or other renewable energy system to purchase renewable energy through their utility, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Solar Panels

SB 43, which was ardently supported by Joint Venture across all of its climate initiatives, establishes the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program, a 600 Megawatt statewide program that will allow customers of investor-owned utilities – including local governments, businesses, schools, homeowners, municipal customers, and renters – to purchase up to 100 percent of their electricity from a renewable energy facility.

The cities of Sunnyvale and Mountain View, as partners in Joint Venture’s Smart Energy Enterprise Development Zone, are among the municipalities that will benefit from the law.

Read more.

Joint Venture board adds four new members

The Joint Venture Silicon Valley board of directors elected four new members at its quarterly meeting in San Jose in September – Jeffrey Hamel of the Electric Power Research Institute, Matt Mahan of Causes.com, James R. Pappas Jr. of Hensel Phelps and Robert Raffo of Hood & Strong LLP.

4 new board directors

Hamel is executive director of the Power Delivery and Utilization Sector at EPRI. Mahan is president and CEO of Causes, which provides online tools for fundraising campaigns. Pappas is vice president and district manager with Hensel Phelps Construction. Raffo is managing partner of the accounting firm Hood & Strong.

Read the complete news release.


Alameda County issues RFP for largest multi-agency renewable energy buy

Alameda County has issued a request for proposals for the largest multi-agency collaborative purchase of renewable energy in the nation to deliver 31 megawatts of power to local government facilities in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties and create hundreds of jobs.

County of Alameda seal R-REP logo

Based on a collaborative model first developed by Joint Venture and Santa Clara County, the new project will bring clean, renewable energy to as many as 187 sites, including community centers, libraries, fire stations, medical facilities, city halls and educational facilities across 19 Bay Area public agencies.

Joint Venture, along with the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, joined with Alameda County on the outreach and education components of this project.

Read the RFP.

Read more about the project.


Our October Spotlight

Christina Gilmore

Town of Los Gatos

Christina Gilmore

Growing up in San Jose, Christina Gilmore didn’t imagine a career path that would find her living in Washington, D.C. for school and working in London for a tech company before finding her niche in municipal government right back here at home.

After graduating from Howard University, Gilmore worked in web marketing for 3Com and Informix Software and as a program coordinator with Santa Clara University, and finally gravitated to public sector positions in San Jose and later in the cities of Mountain View and San Mateo.

Read Christina’s profile.

Article of the Month

“Mapping Silicon Valley’s Gentrification Problem Through Corporate Shuttle Routes”

Wired magazine

Wired’s Eric Rodenbeck unveils fascinating data about the way corporate shuttles for tech workers from Google, Apple and others going to and from San Francisco daily have flip-flopped the traditional norms of commute patterns.


“It’s not an exaggeration to say that the relationship between the traditionally anti-urban values of the suburbs and anti-suburban attitudes of the city is at least partially responsible for this change in San Francisco — and by extension the rest of urban America as it, too, confronts the relentless, tech-centric logic of Silicon Valley,” writes Rodenbeck.

Read the article.

October on “Inside Silicon Valley”

A Pulitzer prize winner, the Silicon Valley ecosystem, a community of early tech founders and the latest developments at Apple and Twitter are the October topics on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program on 1590 KLIV.

Scheduled guests include Stanford’s celebrated historian David M. Kennedy, director of the Bill Lane Center for the American West (Oct. 4 & 6), Dr. Mort Grosser, inventor, investor and technology consultant, (Oct. 11 & 13), Jonathan Nelson, founder of Hackers & Founders (Oct. 18 & 20), and Chris O'Brien, Silicon Valley correspondent for the Los Angeles Times (Oct. 25 and 27).

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Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock hosts the hour-long program, which airs every Friday at 7 p.m. and again on Sunday at noon on 1590 KLIV.

Learn more about the program.

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