2013 Newsletters

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Joint Venture convenes 19 public agencies in nation’s largest regional renewable energy purchase project

Joint Venture has undertaken its newest regional renewable energy purchase project, bringing 19 public agencies across four Bay Area counties together in what will be the largest multi-agency project of its kind in the country. In collaboration with the Contra Costa Economic Partnership and the County of Alameda as the lead agency, the R-REP team has assembled cities, counties, universities and other public agencies to participate in this effort.

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Some 120 renewable energy installation sites will be aggregated into one large Request for Proposals, which will be bid out in bundles late this summer. In total, these sites represent more than 20 megawatts of power generation potential installed on such public facilities as city halls, corporate yards, libraries, community centers, fire stations and jails.

This project is expected to surpass our first collaborative solar purchasing effort in 2011, led by the County of Santa Clara, which resulted in a 12 percent reduction in energy costs due to aggregate purchasing and greater than 75 percent reduction in upfront costs to participants, and is expected to save the region over $29 million in taxpayer dollars.

That project drew national attention in 2011 through the publication of a collaborative solar purchasing guidebook with the World Resources Institute and Optony, and through the receipt of the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Annual Innovation Award and the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) in the category of environmental and economic partnerships – considered the state’s highest environmental honor. Additionally, the SV-REP project has been highlighted nationally by organizations and initiatives looking to promote and/or emulate the model.

Click here to learn more about the new East Bay project.

Click here to subscribe to the County of Alameda’s contracting opportunity notifications.

Joint Venture board adds new members from Google, Silicon Valley Bank, McKinsey & Company

The Joint Venture board of directors elected three new members at its quarterly meeting, including Minnie Ingersoll of Google, Stephan Eberle of Silicon Valley Bank and Michael Uhl of McKinsey & Company.

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Ingersoll is a principal at Google, where she leads projects to apply technical solutions to foster effective, open and innovative societies. Eberle is assistant general counsel and practice head for Silicon Valley Bank’s global commercial banking business lines. Uhl is a partner in the Silicon Valley office of McKinsey & Company with more than 20 years of experience driving significant EBITDA and working capital improvements across the industrial, semiconductor, electronic and energy/solar industries.

Click here to read the news release.

Wireless co-chair urges stronger infrastructure in Mercury News


The co-chair of Joint Venture’s Wireless Communications Initiative, Dr. Edward (Ted) Tasch, authored a guest editorial in the San Jose Mercury News last month urging a stronger wireless infrastructure to support advances in medical care technology.

Click here to read the op-ed.


Our JULY Spotlight

Steve Hemminger

Alston & Bird

For Silicon Valley patent attorney Steve Hemminger, the delay in establishing a permanent regional branch of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office because of sequester-related budget cuts is an obvious disappointment, but he believes it’s temporary.


“It’s just a blip,” says Hemminger, the partner-in-charge of Alston & Bird’s Silicon Valley office in Menlo Park and a Joint Venture board member. “It’s got to happen, there’s too much momentum.”

Click here to read Steve’s profile.

Article of the Month

Declaration of Independence

July 4, 1776

In observance of our nation’s 237th birthday this month, we present the document by our founding fathers that severed the 13 colonies from British rule and proclaimed the “Right of the People” to establish a new independent government.

Declaration of Independence

Drafted by Thomas Jefferson, he and 55 other men ratified the script at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia.

“When in the course of human events,” it began, “it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Click here to read the original transcript of the Declaration of Independence.

Energy Storage North America Comes to San Jose Sept. 10-12

Strategen Consulting is offering Joint Venture a 30 percent registration discount for Energy Storage North America in San Jose September 10-12. It’s the first energy storage conference and expo in the U.S. to focus exclusively on applications, customers and deal making.

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Click here to register; use the discount code “JVSV.”

Click here for more information about the conference.

July on “Inside Silicon Valley”

The Fourth of July, Santa Clara city government and a Congressional race are among the topics that July guests will be discussing on “Inside Silicon Valley,” Joint Venture’s weekly public affairs radio program. Scheduled guests are historian Clay Jenkinson in the persona of President Thomas Jefferson (July 5 & 7), Santa Clara Mayor Jamie Matthews and city manager Julio Fuentes (July 19 & 21), Ro Khanna, candidate for Congress, 17th District (July 26 & 28).

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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.

Click here to listen to previous programs.

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