2014 Newsletters

 
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Joint Venture board supports more choices in energy

In a unanimous vote, the Joint Venture board of directors has voiced its strong support for cleaner power and more choice in the energy market, including the adoption of programs like Community Choice Aggregation (CCA). CCA is one model that promotes rapid growth of cost-effective clean energy sources on the grid, customer clean energy choices and market-based competition by allowing cities and counties to aggregate the buying power of individual customers. Other options, such as the 'Green Tariff" 100 percent renewable option being developed by PG&E, are also encouraged.

The board’s action came September 19 at its quarterly meeting in Menlo Park after a detailed presentation on choice and CCA from energy expert Jeff Byron and officials from Sunnyvale and San Mateo County.

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Also last month, Joint Venture partnered with the Cities Association of Santa Clara County and Business for Clean Energy to present a forum on energy choice at Microsoft, drawing a crowd of 60 local elected officials, staff, and business leaders.

Read more about our sustainability work.

Joint Venture board adds EPRI’s Rob Chapman

The Joint Venture board of directors elected Rob Chapman of EPRI as its newest member at the board’s quarterly meeting in September.

Robert Chapman

Chapman is Vice President, Member and Technical Services for EPRI, with responsibility for ensuring broad participation in EPRI research, improving the value members receive from EPRI, and establishing engagement processes that support clients’ overall technology management efforts.

Read the news release.

Institute for Regional Studies reports on new census data

The Joint Venture Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies says a new census report shows Silicon Valley incomes up for the second straight year after a three-year downward trend.

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An Institute analysis of the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2013 American Community Survey released last week also indicates a decline in the region’s poverty rate and an uptick in those with health insurance.

Read the news release.

Stanford grad Anissa Chitour is Benest Fellow for 2014-2015

Anissa Chitour

Joint Venture welcomes Stanford University public policy graduate Anissa Chitour as the organization's Benest Fellow for 2014-2015. The program honors the legacy of former Palo Alto city manager Frank Benest, a tireless champion of regionalism and a long-serving member of the Joint Venture board of directors. Chitour will work with the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies on compilation of the 2015 Silicon Valley Index.

Anissa graduated from Stanford last year and is currently a candidate for a master's degree in change management from the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration. She previously worked as a research assistant at the Hoover Institution and at Stanford, and she interned in the office of Congressman Juan Vargas. She speaks French, Russian and German.

Read more about our Benest Fellows.

Our OCTOBER Spotlight

KIM BECKER AGUIRRE

Mineta San Jose International Airport

Kim Becker Aguirre

After barely one year in the top post at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Kim Becker Aguirre is walking on air over unexpected sky-high passenger numbers.

Except, of course, for the two passengers who didn’t bother to purchase tickets for their flights.

Aguirre, who took over as aviation director last September and is a Joint Venture board member, says the economic upturn and resurgence of corporate travel have made her first year “a whirlwind, in a very good way.”

Read Kim’s profile.

Energy Storage North America comes to San Jose next week

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Joint Venture vice president Rachel Massaro is co-chair of the Customer-Sited Track at Energy Storage North America, the most influential gathering of policy, technology and market leaders in energy storage coming to the San Jose Convention Center September 30 to October 2.

At this year’s conference, more than 90 expert speakers from around the world will provide industry insight and perspective in 40-plus keynote and panel sessions. A ten percent discount off the registration fee is available by using the code JVSVESNA.

Complete conference info and registration.

Article of the Month

“Palo Alto’s Electric Supply is 100 Percent Carbon-Neutral”

– Slate.com

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Palo Alto, the only town in California that runs its own utility, boasts of a remarkable achievement – a 100 percent carbon-neutral electric supply. This recent article by Salon.com’s Daniel Grose tells how the Silicon Valley town of 65,000 reached that goal and asks whether other cities can follow suit.

Read the article.

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