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Community Choice Energy Technical Study Results and Next Steps for Formation

Thursday, January xx, 2016
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
for continued discussion and networking (optional)

NetApp Campus, Sunnyvale
Building xx, 1345 Crossman Avenue (map)


cost: FREE

Forum Description

The Cities of Sunnyvale, Cupertino, Mountain View, and the County of Santa Clara have recently completed a detailed Technical Feasibility Study on formation of a Community Choice Energy Program in our area. The Study, conducted by Pacific Energy Associates, confirms that a Community Choice Energy program could provide more renewable power, develop local renewable energy projects and reduce emissions while maintaining competitive rates across all customer classes in Santa Clara County.

Between December 2015 and March of 2016, Councils in eleven local cities and the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors will vote to establish the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority, a nonprofit public agency that will offer current utility customers new energy choices. The Authority will purchase energy on behalf of business and residential customers with more renewables and less carbon intensity than currently available through the investor owned utility, at competitive prices.

In this interactive Forum, the sponsoring local government agencies and their partners will present and discuss the results of this study with prospective business customers and stakeholders. The concept of Community Choice Energy and it this applies to commercial energy customers. In addition, the agencies are seeking business-sector input and priorities for consideration in development of offerings over the next year, including how best to engage the business community assuming local governments approve formation over the next few months. 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 brief review of Community Choice Energy, and presentation of the Tech Study results by senior energy executives from PEA.


10:30 a.m.

Registration begins

11:00 a.m.

Welcome/Meeting Overview and Attendee Introductions

11:10 a.m.

Community Imperatives for Clean Energy

  • Mayor Jim Griffith, City of Sunnyvale
10:50 a.m.

Business Imperatives for Clean Energy

  • Local Corporate Energy & Sustainability Leaders
10:55 a.m.

Overview of Community Choice Energy in California

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

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 a.m.

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 a.m.

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 p.m.

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

Melinda Chacon

Don Bray