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Joint Venture advocacy aids legislation on consistent power labeling

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Joint Venture's advocacy resulted in key amendments to AB1110, a bill that will require regular and consistent greenhouse gas emissions reporting from all retail electricity suppliers. Retail suppliers include PG&E and our region's new community choice energy agencies such as Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Peninsula Clean Energy.

Ongoing communication with state lawmakers on behalf of Joint Venture’s smart energy team and partnering organizations helped influence key language changes in the bill August 19 in Sacramento.

Pending the governor's signature, emissions will be reported annually in an updated "Power Content Label." Akin to a nutrition label, the Power Content Label will inform customers of the energy sources and carbon intensity of the electricity they use. The amended bill specifies that the new reporting methodology be established through a regulatory proceeding, to be initiated in 2017. The proceeding will ensure that the new power labeling methodology will be accurate and verifiable, well understood by consumers, and supported by all industry stakeholders.

Joint Venture has also joined nearly 200 California organizations, including business leaders, environmental, equity, labor, faith, health and consumer groups, calling on Governor Brown and the Legislature to expand the state's clean energy program.

Learn more about Clean Energy California.

Got data? Check out our Institute for Regional Studies

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Did you know you can get comprehensive information and data about the economic and community health of Silicon Valley any time by visiting the the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies at www.siliconvalleyindicators.org?

Latest research briefs on the Institute site include reports on income inequality, population growth and poverty.

The site is a robust and constantly updated collection of charts and information with links to local, regional and national data sources, and resources for additional information within each of the indicator categories: People, Economy, Society, Place and Governance.

Check out the Institute offerings.

Save the Date: State of the Valley is February 17, 2017

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When fall arrives in Silicon Valley, all of us at Joint Venture start thinking about getting ready for State of the Valley, our annual town hall meeting every February.

It’s not too soon for you to start thinking about it, too, so be sure to save the date – Friday, February 17, 2017 – for the State of the Valley conference at San Jose McEnery Convention Center.

Learn more about State of the Valley and register.

Kara Gross appointed to Santa Clara County hazard committee

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Kara Gross, executive director of the Silicon Valley Economic Development Alliance, and director of Joint Venture's public sector climate initiatives, has been appointed to the Santa Clara County 2016-2017 Hazard Mitigation Plan Steering Committee. Gross will work with county and municipal officials, emergency services representatives and utility agency leaders on the committee.

The hazard mitigation plan identifies hazards facing a community or region, assesses vulnerability to the hazards and identifies specific actions that can be taken to reduce the risk from the hazards.

Our SEPTEMBER Spotlight

Diane Doolittle

Corporate Vice President, Customer Services and Support, Business and Portfolio Operations, Juniper Networks and Joint Venture board member

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When you’re the customer support face of a $5 billion global networking company with 9000 employees in 43 countries and many of the world’s biggest companies for customers, you’d better have a strong executive and a solid team behind that face.

Fortunately for Juniper Networks, it has both in Diane Doolittle, Juniper’s Corporate Vice President of Customer Services and Support for its Business and Portfolio Operations.

And fortunately for Joint Venture, she also sits on its board.

Read Diane’s profile.

Article of the Month

“When Cities Say No to Housing”

Washington Post

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Community opposition to 4000 proposed new housing units in the small community of Brisbane is hurting the entire region, notes this recent report from the Washington Post.

“This is unconscionable to people trying to solve a housing and transportation crunch that has turned the Bay Area into a gridlocked and gated community where local teachers can't afford to live,” writes Emily Badger.

Read the article.

Joint Venture partners with VERGE 16 event Sept. 19-22

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Joint Venture is a proud partner of the VERGE 16 conference and expo September 19-22 in Santa Clara, a gathering of more than 1,500 leaders from the world's largest companies, innovative startups and progressive government agencies to uncover the business opportunities at the intersection of technology and sustainability.

The expansive program — more than 100 sessions and nearly 200 speakers — will explore the critical technologies and trends driving the clean economy.

Learn more and register.

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