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Our mission is to advocate for policies and programs that reflect reliable, high-quality, environmentally-responsible, and competitively-priced energy and power in an open and transparent market-based system.


Our Team

Tim McRae
Vice President, Energy
tmcrae@svlg.baytechsoft.com
408.501.7871
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Heidi Sickler
Director, Energy & Environmental Policy
hsickler@svlg.baytechsoft.com
408.501.7883
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Energy Committee

About

Our mission is to  advocate for policies and programs that reflect reliable, high-quality, environmentally-responsible, and competitively-priced energy and power in an open and transparent market-based system.

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Meetings

The Energy Committee typically meets on the third Thursday of each month from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Co-Chairs

JIM DAVIS, Sr. Program Manager, Energy & Environment, EPRI

MONA TIERNEY-LOYD, Sr. Director, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Enel X North America, Inc.

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Energy Workplan

Grid Modernization

Staff Leads:

Tim McRae, Vice President of Energy

Heidi Sickler, Director, Energy and Environment

Executive Champion: JOE PLUBELL, Sr. VP Global Strategic Programs, Black and Veatch

Priority: Our Energy team advocates for policies and programs that reflect reliable, high-quality, environmentally-responsible, and competitively-priced energy and power in an open and transparent market-based system in California. Grid Modernization and Reliability support a safer, smarter, more reliable gas and the electric grid.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • offer comments in two CPUC proceedings on Distributed Energy Resources
  • organize executive roundtables that involve four energy “thought leaders”
  • achieve passage of a state bill that will expand the CAISO in order to increase grid efficiencies, reduce curtailment of renewable, increase the integration of Distributed Energy Resources on the grid and save on energy costs for ratepayers

Strategy:

  • Advocate for successful integration of Distributed Energy Resources, including demand response, storage, energy efficiency rooftop solar, and low- and non-carbon technologies such as fuel cells into planning processes at both the distribution and built system level.  
  • Engage in discussion around an expansion of the Western U.S. regional grid.
  • Advocate for state and federal efforts in energy research, development, and demonstration projects.
  • Support greater data transparency and access to address grid and customer needs while taking into account cybersecurity and customer privacy concerns.
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Clean Energy Supply

Staff Lead: Tim McRae, Vice President of Energy

Executive Champion: BARRY CINNAMON, CEO, Cinnamon Energy Systems

Priority: We seek to promote the financing and deployment of clean energy and emerging technologies to help the state meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals and assist our member companies in meeting their sustainability and bottom line goals. The Leadership Group defines “Clean Energy” to include the promotion of renewable energy, storage, demand response, energy efficiency, and no- and low-carbon technology such as fuel cells.

Quantifiable Goals:

  • achieve passage of three state bills that advance clean energy goals as broadly defined above
  • feature at least three clean energy case studies at the Energy and Sustainability Summit
  • advance the idea of a Clean Energy Ombudsman housed at Go-Biz either via legislation or administrative adoption

Strategy:

  • Actively track and advance positions on local, state and federal legislation.
  • Ensure that the full range of cost and benefits are included in methodologies that evaluate Clean Energy resources.
  • Foster relationships between member companies and key energy policy decision makers through roundtables, meetings, signature events, and advocacy trips.
  • Feature case studies and best practices at the Energy and Sustainability Summit.
  • Assure successful implementation of clean energy policies at CPUC and CEC, including net metering.
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Zero-Emission Vehicles & EV Charging Infrastructure

Staff Lead: Heidi Sickler, Director, Energy and Environment

Executive Champions:

RYAN POPPLE, President and CEO, PROTERRA, and SVLG Executive Board member

SUSANNA KASS, Executive Vice President, Innovation and Sustainability, BASELAYER, and co-lecturer at Stanford University’s Sustainability Urbanization Systems in the School of Engineering and Graduate School of Business.

Priority: In California, transportation electrification represents the largest near-term opportunity to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions and air pollution to help California meet its climate and clean air goals. Our ongoing goal is to support the deployment of light-duty, medium-duty and heavy-duty zero-emission vehicles and charging infrastructure to curb the 40% in carbon emissions generated by California’s transportation sector — the largest of any sector in California in terms of emissions.

What is the importance of such work for the innovation-economy? Deployment of ZEVs and EV charging infrastructure were among our members’ 2018 Energy and Environment priorities — SVLG took positions on ten ZEV bills and five ZEV and EV infrastructure regulatory issues.  This year, SVLG has taken a “Support” position on CARB’s zero-emission airport shuttle rule, and a “Support if Amended” position on AB 40 (Ting), the Clean Cars 2040 Strategy.

ZEV policies and regulations are of importance to the Leadership Group and the Bay Area because they have a direct impact on our members’ bottom line, including electric bus, automotive, storage, EV charging, clean energy and autonomous vehicle companies.

Quantifiable Goals: 

By fueling a variety of vehicles with clean electric power instead of fossil fuels, we can help California meet its economic and clean air goals. Specific goals in this area include:

  1. Passage of federal and state legislation supporting increased incentives for ZEVs and EV charging infrastructure adoption.
  2. Comment on 1-2 regulatory agency proceedings affecting ZEV adoption, and ZEV’s impact on California’s clean air goals, including CARB’s zero-emission airport shuttle rule.

Strategy:

  • Identify key issues/obstacles/opportunities for members to drive increased adoption.
  • Identify municipal Electric Vehicle best practices such as the California Building Standards Commission’s EV readiness measures.
  • Engage and help shape CARB, CEC, and PUC Electric Vehicle proposals, including CARB’s proposed zero-emission airport shuttle bus rule, utilities’ commercial EV rate applications, implementation of SB 454 and AB 2127, and the CPUC’s Omnibus Transportation proceeding.
  • Help identify appropriate financing/rebates/incentives to drive increased ZEV adoption.
  • Advocate for state and federal legislation to further the ZEV market and California’s GHG emissions reduction and clean air goals.
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Demand Side Solutions

Staff Lead: Tim McRae, Vice President of Energy

Executive Champion: MONA TIERNEY-LOYD, Sr. Director, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Enel X North America, Inc

Priority: The Leadership Group seeks to promote energy efficiency, demand response, and reduce energy waste by advocating for state and federal legislation, policies, and programs that support these efforts. Our goal is to also achieve passage of a state bill that promotes demand side solutions, which can include solutions that match periods of peak clean supply with California demand to address the issues laid out in the CA ISO “duck curve.”

Quantifiable Goals:

  • organize two presentations at Energy Committee on energy efficiency and/or demand response
  • achieve passage of a state bill that promotes demand side solutions, which can include solutions that match periods of peak clean supply with California demand to address the issues laid out in the CA ISO “duck curve”

Strategy:

  • Promote demand-side options and solutions through presentations and workshops for member companies and public benefit.
  • Advocate for state and federal legislation to promote energy efficiency and demand response.
  • Promote energy efficiency at the CEC and the CPUC through the implementation of SB 350.
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Legislative Activity

2019 Legislation

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2018 Legislation

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2017 Legislation

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2017 Support in Concept

  • AB 1184 (Ting): AB 1184 would require the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to identify $3 billion for a new up-front, point-of-sale electric vehicle rebate to deploy 1.5 million electric vehicles by 2025.

Support in Concept motion asks for:

  • Clarification that AB 1184 include funding and/or does not crowd out funding for:
    • Zero- and low-carbon transportation incentive programs
    • Non-light duty low- and zero-emission incentive program
    • Hydrogen fuel cell vehicle
  • Removal of the 2023 sunset date for the Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) rebate and tying the phase-down of incentives to market penetration
  • Directing CARB to identify what is fair for evaluating incentives for PHEVs and pure zero emission vehicles.
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2017 Support if Amended

  • SB 356 (Skinner): SB 356 would open access to grid level data held by Investor Owned Utilities and address customer data issues.
    • Support if Amended motion asks for: Balance cybersecurity and customer privacy concerns with data transparency interests.
  • AB 1293 (Irwin): AB 1293 would require that Publicly Owned Utilities make their data and analyses publicly available and, upon request, to electronically transfer their data and analyses to the requester in a digital, machine-readable format.
    • Support if Amended motion asks for: Balance cybersecurity and customer privacy concerns with data transparency interests.
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Past Wins

2018 Legislation

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2017 Legislation

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2016 Legislation

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2015 Legislation

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2013 Legislation

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Regulatory

Net Energy Metering (NEM):

NEM supports a robust rooftop solar industry in California that has grown into a global leader and helps homeowners, schools, and businesses across the state save billions of dollars in electric bills and reduces their greenhouse gas emissions. Many of our member companies, representing a substantial subset of end users, have installed solar systems that utilize NEM.

In California, NEM has leveraged more than $10 billion in private investment, reduced electricity demand, and helped support more than 54,000 in-state jobs. Rooftop solar is vital to continue growing our burgeoning clean energy economy both locally and across the state, and to meeting the state’s ambitious clean energy goals.

The Leadership Group has weighed-in in support of this program at the state legislature and California Public Utilities Commission, and will continue to support this important program.

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2018 Legislation

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2017 Legislation

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2016 Legislation

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2015 Legislation

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2013 Legislation

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Regulatory

Net Energy Metering (NEM):

NEM supports a robust rooftop solar industry in California that has grown into a global leader and helps homeowners, schools, and businesses across the state save billions of dollars in electric bills and reduces their greenhouse gas emissions. Many of our member companies, representing a substantial subset of end users, have installed solar systems that utilize NEM.

In California, NEM has leveraged more than $10 billion in private investment, reduced electricity demand, and helped support more than 54,000 in-state jobs. Rooftop solar is vital to continue growing our burgeoning clean energy economy both locally and across the state, and to meeting the state’s ambitious clean energy goals.

The Leadership Group has weighed-in in support of this program at the state legislature and California Public Utilities Commission, and will continue to support this important program.

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Events

Energy & Sustainability Summit 2019

When: June 14, 2019 @ 7:30 am – 6:30 pm
Where: Oracle, 350 Oracle Parkway, Redwood City

Friday, June 14 | 8 am to 4:30 pm           Oracle Conference Center, Redwood City   EVENT DESCRIPTION Join us on June 14 at Oracle HQ for the 7th annual Silicon Valley Energy and Sustainability Summit to explore how…

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Keep current with our activity via Twitter! @greenSVLG

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