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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
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Heidi Sickler
Director, Energy and Environment
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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.

Meetings

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

Co-Chairs

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

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


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.

Silicon Valley Leadership Group principles in the face of world with increasing amount of Public Safety Power Shutoffs

Silicon Valley Leadership Group acknowledges the importance of safety in operating the electricity grid and the substantial wildfire risk that Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events address.  However, the implementation of shutoffs as practiced today must improve.  Leadership Group companies lose tens of millions of dollars when PSPS events shut down our facilities.

As such, we support any and all measures to reduce the risk of Public Safety Power Shut Offs being necessary, including:

  • better targeted use of line de-energization with demonstrated improvement year over year of that targeting;
  • an emphasis on cost-effective solutions to reduce the risk of calling PSPS events.

The Leadership Group calls for improvements in state processes once PSPS events are likely, including:

  • Utilities developing an additional transparent tiered system to communicate probability of line shutdown for transmission lines, as well as clearer communication of the specific reason for each line shutdown;
  • Urging utilities to refine criteria and use of modeling to determine when PSPS events are called and be more transparent and communicative about what criteria are used to make those calls.

The Leadership Group encourages development of new insurance products that help cover business interruption risks related to public safety power shutoffs for utility customers.

The Leadership Group calls for significant additional investments in transmission and distribution infrastructure, including:

  • Hardening above ground poles and wires;
  • Undergrounding lines where possible;
  • Sectionalization of systems so that the grid is robust;
  • Use of sensors and advanced technology solutions to assess vegetation management needs, predict line failures, and perform line inspection.

The Leadership Group supports having a wide array of back-up options to traditional power distribution available and lowering barriers to deploy them.  These options include individualized backup systems and microgrids, and we support eliminating barriers to pairing technologies such as electric vehicles, batteries, solar and fuel cells.

The Leadership Group advocates for policies that minimize rate impacts to all ratepayers.

The Leadership Group supports reliability and resiliency solutions that are consistent with California’s Greenhouse Gas, renewable energy, clean air and safety goals.

The Leadership Group encourages investment in and deployment of outside-the-box technological solutions to address all aspects of PSPS-related issues.

Microgrid Principles

Microgrids are important to keeping the lights on in California. Operating in conjunction with the main electrical grid to keep supplying electricity during power outages, they utilize a combination of clean technologies such as solar, wind, batteries, electric vehicles and fuel cells that can provide long-term power.

Expanding the use of microgrids is essential to ensure reliable, safe, clean, affordable power for all Californians, especially for critical services such as health care, public safety and emergency response organizations.  

Microgrids and are a key to achieving the state’s clean energy and clean air goals, decarbonizing California’s economy and mitigating reliance on diesel generators.

California should create clear rules and standards so that customers can pair multiple technologies—such as batteries, electric vehicles, solar, and fuel cells—together into a microgrid. State regulations currently do not allow many of these solutions to be combined.

California should reduce barriers to microgrid deployments, including addressing cost-prohibitive interconnection fees and lengthy permitting processes, and support policies that promote competition and innovation in the marketplace.

California should promote all forms of microgrid ownership structures, including private, public, utility, community, tribal, behind the meter and in front of the meter.

California should allow microgrids to receive payment commensurate with the reliability and resilience benefits they provide.

California should support planning of microgrids in an integrated fashion, placing new local generation and storage where it makes the most sense from a public stakeholder perspective.

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.

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

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 incentivize and support deployment and long-term utilization of light-duty, medium-duty, and heavy-duty Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEV) and charging infrastructure to the benefit of the environment, the public, and the electricity grid, and help curb the 41% in carbon emissions generated by California’s transport sector — the largest of any sector in California in terms of emissions.

Importance of Clean Transportation Incentives to Silicon Valley and SVLG Members:

  • Accelerating ZEV deployment has been a part of the Leadership Group’s Work Plan over the last two years.
  • The Leadership Group has a legacy of supporting increased investments, incentives and policies that advance our ZEV goals, including increased multi-year funding for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Project (CVRP) and Hybrid and Zero-Emission Truck and Bus Voucher Incentive Program (HVIP), and the California Air Resources Board’s Innovative Clean Transit, Airport Shuttle Bus and anticipated Advanced Clean Trucks zero-emission mandates.
  • Member companies are manufacturing ZEVs in-state, creating thousands of good quality jobs and providing long-term career paths in skilled trades.
  • California manufacturers are leading the development of ZEVs. Both CVRP and HVIP incentives facilitate the production and purchase of ZEVs, encouraging the type of expansion necessary for domestic manufacturers to scale up to compete globally.
  • Battery-electric vehicles are now the state’s #1 export by value. CVRP and HVIP incentives have positive effects that ripple down the manufacturing supply chain.

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  regulatory agency proceedings affecting ZEV adoption, and ZEV’s impact on California’s clean air goals.

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-Capable measures.
  • Engage and help shape California Air Resources Board, California Energy Commission, and California Public Utilities Commission ZEV proposals.
  • Help identify appropriate financing and 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.

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.

Legislative Activity

2019 Legislation

2018 Legislation

2017 Legislation

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.

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.

Past Wins

2018 Legislation

2017 Legislation

2016 Legislation

2015 Legislation

2013 Legislation

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.


Events

Energy & Sustainability Summit

When: July 24, 2020 all-day
Where: Oracle, 350 Oracle Parkway, Redwood City

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In The News

07/25/2018 The Mercury News: Why western regional power grid will benefit California

04/19/18 The Energy Show Podcast: Regional Energy Policy Leadership

09/13/17 Mercury News OpEd: Business leaders want 100 percent clean energy bill

07/17/17 Mercury News OpEd: Cap and Trade advocate: Business supports anti-pollution, pro-clean tech bill 

07/11/17 San Francisco Chronicle: Brown’s cap-and-trade bill exposes fault lines of state politics

07/11/17 Highland Community News: California Business Leaders Respond to Bills Advancing State’s Cap-and-Trade Program

07/10/17 Mercury News: Jerry Brown, lawmakers announce California climate deal

04/19/17 Capitol Weekly OpEd: In defense of cap and trade 

12/13/16 Sacramento Bee OpEd: How energy-efficient computers can save money and help save the planet 

07/06/16 Mercury News OpEd: McRae: Cap and trade auction doesn’t negate California’s economic growth 

10/18/14 Sacramento Bee OpEd: AB 32 shfits California toward better economy

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