Newly formed Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) is a not-for-profit agency established to provide Community Choice Energy programs for commercial and residential customers in eleven Santa Clara County cities, including Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View, and Sunnyvale.
Silicon Valley Clean Energy’s Community Choice Energy (CCE) program offers customers renewable energy options at competitive rates with the ultimate goal of facilitating rapid adoption of green energy in its participating communities. SVCE purchases green energy from existing solar, wind and hydro sources, offering them to consumers at competitive rates. In addition, they are working to accelerate development of local renewable energy projects as well as new energy-related partnerships to include renewable energy generation, energy efficiency and storage to name but a few. SVCE’s overall intent is to reduce the use of greenhouses gases 15% by 2020, a key global deliverable of the 2015 Paris Agreement.
Services are scheduled to roll out beginning in April 2017 through October 2017. All consumers within the agency’s jurisdiction will automatically be enrolled in the CCE program when it launches in their community. They will be informed prior to the official launch and can opt out if desired.
PG&E will partner with Silicon Valley Clean Energy, providing customer service, supplying green energy to customers via existing infrastructure, maintaining said infrastructure and collecting payment. The transition to customers who choose to participate in the CCE program will be seamless and an easy way to do their part to embrace the clean energy movement, especially for those who wanted but were unable to install solar panels on their homes.
SVCE will opt customers in to their minimum renewable energy service, a “competitively priced standard mix that includes more green energy and fewer greenhouse gas emissions” that that offered by PG&E. For an additional premium, SVCE will also provide a 100% renewable energy option with the goal to expand their offerings in the future.
Community Choice Energy programs have helped communities “cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions, meet climate goals, deliver savings and encourage local investment in renewable energy.” Though it’s not guaranteed that CCE energy rates will always beat those of PG&E, these programs offer cost advantages thanks to their status as small non-profit agencies with low operating costs and no shareholder or income tax requirements.
For residential customers in Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Los Altos and Los Altos Hills, this clean energy option will offer approximately a 9% savings over PG&E as well as allow them to reduce their personal carbon footprint in the Silicon Valley and beyond.
For more details on Silicon Valley Clean Energy, we invite you to visit their website.
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