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“…we must find a smooth transition to a low-carbon economy…and I’m sure one day the United States will come back and join the Paris Agreement.” —Emmanuel Macron, President of France, addressed the U.S. Congress and received a standing ovation in April 2018 Clean Energy Written By Robin Shepherd C alifornia continues to push for a cleaner and greener energy future despite the goings-on in Washington, D.C. In this push, new community-owned electricity providers are being formed across the state. They’ve adopted a new clean energy business model—commonly referred to as Community Choice Energy or Community Choice Aggregation—that promises to be good for the environment and the economy. If we’re going to embrace carbon-free and renewable electricity, we need a well-functioning competitive electricity market. It’s a tall order given the utility industry’s long history of monopoly and heavy regulation. But the clock is ticking. California’s economic health and its response to climate change impacts depends on the success of this effort. Here in Santa Clara County, our community-owned electricity provider is Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE). Recently, TODAY spoke with SVCE’s Chief Executive Officer, Girish Balachandran, about the agency’s mission and progress in its first year. gmh 36 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JUNE/JULY 2018 Energy Infrastructure Update: