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What is “energy mobility”? “The transportation sector is responsible for 50 percent of the state’s greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). We can make real progress in reducing GHGs through the adoption of electric vehicles and the electrifi cation of mass transit systems. Energy mobility will drive this transformation in California. SVCE plans to offer programs this coming year, working with automobile manufacturers, dealers and providers of charging infrastructure to support energy mobility. Tesla charging stations are located at Coyote Creek Golf Club, La Quinta Hotel, and Cordevalle, plus a Tesla supercharger station at the Gilroy Outlets. For non-Tesla cars, Chargepoint, EVgo, SemaConnect, and Electric Charging Stations are located in various Morgan Hill (3 rd Street Parking Garage, City Offices, Condit Road) and Gilroy locations (152 near Westwood, Automall Parkway, Gilroy Outlets). What is the “duck curve” and why does it matter? There are more solar panels installed in California than in the rest of the country combined. Our rapidly growing use of solar is disrupting the power grid and the ability to balance supply and demand. “SVCE is looking at grid innovation and demand management. This includes increased flexibility of generation, with the ability to add diverse energy sources, increase the geographic area in which we can balance power supply on the grid, and develop better prediction technology. Pricing can be structured to incentivize customers to conserve more and consume less energy during peak demand times. And by storing more solar energy during the day, we can shift more solar output to the evening.” Programs like SVCE’s Net Energy Metering (NEM) Program help to address this challenge. For residential and business customers whose rooftop solar panels produce more electricity than is used, SVCE issues a credit on their bill. SVCE values net surplus generation at the full retail rate as opposed to the two- to four-cent wholesale rate paid by PG&E. The Community Choice Model Community Choice Energy, also known as Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), is created when a local, not-for-profi t, public agency such as SVCE takes on the decision-making role regarding energy sources for electricity generation. CCAs become the de facto service provider for the power mix delivered to customers. In a CCA service territory, the incumbent utility continues to own and maintain the transmission and distribution infrastructure, metering, and billing. There are now over a dozen CCAs serving load in California, with more than eighty cities already engaged in or considering community choice energy programs. By CalCCA’s estimates, more than 50 percent of California residents will be served by a CCA by 2020. Girish serves on the board of CalCCA, a 20-member trade association that represents the interests of community choice electricity providers in the state legislature and at regulatory agencies. They have more leverage by working as a group on common interests such as alternatives to Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) exit fees levied by the California Public Utilities Commission. To learn more, visit GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN JUNE/JULY 2018 I n 2006, California laid the ground- work for a clean energy future with AB 32 and SB 32 and reduced GHGs while growing the economy…and the work continues. “It’s up to you, and it’s up to me and tens of millions of other people … to roll back the forces of carbonization and join together to combat the existential threat of climate change.” — California Governor Jerry Brown Jr. Last year, Governor Brown signed a new law that calls for an additional 40 percent reduction in emissions by 2030. The plan to get there is ambitious: • generate 50 percent of electricity from renewable energy; • double the rate of energy effi ciency savings in buildings; • increase the number of electric cars and other zero-emissions vehicles to 4.2 million; and • reduce the amount of CO2 as well as other climate pollutants such as hydrofl uorocarbons, black carbon, and methane. Maybe it’s time we surveyed our South County communities to gauge our “energy literacy.” We need to pay atten- tion to our energy use, the basic work- ings of today’s energy market, proposed legislation and regulatory policies, and technology advances. That way, we’ll be equipped to make informed decisions about energy, as consumers and as voters. RELATED ARTICLES “Utilities: The Power Game,” gmhTODAY (Sept-Oct 2017) “Regional Thinking,” gmhTODAY (May-June 2017) RESOURCES Pacifi c Gas & Electric, California Public Utilities Commission, California Energy Commission, California ISO, US Department of Energy, 39