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May 2017

The Silicon Valley Clean Energy monthly newsletter keeps you up-to-date with your 100% carbon-free electricity choices, community choice energy news, events and more.

We're introducing a couple new features in this month's issue, including introducing you to people powering SVCE, as well as a Community Choice Corner with news about other communities taking charge of their clean energy future.

SVCE Energized Employee of the Month


The energized employee we're featuring this month is John Supp. John is an Account Representative with SVCE, working with businesses as they start to receive 100% carbon-free electricity to power their companies. Prior to joining SVCE, John developed a broad-based knowledge of various renewable energy and energy efficiency measures. Most recently, he worked for local fuel cell manufacturer, Bloom Energy, as the Incentives Operation Program Manager, and before that, he was in Washington DC running the Account Management team at the DC Sustainable Energy Utility. 

John chose to work at SVCE because he found Community Choice Energy (CCE) to be very interesting for several reasons. According to John, “CCE represents the best aspects of both the public and private sector. CCE introduces choice where choice was not a sustained option, and they have the institutional backing and support of the communities which agree to form them. Yet, like the private sector, CCEs have to deliver services based only on the revenues of the entity itself, not on taxpayers. This fosters the ability to know and adjust to the needs of your community, as well as share ideas and experiences within the statewide community of CCE’s themselves. Further, we are responsible to promote and ensure a sustainable energy platform that is not beholden to a particular product or manufacturer so long as we grow the sector itself. Ultimately, the work I do here is because of and entirely for my own community.” 

If you know a local business with questions about their new energy choices, connect them with John Supp.

Earth Day 2017


It was all things green in April as we celebrated Earth Day from the wild flower-covered pastures in Los Altos Hills to the R5K fun run in Gilroy. Many of our member communities hosted Earth Day and Arbor Day events throughout the month where we set up our booth to discuss the environmental and economic benefits SVCE brings to residents and businesses. We spoke to hundreds of residents throughout Cupertino, Los Gatos, Los Altos Hills, Gilroy, Sunnyvale and Saratoga as they walked from booth-to-booth to learn more about how to live green and support their local community. 

Community Choice Corner


Earlier this month, SVCE staff joined Community Choice Energy agencies and leaders from throughout the state for the Business of Local Energy Symposium, hosted by the Center for Climate Protection, Local Government Commission and Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition in Long Beach. The symposium highlighted how Community Choice is sweeping across the state and how communities are key players in California's energy future of energy. Click here to read a recap of the event by Ann Hancock, Executive Director of the Center for Climate Protection.

Group photo of Community Choice leaders at a CalCCA networking event

On Tuesday, May 16, San Jose City Council voted unanimously to form their Community Choice Energy program. Read more.
San Jose Community Choice advocates celebrate after the vote 

Upcoming Events

We’ll be at the following events this month. Come to our booth to say hi and learn more about us, discuss your new electricity choices or spin our trivia wheel to win some new SVCE prizes.

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Click here for a full list of our upcoming events and to find out when we will be in your community. We also have several community meetings coming up in June. Learn more.

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