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About Us 

The Leadership Group’s Energy Committee was born out of the 2001-2002 California energy crisis, when insufficient power reserves and high electricity demand caused widespread rolling blackouts. Today, the Energy Committee advocates for public policies promoting clean energy, energy efficiency, and the smart grid; it also works with member companies to capture energy savings and boost performance through energy efficiency partnerships, programs, and educational events. The Committee’s work contributes to more clean, reliable, and affordable energy for Silicon Valley and beyond. To see a full list of the Committee’s policy priorities, click here.

Energy Committee 

The Energy Committee works with the Leadership Group to advocate for policies that return an innovative, competitive, and sustainability-based energy outlook in our market today. To see a full list of the Committee’s mission and member organizations, click here.

Accomplishments (Past Wins)

  • Passage of AB 327 (Perea) - Rate Payer Equity Act. AB 327 eliminates provisions of the California Public Utilities Code that restricted the ability of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to make changes to residential electricity rates. It also provides a framework for the CPUC to extend the Net Energy Metering program and to increase California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard above 33%. The Leadership Group supported AB 327 as it
    • Removed restrictions on lower tiers
    • Covered cost of service
    • Improved CARE Program
    • Simplified Time Of Use (TOU) Tiers
    • Affirmed opt-In Dynamic Rates
  • Passage of SB 43 (Wolk)Shared Renewable Energy Self-Generation Program. SB 43 enables electric utility customers to purchase renewable electricity from shared renewable energy facilities. The Leadership Group supported this bill with an amendment to incorporate the PG&E green tariff settlement as a mechanism for bill credit.

Events

  • Silicon Valley Energy and Sustainability Summit - Since 2013, the Leadership Group has held an annual Environment and Sustainability Summit. This Summit brings together over 300 business, nonprofit, and public sector leaders to discuss best practices, lessons learned and practical solutions in applying innovative technologies (such as Information Communication Technologies) and practices (such as Big Data Analytics) to achieve energy and sustainability goals for the future.
  • Data Center Efficiency Summit In 2008 the Leadership Group held its first annual Data Center Efficiency Summit in partnership with Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the California Energy Commission. Today, the Summit is a well- known annual event among Silicon Valley industry experts. What sets it apart from other Data Center conferences is its focus on end-user driven case studies and follow-up discussions about the best data center practices/technologies.
  • Workshops - Annually, the Leadership Group works with our member companies and partners including Pacific Gas & Electric to host a series of educational workshops around pertinent energy issues. Past workshop topics have included Demand Response (DR), Title 24 Building Efficiency Standards, and Distributed Generation  (DG) Integration. 

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