Policy Priorities

 

 

2014 Policy Priorities for Energy

  • Clean Energy

Promote financing and deployment of clean energy and emerging technologies.
    • Actively track and advance positions on state and federal legislation while featuring case studies and best practices at Energy and Sustainability Summit.
    • Foster relationships between member companies and key energy policy decision makers through roundtables, meetings, signature events and advocacy trips.
    • Feature case studies and best practices at Energy and Sustainability Summit.
    • Promote Clean Energy at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).
  • Grid Reliability

Promote greater grid resiliency and reliability, including integrating renewable energy.
    • Advocate for investments in grid and gas infrastructure at CPUC.
    • Participate in CA ISO and CPUC consideration of storage of clean energy resources on grid
  • Energy Efficiency

Assist end users with improving energy efficiency and data center efficiency.
    • Partner with California Energy Commission and LBNL on the 7th Annual Data Center Efficiency Summit.
    • Continue to work with PG&E on assisting customers with energy efficiency projects.
    • Continue to advocate for federal legislation such as Shaheen-Portman, S.1392.
  • Smart Grid

Promote participation in the smart grid.
    •  Advocate for future integration of energy efficiency with smart grid solutions, such as with DC based partners for smart grid initiatives including advancing “Green Button” with White House.
    • Coordinate with Leadership Group Transportation Committee on policies and regulations needed to integrate EVs.
    • Past Accomplishments:
      In 2010, the Leadership Group co-founded the Silicon Valley Smart Grid Task Force with Pacific Gas & Electric Company and the City of San Jose to conduct an economic analysis of the impact of smart grid on Silicon Valley industries. Read the report here: Smart Grid Deployment and the Impact on Silicon Valley. Read the 2013 update here.
      On January 18, 2012, the Silicon Valley Leadership Group organized Transforming the Energy Landscape with the Green Button, electrifying more than 150 attendees hosted by EMC Corporation. Responding to a challenge issued by U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra last fall at another Leadership Group event, California’s big three utilities announced the launch of the green button, which allows consumers to download their energy data and utilize third-party services and products for energy management.
      Watch highlights of the event here. The Leadership Group hosted the 2nd Green Button Developer Day on July 18, 2013 with over 250 attendees.
  • Energy Leadership

Strengthening Energy Leadership in California
    • Identify critical skills/background/expertise needed by leaders at the state level to address these gaps and candidates that meet these criteria
    • Politically support particular candidates, partnering with other groups as appropriate.
  • Energy Research, Development and Deployment (RD & D)

Advocate for state and federal investments in energy research, development and demonstration projects.
    • Actively track and advance positions on state and federal legislation including use of AB 32 cap and trade auction revenue and the Public Goods Charge.
    • Advocate to Congress for investments in ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy.
    • Foster relationships between member companies and key energy policy decision makers through roundtables, meetings, signature events and advocacy trips.
    • Participate in California Energy Commission (CEC) development of CEC Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) plan.

To view the full 2014-2016 work plan for the Energy Committee, please click here.