Written by Alison Erlenbach Friday, 21 February 2014 19:10
Morgan Hill is the latest San Francisco Bay Area city to progress a citywide streetlight retrofit project with support from the Bay Area Climate Collaborative Next Generation Streetlight Initiative
SAN JOSE, C.A., February 20, 2014 – Morgan Hill's City Council voted on Wednesday to move forward with converting all city streetlights to LED. The vote approved a proposal from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) for a turnkey program that would retrofit more than 2000 city-owned streetlights.
By upgrading its 2097 streetlights, Morgan Hill will save more than a million dollars in energy costs over the next ten years while significantly reducing maintenance requirements. The new lights will also enhance public safety due to improved light quality and reduce carbon pollution by 4.5 million pounds of CO2 over a decade. The project is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will be financed so the project will be repaid entirely through energy cost savings in approximately seven years.
"We are very pleased to be moving forward with a complete LED streetlight retrofit,” said Steve Tate, Mayor of Morgan Hill. “The technical support we've received from the BACC has been instrumental in assisting our staff develop a proposal for City Council approval.”
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative has supported Morgan Hill’s deployment process through their Next Generation Streetlight Initiative, which provides leading-edge education, resources and guidance to local governments to accelerate the move over to LED streetlights. The initiative features one-on-one assistance to agencies interested in near-term deployment of LED streetlights by providing financial analyses, technical support, and in-depth strategy development assistance.
Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative said, “This is the optimal time for cities to upgrade their street lights due to dramatic cost reductions, excellent incentives, and historically low finance rates. Cities can upgrade their lights with no upfront expense by using public or private financing options. We are thrilled to see Morgan Hill join cities across the Bay Area and nation-wide in switching to LED streetlights.”
About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative accelerating the clean energy economy. Major partners include Bank of America, Pacific Gas & Electric, Environmental Defense Fund and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. BACC's Next Generation Streetlight Initiative provides leading-edge education, resources and guidance to local governments to accelerate the move to solid-state lighting (LED). Tools and resources that are available online, such as the Next Generation Streetlight Guide, provide details on benefits, financing strategies, deployment options and more for local governments. The overarching goal is to catalyze the conversion of 200,000 streetlights in the Bay Area to deliver $50 million in cost savings and cut 100,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions over 5 years. For more information, please visit: www.baclimate.org.
Written by Alison Erlenbach Tuesday, 11 February 2014 21:20
The first California Adaptation Forum, co-hosted by the Local Government Commission and the State of California, will be held August 19-20, 2014 in Sacramento, CA. The Call for Session Proposals (CFSP) will be open from February 20th to March 20th. The Submittal Form and Instructions will be posted on the forum website by February 20th.
Forum organizers are looking for sessions that fall into one of seven cross-cutting sector tracks:
- Implementation Strategies
- Monitoring and Evaluation
- Innovation and Technology
- Communication and Stakeholder Engagement
- Funding, Financing, and the Economics of Adaptation
To generate the highest quality program, we encourage you to propose sessions, as well as distribute the announcement as widely as possible throughout your networks.
Climate change is having, and will have, more widespread impacts on California's economy and environment. In addition to reducing California's greenhouse gas emissions, there are steps that must be taken to protect against climate change impacts that are already occurring.
The California Adaptation Forum is designed to create a comprehensive network of multi-disciplinary adaptation leaders who have a strong commitment to addressing these climate risks. We plan to craft a program reflective of the diverse needs and challenges California is facing and bring together leading voices from various sectors to share insights on how we can most effectively respond.
We expect the Forum to attract and engage a diverse mix of over 600 policymakers and leaders. The audience will include elected officials, public and private sector leaders, and nonprofits addressing public health, energy, water, emergency management, agriculture, habitat conversation, and coastal management.
Learn more about the Forum, including the CFSP process, by visiting: www.CaliforniaAdaptationForum.org.
Written by Alison Erlenbach Tuesday, 28 January 2014 00:38
Harrigan to lead BACC Electric Vehicle Initiatives
SAN JOSE, C.A., January 6, 2014 – The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) announced that senior executive Mike Harrigan has joined the Bay Area Climate Collaborative to lead its strategic electric vehicle (EV) initiatives. Harrigan will direct BACC initiatives on fleet deployment of EVs, deployment of EV infrastructure and other regional initiatives.
“Mike has already been an enormous strategic asset to the Bay Area’s EV vision,” said Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative. “ Mike’s vision and deep skills will further accelerate our robust regional work of ensuring the region meets its objectives of being the EV capital of the U.S.”
Specific programs Harrigan will lead include the Local Government EV Fleet National Demonstration Project. The fleet project is supported by $2.8 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to deploy 90 EVs to municipalities in the Bay Area and demonstrate their benefits. This deployment is one in a series the BACC and partners are facilitating, which collectively could result in 250+ EVs deployed over the next 12 months for valuable potential impacts including fuel cost savings of nearly $2 million and avoidance of nearly 6 million pounds of CO2 over five years. The most recent deployment in 2013 brought 50 EVs to four municipalities.
“I am thrilled to join the BACC which has been doing critical work to advance the EV ecosystem in the region,” noted Mike Harrigan. “The BACC is providing exceptional leadership through the EV Strategic Council, EV promotional campaign development and fleet deployments. As part of the BACC team I look forward to supporting and accelerating existing and new initiatives.”
Harrigan comes to the BACC after initiating and directing the eFleet Program for City CarShare where he was responsible for all aspects of the 60+ EV eFleet program including grant management, vehicle selection, charging station selection, site selection, member outreach, community outreach, and program evaluation.
As VP of NRG Energy in Houston, Harrigan was the General Manager of EV Services, a subsidiary that is developing EV charging services for EV owners now known as eVgo. Harrigan also served as VP of Business Development for two EV related companies: Coulomb Technologies (now known as ChargePoint) and Atieva (Li-ion battery systems).
Harrigan got his start in the EV industry at Tesla Motors in 2005 where he was VP of Customer Service & Support and also served as VP of Marketing responsible for the launch of the Tesla Roadster as well as the corporate launch.
About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and established by the Mayors of San Francisco, San Jose and Oakland to accelerate the clean energy economy. Major partners include Bank of America, PG&E, Environmental Defense Fund, industry partners including ChargePoint, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. The BACC is driving electric vehicle innovation through co-facilitation of the EV Strategic Council, the executive forum driving the region’s vision to be the “EV Capital of the US”; co-managing the near $1 million EV Promotional Campaign with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission; the Local Government EV Fleet National Demonstration Project and facilitation of negotiated EV leases for fleets, for the largest collective municipal all-battery EV fleet deployment in the US; and Ready, Set, Charge, California! A Guide to EV-Ready Communities delivering key guidance on EV preparedness. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org.
Written by Diana Chou Friday, 17 January 2014 20:20
2014 California Adaptation Conference
August 19 - 20
Location: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel, Sacramento
The first statewide conference on adaptation — the 2014 California Adaptation Forum — will be held in mid-August in Sacramento. The August 19-20 event is being planned by a statewide steering committee. See the web site: http://www.californiaadaptationforum.org/.
Written by Diana Chou Friday, 17 January 2014 19:55
Climate Adaptation Workshop - The California Natural Resources Agency
Monday January 27th, 10:00 am to 3:00pm
Location: State Building, 455 Golden Gate, San Francisco (Civic Center)
The California Natural Resources Agency will hold a workshop in San Francisco to take comments on their draft plan "Safeguarding California." See the draft plan and more info: http://resources.ca.gov/climate_adaptation/
- Net Positive Energy + Water Conference
- Nov 6th - EV Infrastructure & Energy Management
- Save the Date (11/20): Strategies for Successful Streetlight Deployments
- Bay Area Climate Collaborative and Bank of America Partnership Supporting Clean Energy Economy
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