Bay Area Climate Collaborative Unveils Final “Bridge to the Clean Economy” Action Plan at Third Anniversary Event

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Launch Event will Showcase New Regional Clean Energy Strategies and Key Partnerships

Bay Area Climate Collaborative
“The Bridge to the Clean Economy action plan outlines strategic opportunities to grow our region’s clean tech economy,” said Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose, who along with the Mayors of San Francisco and Oakland established the BACC in 2009.

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC), a public-private partnership project of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group dedicated to accelerating the clean energy economy, today will announce the launch of a new regional action plan, Bridge to the Clean Economy: Low Carbon, High Impact Market Initiatives for the Bay Area, at its 3rd anniversary event taking place at the SunEdison headquarters in Belmont, California. The event will feature Mayors Chuck Reed of San Jose and Jean Quan of Oakland, Silicon Valley Leadership Group President and CEO Carl Guardino, Silicon Valley Market President of Bank of America Raquel Gonzalez, and host and SunEdison Chief Strategy Officer Steve O'Rourke.

Federal, regional and local government budgets are under pressure. It is especially important now, in this time of government austerity, to scale clean energy through market-driven action. Drawing on the insights and innovations of regional clean tech and climate leaders, the Bridge to the Clean Economy action plan showcases key players and outlines regionally actionable market acceleration initiatives in electric vehicles (EVs), renewable power, and energy efficiency that support economic development while reducing regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

“The Bridge to the Clean Economy action plan outlines strategic opportunities to grow our region’s clean tech economy,” said Chuck Reed, Mayor of San Jose, who along with the Mayors of San Francisco and Oakland established the BACC in 2009. “While we’ve made much progress over the past three years, we must continue our efforts to support innovative green technologies that will create jobs, protect our environment, and help San Jose achieve its Green Vision goals.”

In partnership with AltaTerra Research, Pacific Municipal Consultants, and EV Communities Alliance, the BACC engaged over 150 clean energy leaders across sectors to shape the Bridge to the Clean Economy strategies. The extensive region-wide dialogues informed the final action plan unveiled today, which will serve as the foundation of BACC strategy moving forward. Central to the plan is its focus on cross-sector collaboration.

“The private sector is better positioned than ever before to help drive innovation and stimulate the economy,” said Steve Malnight, Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions for PG&E. “PG&E is partnering with the BACC to advance the deepening of energy efficiency in buildings and to improve the efficiency of streetlights. We are excited to move forward on implementation, and it is initiatives like these that will help accelerate clean energy markets and stimulate the economy, objectives shared by PG&E and the Bridge to the Clean Economy.”

“Clean energy solutions are growing dramatically, and there is a distinct and vital role for the financial sector to play in facilitating that growth,” said Gail Mohr, BACC co-chair and SVP Market Manager, Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Bank of America. “Bank of America, through our $20 billion environmental business initiative, and others are actively looking for avenues of involvement. The Bridge to the Clean Economy action plan delivers key insights on strategic opportunities to advance clean energy quickly.”

Today’s event serves not only to formally launch the Bridge to the Clean Economy action plan, but also to celebrate the third anniversary of the BACC. In addition to the Bay Area Next Generation Streetlight Initiative, upgrading 200,000+ streetlights to advanced LED technology, the BACC is leading the $5 million EV Fleet National Demonstration Project deploying 90 EVs into 11 local governments to catalyze adoption of EVs in fleets across the region; established and co-facilitates the Bay Area EV Strategic Council, the cross-sector executive forum to drive regional action on plug-in EVs; developed and published Ready, Set, Charge, California! A Guide to EV-Ready Communities, the state’s authoritative guide for local governments on EV readiness; and manages SunShares, a first-of-its-kind residential solar employee benefit group-buy program whose pilot resulted in 40% below average market prices and is reaching nearly 340,000 employees in its first round. Bridge to the Clean Economy extends this work by fostering unprecedented levels of regional cross-sector collaboration to both drive major new market-oriented clean energy projects and shine a light on existing initiatives.

“In 2011, green jobs nationwide hit 2.7 million, with the Bay Area claiming 11% of that figure supported by $1 billion in regional VC clean tech investment,” said Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. “This is a game-changing moment. It is essential that we seize the opportunity to build on this historic momentum, laying the foundations for a cleaner and more prosperous future that unites the interests of all sectors. Bridge to the Clean Economy exemplifies the special brand of innovation born of collaboration that has been intrinsic to the success of this region.”

For more information on the Bridge to the Clean Economy, please visit: http://www.BridgeToCleanEconomy.org

About the Bay Area Climate Collaborative
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is a public-private initiative accelerating the clean energy economy. A project of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, 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 initiatives include the Bay Area Next Generation Streetlight Initiative to upgrade 200,000 streetlights to LED and deliver $10 million in annual cost savings. For more information on the BACC, please visit: http://www.baclimate.org.

About EV Communities Alliance
EV Communities Alliance is a public/private partnership that accelerates EV deployment in major metro regions in California, with a focus on the Bay Area. EV Communities Alliance helped design and fund the Bridge to the Clean Economy project and will develop the EV strategic action agenda in collaboration with public and private EV ecosystem partners.

About Pacific Municipal Consultants
Established in 1995, Pacific Municipal Consultants (PMC) is a full-service municipal services consulting firm with expertise in a broad range of planning, environmental, finance, urban design & revitalization, public outreach and sustainability services. PMC has offices throughout the Western United States including Rancho Cordova, Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, Monterey, Chico, Davis, and Mt. Shasta. For additional information about PMC, visit http://www.pmcworld.com.

About AltaTerra Research
AltaTerra Research is a market research and education services firm focused on high-value solutions for resource efficiency, clean energy and sustainable business in the corporate and institutional marketplace. AltaTerra Research will review and refine research results, consult on initiative concepts and co-host selected webinars. For additional information about AltaTerra Research, visit http://www.altaterra.net.

About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 375 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and contribute more than $3 trillion to the worldwide economy. For more information about the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, visit http://www.svlg.org.

About Pacific Gas and Electric
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit http://www.pge.com/about/newsroom/ and http://www.pgecurrents.com.

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