Written by Rafael Reyes Saturday, 17 May 2014 04:05
EV Alliance to Deploy EV Charging Stations in Bay Area
California Energy Commission awards grant for Bay Area Charge Ahead Project
PRESS RELEASE: The California EV Alliance announced that the California Energy Commission today awarded $474,052 for the deployment of EV charging infrastructure in the San Francisco Bay Area. A consortium of EV industry leaders developed the Bay Area Charge Ahead Project to deploy 37 charging stations -- and a total of 74 individual charge ports -- across 18 locations in 10 municipalities. The consortium led by the California EV Alliance includes ChargePoint, ABM, the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, and ten municipalities.
“ABM and ChargePoint are proud to be deploying these EV charging stations together in the Bay Area,” says Cameron Funk, Director Business Development for ABM; and Richard Lowenthal, ChargePoint co-founder, in a joint statement. ChargePoint is the established national leader in EV charging station design and manufacturing, with more than 17,000 stations deployed globally, while ABM is a North American leader in charge station installation.
The Bay Area Charge Ahead project was developed with the support of two nonprofit leaders in EV and clean energy work – the California EV Alliance, and the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) According to the Alliance Executive Director, Richard Schorske, and the BACC Executive Director, Rafael Reyes: “This project is a milestone in our joint work to help Bay Area municipalities build out the region’s EV infrastructure, and we look forward to advancing best practices that will make this region the national leader in mass EV adoption.”
The publicly available charging stations will be deployed at locations in the cities of Benicia, Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Napa, Novato, Petaluma, San Leandro, St Helena, and Yountville. The Bay Area has nearly 40 percent of the plug-in electric vehicles in California and public charging enables more miles to be travelled with clean electric drive vehicles. Over 10 years, the Bay Area Charge Ahead project infrastructure is projected to result in net reductions of 10 million kilograms of CO2 compared to the global warming pollution of regular gas vehicles.
“We are excited to be accelerating EV adoption in Berkeley and throughout the region. EVs are a big win for people to save money, improve air quality, and cut the pollution that’s causing global warming,” said Berkeley Mayor and Bay Area EV Strategic Council co-chair Tom Bates, “And when people experience electric they discover that these cars really are the better ride!”
The lead applicant for the grant is the California EV Alliance, a public/private partnership that works to accelerate mass adoption of EVs. San Jose based EV equipment maker ChargePoint will provide the charging stations, ABM will install them, and the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, a non-profit project of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, will provide project management services.
About the California EV Alliance
The California EV Alliance promotes the mass adoption of EVs in California by developing EV-friendly policies, programs, and resources at the state, regional, and local level. The Alliance brings together public/private partnerships to accelerate development of EV charging infrastructure, build EV awareness, and plan for the EV transition, in alignment with the state’s goal to ensure that 80% of all vehicles are electric drive by the year 2050.
ABM is a leading provider of facility solutions with revenues of $4.8 billion and 100,000+ employees in over 350 offices deployed throughout the United States and various international locations. ABM’s comprehensive capabilities include facilities engineering, commercial cleaning, energy solutions, HVAC, electrical, landscaping, parking and security, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions.
ABM Energy is dedicated to providing technologies and solutions that reduce energy consumption and operating costs as well as improve sustainability – from state-of-the-art building controls and high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment to electric vehicle charging stations and renewable energy systems. For more information please visit www.abm.com/energy.
ChargePoint is the largest and most open electric vehicle (EV) charging network in the world, with more than 17,000 charging locations. Ranked #1 by leading independent research firm, Navigant Research, ChargePoint makes advanced hardware and best-in-class cloud based software. ChargePoint’s open network is utilized by many leading EV hardware makers and encourages all EV charging manufacturers to join.
ChargePoint’s real-time network information including the availability of charging locations throughout the nation is available through the ChargePoint mobile app, online and via the navigation systems in top-selling EVs including the new BMW i3 and the Nissan LEAF. Every 10 seconds, a driver connects to a ChargePoint station and by initiating over 4.5 million charging sessions, ChargePoint drivers have saved over 3.9 million gallons of gasoline and driven 93 million gas free miles.
For more information about ChargePoint, visit www.chargepoint.com.
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 Experience Electric EV marketing campaign with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission; facilitation of 150 electric vehicles to municipal fleets; 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 Rafael Reyes Wednesday, 14 May 2014 14:38
Written by Rafael Reyes Friday, 18 April 2014 21:36
A Bay Area bike share program that began last summer in San Jose and San Francisco is planning its first expansion into the East Bay communities of Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville. The debut could be as early as late 2015 for the bright blue bicycles, which can be checked out for free rides of up to 30 minutes at a time. To start the East Bay bike service, commission planners recommend adding 60 bike stations and 750 bikes in some 8.5 square miles of the three cities. View the Full Article.
Written by Rafael Reyes Thursday, 17 April 2014 17:34
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative's Executive Director Rafael Reyes was appointed this week to the City of San Mateo's newly established Sustainability Commission. The commission will advise Council on policies related to sustainability and establish forums for public outreach and education to the San Mateo community.
Rafael previously served on the City's Sustainable Initiatives Committee in 2007-2008 which developed the City's climate action plan. The plan included the development and implementation of one of the leading green building standards in the nation for a city of its size requiring LEED Silver for new commercial buildings, 75 points Green Points Rated on new residential, and standards for major upgrades.
Written by Alison Erlenbach Wednesday, 02 April 2014 23:07
The City of Berkeley progresses on a streetlight retrofit project with support from the Bay Area Climate Collaborative’s Next Generation Streetlight Initiative and the California Lighting and Technology Center at the University of California, Davis. Converting all streetlights citywide will result in significant reductions in Berkeley’s greenhouse gas emissions.
SAN JOSE, C.A., April 2, 2014 – Yesterday Berkeley's city council approved a contract to convert approximately 8,000 city streetlights to LED by the end of 2014. Streetlights currently account for approximately 1,000 metric tons of CO2 output annually or about 13% of the city’s total emissions. An LED conversion is projected to cut emissions from streetlights by half, and will directly support Berkeley’s ambitious Climate Action Plan goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions locally by 33% between the years 2000 and 2020 and 80% by 2050.
With the energy savings achieved by from streetlight conversions, Berkeley is expected to save nearly $400,000 annually, in addition to PG&E rebates estimated at a total of $650,000. San Francisco-based Tanko Lighting was selected as the winning vendor for the project valued at $2,921,064. The city will use a $3 million 1% interest energy efficiency loan from the California Energy Commission to fund the project, which will be paid back over 10 years through the savings generated from installing LED streetlights from vendors including Leotek, Sensity, Holophane and others.
According to Phillip Harrington, Berkeley’s Deputy Public Works Director, “Upgrading to more energy efficient lights moves us closer to achieving our ambitious sustainability goals and helps us to continue reducing City government’s day-to-day costs and to improve our overall operational efficiency. We would like to thank the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, California Energy Commission and the California Lighting and Technology Center for their support in getting this project to design and construction.”
The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) and the California Lighting Technology Center supported the City of Berkeley’s streetlight conversion through BACC’s Next Generation Streetlight Initiative and with support from the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program. Activities included cost-benefit analyses, technical assistance, specification development, and guidance on best practices for street lighting.
Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the BACC stated, “LED streetlight upgrades presents an opportunity for cities to realize significant emissions, energy and cost savings while providing improved lighting. These upgrades provide a major advance for achieving emissions reduction goals. Cities across the Bay Area and elsewhere in the country are switching over to LED streetlights to take advantage of the many benefits from this technology.”
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 and Electric Company, Environmental Defense Fund, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. The BACC is driving innovation for electric vehicles, energy efficiency, residential upgrades, and distributed renewables. The 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 of the initiative is to catalyze the conversion of 200,000 streetlights in the Bay Area and deliver $50 million in cost savings and 100,000 metric tons of CO2 avoidance over five years. For more information on the BACC, please visit: http://www.baclimate.org/.
The California Lighting Technology Center (CLTC) is a not-for-profit research, development and demonstration facility dedicated to advancing energy-efficient lighting and daylighting technologies. Established in 2003 as part of the Department of Design, under the College of Letters and Science at UC Davis, CLTC conducts prototype testing, technology demonstrations and case studies of emerging lighting technologies. The center also provides information, training and resources through its education and outreach programs. http://cltc.ucdavis.edu.