Written by Rafael Reyes Saturday, 17 May 2014 04:05

EV Alliance to Deploy EV Charging Stations in Bay Area

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.

About ABM

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.

About ChargePoint

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

“Experience Electric” Campaign Aims to Spark Electric Vehicle Adoption


May 13, 2014, 9:01 p.m. EDT

“Experience Electric” Campaign Aims to Spark Electric Vehicle Adoption

New Initiative Puts Bay Area Residents in Electric Vehicle Driver Seat






SAN FRANCISCO, May 13, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and a consortium of electric vehicle organizations today launched a new electric vehicle awareness campaign: “Experience Electric — The Better Ride.” The regional initiative is designed to spur electric vehicle adoption by offering thousands of free test drives at dozens of public venues and workplaces throughout the nine-county Bay Area.

Beginning with the first public test drive on Saturday, May 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Marina Green in San Francisco and continuing for the next several months, the Experience Electric campaign will feature the latest electric vehicles (EVs) from a variety of manufacturers, including Tesla, BMW, FIAT, Ford, General Motors, KIA Motors and Nissan. The campaign’s goal is to accelerate EV adoption through purchase, leasing and car-sharing programs.

“Increasing the use of EVs is a great way to help the Bay Area improve air quality and meet its state targets for reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Orinda City Councilmember and MTC Chair Amy Rein Worth. “It’s one thing to say that drivers can fuel an EV for only about 20 percent of the cost of a gasoline-powered car, or that EVs can cut the typical driver’s operating and maintenance costs by $1,200 a year. But these are just numbers until people experience for themselves how much fun to drive these cars are. Add in other benefits like access to freeway carpool lanes, and when you put it all together, EVs really are the coolest option on the road today.”

“There are more all-electric vehicles in the Bay Area than any other region in the state,” added Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, who also serves as an MTC Commissioner and Air District Director, and co-chairs the Bay Area EV Strategic Council. “The Bay Area accounts for about 20 percent of California’s population but 40 percent of the state’s EVs. We want to build on this leadership and make the Bay Area the EV capital of the nation. The way to do it is to get drivers to actually experience an EV in a fun, zero-pressure setting.”

Noting that the Bay Area EV Strategic Council aims to boost the number of EVs in the region to 100,000 or more, Bates said, “We’re confident consumers will go electric when they actually try the vehicles and hear from friends who have tried them. EVs offer a fabulously smooth ride and are wonderfully quiet – in addition to the terrific fuel savings and environmental benefits.”

On the California power grid, EVs are more than 75 percent cleaner than the average gasoline-powered vehicle after counting emissions from power plants. For drivers who have solar-generated power at home or other “green” power options, driving an EV can be nearly carbon-free.

MTC, in partnership with the Air District, led the development of the Experience Electric strategy in collaboration with the Bay Area EV Strategic Council. MTC then selected the California Center for Sustainable Energy, Plug In America and Charge Across Town to conduct the year-long media and consumer campaign, which aims to make extensive use of social media and word-of-mouth marketing as well as traditional advertising and media relations.

In addition to the May 17 event in San Francisco, the Experience Electric campaign will conduct similar ride-and-drive opportunities throughout the Bay Area.

MTC is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, and operates the region’s 511 traveler information system. The Bay Area Air Quality Management District is the regional agency chartered with protecting air quality in the Bay Area.

The Bay Area EV Strategic Council is an executive forum created to establish the Bay Area as the EV Capital of the nation and to promote the mass adoption of EVs. The California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) is an independent nonprofit organization that accelerates the transition to a sustainable world powered by clean energy. CCSE helps consumers, businesses, governments and others adopt energy efficiency, renewable energy and clean transportation technologies.

Plug In America is the leading voice in the United States promoting consumer adoption of EVs. The San Francisco-based nonprofit promotes policy at the local, state and federal levels, provides a range of expert assistance related to the widespread adoption of electric vehicles, and conducts leading-edge consumer outreach and awareness — through individual events and aggressive use of online campaigns — to connect prospective drivers to new electric vehicles now available.

San Francisco-based Charge Across Town works in collaboration with Bay Area city governments, local businesses and the EV community to connect people to electric transportation, promote the adoption of EVs and e-mobility solutions, and help reduce carbon emissions in California.

Note to editors: Reporters and editors interested in learning more about EVs are encouraged to visit www.energycenter.org/ExperienceElectric . Media and consumers alike are invited to join the conversation online, and to get real-time updates about ride-and-drive events in their communities by visiting the Experience Electric campaign’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/TheBetterRide or by visiting the campaign’s Twitter or Instagram accounts.

SOURCE: Metropolitan Transportation Commission

John Goodwin, 510-817-5862


Written by Rafael Reyes Friday, 18 April 2014 21:36

Bike Sharing Program Plans to Roll Into The East Bay

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

BACC ED Appointed to San Mateo Sustainability Commission

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

City of Berkeley Advances Citywide LED Streetlight Upgrade with Support from BACC

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/.


About CLTC

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.



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