Tuesday, 15 October 2013 15:14

Bay Area Climate Collaborative and Bank of America Partnership Supporting Clean Energy Economy

Renewed Support will Further Accelerate Strategies for Growing Clean Energy Markets

 

SAN JOSE, C.A., Oct. 15, 2013 – The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) today announced a $54,000 renewal of financial support and strategic direction from anchor partner Bank of America to advance high-impact initiatives accelerating key clean energy markets, including next generation lighting, electric vehicles (EVs), and efficiency and clean energy in K-12 schools.

 

Now in its fourth year of partnership with the BACC, Bank of America has provided nearly $230,000 in grants which have accelerated regional programs that will yield near-term cost savings and carbon pollution reduction. These include the Bay Area EV Strategic Council, driving the $1 million Go EV Marketing Campaign to increase EV adoption in early adopter consumer segments; the Bay Area Next Generation Streetlight Initiative, catalyzing the upgrade of 200,000 municipal streetlights; Energize Schools, supporting the Bay Area’s school districts in maximizing their clean energy investments; and EV Fleet Programs facilitating the deployment of 150+ EVs with 15 municipalities over the next 12 months through innovative lease and grant initiatives.

 

In a June 27 press conference at San Jose City Hall with Mitsubishi Motors North America President and CEO Yoichi Yokozawa, Mayor Chuck Reed, and other Bay Area leaders, Gail Mohr, SVP Market Manager Silicon Valley Global Marketing and Corporate Affairs for Bank of America, announced the landmark rollout of 50 all-electric Mitsubishi EVs to four Bay Area local governments – San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell and Mill Valley – in what is the single largest municipal deployment of light-duty battery electric vehicles in the nation to date.

 

“Bank of America was able to launch a new 10-year, $50 billion environmental business goal this year because we met our 2007 goal, $20 billion over 10 years, in half that time,” noted Mohr. “Our support for organizations like the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, which drives high-impact initiatives that net measurable cost savings and emissions reductions such as the recent Mitsubishi EV deployment, plays a significant part in meeting those goals. Through our partnership, we are helping to address climate change and advance lower-carbon economic solutions – in the near term.”

 

“Through their ongoing support of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative, Bank of America is enabling some of the most substantive initiatives to advance and scale clean energy markets in the region,” said Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the BACC. “We are grateful for their guidance and we applaud their vision.”

 

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 in 2009 to accelerate the clean energy economy. Anchor partners include Bank of America, PG&E, Environmental Defense Fund, major clean energy industry partners, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. The BACC is driving electric vehicle, energy efficiency, and distributed renewables innovation. For more information on the BACC, please visit: www.baclimate.org.

 

About Bank of America

Bank of America is one of the world's largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small- and middle-market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk management products and services. The company provides unmatched convenience in the United States, serving approximately 57 million consumer and small business relationships with approximately 5,700 retail banking offices and approximately 17,750 ATMs and award-winning online banking with 30 million active users. Bank of America is among the world's leading wealth management companies and is a global leader in corporate and investment banking and trading across a broad range of asset classes, serving corporations, governments, institutions and individuals around the world. Bank of America offers industry-leading support to approximately 4 million small business owners through a suite of innovative, easy-to-use online products and services. The company serves clients through operations in more than 40 countries. Bank of America Corporation stock (NYSE: BAC) is a component of the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

 

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Monday, 23 September 2013 22:29

Bay Area Mayors Gear Up to Launch "EV Week 2013" to Spur EV Adoption Sept 23 – 27

Bay Area Mayors Gear Up to Launch "EV Week 2013" to Spur EV Adoption Sept 23 – 27

San Francisco, Palo Alto & San Jose Civic, Business, Tech & Environmental Leaders Invite Bay Area Drivers to Get Behind the Wheel of an Electric Vehicle

SAN JOSE & SAN FRANCISCO, CA, September 23rd – Charge Across Town (www.chargeacrosstown.com) is spurring the adoption of electric vehicles in the Bay Area with “EV Week 2013: San Francisco to Silicon Valley” – a three-city, five-day series of events and activities designed to engage, educate and excite Bay Area drivers about the benefits, ease and accessibility of driving all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Driving towards California Governor Jerry Brown’s goal of getting 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on California’s roadways by 2025, EV Week 2013 is inviting Bay Area drivers – from commuters to car sharers – to get behind the wheel of an EV and become part of the solution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by driving greener, cleaner vehicles.

The mayors of San Francisco, Palo Alto and San Jose, together with local business, technology, civic and environmental leaders, will kick-off EV Week 2013 in their respective cities, featuring:

Free Electric Vehicle Test Drives to give Bay Area drivers the opportunity to experience the EV difference behind the wheel

Electric Vehicle Expositions showcasing the largest selection of new plug-in and all-electric vehicles, the first all-electric scooters, the latest EV charging technologies, one of the nation’s first mobile solar charging stations, and new mobile applications and car and scooter-sharing services.

EV Week 2013 is a flagship program of Charge Across Town (www.chargeacrosstown.com), an educational organization helping to advance the adoption of EVs in the Bay Area by educating the community about the benefits and use of electric vehicles and EV infrastructure.

 

What

Bay Area Mayors Gear Up to Launch Electric Vehicle Week to Spur EV Adoption September 23 – 27

Interview, Photo & Video Opportunities:

Free electric vehicle Ride & Drives along San Francisco’s Embarcadero, around downtown Palo Alto, and on San Jose’s Santana Row.

Interviews with San Francisco, Palo Alto and San Jose Mayors, EV Week organizers and local civic, business, technology and environmental leaders.

The largest selection of state of the art plug-in and all-electric vehicles at San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza, Palo Alto City Hall Plaza and San Jose’s Santana Row.

Demos of the first-ever ALL electric scooter and one of the nation’s first mobile solar charging stations.

Test-drive and expo models include: Tesla Model S, BMW ActiveE, Toyota Prius Plug-in and Toyota RAV 4 EV, Honda Fit EV and Honda Accord EV, Mitsubishi MiEV, Ford Fusion C-MAX Energi, Ford Fusion Energi and Ford Focus Electric and Nissan Leaf.

Other Expo exhibitors: PG&E, Schneider-Electric,Pandora, Zipcar, City CarShare, Scoot Networks, Chargepoint, DriveNow, Envision Solar, SAP, SunPower and the Center for Sustainable Energy California (CCSE).

 

EV Week 2013 Events in San Francisco, Palo Alto & San Jose

Monday, September 23 – San Francisco’s Justin Herman Plaza

11:30am – Launch event featuring San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and members of the Board of Supervisors.

11am – 3pm San Francisco drivers enjoy free Electric Vehicle Ride & Drives along San Francisco’s Embarcadero.

11am – 5pm – Electric Vehicle EXPO with music DJ’d by Pandora Internet Radio.

 

Tuesday, September 24 – Justin Herman Plaza

11am – 3pm San Francisco drivers enjoy free Electric Vehicle Ride & Drives along San Francisco’s Embarcadero, with music DJ'd by Pandora from 11am - 1pm.

11am – 5pm – Electric Vehicle EXPO

 

Wednesday, September 25 – Palo Alto City Hall Plaza / 250 Hamilton Avenue

12pm – 12:30pm – Launch event featuring Palo Alto City Councilmembers Marc Berman, Larry Klein and Gail Price, together with Bay Area electric vehicle, technology, civic and environmental leaders

12pm – 5pm – Palo Alto drivers enjoy free Electric Vehicle Ride & Drives around City Hall Plaza.

12pm – 5pm – Electric Vehicle EXPO featuring educational and interactive exhibits at Palo Alto City Hall Plaza.

 

Thursday, September 26 – San Jose’s Santana Row Chess Plaza, between Olin Avenue & Olsen Drive

12pm – 12:30pm – Launch event featuring San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and San Jose City Councilmembers, together with Bay Area electric vehicle, technology, civic and environmental leaders

12pm – 7pm – San Jose drivers enjoy free Electric Vehicle Ride & Drives around Santana Row Chess Plaza.

12pm – 7pm – Electric Vehicle EXPO at Santana Row’s Chess Plaza

 

Friday, September 27 – San Jose – Santana Row Chess Plaza

12pm – 7pm – San Jose drivers enjoy free Electric Vehicle Ride & Drives around Santana Row Chess Plaza.

12pm – 4pm – Electric Vehicle EXPO at Santana Row’s Chess Plaza.

Any questions? Contact: Deborah Schneider, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , 415-277-6973

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Written by BACC Editor Wednesday, 14 August 2013 18:18

Sept 5: Smart Schools Symposium to Improve Efficiency and Performance of K-12 Facilities

 

Greenwise Joint Venture, the UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center, California Lighting Technology Center, and Western Cooling Efficiency Center are partnering to present Smart Schools 2013, a one-day symposium on proven best practices for lighting and HVAC upgrades. Representatives from K-12 schools and community colleges across Northern California will engage in technology and financing workshops, "ask the expert" discussions, and a "vendor match" session for companies and schools interested in partnering on demonstration projects. School leaders will also present case studies of cost-effective retrofit projects already completed or underway.

Register or Learn more here.

 
 

Written by Rafael Reyes Friday, 02 August 2013 15:53

East Bay Green Corridor & Sungevity to announce streamlined permitting

OAKLAND -- Members of the East Bay Green Corridor, Sungevity® and the Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development will gather to announce the Green Corridor’s new solar permitting process, which includes groundbreaking structural guidelines that could potentially save contractors and homeowners between $850 and $3,500 dollars per installation in California by avoiding expensive engineering assessments.

 

Who: Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) director, Kish Rajan; Oakland Mayor, Jean Quan; Berkeley Vice-Mayor Linda Maio; Emeryville City Councilmember Jennifer West; East Bay Green Corridor director, Carla Din; Sungevity co-founder & CEO Andrew Birch; Tipping Mar structural engineer, John Wolfe.

What: The East Bay Green Corridor (a State iHub) & Sungevity will announce the creation of standardized solar permitting guidelines across the region that will cut red tape, reduce installation costs and boost the local economy.

Who: Sungevity, 55 Harrison, 3rd Floor, Oakland, CA 94607

The Impark parking lot is located at the front entrance to 55 Harrison St. Google map:

https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?vps=2&ie=UTF8&hl=en&oe=UTF8&msa=0&msid=205959328264660017864.0004e299a15ee6866dde9


When: Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 10:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. (PDT)

 
 

Written by BACC Editor Wednesday, 26 June 2013 19:02

Four Bay Area Local Governments Participate in Single Largest Municipal Fleet Deployment of Light-Duty All-Electric Vehicles in Nation

Rollout of 50 Mitsubishi All-Electric Vehicles to City of San Jose, Town of Los Gatos, City of Campbell and City of Mill Valley Marks Significant Electric Vehicle Milestone

 

SAN JOSE, C.A., June 27, 2013 – Mitsubishi Motors North America President and CEO Yoichi Yokozawa, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, the Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) and other Bay Area leaders today announced at a press conference at San Jose City Hall the deployment of 50 Mitsubishi all-electric vehicles to four Bay Area local government fleets – San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell and Mill Valley – representing the largest single municipal fleet deployment of light-duty all-electric vehicles (EVs) in the nation to date.

 

Supporting the region’s efforts to establish the Bay Area as the “EV Capital of the US” and Governor Brown’s goal of 1.5 million EVs on California roads by 2025, 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 vehicles were secured under highly favorable lease terms, removing the upfront cost barrier and risk of traditional vehicle procurement. These unique lease options are allowing participating municipalities to expand on their already progressive sustainability efforts, while delivering the significant operations, maintenance and fuel cost savings associated with EVs.

 

The City of San Jose, which received 38 of the 50 vehicles, is aiming to power 100 percent of its fleet with alternative fuel vehicles by 2022 as a part of its Green Vision, and is currently 40 percent of the way toward achieving this goal. “We appreciate the opportunity to secure these new vehicles without any upfront expenditure,” said San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed. “By replacing older, less efficient vehicles with clean EVs, we reduce emissions but more importantly, save on fuel costs.

 

This deployment also is enabling smaller municipalities to both demonstrate the benefits of EVs in fleets and emerge as sustainability leaders. “The Town of Los Gatos is pleased to participate in this initiative to add electric vehicles to the fleet, which lowers our carbon footprint in keeping with our Sustainability Plan,” said Town of Los Gatos Mayor Barbara Spector. “In addition to being nearly 40 percent less expensive to fuel, these vehicles will significantly reduce the Town’s greenhouse gas emissions – over three years our five vehicles will avoid nearly 20,000 lbs of CO2.”

 

“Many of our fleet vehicle routes are predictable and take place within the city itself,” explained City of Campbell Mayor Evan Low. “These i-MiEVs are ideally suited for such applications and, using the network of 11 charging stations we've installed, we’ll be able to charge the vehicles throughout the day. The EV proposition makes a lot of sense for our fleet.”

 

“The City of Mill Valley is pleased to deploy these all-electric vehicles, reflecting the Council’s core value of environmental conservation and sustainability,” said Mill Valley Mayor Andrew Berman. “The need for green transportation alternatives represents a global issue and is more critical than ever. Integrating EVs into the City fleet makes both economic and environmental sense, and we will encourage other local governments to join us in doing the same.”

 

“The California Bay Area is known worldwide for fostering innovation and advanced technology, so it is fitting that the cities of San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell and Mill Valley are deploying such a large fleet of highly energy efficient Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric vehicles,” said Yoichi Yokozawa, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc. “These forward-thinking municipalities will reap many benefits from having the Mitsubishi i-MiEV in their fleets, such as tremendous reliability, an excellent safety record, greatly reduced maintenance and operation costs and, of course, zero tailpipe emissions.”

 

This distinctive opportunity was the result of a multi-partner, cross-sector collaboration. Mitsubishi Motors North America is the supplier of the all-electric i-MiEV. Active International, a corporate trading and marketing solutions provider with services that increase market share, funded the leases through its corporate trading program, and worked with Mike Albert Fleet Solutions, a national fleet management and services provider, to develop the highly favorable leasing terms. The BACC validated the Bay Area market for Active International, facilitated key business relationships in support of the deal and coordinated with the public agencies to help finalize agreements.

 

“Combined, these 50 vehicles could save the participating municipalities over $110,000 in fuel costs and reduce CO2 emissions by nearly 400,000 lbs over three years,” noted Rafael Reyes, Executive Director of the Bay Area Climate Collaborative. “For fleets, EVs bring improved total-cost-of ownership and insulation from gas price hikes. These municipalities are true clean vehicle pioneers, actively helping to demonstrate the benefits of EVs in fleets and providing a model for other fleets to follow.”




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”; 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.

 

About Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Motors North America, Inc., (MMNA) is responsible for all manufacturing, sales, marketing, research and development operations for Mitsubishi Motors in the United States. MMNA sells coupes, sedans and sport utility vehicles through a network of approximately 400 dealers. In November of 2011, MMNA launched the battery-powered electric vehicle Mitsubishi i-MiEV as part of a corporate mission to offer consumers more environmentally responsible modes of transportation. This battery-powered electric vehicle technology addresses the need for vehicles that produce zero tailpipe emissions and support a growing agenda for sustainability. For more information, contact the Mitsubishi Motors News Bureau at
(888) 560-6672 or visit media.mitsubishicars.com.

 

About Active International

Active International consults with the Fortune 1000 on ways to optimize their enterprise assets, typically excess consumer packaged goods, real estate and capital equipment. As the global leader in corporate trade, Active has successfully helped many of the world’s leading brands recover value, reduce costs and increase market share. Providing a dynamic financial tool, Active has helped its clients improve their business performance, delivering $1.5 billion in economic benefit since 1984. Active International is based in New York and has offices in 14 countries. www.activeinternational.com.

 

About Mike Albert Fleet Solutions

Cincinnati-based Mike Albert Fleet Solutions provides fleet optimization solutions that maximize cash flow, lower total cost of ownership, increase productivity and build brand awareness. The organization is one of the top 10 fleet management companies in the country, and is currently the nation's number one privately-held Closed-End lessor. Mike Albert offers Open and Closed-End leasing, Purchase-Leaseback options, and a comprehensive list of fleet management services, including Maintenance Management, AutoTag registration renewal, Telematics, accident management, fuel card, remarketing, and more. For more information, please visit www.mikealbert.com.