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.

 
 

Monday, 24 June 2013 22:10

Join Us: Bay Area Local Governments to Announce Major EV Fleet Deployment Milestone

SAN JOSE C.A., Jun. 24, 2013 – Mitsubishi Motors North America (MMNA) President and CEO Yoichi Yokozawa, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed and other Bay Area regional leaders will make a major electric vehicle (EV) milestone announcement on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 at San Jose City Hall. The press conference will highlight the single largest municipal fleet deployment of light-duty all-electric vehicles in the nation, with the placement of 50 all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEVs to four Bay Area municipalities - San Jose, Los Gatos, Campbell and Mill Valley.

 

Where:

San Jose City Hall Plaza

200 E. Santa Clara Street

San Jose, CA 95113

 

When:

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

*Event will include a showcase of 20+ i-MiEVs on site.

 

Featuring key remarks from:

  • Yoichi Yokozawa, President & CEO, Mitsubishi Motors North America
  • Chuck Reed, Mayor, City of San Jose
  • Barbara Spector, Mayor, Town of Los Gatos
  • Evan Low, Mayor, City of Campbell
  • Gail Mohr, BACC Co-Chair/SVP, Market Mgr – Silicon Valley, Bank of America
  • Benjamin Rubin, Governor Brown’s Office of Planning and Research

These 50 vehicles have the potential to save nearly $40,000 in fuel costs and avoid over 130,000 lbs of CO2 annually. The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) is providing support for this landmark deployment and other ongoing initiatives to catalyze EV adoption in Bay Area fleets, which collectively could result in 250+ EVs for potential impacts including nearly $2 million in fuel cost savings and avoidance of nearly 6 million lbs CO2 over five years.

 

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Claire Barton at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

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.

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Written by BACC Editor Thursday, 13 June 2013 20:18

Bay Area to Launch Regional EV Promotional Marketing Campaign

Bay Area to Launch Regional EV Promotional Marketing Campaign

Initiative to Accelerate Adoption of Electric Vehicles through “Ride and Drives” and Other Outreach

 

Release by: Bay Area EV Strategic Council

 

OAKLAND, C.A., June 12, 2013 – The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) announced today that it issued a Request for Proposals for a consultant to assist in the implementation of a region-wide electric vehicle (EV) promotional campaign to accelerate adoption of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs). MTC developed the campaign plan in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and the Bay Area EV Strategic Council, an executive leadership group comprised of local business, government and non-profit leaders.

“The EV Promotional Campaign is part of the Climate Initiatives Program, which is designed to promote a variety of new techniques for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and vehicle-miles traveled around the Bay Area,” explained MTC Legislation and Public Affairs Director Randy Rentschler. “The acceleration of EV adoption in the Bay Area will help us meet Bay Area GHG emission reduction goals. It will also help reduce consumer spending on fuel and boost job creation in the region, two important benefits.”

 

“Adoption of more electric and plug-in electric vehicles will advance our clean air goals, reduce asthma and boost public health,” said Jack Broadbent, executive officer of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. “This effort will help us meet the region’s Clean Air Plan goals of deploying 100,000 plug-in vehicles by 2020.  The smarter our transportation choices, the better it will be for air quality around our neighborhoods and the more money from gas savings in our pockets.”

 

The EV Promotional Campaign, which is scheduled to launch early next year, will focus on increasing awareness of EVs in the Bay Area through education and outreach, including “ride and drive” events that enable Bay Area residents to experience the “electric feeling” of driving the new generation of EVs available from an increasing number of manufacturers -- ranging from Tesla and BMW to Chevy, Nissan, Mitsubishi, and many others coming to market later this year. Marin County Supervisor and MTC Commissioner Steve Kinsey, who co-chairs the Bay Area EV Strategic Council, noted, “This campaign will provide another jumpstart for the EV market in the region, which already is emerging as the EV Capital of the U.S.  We look forward to partnering with all the EV manufacturers, major employers and other industry partners to ensure these ride and drive events are a success.”

 

MTC, which launched its Climate Initiatives Program in October 2010, has invested approximately $8 million to date in regional EV demonstration projects, including pilot programs for charging infrastructure and incentives for municipal and car-sharing fleets.

 

“Meeting the region’s targets could reduce Bay Area drivers’ fuel costs by $120 million a year or more,” explained BACC’s Executive Director, Rafael Reyes. “While EVs are in an early stage of adoption, their share of the total vehicle market is actually growing more quickly than conventional hybrids did when they were first introduced. Each quarter there is sales growth of EVs in California, so we know this market will accelerate quickly as consumers experience the high performance, low operating costs, and environmental benefits of EVs.”

 

Currently there are approximately 10,000 EVs in the nine-county Bay Area, and the region accounts for 36 percent of all plug-in vehicles in California. Building on work by EV Strategic Council members such as Plug In America, San Francisco’s City CarShare and other groups, the EV Promotional Campaign will target potential “early adopters” to encourage drivers to buy or lease EVs or to use plug-in EVs through car-sharing outlets. The campaign will provide opportunities for the public to try EVs at company campuses and public locations throughout the region, and will include integrated media promotion.

 

About the Bay Area EV Strategic Council

The Bay Area EV Strategic Council is an executive forum created to establish the Bay Area as an “EV Capital” region, as measured by the mass adoption of EVs. In addition to Broadbent and Kinsey, members of the EV Strategic Council include San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, Oakland Mayor Jean Quan, Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates, MTC Executive Director Steve Heminger, ABAG Executive Director Ezra Rapport, and senior executives from the Silicon Valley Leadership Group; Tesla; PG&E; Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers; ChargePoint; ECOtality; City CarShare; Plug In America; the Clean Cities Coalitions of the Bay Area; and the Monterey Bay EV Alliance. The EV Strategic Council is co-facilitated by the Bay Area Climate Collaborative and the EV Communities Alliance.

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, and local governments representing over 70 percent of the Bay Area population. In addition to co-facilitating the Bay Area EV Strategic Council, the BACC is driving electric vehicle innovation through the Local Government EV Fleet National Demonstration Project, 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

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