Public Meeting Happening Dec. 5 for the City of Santa Clara Electric Rate Increase

On Dec. 5, 2023, the Santa Clara City Council will consider a 10% electric rate increase for Silicon Valley Power customers.

Meeting details:

When: December 5, 2023 City Council Meeting – Meeting Begins at 7:00 pm
Where: 1500 Warburton Ave. Santa Clara, CA 95050 or via zoom per Agenda instructions
Council Agenda will be posted online Dec. 1, 2023 on the City of Santa Clara’s website santaclaraca.gov City of Santa Clara – Calendar (legistar.com)

If approved, the increase will take effect in Jan. 2024 and will be included in bills issued in February for consumption in January.

The increase in rates are necessary to complete maintenance and operations of the electric system and cover the rising costs of producing, purchasing and transmitting power as well as equipment and material costs, which has increased by double and triple digits. Silicon Valley Power’s electricity rates remain among the lowest for California utilities serving more than 10,000 customers.

Electric system improvements include replacing old power poles, crossarms and transformers to prevent outages and maintain high-quality service. The rate increase and system improvements will help ensure a reliable power system for Santa Clara in the future.

Silicon Valley Power offers a variety of financial-assistance and energy efficiency programs for customers looking for ways to reduce energy costs. Visit SiliconValleyPower.com/Residents or call 408-244-SAVE (7283) for more information.

Ameresco Announces Battery Energy Storage System Contract with Silicon Valley Power

Ameresco-owned asset installation of a 50-megawatt battery energy storage system to boost Silicon Valley Power’s system reliability

Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE: AMRC), a leading cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, has announced that it will construct a battery energy storage system (BESS) of up to 50-megawatts (MW) to provide Silicon Valley Power (SVP) additional local area capacity for electrical system reliability and flexibility. The BESS, named Kifer Energy Storage LLC, will be installed adjacent to the existing Kifer Receiving Station within SVP’s service territory.

The Ameresco owned asset, which is scheduled to begin construction in mid-2024, will mark the beginning of a 25-year lease and Energy Storage Agreement with the City of Santa Clara. Ameresco will develop, own, and operate the BESS, while SVP will supply the charging energy. With a maximum energy capacity of up to 200 megawatt-hours (MWh), the BESS will efficiently acquire surplus renewable electricity and provide a clean and reliable resource to integrate renewables, decrease reliance on gas-fired generation, and mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) and criteria air pollutant emissions.

“We’re thrilled to announce our partnership with Silicon Valley Power to bring this state-of-the-art battery energy storage system to life,” said Britta MacIntosh, Executive Vice President and General Manager, West Region. “This asset installation really is a game-changer, not just for enhancing SVP’s system reliability, but also for advancing and integrating the renewable energy sources of the future. We’re proud to be helping Silicon Valley Power make significant strides towards a cleaner and more sustainable future.”

“We are excited to be teaming up with Ameresco to bring this innovative energy storage system to our community,” said Manuel Pineda, Chief Electric Utility Officer of Silicon Valley Power. “With the installation of this new battery storage system, we are committed to providing reliable and flexible power solutions for our customers embracing renewable energy integration. This project is perfectly aligned with our mission to deliver affordable, sustainable, and environmentally friendly energy options. Together, we hope to help lead the way towards a greener Silicon Valley.”

“This 50-megawatt battery energy storage system represents a significant step towards enhancing Silicon Valley Power’s system reliability,” said Jovan Grogan, Santa Clara City Manager and Silicon Valley Power CEO. “Together with Ameresco, we are paving the way for a more resilient and sustainable energy future for our city.”

Additionally, the batteries at the facility will participate in the California ISO markets, assist in balancing generation and consumption, reducing congestion and regulating voltage and frequency. Ameresco and SVP aim for the BESS to be fully operational by the fourth quarter of 2025.

To learn more about Ameresco and the company’s clean energy solutions, visit www.ameresco.com. To learn more about Silicon Valley power, visit www.siliconvalleypower.com.


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