About Carbon Free Silicon Valley

Our Group

Carbon Free Silicon Valley (CFSV) is a new grassroots environmental advocacy group. Our purpose is to work with our local clean energy agencies, municipal utilities, and elected officials across Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties to ensure Silicon Valley leadership in achieving aggressive greenhouse gas reductions.

OUR Vision:

We envision a thriving carbon-neutral Silicon Valley

OUR Mission:

We are working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in 2025 by 40% compared to 2005 levels through clean electricity and beneficial electrification.

We are devoted to the success of our local Community Choice Energy (CCE) agencies –  Peninsula Clean EnergySilicon Valley Clean Energy and San José Clean Energy and attend their Board Meetings to share our perspectives. Similarly, we also have a focus on aggressive greenhouse gas reduction actions that can be achieved through the City of Palo Alto Utilities and Silicon Valley Power, Santa Clara’s municipal utility.

CFSV was created by Carbon Free Mountain View to engage additional local activists across the region in a collaborative effort to accelerate the reduction of local GHG emissions.

Membership in CFSV is open to anyone who supports our purpose. Please join our GoogleGroup to share your ideas and learn from others.

OUR BOARD

  • James Tuleya Chairman (term expires Aug. 2019) Sunnyvale
  • Steve Schmidt, Public Information Officer (term expires Aug. 2019) Los Altos Hills
  • Bruce Hodge (term expires Aug. 2019) Palo Alto
  • Bruce Naegel, (term expires Oct. 2018) Mtn. View
  • Bruce Karney, (term expires Aug. 2019) Mtn. View
  • Gary Latshaw (term expires Aug. 2019) Cupertino
  • Diane Bailey (term expires Aug. 2020) Belmont
  • Tom Kabat (term expires Oct. 2020) Menlo Park
  • Bret Anderson (term expires Nov. 2020) Palo Alto
  • Janet Creech (term expires Nov. 2020) Millbrae
  • Gladwyn D'Souza (term expires Nov. 2020) Belmont

See detailed Board Bios here.

About our Programs

Increase access to clean electricity

This is largely complete, but with some remaining work to be done. Through the successful formation of two local CCEs with policies in place to offer 100% carbon free electricity, we are well on our way! Many thanks to CFMV for their tireless efforts to get this done!

San Jose’s new CCE department and Silicon Valley Power both require some attention to set aggressive clean power policies, Milpitas officials need to vote to join a CCE, and there are some Direct Access customers which still need to be converted to cleaner electricity.

PROMOTE "BENEFICIAL ELECTRIFICATION"

As we increasingly have access to 100% carbon free electricity, our next big carbon reductions will come from shifting our energy use from fossil fuels to this new clean electricity. We refer to this shift as Beneficial Electrification.

Happily, two emerging technologies -- Electric Vehicles and Heat Pumps -- make this transition easier every year. Deep decarbonization of our lifestyles are now in reach through three easy steps: 

  1. Stop wasting time at gas stations and doing smog checks by getting off gasoline and charging your new EV at home or work with green electricity;
  2. Next time your natural gas water heater dies, consider a new heat pump water heater, which can now be three times as energy efficient as older electric or natural gas water heaters.
  3. Considering adding air conditioning? Or perhaps your old natural gas furnace is on it's last legs? Solve both problems and go green when you switch to a heat pump space heating system (most of which also provide cooling).

We are encouraging clean energy providers and other local agencies to help promote this shift.

See our draft two page white paper on this topic!

SILICON VALLEY CARBON FREE LEADERBOARD

We'd like to recognize best practices across the region. Some initial examples of leadership:

  • Most aggressive GHG reduction targets: In 2016 Palo Alto's city council approved a target of 80% reduction from their 1990 base year by 2030. Read more about their plan here. We need more leadership like this.
  • Promoting clean electricity: Sunnyvale, Mountain View & Cupertino provided the leadership and resources that made SVCE possible for over 500,000 residents in Santa Clara County. See details here. Great job! What's next??
  • Reporting annual GHG Inventories: Los Altos Hills has been updating their community and municipal GHG inventories annually since 2008. "You can't manage what you don't measure."
  • Fuel switching roadmap: While not in Silicon Valley, our kudos to the group in Sonoma County who published this White Paper detailing how to move to a carbon neutral society.

What other regions are leading the charge on climate change?  What area has the best policies to promote EVs? Or switching homes off natural gas toward clean electricity? Or reducing the fastest-growing category of building energy use (plug loads)? And regarding all these efforts... are the results being measured, or just estimated?

By highlighting those with effective policies we hope to encourage more widespread adoption by others.

More details to come on each of these efforts, so please sign up for our mailing list below to stay informed and contribute to our cause.


HELP US CREATE A CARBON-NEUTRAL COMMUNITY

Carbon Free Silicon Valley holds regular meetings which are scheduled via our email discussion list. Agendas are posted approximately one week in advance of each meeting.

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A large-scale wind, water and solar energy system can reliably supply the world’s needs, significantly benefiting climate, air quality, water quality, ecology and energy security ... [T]he obstacles are primarily political, not technical.
— Mark Z. Jacobson and Mark A. Delucchi, in Scientific American

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