Last month, on May 13, the Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) Board of Directors voted to approve new programs granting relief to its customers, along with workforce training and community resiliency. The move stems not only from concerns relating to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the expectation of power shut-offs in the years to come. In the meantime, over the long-term, there exists the concurrent climate change-related goal of transitioning our energy resources to clean ones.
Qualifying customers will receive funds in the form of $100 bill credits from a relief program bearing $3.5 million total. Meanwhile, the preexisting CARE electricity discount (20% or more) and FERA electricity discount (18% for homes with 3 or more residents) have been expanded.
In a press release, SVCE also shared, “SVCE also aims to support the local community by providing a $250 bill credit to qualifying small business customers. Qualifying businesses will receive information on how to apply for the credit in a letter sent via mail from SVCE.”
Training-wise, an online contractor training program shall be underway, complete with a $1.5 million budget. Another $5 million has been put toward a program in support of clean energy jobs, community resilience, and improved air quality.
Said SVCE CEO Girish Balachandran in the release, “The towns and cities that make up SVCE have shown great strength and resilience during this pandemic; we aim to assist in a way that will benefit the entire community. Supporting our communities in resilience implementation will immediately create local jobs while having the long-term benefits of energy resilience and public health.”
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