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Silicon Valley Clean Energy will allocate total of $10 million toward COVID relief

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.”  

More info on the above can be found here.


Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer & filmmaker. As a screenwriter, he’s won a Fade In Award and written numerous feature films in development by companies including WWE, Mandalay Sports Media, Game1, and Select Films. He is also the resident script doctor for Rebel Six Films (producers of A&E’s “Hoarders”). As a journalist, Eric’s won a California Journalism Award and is co-owner and editor of The Milpitas Beat, a Silicon Valley newspaper with tens of thousands of monthly readers that has won the Golden Quill Award as well as the John Swett Award for Media Excellence. As a filmmaker, Eric’s directed award-winning feature films that have premiered at the Fantasia Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and Shriekfest, and been endorsed by PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). Eric’s apocalyptic novella “It’s Only Temporary” appears next to Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” on Nightmare Magazine’s list of the 100 Best Horror Novels of All Time. He lives in Northern California with his wife, Rhoda, and their two sons.


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