Friday, May 24, 2013

Community Choice Aggregation Presentation in Sunnyvale 5/30/13

Introduction to Community Choice Aggregation
Thursday, May 30, 2013
7-8:30 PM
Sunnyvale Heritage Park Museum
570 E. Remington Drive
Sunnyvale, CA


Free. Snacks provided.

RSVP requested:  http://communitychoiceaggregation.eventbrite.com/

Made possible by a generous grant from the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.   


Late in the process to develop a climate action plan (CAP) for Sunnyvale, the consultant told the Horizon 2035 Committee, the citizen group helping draft the plan, of a single action the City could take to dramatically increase the carbon emissions reduction under the CAP. Horizon Committee members were intrigued.

A ten-year-old State program, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), allows communities to purchase power directly from energy producers, while continuing to use the local utility to deliver it to homes and businesses.  Such a hybrid system would enable our community to purchase more clean, renewable power than PG&E alone can provide--at a price competitive with the current system.

How might a CCA program work? What is the experience of other communities both in California and across the US with this system? What might advantages and disadvantages be?

Gerry Glaser had been independently researching how to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy production years before he was appointed to the Horizon 2035 Committee and the Sustainability Commission. He will share what he has learned during his intensive study of the topic.

Monday, May 6, 2013

May Fourth Friday - Essential Knowledge for Transition - World Centric in Palo Alto


May Fourth Friday: Essential Knowledge for Transition with Marco Vangelisti – Part II


Marco
For May Fourth Friday, Marco Vangelisti, who’s been a major force in the Bay Area Slow Money movement, will give the second in his three-part series on Essential Knowledge for Transition. Come whether or not you were able to catch the first part!
From Marco:
In the face of increasing economic instability, building a resilient, enduring and equitable local economy is vital. To achieve this, we need to understand the current economic system, how it affects our communities and ways to transform it. 
At the May Fourth Friday, Marco will help us understand the current economic crisis in its historical context, how we dealt with the last major crisis in the 1930s and how we are (counter productively) dealing with it now. He’ll also explain the economic system and alternative ways of structuring it so that it democratizes and localizes economic activity and anchors wealth and capital formation in our community.
Marco’s a knowledgeable and engaging speaker – you’ll learn and enjoy doing so!
Friday May 24, 2013 World Centric, 2121 Staunton Ct, Palo Alto, 7:00p – 7:15pm: Welcome to Transition (for newcomers) 7:30p: Program World Centric, 2121 Staunton Court, Palo Alto CA Sponsored by Transition Palo Alto, Transition Silicon Valley, and World Centric

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