Community Choice Energy (CCE) programs allow cities and counties to pool their residential, business, and municipal electricity needs and purchase or generate the required electricity. Through Community Choice Energy programs, communities can purchase energy with a higher percentage of renewable power than the energy currently produced by utilities. Community Choice Energy programs empower communities to shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy.
California state law established communities' ability to form CCE programs in 2002 and affirmed the state's decision in 2011. Several communities, including Marin County, Sonoma County, and the City of Lancaster have established CCE programs.
Silicon Valley Community Choice Energy Partnership
In partnership with ten local cities and the County of Santa Clara, the City of Mountain View has supported Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE). Beginning in Spring 2017, Silicon Valley Clean Energy will provide up to 100% renewable electricity for customers in participating areas.
Residents and business owners in Mountain View can participate in Silicon Valley Clean Energy by attending a community meeting, signing up for news updates on the Silicon Valley Clean Energy website, or contacting their local government for more information.
To date, Silicon Valley Clean Energy has conducted initial feasibility analyses, a technical study, and a community outreach campaign. Staff from the City of Sunnyvale are leading these efforts.
Community Outreach Meetings
Silicon Valley Clean Energy is hosting a series of community meetings around the county to inform residents and businesses about the CCE program, receive community input, and answer questions. A complete list of meetings is available here.
For more information on Silicon Valley Clean Energy, visit SVCleanEnergy.org.
Energy Upgrade California (EUC) is a State program for property owners to find everything they need to make home improvements that save energy and water, such as installing insulation or new windows, or replacing a furnace or air conditioning system. The program connects homeowners with participating contractors who can plan and complete the upgrade project, and offers rebates and incentives to help pay for it, up to $6,500!
Energy Upgrade California participating contractors can help you complete your project and get rebates and incentives. Participating contractors have been specifically trained for EUC and have met required qualifications to be part of the program. A rigorous quality assurance system ensures that EUC projects meet program standards.
Visit the Energy Upgrade California web site for more information.
Are you curious how much energy your various home appliances use? Are you aware that many electronics, such as TVs, DVRs, set-top boxes, and game consoles continually use energy, even when they are turned off? Want to investigate which are the worst offenders so you stop these energy leaks and reduce your energy bill?
The Mountain View Public Library has Kill-a-Watt power meters for check-out. Simply unplug an appliance in your home, plug the Kill-a-Watt meter into the outlet, and then plug the appliance into the Kill-a-Watt meter. A digital display will show you how many watts the appliance is using. Be sure to turn the appliance “on” and “off” so you can see the difference in energy use.
For more information, search the Library Catalog for “kill-a-watt.”
The City has 8 public electric vehicle (EV) charging stations that can accommodate up to 13 cars. These charging stations are conveniently located at the Civic Center Garage and the California & Bryant Street Garage in downtown Mountain View.
|Facility||Civic Center Garage||California & Bryant Street Garage|
Number of Charging Ports
|Time Limit||4 hours|
|Location||Lower level near Mercy Street entrance||Second floor near elevator|
|Pricing||Currently free for visitors to City Hall or the Center for Performing Arts||Pricing information|
If you have a question or comment about the City's public electric vehicle charging stations or City facilities, please submit a request through Ask Mountain View.