Starting in July, the remaining residents of Gilroy will start receiving 100% carbon-free electricity from your new electricity provider.
Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) is a community-owned agency, formed in spring 2016 by twelve South Bay communities, including Gilroy, to source clean electricity on our behalf at costs below PG&E’s comparative rates.
Here’s how it works:
PG&E is still an essential partner as they will continue to deliver electricity over existing power lines, maintain the lines, send bills and provide customer service. Enrollment for SVCE is automatic and will take place in two phases. The first phase was in April and the second will be in July 2017. You will receive two postcard notices in the mail before you’re enrolled, and two after.
Customers with existing PG&E accounts are automatically enrolled in SVCE’s GreenStart electric generation service, which is 100% carbon-free. The energy is sourced from 50% renewables such as wind and solar, and 50% from large hydro. For a small premium, residents may also choose to upgrade to GreenPrime to receive 100% renewable and 100% carbon-free power. Getting 100% renewable energy for your home only costs an extra $3 -$5 per month for a typical residential customer. Customers may also opt out to remain with PG&E’s bundled service.
Rate structures with PG&E will remain the same, and SVCE customers remain eligible for most PG&E efficiency programs. So if you are an EV driver, your car will be powered by 100% carbon-free energy. For solar customers, you will be enrolled on a date close to your annual true-up date, and SVCE’s Net Energy Metering program offers better incentives and payouts than PG&E’s program. For customers on a special discounted rate like CARE, FERA or Medical Baseline, your discount will not change and you don’t have to take any action to maintain your discounted rate.
SVCE will be holding 2 Community Information Meetings in Gilroy:
May 25th at 7pm at Eliot Elementary School (475 Old Gilroy Street). Spanish translation will be available.
May 30th at 7pm at Luigi Aprea Elementary School (9225 Calla Del Rey).
Right now, electricity used to power our homes and businesses creates about a quarter of our region’s emissions. Using more renewable energy is an easy, economical way to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and improve our carbon footprint. It’s the single most effective way to curb emissions and secure a clean energy future.
For more information, please visit SVCleanEnergy.org or call 1-844-474-SVCE (7823).
Sample Mail Notice
You will receive two notices before enrollment, and two after that look like this: