Establishing Community-Based Clean Energy Programs
San Jose has been working to become one of the most sustainable cities in the country. As part of that effort, the city established San Jose Clean Energy (SJCE), which offers renewable energy options at competitive prices to residents and businesses. SJCE is also working to develop clean energy programs that generate revenue for the community, expand clean energy options for residents, and help the city meet its climate goals. To advance these initiatives, SJCE hired FUSE Executive Fellow Kevin Meehan, who developed a roadmap of clean energy programs that benefit residents and implemented new pilot programs, including backup power for roughly 5,000 medically vulnerable residents and a $14 million electric vehicle charging infrastructure program. To create the roadmap, Kevin engaged the community through online and in-person surveys, community presentations, and an interactive workshop led by the Rocky Mountain Institute. He also consulted with the Clean Energy Community Advisory Commission and presented the roadmap to a key stakeholder, the San Jose Transportation and Environment Committee. In addition to his work on pilot programs, Kevin also helped create SJCE informational websites on rooftop solar, electric vehicles, and backup power options for San Jose residents. He is continuing to work on getting City Council approval of SJCE roadmaps, executing and tracking programs, and initiating funding procurement for future programs.