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our ELECTRIC POWER mix California has provided a clean energy model for other states to follow with its Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS) established in 2002 and updated several times since. In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 350, requiring retail sellers and publicly-owned utilities to procure 33 percent of their electricity from eligible renewable energy resources by the year 2020. *These resources are greenhouse gas-free and/or renewable. Area Power Players PG&E – Pacifi c Gas & Electric is building and maintaining the infra- structure and the delivery of energy, and customer service. CAISO – The California Inde- pendent System Operator is the im- partial grid operator charged with ensuring the safe, reliable transport of electricity on the power grid. CEC – The California Energy Commission is the state’s primary energy policy and planning agency. In 2015, Brown upped the target to 50 percent by 2030. More recent legislation also tasked the California Energy Commission with certifi cation of renewable energy facilities, and verifi cation of their renewable energy output in compliance with RPS. south COUNTY’S clean ENERGY future In 2017, Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Martin joined other communities in Santa Clara County to form the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority (SVCE), an innovative community-owned agency that now serves as our electricity provider. Pacifi c Gas & Electric (PG&E) has by no means gone away: the public utility still builds and manages the infrastructure, delivers the energy, and provides customer service. CPUC – The California Public Utilities Commission is charged with regulating investor-owned utilities in California. Sponsors – Interested sponsors may include utility companies that generate, transmit and distribute electricity; and companies that build and operate transmission facilities, and companies. 14 GILROY • MORGAN HILL • SAN MARTIN SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017