Monday, December 29, 2008

25x'25 Seeks to Extend SJVCEO Success to Virginia!

A joint effort between the 25x'25 Alliance and California's San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization (SJVCEO) to encourage renewable energy use and development in the San Joaquin Valley may engender a similar effort in Virginia. The SJVCEO was created last year to lead a regional effort to develop, plan and implement energy efficiencies and clean energy. The 25x'25 Alliance and SJVCEO entered into an agreement in August, 2007, to work together to make the San Joaquin Valley a regional "demonstration project" for the achievement of the goals of the 25x'25 initiative. The San Joaquin Valley is recognized worldwide as an agricultural powerhouse and is one of the fastest growing regions in the nation. State 25x'25 Activities Coordinator Brent Bailey, who is bringing California and Virginia clean energy advocates together, says Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, which extends along Virginia's western border and encompasses seven counties, including five of the state's largest agricultural producers, is well-suited to serve as a demonstration project for the development and deployment of clean, renewable energy. He cites the area's potential for biodiesel production, the capture of landfill methane for energy, an accommodating transportation and business infrastructure, and government, academic and corporate support for a renewable energy development.

The leaders of the SJVCEO and the Shenandoah Valley project are exploring partnership opportunities that will create more federal support to accelerate the implementation of projects in each area. Each project area has its own set of unique characteristics that lend to the potential development of a wide array of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects that can be the focus of a "coast to coast" demonstration of technologies and applications. "While specific objectives and outcomes may differ, the 25x'25 energy vision has provided the common link for collaboration for these two projects," Bailey said.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Become a Part of the Clean Energy Movement

We believe that working together we can create a better quality of life in the Valley. We ask you to show that you believe too…

The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization is proud to announce our new on-line giving webpage! Now, you are just one click away from being able to support the organization online!

When you make an investment in the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization you help the Valley by funding critical energy projects and demonstrations. When you make a donation to the SJVCEO you can be assured that 100% of your donation goes directly to the cause. Also, all financial contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.

We are building great momentum in our efforts to secure financial sponsorships. Through individual donations, corporate contributions and grant awards the SJVCEO has been able to establish a strong presence in the Central Valley. However, in this key time we need your contribution to help us continue to build the financial resources needed to become the foremost clean energy group in the San Joaquin Valley.
Please, invest in the future, today…

Thank you for your dedication to the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization; it is through your efforts that we do succeed!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Farming Clean Energy Conference--HUGE Success!

Colleagues and Friends:
On behalf of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization and Strategic Energy Innovations, I would like to thank you for being part of the first Farming Clean Energy conference in Tulare on November 5-6th at the Southern California Edison AGTAC Center. On our website you will find an overview of the conference highlights, a list of attendees, the final conference agenda, and copies of the presentations.
Your participation helped make the event a success! A special thanks goes to our sponsors – the US Department of Agriculture, the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley, Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Gas Company, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Emerald Energy, Fuel Cell Energy, EnerNoc Inc., Sustainable Conservation, Sierra Pacific Home and Comfort, and AltSys Solar. Without their financial support, this conference would not have been possible.
I was particularly pleased with the open and direct dialog that was generated around the challenges that we currently face in capturing the tremendous clean energy potential in the agricultural sector in the Valley. SJVCEO staff intends to work with partners throughout the region to identify follow-up needs and provide value-added support to capture opportunities and develop promising clean energy projects and partnerships identified in the conference. After some additional conversations with our partners and potential funders, we will get back to you to describe specific next steps we will be taking.
As you are well aware, these are very tough economic times. However, it is important to remain focused on the very positive economic opportunities that increased use of clean energy offers to the Valley and us. We look forward to working with you in the days and months ahead to capture this opportunity.

Most Sincerely,

Paul Johnson,
Executive Director
San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization

Thursday, May 8, 2008

California Awarded $65 Million for Carbon Sequestration and Storage Research

The California Energy Commission today received $65.6 million from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to support West Coast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership (WESTCARB) research. WESTCARB is one of seven research partnerships co-funded by DOE to explore carbon sequestration opportunities and conduct regional carbon storage field tests. "By demonstrating how greenhouse gas emissions can be safely contained through carbon sequestration, we make strides to curb the effects of global warming," said Energy Commission Vice Chair James Boyd. "Using the newest carbon capture and storage technology, California can show how environmental and industrial concerns are working together for the same cause." WESTCARB will use the funding announced today to begin a geologic carbon dioxide (CO2) storage pilot project. The project, located 18 miles north of Bakersfield in Kimberlina (Kern County), will safely inject one million tons of compressed CO2, a major greenhouse gas, into potential geologic storage formations 7,000 feet beneath a 50-megawatt zero-emission power plant. The plant, owned by Clean Energy Systems (CES), uses natural or synthesis gas in an oxyfuel system to produce a relatively pure CO2 stream. The proposed test would inject the entire exhaust stream of the CES plant over a period of four years, beginning in 2011.
May 6, 2008 CEC Press Release
Read Article in the Modesto Bee

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization, 25x'25 Alliance sign agreement on Renewable Energy Pilot Project

The 25x’25 Initiative is an effort to set a national goal for America to produce 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources like solar, wind, and biofuels by 2025.

The SJVCEO is governed by a board of diverse San Joaquin Valley stakeholders appointed by the California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley. The mission of the SJVCEO is to lead a regional effort to develop, plan and implement energy efficiencies and clean energy throughout the 8-county San Joaquin Valley (the “Valley”).

In November of 2007 SJVCEO and the 25x'25 Initiative signed a MOU Agreement to start a renewable energy pilot project. Download the MOU

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

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