Creating a sustainable and robust distributed solar market in Alameda

The municipal utility, which provides electric service to approximately 75,000 customers, is nearing its 5% cap for net energy metering.

Josh Valentine

color-seal-bluerim2-96dpi-02The Clean Coalition is working with Alameda Municipal Power (AMP) to evaluate options that support continued deployment of customer-sited solar in the City of Alameda, California.

The municipal utility, which provides electric service to approximately 75,000 customers east of San Francisco and south of Oakland, is nearing its 5% aggregate peak customer demand cap for net energy metering (NEM). On June 24, AMP is hosting a town hall meeting on customer-sited solar, and its issues and opportunities, including how to appropriately and equitably integrate solar into the electric grid.

Craig Lewis, Executive Director of the Clean Coalition, will serve as the lead facilitator at this meeting – presenting information on AMP’s current portfolio and NEM successor program options, as well as gathering community feedback. This will be the first of three town hall style meetings regarding Alameda’s energy future.

The Clean Coalition continues to be heavily involved in the California Public Utilities Commission’s proceeding on the development of a NEM successor and has provided consultation to multiple utilities across the country on innovative programs to support the deployment of distributed renewable generation.

Josh Valentine

Communications Manager

Josh brings to the Clean Coalition a mindful approach to communications, digital outreach, and marketing. He previously ran his own business, Promenade Media, focused on communications and marketing for renewables and climate advocacy. In Maine, Josh headed up digital efforts for Maine Businesses for Sustainability and was president of the Maine Marketing Association for three consecutive terms. Josh leads digital communications and marketing initiatives for the Colorado Renewable Energy Society.