Advocacy

Shaping Local, State, and Federal Policies

Under direction from our Advocacy Committee, Cleantech San Diego promotes local, state, and federal policy aimed at advancing member company priorities and supporting the regional cleantech economy. We actively participate in a number of organized state and federal coalitions to promote and shape policy agendas that represent the regional cleantech community’s interests. Cleantech San Diego regularly hosts visits by policymakers to educate them on the region’s cleantech sector along with the regulatory issues and business opportunities our member companies are experiencing in the marketplace.

Priorities

Renewables
  • Support policies and processes that promote and encourage solar deployment in the region
  • Support financing tools that support the continued growth of residential and commercial solar installations
  • Advocate for policies that support wind development in the region and state
Clean Transportation
  • Support the expansion of the region’s existing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure
  • Support the implementation of the Low Carbon Fuel Standard
  • Support policies that encourage an increase in-state production of low-carbon transportation fuels and sustainable freight strategies that encourage the deployment of cleaner medium- and heavy-duty vehicles
  • Support the development of stable, longer-term incentive programs for clean transportation, such as the LCFS or new AQIP Fuels Incentive, so that businesses and investors can plan on those funds and count on them in financial forecasts
Energy Efficiency
  • Support project financing tools such as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs
  • Support the installation of energy efficient technologies or measures designed to reduce energy consumption
  • Maximize allocation of Prop 39 Energy Efficiency funds within the County of San Diego
Energy Storage
  • Support California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) for emerging technologies and other statewide efforts to encourage energy storage
  • Support the deployment of energy storage paired with distributed resources
  • Support outreach efforts to promote the adoption of behind-the-meter energy storage
Water
  • Support technology deployment, including energy efficiency, for regional water supply conservation, purification, reuse, and diversification
Cluster Development
  • Support the adoption and implementation of regional Climate Action Plans
  • Work closely with the City of San Diego to aid in the successful implementation of its Climate Action Plan
  • Continue to support and defend the policies established by AB 32 and efforts to extend the benefits beyond 2020
  • Help position the San Diego region to be competitive for cap and trade funding
  • Build productive partnerships between members to increase the knowledge of sustainable practices to help promote and support clean technology activities in the San Diego region
  • Support policies that maintain federal tax credits and incentives
  • Support the continuation of The Clean Power Plan
Research and Development
  • Advocate for the continuation of state and federal research, development, and demonstration funding
  • Support members, UC San Diego, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and others on applications for funding from the CEC, PUC, Department of Energy (DOE), and other funding entities
Renewables
  • Support policies and processes that promote and encourage all types of solar deployment in the region
  • Support financing tools that support the continued growth of residential and commercial solar installations
  • Advocate for policies that support increased investment in wind development in the region and state
  • Encourage and support the City of San Diego to move forward with the Climate Action Plan utilizing local companies
  • Monitor the implementation of SB 350
Clean Transportation
  • Support the expansion of the region’s existing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure
  • Support policies that encourage an increase in in-state production of low-carbon transportation fuels and sustainable freight strategies that encourage the deployment of cleaner medium- and heavy-duty vehicles
  • Support the development of stable, longer-term incentive programs for clean transportation, such as the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) and Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP) so that businesses and investors can plan on those funds and count on them in financial forecasts
Energy Efficiency
  • Support project financing tools such as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs
  • Support the installation of energy efficient technologies and measures designed to reduce energy consumption
  • Maximize allocation of Prop 39 energy efficiency funds within the County of San Diego
Energy Storage
  • Support California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) for emerging technologies and other statewide efforts to encourage energy storage
  • Support the deployment of energy storage technologies
Water
  • Support technology deployment, including energy efficiency, for regional water supply conservation, purification, reuse, and diversification
Cluster Development
  • Support the adoption and implementation of regional Climate Action Plans
  • Help position the San Diego region to be competitive for cap-and-trade funding
  • Monitor the Regional Quality of Life ballot initiative
  • Build productive partnerships between members to increase the knowledge of sustainable practices to help promote and support clean technology activities in the San Diego region
  • Support the continuation of The Clean Power Plan
Research and Development
  • Advocate for the continuation of state and federal research, development, and demonstration funding
  • Support members, UC San Diego, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and others on applications for funding from the CEC, PUC, Department of Energy (DOE), and other funding entities
Renewables – Solar
  • Support policies and processes that increase solar deployment in the region
  • Support financing tools that support the continued growth of residential and commercial solar installations
  • Unify stakeholder support to advocate for rate design policy that sustains a vibrant and sustainable distributed solar market
Renewables – Wind
  • Advocate for policies that support wind development in the region and state
Biorenewables
  • Continue to work with Biofuels Initiative partners to ensure the EDGE program is current and relevant
  • Partner with Cal-CAB to educate newly-elected members of Congress, California Energy Commission (CEC) Commissioners, and others on the importance of the biorenewables industry to the San Diego region and its challenges in California
Clean Transportation
  • Support the expansion of the region’s existing electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure
  • Support the expansion and increase of electric car and bike sharing throughout the region
  • Support electric vehicle charging rates that allow EV owners to save money by charging at times that alleviate adverse system conditions
Energy Efficiency
  • Support project financing tools such as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs
  • Support the installation of energy efficient technologies or measures designed to reduce energy consumption and eliminate waste
  • Maximize allocation of Prop 39 Energy Efficiency funds within the County of San Diego
  • Work with stakeholders to promote (1) customer education on ways to reduce energy consumption/energy cost and (2) general education regarding the importance of reducing greenhouse gas emissions
Smart Grid
  • Support SDG&E, UC San Diego, and private sector members on their partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD) to develop and deploy microgrids in San Diego’s military facilities
  • Support expedient and fair interconnection of storage and microgrid systems within the SDG&E territory
Energy Storage
  • Support California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) for emerging technologies
  • Support outreach efforts to promote the adoption of behind-the-meter energy storage
Cluster Development
  • Expand Smart Cities San Diego, a collaboration of the City of San Diego, UC San Diego, SDG&E, GE, and Cleantech San Diego, to include water, transportation, energy, and data infrastructure to increase sustainability
  • Support the adoption of public agency Climate Action Plans that call for substantial reductions of greenhouse gasses
  • Continue to support and defend the policies established by AB 32 and efforts to extend the benefits beyond 2020
  • Build productive partnerships between members to increase the knowledge of sustainable practices to help promote and support clean technology activities in the San Diego region
  • Influence the military to use San Diego as a focal point/test bed for their cleantech programs
Workforce Development
  • Identify opportunities to replicate EDGE Initiative for other cleantech sectors
  • Explore internship opportunities to support the education of the cleantech workforce
  • In addition to engagement with local military installations and DOD programs, explore and advocate for veteran employment opportunities and programs through internships with Cleantech San Diego member companies and partnerships with local training resources such as San Diego Workforce Partnership, VA San Diego, and DOD Transition to Veterans Program
Research and Development
  • Advocate for the continuation of state and federal research, development, and demonstration funding
  • Support UC San Diego, San Diego State University, University of San Diego, and others on applications for funding to CEC, PUC, Department of Energy (DOE), and other funding entities
Renewables – Solar
  • Support policies and processes that increase solar manufacturing in the region
  • Support and expand all forms of alternative energy and all financing tools especially as it relates to strengthening the commercial and residential solar markets
  • Unify stakeholder support to advocate for rate design policy that sustains a vibrant DG solar market
  • Support new policies that would allocate funding to solar application projects in California.
Renewables – Wind
  • Advocate for policies, including local policies, that support wind development in the region and state
  • Work with developers in East San Diego County to support their efforts to develop projects
Biofuels
  • Continue to work with Biofuels Initiative partners to ensure the EDGE program is current and relevant
  • Promote the region’s iHUB designation for biofuels
  • Partner with SD‐CAB to educate newly-elected members of Congress, CEC Commissioners and others on the importance of the biofuels industry to San Diego and its challenges in California
Clean Transportation
  • Participate in Smart City San Diego, a collaboration of the City of San Diego, UC San
  • Diego, SDG&E, GE and Cleantech San Diego to ensure that San Diego is the foremost community to successfully adopt electric vehicles and on other projects as necessary
  • Support the expansion of the region’s existing electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Support the expansion of car2go’s service territory.
Energy Efficiency
  • Support project financing tools such as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs
  • Support the installation of energy efficient technologies or measures designed to reduce energy consumption and eliminate waste in all arenas with a primary focus on municipalities, universities, schools and hospitals.
  • Maximize allocation of Prop 39 Energy Efficiency allocation funds to County of San Diego, especially in underserved areas.
  • Work with stakeholders to promote customer education on ways to reduce energy consumption/energy cost
Smart Grid
  • Support SDG&E, UC San Diego, and private sector members on their partnership with the Department of Defense to develop and deploy microgrids in San Diego’s military facilities
  • Promote the region’s iHUB designation for energy storage
Cluster Development
  • Partner with Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) on federal policies impacting the San Diego region, share best practices with other AEE members throughout the county and educate others on the impact of the cleantech economy
  • Partner with Californians for Clean Energy Jobs (CCEJ) and cleantech cluster organizations throughout the state on California clean tech business climate issues
  • Arrange meetings/tours for local, state and federal elected officials and Administrative officials to expose them to the region’s cleantech cluster
  • Build productive partnerships between members to increase the knowledge of sustainable practices to help promote and support clean technology activities in San Diego
  • Conduct a series of meetings on cleantech policy issues. Act as a “convener” to educate and facilitate discussion.
  • Influence the military to use San Diego as a focal point/test bed for their clean tech/energy efficiency/renewable energy/alternative fuels programs (Nicola Hedge)
Workforce Development
  • Identify opportunities to replicate EDGE Initiative for other cleantech sectors
  • Explore internship opportunities to support the education of the cleantech workforce
Research & Development
  • Advocate for the continuation of state and federal research, development and demonstration funding such
  • Support UC San Diego, SDSU and USD, and others on applications for funding to CEC, PUC, DOE and other funding entities.
Renewables – Solar
  • Continue to work with local utilities and the region’s solar sector to address rate issues in order to create a market structure that supports short and long‐term renewable policy goals
  • Support policies and processes that increase solar deployment and manufacturing in the region
  • Support the reallocation of CREB allotments
  • Work with regional partners to guide the effective implementation of SB 32
  • Support legislation related to Community Based Renewable Energy Self Generation Programs
Renewables – Wind
  • Advocate for policies that support wind development in the region and state
  • Work with developers in East San Diego County to support their efforts to develop projects
Biofuels
  • Continue to work with Biofuels Initiative partners to ensure the EDGE program is current and relevant
  • Promote the region’s iHUB designation for biofuels
  • Partner with SD‐CAB to educate newly-elected members of Congress, CEC Commissioners and others on the importance of the biofuels industry to San Diego and its challenges in California
Clean Transportation
  • Continue to Participate in Smart City San Diego, a collaboration of the City of San Diego, UC San Diego, SDG&E, GE and Cleantech San Diego to ensure that San Diego is the foremost community to successfully adopt electric vehicles (and other projects as identified)
  • Support the expansion of the region’s existing electric vehicle charging infrastructure
  • Support the expansion of car2go’s service territory.
Energy Efficiency
  • Support project financing tools such as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs
  • Support the installation of energy efficient technologies or measures designed to reduce energy consumption and eliminate waste
  • Maximize allocation of Prop 39 funds
  • Work with stakeholders to promote customer education on ways to reduce energy consumption/energy cost
  • Advocate for the recognition of public private partnerships as the best contractual/procurement tool for energy efficiency and cleantech technology implementation

Smart Grid
  • Support SDG&E, UC San Diego, and private sector members on their partnership with the Department of Defense to develop and deploy microgrids in San Diego’s military facilities
  • Promote the region’s iHUB designation for energy storage
  • Develop recognition and advocate smart grid development within national organizations such as the National Electric Manufacturers Association, the American Public Power Association and the Edison Electric Institute

  • Continue to lead the Smart Grid Stakeholder Working Group

Cluster Development
  • Partner with Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) on federal policies impacting the San Diego region, share best practices with other AEE members throughout the county and educate others on the impact of the cleantech economy
  • Partner with Californians for Clean Energy Jobs (CCEJ) and cleantech cluster organizations throughout the state on California clean tech business climate issues
  • Arrange meetings/tours for local, state and federal elected officials and Administrative officials to expose them to the region’s cleantech cluster
  • Build productive partnerships between members to increase the knowledge of sustainable practices to help promote and support clean technology activities in San Diego
  • Participate in CEQA reform

  • Conduct a series of meetings on cleantech policy issues to educate and facilitate discussion.

  • Promote better coordination/consistency of state policies to promote renewables

  • Support development and implementation of local climate action plans to complement the state’s AB32 activities and help create supportive local policy for growth of the regional cleantech sector

Workforce Development
  • Identify opportunities to replicate EDGE Initiative for other cleantech sectors
  • Explore internship opportunities to support the education of the cleantech workforce
Research & Development
  • Advocate for the continuation of state and federal research, development and demonstration funding such
  • Support UC San Diego, SDSU and USD, and others on applications for funding to CEC, PUC, DOE and other funding entities.
Cluster Development
  • Partner with Advanced Energy Economy (AEE) on federal policies impacting the San Diego region, share best practices with other AEE members throughout the county and educate others on the impact of the cleantech economy
  • Partner with cleantech cluster organizations throughout the state on California clean tech business climate issues
  • Sponsor working group to participate in the continued implementation of AB 32
  • Support local climate action planning to complement the state’s AB32 activities.   These “CAPS” are the tools local governments will often use to set goals for energy efficiency retrofits, renewable energy installation, water efficiency goals, etc. and will help to foster the growth of the regional cleantech sector.
  • Arrange meetings/tours for Legislators and Administrative officials to expose them to the region’s cleantech cluster
  • Organize a regional response to a hopeful designation by the Navy on their Mission Assurance and Energy Independence initiative in San Diego
Research and Development
  • Advocate for the continuation of state and federal research, development and demonstration funding such as the CEC Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program
  • Work to support the renewal of the Public Goods Charge
Renewables – Solar
  • Support the utilization of the 2009 CREB allotments
  • Expand and leverage CREBS Coalition to promote creative solutions for solar PV financing:
    • Design strategies to protect allocated but unused low interest bond capacity to build solar projects
    • Design strategies to deploy significant federal tax incentives set to expire in 2012 such as Section 1603 cash grants, new market tax credits and others
  • Work with regional partners to guide the effective implementation of SB 32
  • Support project financing tools such as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs
  • Continue to work with SDG&E and the region’s solar sector on the recently proposed Network Use Charge
  • Support SB 843 relating to the
Community‐Based Renewable Energy Self‐Generation Program
  • Support policies and processes that increase solar manufacturing in the region
Renewables – Wind
  • Advocate for policies, including local policies, that support wind development in the region and state
Biofuels
  • Pursue the siting of the Great Green Fleet in San Diego
  • Continue to work with Biofuels Initiative partners on the EDGE grant
  • Promote the region’s iHUB designation for biofuels
  • Identify barriers to commercialization opportunities in Imperial County
Smart Grid / MicroGrid
  • Continue to lead the Smart Grid Stakeholder Working Group
  • Work with the City of San Diego on the development of a Smart City strategy to deploy microgrids on the city’s critical assets
  • Work in conjunction with SDG&E and UC San Diego to attract the Department of Defense to develop and deploy microgrids in San Diego’s military facilities
  • Pursue industry led workforce training and curriculum development opportunities
Clean Transportation
  • Participate in Smart City San Diego, a collaboration of the City of San Diego, UC San Diego, SDG&E, GE and CleanTECH San Diego to ensure that San Diego is the foremost community to successfully adopt electric vehicles in 2011 and 2012
  • Support the inclusion of E85 in the Alternative Fuel Credit in the tax code, as well as the extension of that credit beyond 2011
Workforce Development
  • Identify opportunities to replicate EDGE Initiative for other cleantech sectors
  • Explore apprenticeship opportunities to support the education of the cleantech workforce
Energy Storage
  • Promote the region’s iHUB designation for energy storage
  • Build an RD&D base in energy storage to support the San Diego region’s iHub designation
  • Partner with UC San Diego on the recent CEC award to create a 2020 energy storage vision per AB 2514 implementation
Cluster Development
  • Partner with National Cleantech Innovation Network to establish a collaborative process with other cleantech regions and DC officials to design a pilot-scale federal program to accelerate regional programs
  • Partner with Green Technology Leadership Group on CA clean tech business climate issues
  • Partner with CONNECT on its Innovation Agenda and Regional EDC on its Strategic Plan
  • Protect state and federal research, development and demonstration funding such as the CEC Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program
  • Sponsor working group to participate in the continued implementation of AB 32
  • Work with the City of San Diego to protect and expand enterprise zones
Renewables – Solar
  • Expand and leverage CREBS Coalition to promote creative solutions for solar PV financing:
    • Design strategies to protect allocated but unused low interest bond capacity to build solar projects
    • Design strategies to deploy significant federal tax incentives set to expire in 2012 such as Section 1603 cash grants, new market tax credits and others
  • Work with SDG&E to encourage regional participation in SDG&E’s just approved solar programs
  • Work with regional partners to guide the effective implementation of SB 32, Feed in Tariff  legislation
  • Partner with UCSD in recent CEC award to create a 2020 energy storage vision per AB 2514 implementation
  • Promote the region’s iHUB designation for energy storage
Biofuels
  • Pursue the siting of the Great Green Fleet in San Diego
  • Continue to work with Biofuels Initiative partners on the EDGE grant
  • Promote the region’s iHUB designation for biofuels
Smart Grid
  • Participate in Smart City San Diego, a collaboration of the City of San Diego, UC San Diego, SDG&E, GE and Cleantech San Diego to ensure that San Diego is the foremost community to successfully adopt electric vehicles in 2011 and 2012.
  • Continue to lead the Smart Grid Stakeholder Working Group
  • Work with SDG&E and others on a strategy to combat AB 11 (Huffman)
  • Pursue industry led workforce training and curriculum development opportunities

Support Letters

PDF Documents

Primo Wind Project in the City of Chula Vista – August 8, 2016

Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation Proposal to Southern Border Broadband Consortium – August 4, 2016

EVgo Application for DC Fast Chargers for California’s Interregional Corridors – June 13, 2016

City of San Diego Proposal to Participate in the City Energy Project – June 8, 2016

Energy Policy Initiatives Center Proposal for Climate Planning Services – June 7, 2016

Support for AB 1697 to Assemblymember Susan Bonilla – May 20, 2016

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator’s CEC Regional Energy Innovation Cluster Grant Application – May 9, 2016

Interra Application for California Competes Tax Credit Program – April 21, 2016

San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Proposal to Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program – April 19, 2016

Interra Proposal for Bioproducts to Enable Biofuels – April 11, 2016

Support for AB 2664 to Asssemblymember Shirley Weber – April 4, 2016

Support for AB 2664 to Assemblymember Rocky Chavez – April 4, 2016

Oberon Fuels DME Medium/Heavy-Duty Freight Demonstration Project – March 18, 2016

San Diego Workforce Partnership Application for DOL’s Summer Jobs and Beyond: Career Pathways for Youth – March 11, 2016

Groundwork San Diego Proposal for The EPIC Challenge: Accelerating the Deployment of Advanced Energy Communities – January 25, 2016

City of Chula Vista Proposal for The EPIC Challenge: Accelerating the Deployment of Advanced Energy Communities  – January 18, 2016

Water and Energy Symbiosis Technology Proposal Advancing Water and Energy Efficient Strategies and Technologies in California – January 11, 2016

PDF Documents

Cyclotron Road’s CEC Regional Energy Innovation Cluster Grant Application – December 10, 2015

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator’s CEC Regional Energy Innovation Cluster Grant Application – December 9, 2015

City of San Diego’s Draft Climate Action Plan – November 30, 2015

San Diego State University’s Application for the Sustainable Energy Entrepreneur Development (SEED) Initiative – November 19, 2015

Center for Sustainable Energy’s Proposal for Reducing Costs for Communities and Businesses through Integrated Demand-side Management and Zero Net Energy Demonstrations – November 17, 2015

California Connected Corridor Consortium’s Application for DC Fast Chargers for CA’s North-South Corridors – November 17, 2015

Ramona Solar Energy Project – October 8, 2015

Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles – September 25, 2015

City of San Diego Draft Climate Action Plan – September 25, 2015

Maritime Alliance Proposal to U.S. Small Business Alliance – July 13, 2015

General Dynamics NASSCO’s Application for California Competes Tax Credit – June 17, 2015

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’ Proposal to U.S. Department of Energy Small Business Voucher Program – April 16, 2015

Interra Energy’s Proposal to California Energy Commission – April 16, 2015

First Look West’s Proposal for the 2015 Cleantech University Prize – March 30, 2015

University of San Diego and Power Analytics ELECTRIC TOREROS (PON 14-310) – January 31, 2015

San Diego Proposition 39 Implementation – January 12, 2015

Soitec CPV Solar Plants in Eastern San Diego County – January 9, 2015

PDF Documents

Tule Wind Project’s Request for Deadline Extension – November 20, 2014

University of San Diego Shiley­‐Marcos School of Engineering National Science Foundation Proposal – November 19, 2014

UC San Diego Project Partner for PON 14-­301‐Group 1, Microgrids for Critical Infrastructure – November 14, 2014

Center for Sustainable Energy’s Proposal for PON‐14‐303 – October 6, 2014

SDG&E’s Vehicle Integration Filing – August 19, 2014

CONNECT Regarding SBA ScaleUP America Grant – August 7, 2014

peakNRG Application for PON 13-302 – July 30, 2014

2014 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Awards Program – July 10, 2014

SB 511 to Establish California Export Finance Office – June 3, 2014

Appointment of Julia Brown to City of San Diego Sustainable Energy Advisory Board – May 28, 2014

Participation in Street Lighting Technologies Proposal Under PON 13-301 – May 6, 2014

2014 ACI-NA Environmental Achievement Awards – April 22, 2014

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) – April 7, 2014

Advanced Manufacturing Partnership for Southern California (AMP SoCal) – March 24, 2014

SB 916 to Reduce Storm Water Pollution – March 20, 2014

USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grant – March 19, 2014

UC San Diego’s Application to Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) Program – March 5, 2014

San Diego Regional EDC Comments on City of San Diego’s Draft Economic Development Strategy – February 4, 2014