SVP Peak Wind Resources of 200 Megawatts Help Offset Low Hydro Resources in Drought Years

  SVP Peak Wind Resources of 200 Megawatts Help Offset Low Hydro Resources in
  Drought Years

Silicon Valley Power Recognized by U.S. Department of Energy for Development,
                          Distribution of Wind Power

Business Wire

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- June 17, 2014

The pursuit and creative utilization of wind power resources has earned
Silicon Valley Power (SVP), the City of Santa Clara’s municipal electric
utility, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) 2014 Public Power Wind Award.
The DOE cited SVP innovation and customer benefits in announcing the national
award, presented today at the American Public Power Association’s National
Conference in Denver, Colorado.

“Wind and water are two of our cleanest and cheapest sources of electricity,”
said John Roukema, Director of SVP. “Wind power helps Santa Clara keep
electric rates among the lowest in the state and helps make up for the
scarcity of hydroelectric power in a drought year.”

Instead of regularly utilizing hydro-generated power to serve day-to-day
needs, SVP has access to as much as 200 megawatts of wind energy. Tapping that
power when it is available allows SVP to preserve water levels at its
hydroelectric reservoirs for use when electricity demand spikes during heat

In 1982, SVP became a pioneer in harnessing wind to generate power when it
invested in a 20-megawatt wind farm on Altamount Pass in the East Bay.
Subsequent long-term investments with Iberdrola Renewables, the latest in
2012, also bring in power from the Big Horn Wind Energy Project in Washington
and the Manzana Wind Power Project in Southern California.

Over 30 percent of SVP’s power comes from carbon-free wind, hydroelectric,
solar, geothermal and landfill gas generation resources – well ahead of
California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard requirements.

“We recognize our responsibility to provide efficient, clean and reliable
energy to our community at rates up to 45 percent lower than those in
neighboring cities,” said Roukema.

(Photos available here)

About Silicon Valley Power

Silicon Valley Power is the trademark adopted for use by the not-for-profit
electric municipal utility of Santa Clara, CA serving residents and businesses
for over 100 years. SVP provides power to more than 50,000 customers,
including Applied Materials, Intel, Owens Corning, Yahoo! and NVIDIA, at rates
15 to 45 percent below neighboring communities.


Silicon Valley Power
Larry Owens, 408-615-6644
Manager of Customer Services
lowens (at)
City of Santa Clara
Dan Beerman, 408-615-2228
Agency Contact:
Tom Mertens, 408-234-6881
Tom (at)
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