The California Clean Energy Fund (CalCEF) is a non-profit public benefit corporation formed to make equity investments in emerging clean energy technology companies. Established via the PG&E bankruptcy settlement with $30 million, the fund expects to deliver market-based financial returns to its investors and positive environmental and economic returns to California, with a focus on PG&E’s service territory. The board of directors combines the talents of leading authorities in public policy, investments, entrepreneurship, science, and technology. The private companies in which it invests create technologies, design products, or provide services whose end result is a decreased reliance on non-renewable fuels, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, and energy storage. In addressing the energy challenge, CalCEF primarily focuses on areas of clean energy that have a history and established advantage in California, such as renewable generation and demand-side management. Financial returns are reinvested in the fund, enabling CalCEF to become a growing ‘evergreen’ fund. For more information about CalCEF please visit: calcef.org
Chevron Corporation, based in San Ramon, California, is an integrated energy company with subsidiaries that conduct business across the globe. Its success is driven by the ingenuity and commitment of approximately 59,000 employees who operate across the energy spectrum. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and other energy products and services; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power; and develops and commercializes the energy resources of the future, including geothermal, biofuels and other renewables. In 2006, Chevron formed a strategic research collaboration with UC Davis to pursue advanced technology aimed at converting cellulosic biomass into transportation fuels. Chevron Energy Solutions, a San Francisco-based Chevron subsidiary, develops and constructs energy efficiency and renewable power projects for institutions and businesses. For more information about Chevron or Chevron Energy Solutions please visit: chevron.com or chevronenergy.com
Sempra Energy was created in 1998 by a merger of two long-established parent companies. With 14,000 employees worldwide, Sempra Energy develops energy infrastructure, operates utilities, and provides related products and services to more than 29 million consumers in the United States, Europe, Canada, Mexico, South America, and Asia. Sempra Energy serves the largest customer base of any energy utility in the United States through its California utilities: San Diego Gas & Electric Co. and Southern California Gas Co. The Sempra Energy Foundation is a non-profit founded by Sempra Energy on the principle that the firm can help make a difference in the regions of the world where it does business. Sempra is dedicated to investing in creative ideas and innovative approaches that can result in high-impact change in sustainability and the advancement of new environmental and energy technologies, infrastructure development and improvement, and support for people and communities in need. For more information about Sempra, please visit: sempra.com
Based on its vision of "Blue Skies for our Children," Honda is working to help advance technologies that can help address society's environmental and energy concerns. Honda is taking a comprehensive 'portfolio' approach that involves both advanced powertrain and energy technologies for the near and longer term. Honda's portfolio encompasses more fuel-efficient gasoline-powered vehicles, including the expanded deployment of affordable hybrids, and the development of viable alternatives to petroleum, including natural gas, battery electric, plug-in hybrid and hydrogen-powered fuel cell electric vehicles. In addition to vehicles, Honda has developed energy creation technologies such as CIGS thin-film solar cells and solar-powered hydrogen refueling stations intended for refueling fuel cell electric vehicles. In 2006, Honda became the first automaker to announce voluntary CO2 emissions reduction targets for its global fleet of automobile, powersports and power equipment products and its global network of manufacturing plants. In 2011, the company set new CO2 emission reduction targets for 2020, including a 30% reduction in CO2 emissions from its products compared with 2000 levels. The company leads all automakers with the construction and operation of 12 U.S. Green Building Council LEED certified facilities, and ten of its 14 North American manufacturing facilities are zero-waste to landfill.
Walmart Stores, Inc. is a global company with nearly 6,500 stores and wholesale clubs in 14 countries with more than 100 million customers a week. Wal-Mart has 60,000 suppliers and over 1.9 million associates worldwide. Wal-Mart's Sustainable Value Networks program is designed to drive innovation in both everyday operations and the products Wal-Mart sells. It's Climate Change Initiative includes efforts to explore energy-efficient, high-performance LED lighting for parking lots and street lamps as well as to examine potential technologies for interior LED lighting, variable-speed heating, ventilation, air-conditioning technology, and solar power. They are pioneering energy efficiency technologies in their experimental stores which were built to help reach three long-term environmental goals: 1) being supplied 100 percent by renewable energy, 2) creating zero waste, and 3) selling products that sustain resources and the environment. Wal-Mart has also committed to designing a store prototype that is 25-30 percent more efficient by 2009, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in existing stores by 20 percent by 2012. To reduce waste, Wal-Mart has a goal of saving energy by reducing overall product packaging by 5 percent and measuring its 60,000 worldwide suppliers on their ability to meet this goal. Wal-Mart is also involved in a clean air initiative that encompasses 10 states and focuses on promoting new projects and innovations for diesel engines to help lessen pollution, whether through alternative fuel sources or renewable energy technologies. For more information about Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., please visit: walmartstores.com
Recognized nationally for its innovative programs in energy efficiency and renewable power, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is the sixth largest publicly owned utility in the country in terms of customers served. It has been serving its customers for more than 60 years in Sacramento County and a small portion of Placer County. Through its Greenergy® program, SMUD matches up to 100 percent of customer electricity needs with purchases of renewable resources. In addition to R&D underway on renewable power generation and energy efficiency, SMUD offers a full range of classes and seminars geared to help both commercial and residential customers learn more about the efficient use of electricity through programs managed by the District's Energy and Technology Center. SMUD’s own customer service center is a model of energy efficiency and has been recognized as a LEED Platinum building. With its Home of the Future program, SMUD is breaking new ground in the development of energy efficient, environmentally friendly homes for the Sacramento community. The goal of the program is to design and build true zero energy homes — homes that produce as much energy as they use. The first Home of the Future was recently completed in the historic community of Folsom and is the first LEED certified Platinum home in the Sacramento region. SMUD is also underwriting OurGreenCommunity.org, a web site developed to help improve the quality of life by providing a place for area residents, groups and businesses to share ideas about reducing the impact of carbon emissions from all sources. For more information about SMUD, please visit: smud.org
The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, the largest municipal water and power utility in the nation, was established more than 100 years ago and delivers reliable, safe water and electricity to 3.8 million residents and businesses in Los Angeles. LADWP provides its 666,000 water customers and 1.4 million electric customers with quality service at competitive prices.
In the next decade, LADWP will completely replace over 70% of its power supply to eliminate reliance on coal through a combination of increasing energy efficiency [to replace at least 10% of the city’s electricity consumption], expanding renewable energy to 33% by 2020, completely eliminating the use of ocean water cooling at its three coastal power plants, and balancing the new energy mix with cleaner and more efficient natural gas, all while maintaining system reliability.
LADWP also has been a leader in encouraging the early adoption of electric vehicles in Los Angeles, working collaboratively with the Mayor’s office, other City departments, and other local utilities and groups, through its $2 million home charger rebate program and by upgrading nearly 100 chargers at city facilities.
For more information about LADWP, please visit: www.ladwp.com.
Microsoft Corporation is an American public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various product divisions. Established on April 4, 1975 to develop and sell BASIC interpreters for the Altair 8800, Microsoft rose to dominate the home computer operating system market with MS-DOS in the mid-1980s, followed by the Microsoft Windows line of operating systems. Microsoft would also come to dominate the office suite market with Microsoft Office. The company has diversified in recent years into the video game industry with the Xbox and its successor, the Xbox 360 as well as into the consumer electronics and digital services market with Zune, MSN and the Windows Phone OS. The ensuing rise of stock in the company's 1986 initial public offering (IPO) made an estimated three billionaires and 12,000 millionaires from Microsoft employees (Forbes 400 list revealed that in March 2011 both Jon Shipley and Nathan Myhrvold lost their billionaire status). In May 2011, Microsoft Corporation acquired Skype Communications for $8.5 billion dollars.
Pacific Gas and Electric Corporation (PG&E), incorporated in California in 1905, provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in northern and central California. Based in San Francisco, the company is a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation and employs approximately 20,000 people. PG&E’s energy efficiency programs for customers have saved over 135 million--megawatt hours of electricity-- enough to supply 21 million homes for an entire year. PG&E supports clean, environmentally sensitive sources of energy and provides financial incentives for solar and other clean energy projects. Currently, 12 percent of the company's power mix comes from renewable sources and there is a commitment to increase that to 20 percent by 2015. PG&E developed geothermal power sources over 40 years ago and has invested millions of dollars in photovoltaic research. PG&E is committed to supporting energy efficiency research and to implementing real-world energy solutions for the people of California. For more information about PG&E please visit: pge.com
Edison International, through its subsidiaries, is a generator and distributor of electric power and an investor in infrastructure and energy assets, including renewable energy. Headquartered in Rosemead, California, Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison, the largest electric utility in California and the Edison Mission Group, a competitive power generation business and parent company to Edison Mission Energy and Edison Capital. For more information about Edison International please visit: edison.com
Wells Fargo Foundation became a sponsor in May 2012.