Selected Project Examples
Green Supply Chain - Clif Bar
Fosterra has been working closely with senior leadership in this international consumer foods company based in California to develop and implement a multi-year program to convert its product and service supply chain to cost effective green power. As independent technical experts, the team is proactively engaged in a targeted outreach strategy to accelerate clean energy adoption across more than 50 supply chain facilities by 2020. Within the first three years, as of June 2018, more than 42 facilities have already achieved either 50% or 100% green power levels for Clif Bar operations and this successful model has received multiple awards for green power leadership from the US EPA.
Fosterra implemented an EPA-funded project to evaluate electric vehicle (EV) market trends across the Northern San Francisco Bay region and develop a 5-year forecast for both EV adoption and related charging station infrastructure needs. This study was developed collaboratively with Marin Clean Energy (MCE is a California Community Choice Aggregation organization) staff and set the foundation for a forward-looking strategy within their service territory. Additional research into national programs and EV-specific electric tariffs was performed and provided in prioritized recommendations for implementation based on MCE goals for optimizing their hourly load and costs while serving their rapidly increasing customer segment that owns electric vehicles.
This study was prepared as a result of work sponsored by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, in collaboration with KyotoUSA, Fosterra, and the Sequoia Foundation. The 100% Renewable Energy Study for Seven Cities in the East Bay Community Energy Program study describes how cities can accelerate the transformation to carbon free renewable energy and meet their Climate Action Plan goals, while strengthening the local, regional, and state economies. Specifically, this study evaluates the implications for self-selected member cities of the East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) program that are interested in a 100% renewable energy default product for all of their electric accounts (municipal, commercial, and residential).
Community Choice Aggregation - Impact Study
The market for Community Choice Energy (CCE) is expanding rapidly in California by providing a local, non-profit, and greener alternative to investor owned utilities (IOU). Fosterra was the leader for a detailed economic impact study for four communities in California, sponsored by the Center for Climate Protection, including the City of San Jose and three communities in the San Joaquin Valley. The findings were based on evaluation and quantification of the opportunities to drive local economic benefits by using a dedicated local renewables purchasing plan, based on individual characteristics. This effort supported the decision to establish San Jose Clean Energy in 2017.