Chair Abe-Koga and Vice Chair Miller

Mountain View and Saratoga Representatives Elected to Lead Agency with Charge to Lower Region’s Emissions

Board of Directors elects new chair and vice chair for Silicon Valley Clean Energy

Sunnyvale, Calif. – The Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) Board of Directors appointed their new chair and vice chair during their January 9 board meeting. Margaret Abe-Koga, City of Mountain View vice mayor, will serve as the 2019 board chair. Howard Miller, vice mayor for the City of Saratoga, was elected vice chair.

“As a founding agency of Silicon Valley Clean Energy, the City of Mountain View has been a champion for clean energy and reducing our carbon footprint,” says Chair Abe-Koga. “It is an honor to represent Mountain View on SVCE and serve as Chair of the Board in 2019, where I look forward to helping all of our member public agencies achieve their emission reduction goals through innovative programs and partnerships, as our cities planned when we first formed the agency.”

Margaret Abe-Koga was first elected to the Mountain City Council in 2006. She served as vice mayor in 2008 and was mayor in 2009. Abe-Koga served as vice chair of SVCE in 2018, and was a member of the agency’s executive committee.

“My city is a huge advocate for clean energy. We were the first city to put in electric vehicle charging for public employees, and to put in public DC fast chargers. I have been involved with many aspects of our policies ranging from our carbon-free power mix to agency budgeting and finance. I was also glad to have had a hand in reaching out to the City of Milpitas to bring clean energy to more Silicon Valley households and businesses,” says Vice Chair Miller. “I look forward to serving as vice chair in the year ahead as SVCE enters into its exciting next phase with decarbonization programs.”

Howard Miller was elected to the Saratoga City Council in 2008 and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. He also served as mayor in 2011 and 2015. Vice Chair Miller has served on the board of SVCE since its inception in March 2016. He has served on the executive and finance and administration committees.

Community Choice Energy agencies, such as SVCE, are locally-governed by a board of directors comprised of one elected representative from each member community. Board meetings are open to the public and held on the second Wednesday of the month at the Cupertino Community Hall, located at 10350 Torre Ave. Cupertino. The meetings are also webcast. For more information about SVCE Board Meetings, visit:


About Silicon Valley Clean Energy

Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a community-owned agency serving the majority of Santa Clara County communities, acquiring clean, carbon-free electricity on behalf of more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers. As a public agency, net revenues are returned to the community to keep rates competitive and promote clean energy programs. Member jurisdictions include Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Saratoga, Sunnyvale and unincorporated Santa Clara County. SVCE is guided by a Board of Directors, which is comprised of a representative from the governing body of each member community. For more information, please visit


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