Los Altos Hills and Saratoga Representatives Elected to Lead Local Energy Agency
Sunnyvale, Calif. – At its January meeting, the Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) Board of Directors elected a new chair and vice chair to one-year terms. For 2023, Los Altos Hills councilmember George Tyson will serve as Chair, and Saratoga councilmember Tina Walia will serve as Vice Chair.
George Tyson has been serving as a Los Altos Hills councilmember since 2018 and served as Mayor in 2022. Chair Tyson has served on the SVCE Board of Directors since 2019, and previously served as vice chair in 2022. Under his leadership as vice chair, SVCE celebrated the commercial operation of four new renewable energy projects, approved multiple long-duration energy storage projects that will support state-wide energy resiliency, and authorized an additional $17 million in program funding to double down on decarbonization programs.
During his time on the SVCE Board of Directors, Chair Tyson has served on the Audit Committee and Executive Committee.
“I am honored to be serving my Los Altos Hills community and the other SVCE communities as chair in 2023,” said Chair Tyson. “SVCE celebrated many milestones over the past year, but we are not slowing down. I look forward to working with the agency on several projects to ensure our communities are on the cutting edge of California’s clean energy future.”
Tina Walia was elected to the Saratoga city council in 2020; she served as Vice Mayor in 2021 and Mayor in 2022. Vice Chair Walia has served on the SVCE Board of Directors since 2021.
Vice Chair Walia’s background includes a Master in Business Administration, a Master of Science in Architecture, and a Master in Strategic Management. Additionally, her experience in building economics and feasibility analysis brings a unique lens to SVCE discussions.
“During my time on the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Board of Directors I have seen that affordability, reliability and clean energy innovation are shared priorities amongst all thirteen communities,” said Vice Chair Walia. “I am honored to represent Saratoga as Vice Chair, and I look forward to supporting equitable customer programs to reduce local emissions and increase customer savings.”
As a joint powers agency, SVCE is governed by a board of directors comprised of one elected representative from each member community. Board meetings are open to the public and held virtually on the second Wednesday of the month. For more information about SVCE board meetings, visit: svcleanenergy.org/board-meetings.
About Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit, community-owned agency providing clean electricity from renewable and carbon-free sources to more than 270,000 residential and commercial customers in 13 Santa Clara County jurisdictions. As a public agency, net revenues are returned to the community to keep rates competitive and promote clean energy programs. Silicon Valley Clean Energy is advancing innovative solutions to fight climate change by decarbonizing the grid, transportation, and buildings. Learn more at SVCleanEnergy.org.
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