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SV Clean Energy Adds Director of Regulatory and Legislative Policy

Melicia Charles brings extensive public-private experience to expanded policy team

Sunnyvale, Calif. – Melicia Charles has joined Silicon Valley Clean Energy (SVCE) as Director of Regulatory and Legislative Policy. Melicia’s energy industry experience includes senior roles with the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and Sunrun, a leading player in the commercial solar industry.

The Director of Regulatory and Legislative Policy will lead the SVCE regulatory and legislative team on statewide policy matters. Melicia will work with local and state representatives and SVCE board members to ensure that the community’s top clean energy and decarbonization goals are being prioritized at a state level.

“I am thrilled to join the Community Choice Energy movement as local agencies, like SV Clean Energy, are leading the state toward meeting its climate goals,” said Charles. “I grew up in Silicon Valley, therefore I am particularly excited to join an organization that is focused on innovative clean energy solutions that serve this community.”

“As SV Clean Energy continues to face regulatory challenges in a rapidly evolving industry, Melicia is a timely and valuable addition to our team. We are excited to welcome her and look forward to the new capabilities she brings,” said Girish Balachandran, SVCE’s Chief Executive Officer.

Charles previously served as the Director of Public Policy at Sunrun where she advocated for solar and energy storage before state regulators and legislators. Prior to Sunrun, Charles was at the CPUC for over a decade. During this time, she served as an advisor and chief of staff to two commissioners, as well as managed teams within the CPUC Energy Division. Charles holds an MBA from the University of San Francisco and a BA from the University of California, Berkeley.


About Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Silicon Valley Clean Energy is a not-for-profit 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  SVCleanEnergy.org.