半島清潔能源公司將提供高達 $155 萬的資金來幫助在 COVID-19 大流行期間受到經濟衰退影響的小型企業。
該援助包括為最多 6,000 家符合資格的小型企業提供 $250 帳單信貸，以及向 San Mateo Credit Union 社區基金提供 $50,000 捐款。
Peninsula Clean Energy will send letters to roughly 12,000 customers who are potentially eligible for the bill credit. Those businesses must respond with additional information before approval of the credit, which will be issued within one to two billing cycles. Qualifying businesses are small commercial customers with no more than one or two accounts in their name.
The $50,000 donation is earmarked for small business support overseen by the Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center (REC), which has served 195 small businesses throughout San Mateo County over the past two years.
“Small businesses at the heart of our communities are struggling just to survive as this pandemic and recession drag on,” Peninsula Clean Energy CEO Jan Pepper said. “We’re hoping to help keep the dream alive for these businesses and budding entrepreneurs.”
“This bill credit is our way of reaching out in a neighborly way and helping to preserve our local businesses during these extraordinarily difficult times,” City of San Mateo Council Member Rick Bonilla said. “If we do this well, we will help preserve local jobs and the ability to continue receiving the goods and services that we have been accustomed to.”
“Small businesses are really hurting right now, so I am very supportive of efforts to help them through this tough time,” said Ian Bain, Councilmember, Redwood City. “Both the rate credit and the donation to the Community Fund will be well received by small businesses in our community.”
The small business assistance is part of a broader package of efforts by Peninsula Clean Energy this year to help customers who have struggled during the pandemic. That includes an automatic one-time $100 bill credit to more than 36,000 qualifying low-income customers and investing $10 million in programs to improve energy resiliency, including clean backup batteries for medically vulnerable residents and at critical facilities.
半島清潔能源是社區選擇聚合機構，也是聖馬刁縣的官方電力提供者。該機構成立於 2016 年，其使命是減少該縣的溫室氣體排放，每年提供超過 3,500 吉瓦時的 95% 無碳電力，且成本低於 PG&E，為 295,000 名客戶提供服務。作為一個社區主導的非營利機構，半島清潔能源公司對我們的社區進行了大量投資，以擴大獲得可持續和負擔得起的能源解決方案的機會。半島清潔能源公司預計在 2021 年之前提供 100% 無碳電力，到 2025 年提供 100% 24/7 再生電力。該機構已獲得穆迪和惠譽的投資等級信用評級。