Bloom Energy has filed a lawsuit against Santa Clara last week, marking the second time the San Jose-based energy company has sued the city. by their fuel cells. The box is licensed.
“Climate change is increasing,” Santa Clara City Councilman Suds Jain told San Jose Spotlight. “My main objection to Bloom Energy is that its carbon footprint is much larger than Silicon Valley Electricity’s.”
The key indicator that determines whether Bloom Energy’s fuel cell cartridges can be used in Santa Clara is its fuel source, Jain Say. Most of Bloom Energy’s servers use natural gas or methane as fuel, making them incompatible with the climate goals of Santa Clara and California. The state requires the municipal grid to switch to 100% renewable energy by 2045.
“If someone installs a Bloom box, it will continue to use methane forever… It will continue to make us addicted to fossil fuels,” Jain said. “Methane is an important factor leading to climate change.”
In 2019, Bloom Energy sued the city to require the use of renewable fuels for self-generated energy, including solar, wind, geothermal, and biogas fuel cells. Because Bloom Energy’s fuel cells use natural gas, they cannot be connected to the grid through the city’s own power company, Silicon Valley Power.
After the Santa Clara County Superior Court ruled that the city needed to study the California Environmental Quality Act before enacting the law, the city reclassified Bloom Energy’s fuel cell tanks as power plants, allowing Santa Clara to decide to issue License…
In a recent lawsuit, Bloom Energy stated that the city simply found another way to lock down its fuel servers, prompting the company to sue to force the city to issue a license.
“The city’s refusal to issue a ministerial license for new Bloom Energy server installations is a direct violation of its own zoning regulations,” Bloom Energy spokesperson Jennifer Duffourg (Jennifer Duffourg) in a statement to San Jose Spotlight Said in. “After working in good faith with the city government to find a friendly solution, we decided to seek judicial intervention to protect our ability to provide clean and resilient energy to Santa Clara businesses.”
Santa Clara spokesperson Lon Peterson said that the city understands the pending Litigation, but declined to comment.
This is not the first controversy aroused by the San Jose Electric Company when it promotes the installation of its technology in a city in the Bay Area.
The April San Jose Focused Investigation revealed how the company lobbied at the last minute to abandon the San Jose natural gas ban, allowing the company to circumvent historical rules. Carl Guardino, the former chief executive of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and a close friend of Mayor Sam Liccardo, is at the core of the lobbying effort. He is currently the executive vice president of policy and government affairs at Bloom Energy.
In Santa Clara, Jain said Bloom Energy can configure its fuel cell server to run on biogas, but this fuel is still very expensive. He added that if Bloom Energy’s servers are running off-grid, they can be installed in Santa Clara.
“When they want to use the grid as a backup power source, fundamental problems arise,” Jain said.