Monica Padilla is the Director of Power Resources for the Silicon Valley Clean Energy Authority (SVCE) a community choice aggregator (CCA) serving the retail load in Santa Clara County, California. As the Director of Power Resources, Monica leads a team responsible for planning and carrying out the various energy and capacity procurement, management and reporting needs consistent with SVCE’s aggressive greenhouse gas reduction policies, portfolio cost and risk management objectives and California’s legislative and regulatory requirements. Since joining SVCE in 2018, Monica and her group have negotiated and executed over one billion dollars in long-term power purchase agreements for renewable resources including six solar plus storage contracts. Monica is also leading the effort on behalf of SVCE and seven other CCAs to acquire long duration storage to help with the integration of intermittent resources and in support of the California grid.
Prior to joining SVCE, Monica worked for the City of Palo Alto Utilities for over 30 years. Monica was instrumental in developing and implementing Palo Alto’s Carbon Neutral Plan in 2013, the first carbon-neutral policy adopted for a municipal utility in California. Monica also represented Palo Alto at several joint action agencies, including the Northern California Power Agency and the Transmission Agency of Northern California and oversaw the contract with Palo Alto’s largest supplier – Western Area Power Administration.
Monica has held several volunteer positions within her community of Fremont and was an active participant of Alameda County’s steering committee to form East Bay Community Energy (EBCE). Monica continues to volunteer with EBCE and currently serves on its Community Advisory Committee bringing both an energy professional and ratepayer perspective.