INVESTING IN POWER ... Palo Alto Utilities is one of five local utility companies participating in a new project that will give incentives for those who install more public electric vehicle charging stations. The endeavor, a partnership with the California Energy Commission's California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project, is estimated to start in spring 2020. The commission has proposed dedicating $21 million in incentives to Santa Clara County and $12 million in incentives to San Mateo County, with the funds expected to last between two to four years, according to a news release. The goal is to install more fast chargers (which provide at least 100 miles per hour of charging) and Level 2 chargers (which give 15 to 35 miles for each hour of charging) in public spaces, workplaces and multifamily housing developments and along freeway corridors. The other participating agencies are Peninsula Clean Energy, San Jose Clean Energy, Silicon Valley Clean Energy and Silicon Valley Power, which would each match millions of dollars to the effort if approved by their respective governing board or city council.
MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD ... The Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley, made up of Midpeninsula students ages 4 to 18, took home a silver diploma and a gold medal at the fourth annual European Choir Games earlier this month. Fifty-six students, many of whom are from the area, represented the group based in Los Altos and Los Gatos. (Of the 56 students, eight live in Palo Alto and three live at Stanford. Many of them go to Palo Alto and Gunn high schools.) The event featured more than 63,000 singers from 47 countries who competed in Gothenburg, Sweden on Aug. 3-10. The local group, one of two American teams, advanced to the Grand Prix level in the youth choir category, facing 16 university- and high school-level choirs. The silver diploma came through Cantabile's young men's choir, Bravi, which took third place in their category — an impressive finish as first-timers.
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