Learn about how California rancherias are looking into (and implementing) microgrids as a source of resiliency in coverage from the Sacramento Bee: California rancherias look to microgrids for power during natural disasters. (more…)
October has been a busy month for energy legislation! Along with SB 350 and AB 802, Assembly Bill 693 has been signed into law, creating the new Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program. AB 693 requires that funding be put aside for the implementation of solar roofs on qualified multifamily buildings, starting in 2017, with…
Earlier this week, San Luis Obispo County voted to participate in a study with Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties to determine the feasibility of pursuing community choice aggregation (CCA). For more information, click here.
Looking for more information on the significance of the recent passing of SB 350 and AB 802 to local government energy efficiency activities? Efficiency.org writer Matt Golden provides a great summary, “New California Laws are a Needed Paradigm Shift for Energy Efficiency.” Given the changes in how incentives are to be provided for energy efficiency,…
Many cities are seeing gains in energy efficiency as a growth strategy: and implementing that strategy. Learn more from the Governing Institute’s new article, The Growing Link Between Energy Efficiency and Economic Development.
The Irvine Company is fitting more than 20 buildings in Irvine and Newport Beach with battery systems from Tesla. The project is being undertaken in partnership with Advanced Microgrid Solutions and SoCal Edison, and will provide 10 MW of power to facilities and reduce energy costs by as much as 10%.
The CEC approved several grants, contracts and loans yesterday that support projects – for City of Gardena, UC Riverside, San Luis Obispo County, and San Diego Community College District – that will help the state meet its EE and GHG emission reduction goals. Modifications have also been made to the reporting process for publicly owned…
The City of South Gate is first city in Southern California to win the Beacon Award, presented through Institute for Local Government and Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC). As shared by the Institute in its press release, “It is an honor to be the first Southern (more…)
The City of San Diego is committed to green and sustainable building practices, and supports the development of sustainable, energy efficient buildings through the Sustainable Building Expedite Program (or “Expedite Program”). The Expedite Program (more…)
San Luis Obispo County Votes to Examine Alternative Energy Sources through CCA with Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties
San Luis Obispo County will work with Santa Barbara and Ventura counties as well as the city of San Luis Obispo to find ways to create more energy sources and possibly drive down electricity costs for ratepayers. San Luis Obispo County supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to explore the feasibility of creating a Community Choice Aggregation…
No company can afford to waste money by using machines or processes that consume too much energy. Since pneumatic systems are ubiquitous throughout manufacturing and can consume a large share of a plant’s power costs, ensuring they consume only the (more…)
New Study: San Francisco’s Benchmarking Ordinance Requiring Commercial Buildings to Disclose Energy Data Shows Major Reduction in Energy Use and an Opportunity to Save Millions in Energy Costs
A report on the City and County of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance (ECBO) reviewed the ordinance compliance, energy use by building, and savings that could be attributed from 2010-2014. The report’s findings, which include a (more…)
Learn about the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG)’s Green Building Challenge, kicked off in September 2015 and underway through August 2016, below! Overview: The South Bay Cities Green Building Challenge program is designed to help businesses reduce energy, water, and waste – while improving quality of life and making our (more…)
Presented by the Center for Sustainable Energy, Local Policies to Achieve ZNE Buildings (part 2) is a great resource to hear from cities and experts on programming that can help get local governments ready for zero net energy use in buildings. Speakers and more information listed below: This webinar focused on two strategies at the…
Find coverage from TIME Magazine on why so much of the achievement of energy and climate goals rests with cities.