UCLA creates nation’s largest self-replenishing fund for green projects

The below coverage from University of California news provides a great example of the value (and win-win) of developing an energy efficiency fund: UCLA has already invested $20 million in energy-efficient building retrofits during the past five years. It is the 46th institution in the nation to join the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, which encourages…

City Hall Celebration for HERO Program Launch in Modesto

The City of Modesto celebrated the official launch of the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) program launch earlier this month at Modesto’s City Hall. The HERO Program, a PACE financing model, provides full project cost for water and energy efficiency upgrades over 5, 10, 15, or 20 years. The HERO Program started taking applications this…

Energy Storage System, EV Charging System Unveiled at Lancaster Museum

The City of Lancaster, utilizing a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and contracting with Green Charge Networks, has installed an energy storage system and EV fast charging station at its Museum of Art and History (MOAH). The system lowers the Museum’s energy costs to reduce the facility’s peak demand by storing energy from the grid…

ACEEE Paper: Energy Efficiency in Even Small Server Rooms Provide Big Opportunities

A paper from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shares how low cost and no-cost energy-saving opportunities often exist in server rooms, big or small. To read the paper in full, click here. Looking for more on energy efficient IT? The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report in August covering data…

UC Berkeley Report: Efficiency & Energy Code Compliance are Found Money for Local Governments

In this 2014 report from UC Berkeley’s Center for Resource Efficient Communities, Municipal Fiscal Impacts of Building Energy Efficiency in California: A Guidebook for Local Officials, report authors review the impact of the state’s natural gas-related (more…)

Energy Upgrade California Overview: Opportunities for Supporting Municipal and Community Programming

New to Energy Upgrade California (EUC)? Watch the below video to see how local governments can get involved to help promote the program and connect their residents and businesses to financial and technical resources – and also for opportunities to influence and provide feedback on Energy Upgrade California.  

Interactive Map Reveals Rooftop Reflectance for Five California Cities

The below is shared from Berkeley Lab in a September 2014 news release. Learn more here. How cool is your roof? If you live in the California cities of Bakersfield, Long Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or San Jose, you may be able to find out. (more…)

San Diego County Shares Strategic Energy Plan Progress Report

The County of San Diego has published a Progress Report on its 2013-2015 Strategic Energy Plan. The Report shares what the County has accomplished in the Plan during its 2013-2014 Fiscal Year. Some energy efficiency highlights are shared below; the Progress (more…)

NRDC Report: Data Center Efficiency Assessment

In a new report on the state of, and opportunities for, data center energy efficiency, the Natural Resources Defense Council finds: “If just half of the technical savings potential for data center efficiency that we identify in this report were realized (to take into account the market barriers discussed in this report), electricity consumption in…