Santa Barbara County Passes New Energy Efficiency Policy for Municipally Owned and Leased Facilities

Congratulations to Santa Barbara County, who has just passed a new “County of Santa Barbara Energy Efficiency Standards Policy for County Owned and Leased Facilities.” This comprehensive policy was passed by the Board of Supervisors on August 30th, and includes requirements for staff energy training, reporting of (more…)

Upcoming No-Cost Building Energy Code Training Opportunities

Looking for resources to get up to speed on Title 24 energy code? No-cost trainings for building inspectors, plan examiners, contractors, and energy consultants are available through Energy Code Ace, funded through the California Codes and Standards Program – which has to-date trained over 3,500 local government and building professionals. Energy Code Ace has upcoming trainings…

Santa Barbara County Implements New Home Energy Checklist to be Paired with Building Permits

A new Home Energy Checklist and Guidance Document (described under Measure BE 2 of the County’s Energy and Climate Action Plan) has been created by Santa Barbara County, which goes into effect on February 1, 2016. Applicants are required to complete (more…)

Santa Barbara County’s Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) Program

To support energy efficiency in community projects, the County of Santa Barbara runs the innovative Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) program (formerly known as the IBRP), to provide complimentary energy efficiency expertise from community leaders during the (more…)

RFP: Santa Barbara County CCA Feasibility Study

Santa Barbara County is inviting proposals for professional consulting services to develop a technical feasibility study on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) for the central coast region, including participating in Santa Barbara, Ventura, and San Luis Obispo Counties. The full Request for Proposals (RFP), including submittal instructions are posted online. Proposals must be submitted by 11:59pm…

RFP: emPower Central Coast Energy Coach

The emPower Central Coast program of the Energy and Sustainability Division of the County of Santa Barbara request proposals from qualified professionals to serve by contract as “Energy Coach” primarily for the San Luis Obispo County area. The “Energy Coach” is a program offering aimed at providing greater assistance to homeowners and contractors participating in…

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…