EV Charging Stations Installed and Operational at Cupertino Library

As part of the CEC-funded Bay Area Charge Ahead Project, the City of Cupertino has installed two EV Chargepoint Level 2 charging stations at its library. The Project plans on installing charging stations in 152 Bay Area high-priority, high congestion areas. The Bay Area has a goal of 100,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2020.…

City of Beaumont Approves Final “Sustainable Beaumont” Climate Action Plan

Last week, Beaumont’s City Council approved the City’s Sustainable Beaumont Climate Action Plan. The Plan, prepared by Atkins and funded through the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), sets a number of goals, including: Provision of resources (education, training, audits, retrofits, and an Environmental Advocate) and working with regional groups and utilities to improve both…

Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs): Success Stories Show 58% Average Energy Savings

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)’s new paper, Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) looks at the model of using long-term performance contracting to avoid upfront capital costs and tie payment to verification of energy and cost savings. The paper covers the following best practices, and then shares case studies of seven federal building…

City of San Diego Honored for Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, Electric Vehicles, and Renewables

This City of San Diego press release contains a great list of programming that the City has implemented in pursuit of its energy efficiency and sustainability goals – programming that has saved the City energy, money, and led to the City being honored at SDG&E’s recent Energy Showcase Event. Activities undertaken by the City include: Installation…

Palo Alto Named as 2015 Acterra Business Environmental Award Winner

The City of Palo Alto has been named a 2015 Business Environmental Award winner and recipient of the Acterra Award for Sustainability in recognition of the City’s overall approach, commitment and leadership in sustainability. Per the City’s press release: Specifically, Palo Alto was one of the first cities in the nation to adopt a Climate Action…

2015 Update to Multi-Family EE Programming Best Practices Report Available

This 2015 update to the 2011 report from the Multifamily Subcommittee of the California Home Energy Retrofit Coordinating Committee (MF HERCC) includes best practices and the latest recommendations for effective multi-family energy efficiency programming. Per the report: “This update report provides recommendations for the refinement of Energy Upgrade California Multifamily programs authorized by the California Public Utilities…

San Jose’s Clean Fleet

A key part of San Jose’s 2007 “Green Vision” climate action plan is finding solutions in transportation – which makes up for 40% of Santa Clara County’s total carbon emissions. San Jose used the plan to set a goal to move its entire public fleet to 100% alternative fuels. San Jose keeps the public up-to-date on their…

Manhattan Beach’s Energy Efficient Fleet Programming

The City of Manhattan Beach has a number of policies in place to improve the energy efficiency of its municipal fleet, including procurement of electric, hybrid or CNG vehicles, regular vehicle servicing, and particulate traps on contracted diesel vehicles. Learn more about the City’s fleet activities and energy savings achievements on the City’s website.
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