The project, which includes new light fixtures, “smart” heating and cooling systems, and the installation of solar panels, is expected to save the district $13 million. Prop 39 funds allowed for the installation of 320,000 interior and exterior LED lighting fixtures, an automated temperature control system in the library and administration building, and motion-sensing technology for…
The Energy Gang brings in Sam Brooks, the former director of the District of Columbia’s sustainability division to discuss the data issue for cities that want take the lead on climate change. Sam highlights the importance of energy efficiency and local governments ability to make change happen. He is also critical of some of the…
The proposed climate action plan has 48 carbon-cutting recommendations in all. Now the county will learn if it has satisfied concerns voiced by the agricultural sector, environmental community, and others. “There is strong consensus that global climate change is occurring; seasons are shifting, average temperatures are increasing, precipitation levels are changing and sea levels are…
Petaluma and Sonoma County continue to lead on climate despite shortfalls from the federal administration. Petaluma has worked with their building code, cleaned up their municipal fleet, and support transit-oriented transportation. Click here to read more from Petaluma360
The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) hosted their first quarter regional forum on March 30th. The theme of the forum focused on household electrification to achieve zero net energy in buildings. The forum began with a presentation on ZNE goals for the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards from Chris Meyer of the California Energy Commission (CEC)….
The Western Riverside Council of Governments created the Regional Streetlight Program to provide their member cities with energy efficient streetlighting options. WRCOG also created a demonstration area in the City of Hemet so residents can have input in the type of lighting that they want in their own communities. Click here to learn more about…
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) En Banc hearing on February 1, 2017.
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
Sacramento County is kicking off their Climate Action Plan with a series of stakeholder meetings starting Wednesday, August 24th. These stakeholder meetings will be held during the daytime with representatives of public agencies, business organizations,
Whittier Leverages Incentives and Support for Municipal Retrofits – Including Streetlighting, Lighting, HVAC, and VFD Upgrades
As covered in the Whittier Daily News: the City of Whittier is going green. It’s spending about $2.1 million on ways to make street lights and city buildings more energy efficient, a move that will pay for itself in about four years and save hundreds of thousands of dollars afterward, officials said.
San Joaquin Valley’s City of Lodi Gets Improved Air Quality through Lodi Unified School District CNG Station
Owners and operators of natural gas-fueled vehicles in the San Joaquin Valley have a convenient place to fuel up thanks to a compressed natural gas (CNG) station that the California Energy Commission helped fund.
The City of Grass Valley’s June 28th City Council meeting celebrated the completion of a number of municipal energy efficiency and solar projects through an energy performance contract with Opterra Energy, including new solar generation, LED
Hear from the Cities of Oakland and Richmond on their experience visiting Paris during the COP21 Climate Conference in December 2015, specific examples on their leadership on energy and climate in their communities, and advice for local governments looking to
New emerging technologies related to the “Internet of Things” digitalization and distributed energy resources are quickly changing the energy landscape for cities. Smart city technologies and concepts are defined broadly around the use of digital technologies
In the below video, Beacon Program Award-Winning City of San Carlos shares its strategy and best practices that have allowed the City to save energy and greenhouse gas emissions in its municipal operations, and in the community. For more information on the SEEC Collaborative’s Beacon Program, visit the Institute for Local Government’s website.