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.
City of Huntington Beach, Partnered with UC Irvine, Altura Associates, and NREL, Awarded CEC Funds to Deploy Energy Technologies for Advanced Energy Community
Congratulations to the City of Huntington Beach, who – in partnership with UC Irvine’s Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP), Altura Associates, Inc., and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory has been awarded funding from the
This week, the Del Mar City Council voted unanimously to adopt a plan that aims to cut the city’s greenhouse gas emissions in half in less than 20 years. Del Mar’s Climate Action Plan outlines how the city can combat climate change. It will
Berkeley Zero Net Energy++ Working Group is hosting a Community Event to introduce Berkeley Deep Green Building to local building professionals, interested citizens and the greater
The Center for Sustainable Energy has prepared a Sustainable Incentives Best Practices Assessment for the Port of San Diego, released April 2016. This is a great resource for local governments considering green leases and landlord-tenant energy efficiency solutions. The full Port Best Practices report is available here and the introduction of the report is shared below: