Innovators Evening Lecture Series: Solar + Storage for Resiliency

San Francisco’s Solar and Energy Storage for Resiliency project examines the use of solar plus storage systems at facilities throughout the City that would serve critical loads in times of emergency (shelters, libraries, rec centers, etc.). The overarching goal is to expand the solar market by serving as a national model for integrating solar and…

San Benito High School to implement energy efficiency program

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 Inconvenient Truth About City Climate Goals: ‘There’s No Data. We’re Not Looking at Results’

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…

Napa County Planning Commission to consider climate action plan

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…

BayREN Forum: Household Electrification as a Pathway to On-Site ZNE

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).…

WRCOG Regional Streetlight Program

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…

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…)

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. (more…)

Savings Results from Grass Valley Energy Efficiency and Solar Project

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 (more…)

Video: Oakland and Richmond on Bringing the Message of COP21 Home to California Communities

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 (more…)
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