In 2013, Inyo County partnered with Southern California Edison (SCE) to research opportunities for seed money and to develop policies to set up an energy efficiency revolving loan fund (EERLF) to serve as a dedicated source of funding for energy-saving (more…)
Announced on Friday, the City of Hayward has won the Acterra 2016 Business Environmental Award for its green power initiative at the City’s water pollution control facility. While the award focuses on the impressive amount of renewable energy generated at the facility, the way that Hayward is leveraging that renewable energy to fund other sustainability…
Congratulations to the Western Riverside Council of Governments, San Bernardino Associated Governments, and the County of Los Angeles, for receiving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 Climate Leadership Award! For more information on their accomplishments and best practices using the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program, click here.
Learn about the projects, successes, and challenges of the City of Visalia’s Conservation Fund in this 2016 presentation; the Conservation Fund funds projects that produce utility (electricity, gas, or water) cost savings at a rate that pays off the project within 10 years. (more…)
The City of Long Beach has adopted their Innovation & Efficiency Initiatives Fund in their FY16 budget. The City had proposed implementing an Innovation & Efficiency Initiatives Fund in 2015 as a revolving fund to allow its Departments to finance projects that create future energy (more…)
This video, developed by WRCOG, the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative and the Local Government Commission, explores the Western Riverside Council of Government (WRCOG)’s development of the BEYOND Program – how it’s funded, how funds are allocated, and what the Program accomplishes.
The City of Watsonville in Santa Cruz County made an innovative move earlier this week, and adopted both its new Climate Action Plan (CAP), and a Carbon Fund Ordinance to (more…)
The below coverage from University of California news provides a great example of the value (and win-win) of developing an energy efficiency fund: UCLA has already invested $20 million in energy-efficient building retrofits during the past five years. It is the 46th institution in the nation to join the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, which encourages…
Local governments face continually shrinking budgets making it increasingly difficult to find a sustainable funding source for local government energy programs. This webinar will (more…)
A new guide produced by the Center for Sustainable Energy for Pasadena Water and Power helps customers navigate funding and financing options for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The guide focuses on existing 2014 resources, but provides weblinks on each topic for updates.
A fact sheet is available on San Jose’s Energy Fund, which has provided the City with resources to staff an Energy Officer – check out the Best Practices tab to read in full. San José implemented an Energy Fund in 2005 to provide ongoing support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at municipal facilities.…
City of Temecula Reaches SCE Energy Leadership Partnership Gold Status, Initiates Energy Projects Supporting New Energy Fund
In March, Temecula was the first city to achieve a Gold Level status under the Southern California Edison (SCE)-Western Riverside Energy Leadership Partnership by completing 13 energy efficiency projects in FY 2012-13, while increasing total kWh savings to 813,037, (more…)
Click here to take a look at a presentation on El Cerrito’s revolving fund for energy and water efficiency projects, presented at the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) Forum.
Click here to review Riverside County’s SEEC presentation on the impetus for, structure, and value of its Energy Conservation Fund. For more on revolving funds, click here for additional posts, or here for a list of local governments using revolving loan funds to further local government energy efficiency and sustainability projects.
The Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN)’s Amended Implementation Plan for 2013-2014 is available here. The Plan describes the planned work and value-add of SoCalREN, which is designed to supplement and complement the work done by the Investor-Owned Utilities’ Local Government Partnerships. This work is to be offered in three main areas: Expansion of Energy…