Municipal Energy Engineer – City of Oakland

The City of Oakland is looking to fill its municipal energy engineer position.  The candidate will deal with all municipal facilities in the service of reducing and de-carbonizing our overall and building-specific energy use. This is Although this is a position for a mechanical or electrical engineer, but policy experience is also critical – for…

PG&E proposes innovative clean energy alternative to aging fossil fuel plant in Oakland

PG&E’s Oakland Clean Energy Initiative would provide a clean and innovative alternative that could replace the existing power plant and would be a cleaner and more affordable option than the traditional approach of using either a new fossil-fueled plant or new transmission lines through heavily populated areas of Oakland. The proposal would use local clean…

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Progress by City and County

***THIS IS A NEW FEATURE UNDER DEVELOPMENT BY THE COORDINATOR AND IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION*** Below is a master tracking list of programs and policies that local governments have developed that support energy efficiency and sustainability goals of the Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. All data are shared on a single page, alphabetically by county. One can use “Find”…

Case Study: Solar and Energy Efficiency in Oakland

Learn in this case study from SunPower about municipal solar and energy efficiency investments made by the City of Oakland: Oakland recognizes the need to implement sustainable strategies that ensure both the long-term economic health and the environmental quality of its community. By leveraging one of California’s most abundant resources, sunshine, Oakland made the decision…

BayREN March Forum | Increasing Reliability and Resiliency with Microgrids

“Microgrids are localized grids that have the potential to improve reliability and resiliency of the grid, offer a backup energy solution for communities during grid outages, and contribute to achieving California’s clean energy future. This forum aims to help local governments, utilities and the private sector understand the benefits of microgrids, what to expect when…

CURRENTS: Unpacking the Paris Agreement: Implications and Inspiration for Local Governments

For those of us following energy and climate issues, December 2015 was an exciting month. The meetings in Paris held by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and by other climate action-focused groups that used the opportunity to also convene, drew global attention to latest climate forecasts, to the events we are…

California invests in “by location” distributed energy resources

“California is leading the nation with several pilot projects to reward more rooftop solar energy generators and other distributed energy resources in specific locations as an alternative to utilities’ needs to invest in upgrading their electricity generation networks. This use of Locational Net Benefit Analysis (LNBA) can foster the growth of hundreds of megawatts of…

East Bay Community Energy wants to power the community

“Last month, EBCE released a plan called “local development business plan” which details strategies for creating local jobs, providing pathways to good jobs for disadvantaged workers, providing the benefits of clean energy to people at all income levels, and reducing pollution in communities where it’s worst. Initially, EBCE will not have the capital for big…

PG&E, East Bay Community Energy launch Request for Offers for clean energy projects

“The competitive solicitation is the next step in advancing PG&E’s Oakland Clean Energy Initiative. The initiative will result in a clean energy alternative to the existing fossil-fuel power plant at 50 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, which currently provides electric transmission-grid reliability in Oakland. The Oakland Clean Energy Initiative will proactively deploy clean energy resources…

Regional Forum – Municipal Buildings Leading by Example

The BayREN Codes and Standards (C&S) team invites you to register for our upcoming regional forum in Orinda on September 26. This forum will focus on how local governments are setting and meeting ambitious targets aimed at improving energy efficiency in public buildings while encouraging the private sector to do the same. It will showcase…
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