Presentation: Coachella Valley Association of Government’s Voluntary Green Program

Through the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), the municipalities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians have worked together with Southern California Edison to develop climate action planning for energy efficiency policies and programs. This presentation details how and why…

Paper: Building Energy Management Systems – Optimization of Comfort and Energy Use

Learn from this 2013 IEEE paper about how building energy optimization not only saves money and energy, but also improves building operations and increases user comfort. The paper’s abstract is below: Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) have been introduced in the built environment as a mechanism to increase the energy efficiency while maintaining the required…

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…)

Video: Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Training Center in San Leandro

Hear from the Mayor of the City of San Leandro and IBEW on how the new San Leandro Zero Net Energy Training Center was developed. Using smart designs for heat rejection, thermal mass gains, and daylighting by season, LED lighting, variable refrigerant flow (VRF) that also heats the domestic hot water system, and solar and…

Webinar: SCE Territory Municipal Street Lighting Program

New developments allow cities to purchase SCE streetlights – this presents new opportunities for cities to save energy and money through upgrades to LEDs. To help elected officials understand how to get started, the Independent Cities Finance Authority (ICFA), in partnership with SCE and Climatec, describe best practices for cost-effectiveness.   Per ICFA, “One of the…

CoolCalifornia Challenge Overview

Learn how cities can connect with residents, and with each other, by participating in the CoolCalifornia Challenge. The Challenge offers easy-to-do carbon-reducing activities that residents can do at home, in the office, and on the go that tie into city goals and climate action plans and help save energy and money. Hear from the City…

New Long Beach Courthouse Designed With Whole-Building, Performance-Based Infrastructure Approach Saves Energy with No Public Debt

The new LEED-Gold certified Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse opened and became occupied last month, and is now keeping occupants comfortable with a sleek new sustainable design that allows for low energy bills. The building uses efficient design and energy-efficient HVAC to keep heating and cooling needs low, and also has automated light-harvesting systems, water-efficient landscaping, and good access…

Alameda County Santa Rita Jail Microgrid Wins Energy Storage Innovation Award

The microgrid project at Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA won an Innovation Award from Energy Storage North America earlier this month. The Jail’s microgrid, which utilizes fuel cells, 1.2 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV), energy storage, and microturbines, provides resiliency and “islanding” capabilities (meaning the Jail can independently generate and store its…

September 2013 Workshops

The California Public Utilities Commission, Patrick Stoner (Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator), the Local Government Commission and California’s Four Investor Owned Utilities, would like to invite you to participate in one of our upcoming workshops or a webcast that will connect several regions across the State to share your feedback and provide…
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