Yuba County Completes First Solar Project, Energy Efficiency Measures through Energy Performance Contract

Yuba County has completed a set of solar and energy efficiency projects using an energy performance contract.  The solar installation is expected to generate over 1 Megawatt of electricity at two sites and, together with a set of energy efficiency measures, reduce the county’s annual energy purchases by 50 percent.  The project’s energy efficiency improvements…

Presentation: Riverside County’s Energy Conservation Fund

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.

Hermosa Beach’s new Clean Fleet Policy and Action Plan

Adopted June 11th, Hermosa Beach has set a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions goal for its municipal facilities and operations, and has set a number of plans for a clean municipal fleet to achieve this goal. The Clean Flee Policy and Action Plan was adopted by the City June 11th and is available on the City’s…

Indian Wells Approves Climate/Energy Action Plan, Retro-commissioning and Voluntary Green Building Program through Desert Cities Partnership

The City of Indian Wells, as part of the Desert Cities Energy Partnership involving Southern California Edison, SoCal Gas and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, has approved a set of energy efficiency policies and programs – including a Climate Action Plan, Energy Action Plan, retro-commissioning measures, and a voluntary green building program. The Climate…

USDOE Publication: Partnering with Utilities and Other Ratepayer-Funded Energy Efficiency Program Administrators

See a new publication featuring best practices and case studies in partnering on energy programs, available on USDOE’s website here. Among the case studies featured is the utility-local government partnership, the Silicon Valley Energy Watch.

El Cerrito Adopts Climate Action Plan

El Cerrito adopted their Climate Action Plan on May 21st, targeting energy reductions of 15% by 2020 and 30% by 2035. The plan features a number of strategies to achieve these goals, including: transit-oriented development and streetscape changes to support efficient transportation, weatherization of homes, utilization of residential and commercial PACE and other financing programs, requiring…
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