Community Energy Champion Grants Handbook and Case Studies

In partnership with PG&E, the Silicon Valley Energy Watch has released the Community Energy Champion Grants Handbook and Case Studies, showcasing the best practices and effects of the Community Energy Champion Grants (CECG) program they run as a utility-local government partnership. The Handbook is available at the link above. To review the introduction, see below. Handbook…

Visalia Parking Lot Lighting Upgrades through VIEW Partnership

In partnership with Southern California Edison and through the Valley Innovative Energy Watch partnership, the City of Visalia has saved electricity and money in its West Acequia Parking Structure. Read this one-pager for more information and details and annual savings.

US Green Building Council Celebrates California Local Governments, Bills, and Codes

The US Green Building Council (USGBC)’s “Top10” for 2012 celebrates 10 California communities and 10 California policies at the forefront of green building and development of an efficient built environment. Excerpts on the highlighted communities are copied below. Details on both highlighted communities and highlighted policies are available here. Most Inspiring: The Sacramento Region for…

Southern California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs has published a Southern California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan, prepared for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). To read the plan in full on SCAG’s website, click here. For more SCAG publications, click here.

Simi Valley Retro-commissioning Policy

The City of Simi Valley, working with Southern California Edison through their city-utility Energy Leadership Partnership, has completed a retro-commissioning (RCx) policy to implement in their buildings. Retro-commissioning is a critical piece of facilities maintenance that ensures good facility operations, longer facility equipment life, improved comfort and productivity of occupants – and energy and cost…

Statewide Retro-commissioning Program Guide for 2013-2014 Cycle

A guide to retro-commisioning (RCx) incentives provided through the state’s investor-owned utilities during 2013-2014 under the auspices of the CPUC is available: 2013-14 Statewide Retrocommissioning Policy & Procedures Manual. The 2013-14 Statewide Retrocommissioning (RCx) Offering provides financial incentives for energy savings resulting from permanent and/or automated operational improvement of equipment or systems. Qualifying non-residential customers that…

Amador County Building Improvements Save Energy and Money

Amador County has leveraged funding through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program to implement heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements and lighting upgrades in its facilities, saving tax payers. Per the California Energy Commission (CEC)’s press release: More than 600 interior lights were retrofitted at the county jail, sheriff’s office, district attorney’s office,…

ACEEE Paper Breaks Down Funding and Financing Sources (and Pros and Cons) for Local Governments

Feeling overwhelmed by all of the different funding mechanisms there are for energy efficiency projects – and wondering why there are so many? This report (presented at ACEEE’s 2012 Summer Buildings Study) looks first at why local governments are such an important point where energy efficiency planning and programs take root, and then provides a…

The BEE Software Collaborative: An Open Source, Rule-Based Architecture for Building Energy Efficiency

This 2012 paper, presented at the ACEEE Summer Buildings Study, provides a useful overview of the CEC’s responsibility to establish building energy modeling standards under the Warren-Alquist Act, and its activities to develop, test, document, and support open source building energy modeling software and other building energy analysis tools used for Standards development, Standards compliance…

Retro-commissioning Toolkit for Local Governments

Developing a retro-commissioning (RCx) and re-commissioning plan, and implementing it, can be a great and cost-effective way to save energy and money in existing buildings. A retro-commissioning toolkit for local governments is available from the California Sustainability Alliance – click here to read more about the Toolkit. More resources are available on the Alliance’s website.

2012 White Paper, Regional Climate Action Plans: A New Approach to Facilitating Local Government Greenhouse Gas Reductions

A new paper reviewing Climate Action Plan projects sponsored by the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, Kern Council of Governments and Coachella Valley Association of Governments can be read here.   Abstract: Due to a confluence of political climate and favorable funding sources, local governments throughout California are on the forefront of planning efforts…
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