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…

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s New Building: One of the Most Efficient in America

Learn how the new SFPUC smart building in San Francisco is one of the most efficient buildings in America. Of particular interest: description of the building’s 4 building-integrated vertical wind turbines and 600 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at minute 8; an intelligent building management system (BMS) that inter-manages heating, cooling, air flow/duct operations, lighting and…

San Francisco 2011 Benchmarking Report Available

The City and County of San Francisco’s Benchmarking Report for 2011 is now available on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) website. Given that San Francisco’s commitment to public disclosure of building energy use was just started in 2011, the report covers important methodology and has a number of useful best practices, assumptions, and…

LA County ISD and Municipal Building Retro-commissioning

Learn more about the Los Angeles County Internal Services Department’s ongoing successes with retro-commissioning: including costs, savings, and best practices. LA County RCx measures include:   • Testing and calibrating of existing controls • Improved Chiller Sequencing • Chilled Water Reset • Installed customized Purge Cycles • Optimized Economizer Controls • Optimized Scheduled Start/Stop of…

City of Watsonville Replaces 1,800 HPS Streetlights with LEDs

Using American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding and low- and no-interest loans from PG&E, the City of Watsonville has replaced their inefficient high pressure sodium streetlights with LEDs. Visit their website to see how the upgrades have improved the lighting quality and lowered the City’s energy bills.
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