Spotlighting Energy Efficiency in California Communities

Learn what local governments are doing in this EE summary of local government activity released July 2012 from the SEEC NGO, the Institute for Local Government. Excerpts of local government municipal savings, and community engagement, are below: Municipal Facility Activities Using a performance agreement with an outside firm, the City of Tulare retrofitted all city buildings — where…

Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC)’s New Paper: Bridge to the Clean Economy

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) has released a paper, Bridge to the Clean Economy: Low Carbon, High Impact Market Initiatives for the Bay Area featuring opportunities in distributed energy resources (DERs) generation, electric vehicle deployment, and residential and commercial building upgrades. Click above to review.

Case Study: Valley Innovative Energy Watch (VIEW)’s Benchmarking Successes – and Best Practices

Learn below and in this benchmarking case study how the Valley Innovative Energy Watch is serving its jurisdictions by regionalizing building energy benchmarking efforts: Introduction 2010 was just the right time for the Valley Innovative Energy Watch (VIEW) partnership to start. All 8 VIEW local governments had accepted Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant funding…

Energy Democracy: Supporting Community Innovation

The Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) has developed a white paper on Energy Democracy: Supporting Community Innovation. Energy democracy seeks to ensure that everyone can participate in clean energy programs. Much of the current energy policy in the US focuses on rewarding individuals for lower carbon lifestyles – conserving energy or switching to alternatives like…

CPUC’s Decision 12-05-015

On May 10, 2012, the CPUC issued Decision 12-05-015 providing guidance on 2013-14 energy efficiency portfolios and 2012 Marketing, Education and Outreach. It is available at

Findings from the Silicon Valley Energy Watch’s Community Energy Champions Grant Program

The Silicon Valley Energy Watch’s white paper, The Community Energy Champions Grant Program: Leveraging Community Based Organizations and Local Governments to Effectively Implement Behavioral Energy Efficiency Programs, is now available. A second white paper in this two part series will be available in December 2012. Background from the paper is available below. In 2010, Pacific…

City of Sacramento’s Climate Action Plan

The City of Sacramento’s Climate Action Plan, adopted February 2012, includes a municipal and community greenhouse gas inventory, and exploration of energy efficiency strategies such as: partnering with utilities on behavioral educational programs, supporting SMUD’s microgrid project, coordinating with SMUD on appliance and lighting rebate programs, custom and prescriptive incentive programs, and multi-family retrofits, retrofitting…

ACEEE White Paper: The Role of Local Governments in EE Implementation

In partnership with the MIT Energy Efficiency Strategy Project, ACEEE has released The Role of Local Governments and Community Organizations as Energy Efficiency Implementation Partners. The report shares best practices in enabling policies and creating program partnerships from across the United States, and features the City of Berkeley’s Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO).  

Cool Roof Design Brief Available

A cool roof design brief is available on PG&E’s website, produced by Energy Design Resources. Click here to access the brief and learn about what qualifies as a cool roof, and what the benefits are – including lower thermal burden, savings in building conditioning, and credits and incentives. For more on cool roofs, click here.