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 Action Plan approved by Indian Wells is found here, and lays out a number of strategies to achieve its reduction goals, including the programs mentioned above, as well as residential and commercial PACE, promotion of efficient HVAC and pool pump systems, water and energy efficiency found through drought-tolerant landscaping, transportation planning and incorporation of electric and alternative fuel vehicles, and participation in demand reduction programming. The Plan also recommends utilization of Los Angeles County’s Energy Enterprise Management Information System (EEMIS) to
measure energy use in municipal facilities and optimally plan retrofits.

The Plan stresses utilization of knowledge of other successful policies and programs, and the resources of the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) and its utilities.

The Plan estimates that its implementation will cost the City $1.1 million in eight years, for producing benefits of over $8.4 million in community savings and creation of 84 full‐time jobs.