Resource Library

At CCEC, we know communities are at different stages of working on various local climate and energy priorities. Whether you’re building EV charging infrastructure, helping property owners afford energy upgrades, or developing electrification plans and codes, you need a way to find all the best information when you’re ready to use it to inform your work. This resource library is designed to give you multiple ways to access the broad array of resources CCEC continuously compiles immediately. Here are a few examples of how you might use the search box or the filters to query our content:
  • You’ve been directed to initiate a new energy or climate project and hope to advance your knowledge and accelerate the process by accessing relevant best practices, case studies, technical assistance, guides, learning events, reports, and tools;
  • Your organization wants to expand its initiatives but lacks sufficient resources, and you need to identify possible funding sources;
  • You want to get an idea of the kinds of initiatives other communities are doing, especially in your region or for a particular sector;
  • and many more!
Don’t see an important resource or have one to share? Let us know by contacting eecoordinator@civicwell.org.
Funding Resources

Active Transportation Program (ATP)

The purpose of ATP is to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation by achieving the following goals:

Increase the proportion of trips accomplished by biking and walking
Increase safety and mobility for non-motorized users
Advance the active transportation efforts of regional agencies to achieve Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction goals, pursuant to SB 375 (of 2008) and SB 341 (of 2009)
Enhance public health
Ensure that disadvantaged communities fully share in the benefits of the program
Provide a broad spectrum of projects to benefit many types of active transportation users

Organization: Caltrans
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Planning
Funding Resources

Adaptation Clearinghouse (Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program)

The Adaptation Clearinghouse is a centralized source of information and resources to assist decision makers at the state, regional, and local levels when planning for and implementing climate adaptation projects to promote resiliency across California.

Organization: Governor's Office of Planning Research
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Information Clearinghouse
Learning Event

Advanced Community Energy

UC Irvine’s Advanced Power and Energy Program partnered with the City of Huntington Beach, Altura Associates, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to develop tools to optimally design and operate an Advanced Energy Community in Oak View community.

Organization: UC Irvine's Advanced Power and Energy Program
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Date: April 2018
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Distributed Energy Resources
Case Study

Advanced Energy Rebuild Napa Program

MCE, The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD), BayREN, Napa County, and PG&E have joined efforts to help property owners in Napa County who lost homes in the October 2017 and 2018 wildfires. Advanced Energy Rebuild Napa will provide incentive to support homeowners in rebuilding energy efficient, sustainable homes to 2016 code.

Organization: Marin County Energy
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
Funding Resources

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Grant Program

The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program makes it easier for Californians to drive less by making sure housing, jobs, and key destinations are accessible by walking, biking, and transit.

Organization: California Strategic Growth Council
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Planning
Case Study

Agency Buys PPA with help from TerraVerde

TerraVerde recently supported one of their clients in buying out their solar PPA. This client, a Water Agency served by Southern California Edison (SCE) negotiated a buyout by leveraging available capital, monetizing renewable energy certificates and increasing energy production by re-powering the system. The agency Increased their utility bill savings, made revenue from energy certificates and will have a net financial outcome of 7.9% IRR.

Name: CEO
Title: TerraVerde Energy
Organization: TerraVerde Energy
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Email: ali@terraverde.energy
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Through this American Rescue Plan Act Build Back Better Regional Challenge Notice of Funding Opportunity (ARPA BBBRC NOFO), EDA aims to assist communities and regions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has caused, and continues to cause, economic injury to U.S. communities and regions in devastating and unprecedented ways. This ARPA BBBRC NOFO is designed as a two-phase competition to (1) help regions develop transformational economic development strategies and (2) fund the implementation of those strategies that will create and grow regional growth clusters. Such efforts will help regional economies recover from the pandemic and build economic diversity and resiliency to mitigate impacts of future economic disasters.

Organization: US Department of Commerce
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Direct Assistance, Economic Development, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs
Funding Resources

ARB Carbon Credits

ARB offset credits are issued to offset projects that meet specific requirements in the Cap-and-Trade Regulation. ARB offset credits, which may be used for compliance in the Cap-and-Trade Program, represent verified greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions or removal enhancements achieved under ARB’s Compliance Offset Protocols or approved early action quantification methodologies.

Organization: California Air Resources Board
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Carbon Credit Market, Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Nonprofit, Tribal Governments
Case Study

Architecture Construction Engineering Students (ACES) Pathway Program

SoCalREN’s Architecture, Construction, Engineering Students (ACES) Pathway Program encourages middle school and high school students to explore careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Currently, six high schools participate in ACES, with nearly 400 students enrolled in the program. Students have access to earning transferable college credits through their local community college and paid summer internships. The goal of this program is to provide students hands-on experience to enter the architecture, engineering, sustainability, fuel cell technologies, advanced manufacturing, construction, renewable energy, hydrogen technology, and surveying industries. This program addresses the gaps seen in these industries of people of color and community members.

Name: Wendy Angel
Title: Program Director
Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: wangel@emeraldcities.org
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

Atlanta Georgia Leverages Financing for Urban Redevelopment Program

Atlanta Georgia leveraged tax-increment financing (or in their case, a tax allocation district) to finance the Atlanta Beltline. This mechanism operates on the assumption that the property values of an area will rise as a consequence of development. The increase in value from developed properties is considered city revenue and, after the city fulfills obligations investors and bond-holders, can be used to support sustainability staff and projects. This $4.8 billion urban development project provides transportation access in addition to resilient revenue streams for the area and is expected to create 30,000 permanent jobs and 5,600 units of affordable workforce housing, among a number of other community and environmental benefits.

Organization: City of Atlanta
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Out of State
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Levy New Taxes or Fees
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Attorney General office and ARB Step Up for South Central Fresno

San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD) convened a community steering committee and developed the Community Emissions Reduction Program: South Central Fresno (Program) in coordination and consultation with the community steering committee. At the request of the community steering committee, SJVAPCD also organized a community air monitoring subcommittee composed of community steering committee members interested in participating in more detailed discussions and planning regarding the Community Air Monitoring Plan. The Program focuses on reducing exposure to fine particulate matter (PM2.5), toxic air contaminants (TAC), as well as oxides of nitrogen (NOx)

Name: Ashley Werner
Title: Directing Attorney
Organization: Leadership Counsel for Justice and Accountability
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Email: awerner@leadershipcounsel.org
Region: San Joaquin Valley
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements Program

The Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements Program administered by SF Environment helped Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation save energy and money resulting in rent reductions for some renters. Find out how this program helped with San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development goals of making homes more affordable.

Organization: BayREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

Bay Area Parcel Tax

In June 2016, Bay Area voters agreed to a new $12-a-year parcel tax that would bring in $500 million over the next twenty years. This funding will support wetland restoration projects intended to reduce pollution of local waters, expand wildlife habitat, and shield communities from flooding.

Organization: Save the Bay
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Levy New Taxes or Fees, Natural and Managed Resources
Case Study

Bay Area SunShares

SunShares pools the buying power of all 9 Bay Area counties to negotiate significant discounts on solar + storage. Sunshares makes it simpler and more affordable for Bay Area residents to go solar with the goal of accelerating clean energy adoption and building regional resilience to climate change. For a limited time each year (Sept. 1 – Nov. 30), Bay Area Sunshares offers significant discounts on solar + storage from pre-vetted installers that serve the entire Bay Area. In addition to significant discounts, Bay Area Sunshares provides educational resources and events to make it easier to understand your clean energy options, and decide what’s best for you.

Organization: Bay Area Sunshares
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Businesses, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Renewable Energy & Storage, Residential, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

Bayern Home+ Program offers Energy Advisors for Free!

This rebate program from BayREN offers homeowners up to $5,000 for doing things like insulation, weatherization, and other energy saving updates. The process for homeowners is to go through their county and get connected to Participating Contractors. If homeowners lack information on energy savings and processes, BayREN offers their Home Energy Advisor Hotline – (866) 878-6008 – which helps homeowners understand the step by step process. Another benefit from this service is that advisors will refer homeowners to complementary programs (financing, solar). BayREN encourages local governments to share these services so homeowners feel more prepared to install and retrofit their homes.

Name: Jeffery Liang
Title: Single Family Project Manager
Organization: BayREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: jliang@bayareametro.gov
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

BayREN Multifamily Case Studies: Lincoln Apartments in Napa

After reviewing the recommendations from the Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements program, John Gianaras was able to asses and implement water and energy upgrades that were able to save money for himself as well as his residents.

Organization: BayREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

BayREN Multifamily Case Studies: Noble Tower in Oakland

Noble Tower, an affordable senior housing community, participated in the Bay Area Regional Energy Network’s multifamily rebate program. This project aims to provide residents with better, more efficient equipment and lower energy bills.

Organization: BayREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Residential
Case Study

BayREN Multifamily Case Studies: Spruce Apartments in Sunnyvale

Thanks to the Bay Area Multi-family Building Enhancements (BAMBE) program which provides flexible rebates and project support, and the programs energy partner, Association on for Energy Affordability, Prometheus, a company that owns and manages 55 properties on the West Coast, was able to transform this giant 766-unit property into a welcoming, efficient place to live. The multi-year renovation, which was completed in 2017, included adding ENERGY STAR® washers and dryers, low-E windows, new toilets, appliances and finishes while updating air circulation on in hallways, heaters and boilers.

Organization: BayREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

BayREN Multifamily Case Studies: Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation Case Study

The Bay Area Multifamily Building Enhancements Program administered by SF Environment helped Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation save energy and money resulting in rent reductions for some renters. Find out how this program helped with San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development goals of making homes more affordable.

Organization: BayREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

BayREN’s Single Family Home +

Rebates for energy efficiency measures in single-family homes. Rebates available for Heat Pump Water Heater, Heat Pump HVAC, Heat Pump Clothes Dryer, Induction Cooktop

Name: Jennifer Berg
Title: Energy Programs Manager
Organization: BayREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: jberg@bayareametro.gov
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
Case Study

Berkeley’s Building Energy Savings Ordinance (BESO) and the U.S. DOE Home Energy Score

In today’s Regional Forum held by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), StopWaste presented on how the City of Berkeley’s Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) was updated to the new Building Energy Savings Ordinance, or “BESO,” why it was updated, and how the new BESO, or a version thereof, could be a gentle but powerful move that could be used by many local governments to make residential energy improvements easy, accessible, and desirable – without mandating them.

Organization: StopWaste
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Date: March 29, 2016
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Best Practices

Best Practices for Virtual Engagement

Strategies for local agencies to gain community feedback during COVID-19. High and low tech options.

Name: Angel Hernandez
Title: Associate Planner
Organization: City of El Centro
Organization Type: City or County
Email: angel_hernandez@cityofelcentro.org
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Outreach and Engagement
Learning Event

Best Practices from Advanced Energy Communities

Learn more about the benefits of the Advanced Energy Community Projects and hear from other local governments who share best practices they have implemented in communities across California.

Name: Cary Garcia
Title: Best Practices Coordinator
Organization: SEEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Date: March 2018
Topic Areas: Clean Energy
Best Practices

Better Buildings Initiative: Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Project Profiles Database

In this database, more than 200 CHP Project Profiles compiled by DOE’s CHP Technical Assistance Partnerships (TAPs) can be searched by a variety of characteristics.

Organization: U.S. Department of Energy
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Out of State
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Energy Resilience
Best Practices

Better Buildings Initiative: How Distributed Energy Resources Can Improve Resilience in Public Buildings, Three Case Studies and a Step-by-Step Guide

This document introduces readers to the benefits of integrating energy efficiency with other distributed energy resources to achieve resilience benefits. It describes two DOE tools that each provides high-level assessments of the size and potential cost of onsite energy systems that can power critical facilities, and presents case studies with completed analysis on potential energy investments at existing facilities managed by three partners in DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge.

Organization: U.S. Department of Energy
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies
Funding Resources

Biomass Utilization Fund

Loans to small businesses, nonprofits and public entities including federally recognized Tribes located or locating in Tuolumne County that will provide an alternative to pile burning of forest waste.

Organization: Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Technical Assistance
Funding Resources

BOOST Program

BOOST works to increase local government capacity and address resource shortfalls by providing customized coaching – staff training, grant application support, and stakeholder and community engagement – to local governments. Selected communities receive support in the form of trainings, partnership development, community engagement, planning and implementation support, grant application assistance and communications support. This program is for, local governments, disadvantaged and/or low-income communities, demonstrated staff capacity challenges and a desire to work on specific projects related to the goals of BOOST.

Name: Ena Lupine
Title: Community Assistance Program Manager
Organization: California Strategic Growth Council
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Grants Programs, Outreach and Engagement
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Learning Event

BPC Spotlight Event 1: How Disadvantaged Communities Can Take Advantage of Dedicated Energy and Climate Opportunities

The State of California has dedicated significant investment in energy and climate opportunities for “disadvantaged communities” (DACs), which suffer from economic, health, and environmental burdens. However, local governments representing DACs may lack the internal capacity to track and pursue these opportunities. This session will provide an overview of guiding DAC policies, definitions, and funding and technical assistance opportunities. If you’re a local government practitioner working in a community with DAC census tracts, please join a conversation with State and local speakers, facilitated by the Statewide Best Practices Coordinator, aimed at helping you better navigate the big dollar world of DACs to meet your energy and climate goals.

Organization: SEEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Date: October 2020
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Best Practices, Learning Event

Breaking Ground on Equitable Climate Action: An Interview with the City of Oakland

In this June 2021 recording, Angie Hacker, the CCEC Statewide Best Practices Coordinator, interviews Shayna Hirshfield-Gold, Climate Coordinator with the City of Oakland, which is doing groundbreaking work to advance equity as part of its climate action efforts. As many in the State move forward from just counting carbon and kilowatts, we invite you to listen to a timely conversation on how to thoughtfully expand local climate work to effectively engage environmental justice voices and ideas and consider impacts and opportunities for historically underserved or marginalized communities. Shayna shares personal experiences and advice on pitfalls, best practices, and successes. Thanks to Oakland and Shayna for providing a leading example that other local governments can certainly learn from. https://www.youtube.com/embed/e7zpgFZ65cI?feature=oembed

Name: Shayna Hirshfield-Gold
Title: Climate Coordinator
Organization: City of Oakland
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Date: June 2021
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Climate Planning, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Additional notes of interest: Interview
Best Practices

Budgeting for the High Road Just Transition

The Governor’s OPR will soon release the HIgh Road Just Transition Roadmap, which aims to incorporate economic diversification, industry planning, safety net updates, workforce development and regional collaboratives in the process of transitioning justly into a sustainable California with principles rooted in equity, inclusivity and good quality jobs.
Funding for the transition will come from CERF and divided into:
– High road transition collaboratives ($50 mill for regional grants)
– High road transition implementation pilots($50 mil in Diversification grants)
– High oad transition Implementation Grants ($500 mil on economic development – job creation)
Local governments wishing to be involved in the process are encouraged to engage by getting involved with collaboratives and by engaging in sustainability activities and economic development plans within their jurisdictions. They are also encouraged to join the OPR Just Transition listserv to receive updates from this program.

Name: Sarah L. White
Title: Senior Advisor: Jobs and the Economy
Organization: Governor's Office of Planning and Research
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Annual Budget Appropriations, Climate Change, Climate Planning, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Internal Funding Best Practices, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Funding Resources

Build Incentives

BUILD incentives are based on a project’s anticipated modeled greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction as compared to the mixed-fuel 2019 Energy Code prescriptive standards. Projects receiving BUILD incentives cannot result in higher utility bills for building occupants. Staff has developed a BUILD Calculator that applicants can use early in the design reservation step to estimate the incentive amounts available and ensure project designs meet the modeled resident bill savings requirements.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Codes and Standards, Direct Assistance, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Incentives
Funding Resources

BUILD Technical Assistance

Technical assistance is available for general or project specific inquiries throughout the phases of all electric residential building design and construction, supporting installations of near-zero emission equipment and technologies, and helping to fill knowledge gaps in the local permitting of all-electric residential buildings. Technical assistance also supports the BUILD incentive application process, from submittal of applications through program participation.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Direct Assistance, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Technical Assistance
Tool

Building Decarbonization

Here you will find the tools and resources used by the California Air Resources Board in order to achieve long-term carbon neutrality and building decarbonization goals. These include California’s Climate Change Scoping Plan, existing building codes, efforts being taken to go beyond mandatory building codes through Beyond Code, as well as efforts being put forward by other State departments and NGOs.

Name: Dana Waters
Title: Air Pollution Specialist
Organization: California Air Resources Board
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Email: dana.waters@arb.ca.gov
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Sustainability
Funding Resources

Building Decarbonization and Energy Efficiency Compliance Strategies Development

The purpose of this Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is to select a prime contractor to lead a team of professional architectural and engineering consultants to provide technical support for:

  • Evaluating and implementing strategies to advance decarbonization of residential and nonresidential buildings and to increase Energy Code compliance.

Work will focus on developing innovative strategies to optimize the use and operations of buildings in order to reduce GHG emissions and improve Energy Code compliance.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Direct Assistance, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Technical Assistance
Best Practices

Building Electrification 101

An overview of building electrification technologies and common barriers and opportunities for scaling up implementation.

Name: Jenna Tatum
Title: Director
Organization: BEI
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: jenna@beicities.org
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Residential
Learning Event

Building Operator Certification

Learn more about the benefits of the Building Operator Certification Program and hear from other local governments who have implemented this valuable resources for their local building officials.

Region: Statewide
Date: November 2017
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
Best Practices

Building Owner Energy Efficiency Resources

The Building Energy Benchmarking program requires owners of large buildings to report energy use to the California Energy Commission (CEC). These resources will help building owners and managers achieve higher building energy efficiency.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Businesses, Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Best Practices

Building Performance Training

3C-REN’s Building Performance Training is tailored for current and prospective building professionals—with expert instruction, technical trainings, soft skills development and certifications on the latest energy efficiency methods and measures. Building Performance Training is available to designers, contractors, building and safety staff ,realtors and more. Learning units and certifications on various topics such as building science, energy code, decarbonizing technologies, passive house and more are offered through this program. To date, Building Performance Training has trained over 1,200 individuals and is currently exploring how to extend the program’s offerings to younger people and people going through career transitions.

Name: Ian Logan
Title: Sustainability Program Specialist
Organization: 3C-REN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: info@3C-REN.org
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Outreach and Engagement
Funding Resources

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.

The BRIC program guiding principles are supporting communities through capability- and capacity-building; encouraging and enabling innovation; promoting partnerships; enabling large projects; maintaining flexibility; and providing consistency.

Organization: FEMA
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Communication, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments, Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

Cal Fire Forest Health Program

CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Program funds active restoration and reforestation activities aimed at providing for more resilient and sustained forests to ensure future existence of forests in California while also mitigating climate change, protecting communities from fire risk, strengthening rural economies and improving California’s water & air.

Organization: CalFire
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding, Natural and Managed Resources
Funding Resources

CalBRACE Project

CDC Funded Climate and Health Adaptation program maintains the Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Indicators and web based visualized data and other resources focused on public health sector, but also useful for tribes and other stakeholders. The project focuses on providing technical assistance, claimte adaptation and health subject matter expertise and integrating public climate and health considerations into climate planning and actions across agencies and stakeholder efforts in climate adaptation and mitigation. This project also focuses on inter and cross sector collaborative efforts for climate change and public health adaptation in the San Diego Region.

Organization: California Department of Public Health-Office of Health Equity
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Data Access or Analysis, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Information Clearinghouse, Planning, Technical Assistance
Funding Resources

CalEnviroScreen 3.0

In January 2017, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), on behalf of the California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA), released Version 3.0 of the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool (CalEnviroScreen). CalEnviroScreen identifies California communities by census tract that are disproportionately burdened by, and vulnerable to, multiple sources of pollution.

Organization Administering Program: California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
Organization Type: State

Organization: California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Data Access or Analysis, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments, Residential
Best Practices

California City 0% On-Bill Financing

California City used 0% on-bill financing, from Southern California Edison, to pay for a well pump retrofit. The improvement resulted in new infrastructure and $16,000 in annual energy savings, paying for itself in just three and a half years.

Organization: California City
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley
Topic Areas: External Funding Best Practices, Financing/Funding, On-Bill Financing
Funding Resources

California Climate Investments Fire Prevention Grant Program

Through the California Climate Investments (CCI​) Fire Prevention Grant Program, CAL FIRE aims to reduce the risk of wildland fires to habitable structures and communities, while maximizing carbon sequestration in healthy wildland habitat and minimizing the uncontrolled release of emissions emitted by wildfires.

Organization: CalFire
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Planning
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

California Climate Investments Technical Assistance Program

The California Climate Investment Technical Assistance Program (CCI TA) provides technical assistance and builds capacity for California’s most under-resourced communities.

Organization: California Strategic Growth Council
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Technical Assistance
Funding Resources

California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Program

The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) offers incentives for the purchase and installation of electric vehicle charging infrastructure at publicly accessible sites throughout California.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Incentives
Funding Resources

California Endowment Fund

By empowering the work of nonprofit organizations and government entities through grant-making, we’re striving towards a state that is a healthier place to live, free from social inequality and racial injustice; one that can become a model for the rest of the nation.

Organization: California Endowment Fund
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, CleanTech, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Economic Development, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Planning, Renewable Energy & Storage
Best Practices

California Hub for Energy Efficiency FInancing Affordable Multifamily EE financing Program

Equipment finance agreements from $10k-$250k; energy service agreements from $250,000 to $10 million for multifamily properties where at least 50% of unites are restricted to low-to moderate income households. The program complements existing affordable multifamily energy programs like SOMAH and LIWP

Name: Kaylee D'Amico
Title: Marketing & Outreach Specialist
Organization: California State Treasurer's Office
Organization Type: Other Local Government, State Government/Agency
Email: kaylee.damico@treasurer.ca.gov
Phone: 916-653-3038
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Residential
Best Practices

California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Program

Loans from $2,500 to $50,000 for owners or renters of single-family residences with rates between 3.48% and 8.12%.

Name: Kaylee D'Amico
Title: Marketing & Outreach Specialist
Organization: California State Treasurer's Office
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Email: kaylee.damico@treasurer.ca.gov
Phone: 916-653-3036
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Residential
Best Practices

California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing Small Business EE Financing Program

Leases and equipment finance agreements from $10,000 to $5 million with terms up to 10 years for small businesses and nonprofits which can be combined with utility incentives and financing programs.

Name: Kaylee D'Amico
Title: Marketing & Outreach Specialist
Organization: California State Treasurer's Office
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Email: kaylee.damico@treasurer.ca.gov
Phone: 916-653-3037
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Businesses, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Nonprofit
Funding Resources

California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing through GoGreen Financing

HVAC upgrades, insulation, lighting, windows, appliances, food service, water heating, cool roof, industrial equipment, agricultural equipment.

Organization: CPUC
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Nonprofit, Residential, Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

California Ibank

The California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank (IBank) is the State of California’s only general-purpose financing authority. The Legislature created IBank in 1994 to finance public infrastructure and private development that promote a healthy climate for jobs, contribute to a strong economy, and improve the quality of life in California communities.

IBank’s current programs include the Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program; Bond Financing Program, including: 501(c)(3) Bonds, Industrial Development Bonds; Exempt Facility Bonds; and Public Agency Revenue Bonds; as well as the Small Business Finance Center. In addition, IBank created the California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs Center – CLEEN Center – to help meet the State’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals.

Organization: California iBank
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Nonprofit, Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN)

IBank’s California Lending for Energy and Environmental Needs (CLEEN) program provides low-cost direct public financing to local governments and nonprofits sponsored by public agencies to help meet the state’s goals for greenhouse gas reduction, water conservation, and environmental preservation. The CLEEN Center offers two programs: the Statewide Energy Efficiency Program (SWEEP) and the Light Emitting Diode Street Lighting (LED) program. Financing can be through a direct loan from IBank or through publicly offered tax-exempt bonds in amounts from $500,000 to $30 million.

Organization: Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Direct Assistance, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding
Funding Resources

California Resilience Challenge

Climate change is pushing California’s already volatile climate towards greater extremes. Over the past decade, record droughts, floods, wildfires, and extreme heat events have threatened communities across the state. The California Resilience Challenge is a statewide effort, led by businesses and a diverse range of partners, to build local climate resilience and support a shared vision for a resilient California in the face of increasing climate threats.

Organization: California Resilience Challenge
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Planning
Funding Resources

California Schools Healthy Air, Plumbing, and Efficiency Program (CalSHAPE)

The California Schools Healthy Air, Plumbing, and Efficiency Program (CalSHAPE) provides funding to upgrade heating, air conditioning, and ventilation (HVAC) systems in public schools and replaces noncompliant plumbing fixtures and appliances that fail to meet water efficiency standards.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Direct Assistance, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding
Case Study

California SGIP Program Provides incentives for batteries

TerraVerde is providing regular updates on the status and funding availability for commercial-scale battery projects. The California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), depending on location of the project and type of facility, can cover between 30-100% of the costs of a battery energy storage project. However, given the rich incentive levels, and the increased demand for energy storage, the funding available for these incentives is moving quickly. The available incentives programs are dependent on energy providers and include the Base Incentive for IOU customers, Resiliency Adder for IOU/CCA customers and in High Fire Threat Districts and the Equity Resiliency for IOU/CCA HFTD’s customers serving disadvantaged communities.

Name: Ali Chehrehsaz
Title: CEO
Organization: TerraVerde Energy
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Email: ali@terraverde.energy
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Energy Resilience, Financing/Funding
Funding Resources

CDBG: Community Development Block Grant Programs

The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program provides annual grants on a formula basis to states, cities, and counties to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing and a suitable living environment, and by expanding economic opportunities, principally for low- and moderate-income persons. 

Organization: Housing and Urban Development
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: CleanTech, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments
Funding Resources

Charge! Program

The Charge! Program provides grant funding to offset the cost of purchasing and installing new publicly accessible (multi-unit dwelling located projects are not subject to public accessibility requirements) chargers for light-duty electric vehicles (EVs) at workplaces, destinations, transit parking locations, along transportation corridors, and at multi-unit dwelling facilities. The goal of the Charge! Program is to rapidly expand access to EV charging stations to help achieve the Bay Area’s EV-adoption goals of 90 percent of the overall vehicle fleet by 2050. As of the end of 2020, there were more than 210,000 EVs registered to Bay Area drivers. This program has been funded through the Air District’s Transportation Fund for Clean Air Regional Fund and Mobile Source Incentive Fund which provides grants to improve air quality within the nine-county Bay Area by reducing emissions of pollutants from on-road vehicles, and may include additional funding sources as available.

Organization: Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Direct Assistance, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding
Best Practices

CHP for Resiliency in Critical Infrastructure

This fact sheet provides an overview on using CHP to protect critical infrastructure, and how CHP can help create a more resilient and modern grid that keeps communities safe and protects businesses in the event of a large-scale power outage.

Organization: DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Residential
Case Study

Chula Vista’s Sustainable Communities Program: Reach Codes, Permitting, Planning Tools, and More

The Sustainable Communities Program (SCP) is one of the main components of the Chula Vista Local Government Partnership (LGP) with SDG&E. The SCP was launched in 2009 and is led by a SCP Coordinator with support from other Development Services Department staff. The SCP directly supports a number of goals in the California Long-term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, especially related to “reach” codes and energy code compliance. The program has made possible the following:

  • Adoption of the Reach Code – The Increased Energy Efficiency Ordinance that requires an additional 15%- 20% of energy savings (over 2008 Title 24) for new construction and some remodels was adopted in January 2010.
  • Expedited Plan Review – Chula Vista also offers a voluntary program that will expedite Plan Review for projects that reach the energy savings of CalGreen’s Tier 2 at 30% better than the State Energy Code.
  • Future Energy Efficiency Measures – new homes are required to be pre-wired for future Photovoltaics and pre-plumbed for future Solar Thermal Heating.

Read more in this SEEC fact sheet on Chula Vista’s program here.

Organization: SEEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: San Diego
Topic Areas: Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City and County of San Francisco LEED Gold Certification

City and County of San Francisco requires LEED Gold certification for all municipal building construction, both existing and new construction.

Organization: City and County of San Francisco
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Annual Budget Appropriations, Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions, Internal Funding Best Practices, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of Albany Measure DD

City of Albany proposed Measure DD to increase the UUT from 7 percent to 9.5 percent for electricity and gas and apply a tax to water service at 7.5 percent. The measure passed. The measure is estimated to generate an additional $675,600 in new revenues annually for the City.

Organization: City of Albany
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Levy New Taxes or Fees
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

City of Albuquerque Bond Mandate

The City of Albuquerque adopted a mandate for a 3% set aside from the General Obligation Bond Program for the 3% for Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Set-A-Side for Capital Improvements to fund projects that reduce energy consumption in municipal buildings. Building upgrades are chosen by a committee of city fiscal and technical staff based on specific criteria such as return on investment and life cycle cost analysis. Department applications for building upgrades are submitted to the committee for consideration. A project cannot use more than 40% of the funding allocated to the Set-A-Side.

Organization: City of Albuquerque
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Out of State
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Pursue Bond Measures
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of Berkeley Electrification

The City of Berkeley got a California Energy Commission grant to do a microgrid feasibility analysis with a fully connected microgrid downtown, but decided it was too expensive. As a result they looked into solar + storage at individual facilities to meet their energy goals. They are partnered with East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) to assess which of their critical facilities in Berkeley would be appropriate. EBCE provided technical assistance and analysis, which Helped them structure a PPA and manage the project. Some products of their initiative are the Center Street Garage, one of the greenest buildings in the city – it has solar on the roof, 80+ EV chargers, bike valet parking, and stormwater catchment. Also, the West Berkeley Library Branch, which is one of the first publicly funded ZNE municipal buildings.

Name: Marna Schwartz
Title: Sustainability Coordinator
Organization: City of Berkeley
Organization Type: City or County, Electric Utility or CCA
Email: mschwartz@cityofberkeley.info
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of Berkeley Measure HH

City of Berkeley proposed Measure HH in 2020 to increase the UUT from 7.5 percent to 10 percent for electricity and 12.5 percent for methane gas.85 Despite strong community support from a survey, the ballot measure was ultimately defeated.

Organization: City of Berkeley
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Levy New Taxes or Fees
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of Berkeley’s climate action goals

Established a Climate Action Plan, declared a climate emergency, and is aiming to be a fossil fuel free city. Path to a clean energy future – reduce energy use, promote cleaner electricity, and electrify transportation & buildings.

Name: Sarah Moore
Title: Sustainability Program Manager
Organization: City of Berkeley
Organization Type: City or County
Email: smoore@CityofBerkeley.info
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Distributed Energy Resources, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Resilience, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

City of Brisbane is Innovative through the Brisbane Building Efficiency Program

The City of Brisbane adopted the Brisbane Building Efficiency Program with the goal to reduce environmental impacts of the built environment to meet climate goals. Through the development process, the first step was understanding the local market. Identifying what buildings exist in the city and establishing ordinances that could be implemented so the program can have a meaningful impact. The City established reporting requirements of energy and water for owners and tenants to work together to improve buildings. After benchmarking, buildings will be required to demonstrate building efficiency performance metrics, or conduct an audit to identify and implement savings opportunities. This compliance pathway starts 2023/2024.

Name: Adrienne Etherton
Title: Sustainability Manager Brisbane Building Efficiency Program
Organization: City of Brisbane
Organization Type: City or County
Email: aetherton@brisbaneca.org
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

City of Burlingame EV Action Plan

The City of Burlingame designed an EV Action Plan that aligns with state targets and looks to electrify municipal fleets, while prioritizing the implementation of public EV chargers and accessibility to charging stations. Burlingame aims to have 100 charging ports, 5,000 registered EV’s and 10% of all municipal fleet to be EV by the year 2030.

Name: Sigalle Michael
Title: Sustainability Coordinator
Organization: City of Burlingame
Organization Type: City or County
Email: smichael@burlingame.org
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of Carlsbad Emergency Services Advanced Microgrid

Benefits of project include energy savings and reduced environmental & economic impacts, improved energy resiliency and reliability, improved cybersecurity, support clean energy market transformation, shows city’s commitment to the CEC and 2030 climate and energy goals.The project has struggled due to major changes in city leadership, a lack of funding, and the time lag since the study was presented.

Name: Mike Grim
Title: Sr. Programs Manager
Organization: City of Carlsbad
Organization Type: City or County
Email: mike.grim@carlsbadca.gov
Region: San Diego
Topic Areas: Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of Culver City On-Bill Financing

The City of Culver City used on-bill financing to finance a large energy efficiency project that included installation of a Energy Management System (EMS) at the Police Station, Senior Center, City Hall, Veterans Memorial Center, and Transportation Center and Interior and exterior lighting at select sites. The City received financing of $442,000, leaving $53,600 in expenses, however the project is anticipated to save at least $68,000 annually in savings, allowing the city to realize cost savings in as soon as 1-year.

Organization: City of Culver City
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: External Funding Best Practices, Financing/Funding, On-Bill Financing
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of Cupertino Local Reach Code Outreach Effort

This page contains resources describing in detail the process of developing and adopting reach codes for local governments. Here you will find information on the purpose and importance of reach codes and their role in new construction.

Organization: City of Cupertino
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Outreach and Engagement
Case Study

City of Goleta Uses Energy Data in Process to Develop Neighborhood Development Floating Zone for Green Community Development

The City of Goleta has received funding through its local government partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE) to establish a voluntary Green Neighborhood Development Floating Zone to foster green community development, and develop tools that will be used for planning and implementation of the floating zone.

As described in the grant agreement: the “floating zone” is:

“a flexible zoning technique that can be used to institutionalize green neighborhood development standards into a single zoning district by incorporating them as eligibility conditions and district regulations, which can then be affixed to appropriate locations at the request of a property owner. In creating the floating zone, a zone classification is authorized for future use, but would not be placed on the zoning map. Developers of compliant parcels could make an application to have the zone applied in a particular location.”

The City of Goleta proposed such a zone in order to build upon the adoption of a reach code in 2010 and the Green Building Program in 2012.

Per the grant agreement:

“Recognizing the additional benefits of sustainable land development and planning at the neighborhood scale, the City would consider a voluntary Green Neighborhood Development Floating Zone to foster green community development. As a starting point, the City would use a model ordinance for the floating zone developed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Land Use Law Center that would establish a new zone district using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) rating system as its standards. LEED-ND contains a set of measurable standards that collectively identify whether a development can be deemed environmentally superior, considering the development’s location and transit access, its internal pattern and design, and its use of green technology and building techniques.”

Interested in learning more about Neighborhood Development Floating Zones? Check out this report from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Guidance on using USGBC’s LEED rating system is available in a technical assistance manual here.

Organization: City of Goleta
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Learning Event

City of Gonzales: Local Governments Empowering Energy Solutions

LGSEC organized a webinar with the City of Gonzales on their recently announced microgrid. Our guest speakers presented on the process and experience of advancing clean energy solutions by installing a microgrid powered by 80% renewable energy. Guest speakers from the City of GonzalesOurEnergy and Concentric Power discussed the local government role in public utilities and essential services, infrastructure modernization, and California’s energy landscape. The webinar will present a case study on the City of Gonzales’ planned $70 million microgrid and wastewater treatment plant, then conclude with audience Q&A.

Organization: LGSEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Central Coast
Date: May 2021
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Distributed Energy Resources
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of Hayward Zero Net Energy Resolution

City of Hayward has a resolution requiring city buildings to be Zero Net Energy starting after 2020. All existing City of Hayward buildings which receive renovations exceeding 50% of the buildings’ value shall be ZNE. All other lesser improvements to work towards ZNE by 2030.

Organization: City of Hayward
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Annual Budget Appropriations, Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions, Internal Funding Best Practices, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of Irvine Strategic Energy Plan

The City of Irvine developed a Strategic Energy Plan to outline actions the City can take to reduce energy consumption in municipal operations, and identify effective measures the Irvine community can implement to become energy efficient and responsibly manage energy resources. The objectives of the Energy Plan included analyzing the City’s baseline energy use to project future energy needs, evaluating priorities to meet those needs, and identifying funding opportunities to implement the strategies in the Energy Plan.
Stakeholder feedback was incorporated into the Energy Plan via public workshops and quarterly updates to the Green Ribbon Environmental Committee, and helped form the vision and strategies included in the Energy Plan. Green Committee meeting details are available on our website.
The project began in November 2018 and the Energy Plan was approved by City Council on November 10, 2020. The City Council directed staff to pursue strategies related to building electrification, renewable energy, and electric vehicle charging at City facilities. The City Council also expressed support for continued efforts to work with residents, businesses, and the development community on improving energy efficiency in buildings.

Organization: City of Irvine
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study, Tool

City of Palm Springs used Explorer Tool to design their Energy Policy.

The City of Palm Springs was looking to design a policy that will produce cost and energy savings for mixed-fuel existing residential buildings undergoing renovations, with additional measures required for higher building permit values. They started with the Quick Guide and Building Stock Estimates. If your jurisdiction is in two climate zones, identify the boundary from the Climate Zone Search Tool on the CEC website. The City recommends doing a GHG inventory to have benchmarks to state GHG goals, to know the energy policy goals of your City and the CCA / IOU / POU that serves it, understanding the building stock, and the changes that need to be made and need to be filled in the updated Reach Codes.

Name: David Freedman
Title: Member
Organization: Palm Springs Sustainability Commission
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: david.freedman-abm@palmspringsca.gov
Region: Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Codes and Standards, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of Piedmont Energy Reach Codes

On February 1, 2021 the Piedmont City Council unanimously approved a second reading of proposed energy reach codes. The reach codes are local building energy codes that reach beyond statewide requirements for energy use in building design and construction. Piedmont is one of the first cities nationwide to adopt reach codes for energy efficiency and appliance electrification in new and existing residential buildings.

Ordinance 750 N.S. amends Piedmont’s City Code regarding requirements for energy efficiency measures, photovoltaic systems, and all-electric construction in new or existing low-rise residential buildings. Ordinance 751 N.S. amends City Code to include requirements for the preparation of a Home Energy Audit or Home Energy Score for low-rise residential buildings.

Key components of the reach codes are as follows:
– Newly constructed low-rise residential buildings and new detached accessory dwelling units (ADUs), must use all electric building appliances, and no gas lines can be hooked up to these buildings.
– Projects proposing an entire new upper level on a low-rise residential building, or that increase a low-rise residential building’s total roof area by 30% or more, are required to install solar panels on the roof.
– A renovation project on a low-rise residential building that costs $25,000 or more, will require the applicant to choose one item from a list of energy efficient insulation or heating system electrification improvements to include in the renovation. A renovation project on a low-rise residential building that costs $100,000 or more will require the applicant to choose two items.
– The energy efficient insulation or heating system requirement can be modified with a Home Energy Score of at least a 7 completed in the last five years.
– An application for an electrical panel upgrade must include capacity in the panel to accommodate future electrification of all appliances in the residence.
– An application for a kitchen or laundry area renovation must include electrical outlets for future appliance installations.
– At point of listing for sale of a property, a report from a Home Energy Audit or Home Energy Score must be provided to potential buyers and submitted to the City – unless the residential building was constructed in the past 10 years.

Piedmont is a largely residential city located in the East Bay Hills of the San Francisco Bay area with a population of approximately 11,000. City staff initiated the process for adopting the reach codes 18 months ago. Along the way, there have been two public opinion surveys, several workshops, virtual town halls, two City Council meetings, and an ongoing dialogue with community members about the proposed reach codes. These reach codes are put in place in order to reduce Piedmont’s natural gas emissions. The reach codes are intended to slow natural gas usage, while still meeting the community standards outlined in the City’s Climate Action Plan.

For more information, please visit: https://piedmont.ca.gov/government/city_news___notifications/reach_codes

Organization: City of Piedmont
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Codes and Standards
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

City of Riverside Building Electrification Reach Code Ordinance

Instead of creating a reach code ordinance through the typical legislative process, the City of Riverside aims to create such an ordinance through collaboration with local stakeholders, representatives from SoCalGas, climate advocates, and community leaders. The City of Riverside has created this ordinance, while avoiding traditional bureaucratic barriers and red tape, in order to provide bottom up solutions to address the impacts of climate change on the local level.

Name: Ronaldo Fierro
Title: Councilmember
Organization: The City of Riverside
Organization Type: City or County
Email: RFierro@riversideca.gov
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Energy Resilience, Outreach and Engagement
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of San Luis Obispo Greenhouse Gas in-lieu Fee

In late 2019, the City of San Luis Obispo tentatively proposed a greenhouse gas in-lieu fee for new construction projects that installed fossil fuel consuming appliances, ranging from $6,013 for a typical single-family residence up to $89,000 for a 54,000 ft2 office.

Organization: City of San Luis Obispo
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Levy New Taxes or Fees
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Case Study

City of Santa Barbara Manage Energy and Climate Efforts

The City of Santa Barbara is managing their energy sector and building their climate efforts. So far they have been making sure to record all energy data, they have developed a robust energy plan and a CCA to manage the procurement process for the city of Santa Barbara. They are aiming to coordinate their efforts with the Councils’ carbon neutrality goal and adaptation efforts. SInce they are at the end of the Edison transmission grid, installing energy sources around the City is one of their priorities to build energy resilience.

Name: Alelia Parenteau
Title: Energy and Climate Manager
Organization: City of Santa Barbara
Organization Type: City or County
Email: Aparenteau@SantaBarbaraca.gov
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Data Requests and Analysis, Energy Resilience
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of Santa Clarita Energy Efficiency Upgrades

This September, the City completed retrofitting over 16,700 street lights resulting in over 4 million kWh in annual energy savings.

Project and Agency Details:
– 19% in energy savings since enrollment
– Over 4,100,000 kWh in annual energy savings – equivalent to 620 cars off the road!
– Over $1.5 million in annual cost savings and $100,000 in annual maintenance savings
– Over 16,700 street lights upgraded to LEDs with an effective useful life of 12 years
– At project completion, the City received over $1.9 million in incentives
– Southern California Edison (SCE) rebates – over $1.6 million
– SCE Local Government Partnership kicker – over $369,000

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: info@socalren.org
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

City of Watsonville Carbon Fund Ordinance

City of Watsonville adopted a Carbon Fund Ordinance in 2015 that charges a fee to all development projects including new construction, additions, and alterations, with the exception of single-family alterations. The additional carbon impact fee is between 30 and 50 percent of the building permit fee. Projects may be refunded the fee if they install on-site renewable generation to offset the average annual electricity load.

Organization: City of Watsonville
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Levy New Taxes or Fees
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Case Study

City of West Hollywood Smart City

The City of West Hollywood is embarking on an ambitious initiative to holistically weave technology into the fabric of the city and turn bold, progressive ideas into lasting innovations. The West Hollywood Smart City Strategic Plan provides the City a multi-phased roadmap to efficiently incorporate smart technologies into our urban infrastructure and leverage that technology to improve our citizens’ quality of life, health, safety, and economic prosperity, by focusing on projects that promote Sustainability, Mobility, Accessibility, Resiliency, and Transparency.

Name: Kim Kigongo
Title: Innovation Analyst
Organization: City of West Hollywood
Organization Type: City or County
Email: kkigongo@weho.org
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Outreach and Engagement, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

CivicSpark

CivicSpark is a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program that is dedicated to building capacity for local governments to address emerging environmental and social equity resilience challenges such as climate change, water resource management, affordable housing, and mobility. CivicSpark is administered by the Local Government Commission in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research.

Organization: CivicSpark
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Technical Assistance, Workforce Development
Tool

Clean Building Compass

An online tool designed to find the tools, case studies and templates to help local government navigate the climate crisis, inspire action and network with other local government staff.

Name: Amy Rider
Title: Consultant
Organization: Building Decarbonization Coalition
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: arider@archamy.com
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Clean California Local Grant Program

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) developed the Clean California Local Grant Program as part of a two-year program through which approximately $296 million in funds will go to local communities to beautify and improve local streets and roads, tribal lands, parks, pathways, and transit centers to clean and enhance public spaces. Through the combination of adding beautification measures and art in public spaces along with the removal of litter and debris, this effort will enhance communities and improve spaces for walking and recreation.

Applicants must be local or regional public agencies, transit agencies, or tribal governments. Nonprofit organizations may be sub-applicant.

Organization: California Department of Transportation
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Natural and Managed Resources
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments, Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

Clean Mobility Options

Providing funding for zero-emission carsharing, carpooling/vanpooling, bikesharing/scooter-sharing, innovative transit services, and ride-on-demand services in underserved communities.

Clean Mobility Needs Assessment: Applicants can apply for up to $50,000 to conduct a Community Transportation Needs Assessment (Needs Assessment). Needs Assessments are used to help identify and understand unmet mobility needs of communities and develop solutions in collaboration with residents. Inclusion of Needs Assessments in CMO is based on lessons learned through the California Air Resources Board’s SB 350 Barriers Report process and the Mobility Equity Framework developed by the Greenlining Institute.

Clean Mobility Project Voucher: Applicants can apply for up to $1,000,000 to launch and operate a clean mobility project such as zero-emission carsharing, carpooling/vanpooling, bikesharing/scooter-sharing, innovative transit services, and ride-on-demand services (and up to $600,000 for the expansion of an existing project). Mobility projects are meant to bridge transportation gaps and provide connectivity between services and locations. Wherever possible, they should complement transit services or existing mobility services.

Organization: California Climate Investments
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, CleanTech, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs
Funding Resources

Clean Transportation Program

The California Energy Commission’s Clean Transportation Program (also known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program) provides funding to support innovation and accelerate the development and deployment of advanced transportation and fuel technologies.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Planning, Research & Development
Funding Resources

Clean Transportation Program Rural Electric Vehicle (REV) Charging

The purpose of this solicitation is to demonstrate replicable and scalable business and technology models that can deploy electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to serve rural EV drivers; support travel by rural EV drivers, provide EV charging access in rural areas, provide support and maintenance services to ensure reliable and readily accessible chargers, engage local rural communities and businesses to promote EV adoption.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Direct Assistance, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding
Funding Resources

Cleantech to Market (C2M)

Cleantech to Market (C2M ) – the First Cleantech Accelerator – is now accepting applications for 1,000 hours of free commercialization support – including the identification of early-stage market opportunities, prospective customers and partners, and funding sources – for promising innovations in low-carbon energy, green chemistry, and water technologies. C2M is a partnership between graduate students, startups, and industry professionals to help accelerate the commercialization of leading cleantech solutions. In the process, C2M also develops the next generation of innovative cleantech leaders.

C2M first identifies promising cleantech from: (1) existing startups, (2) accelerators & incubators, (3) government-sponsored programs, and (4) top-tier universities and national labs.

C2M then handpicks graduate student commercialization teams from 20+ UC Berkeley disciplines, and matches their academic/work experience and interests with each project.

C2M supports the teams with leading cleantech professionals who bring deep subject matter expertise. They help guide the students as speakers, mentors, and contacts.

The result is 1,000 hours of free technology, market, and business model assessment for each project. Students experience the rewards and challenges of taking cleantech to market; startups gain valuable market feedback on their technologies and business plans; and professionals engage with fresh talent and new ideas.

Organization: Berkeley Haas
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: CleanTech, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs
Sectors Targeted: Commercial
Funding Resources

Climate Change & Health Vulnerability Indicators for California

CCHVIz is the interactive data visualization platform for the Climate Change & Health Vulnerability Indicators for California (CCHVIs).

Organization: California Department of Public Health
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Data Access or Analysis, Financing/Funding
Funding Resources

Climate Change at Local Health Departments and CDPH Program

This program is funded by the CDC and is in development phase. It will build n past work with tribes and in collaboration to provide technical assistance and liasion with local health departments and tribes and tribal health organizations to perform anaysis and planning and implementation of climate actions that also impact chronic disease and other health issues that can increase resilience to climate change. A first step will be outreach to learn what services and collaboration tribes and tribal organizations are interested in from this program.

Organization: California Department of Public Health-Office of Health Equity
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Data Access or Analysis, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Planning
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Climate Change Research

The Climate Change Research Program invests in cross-cutting research investments that build community resilience, integrate land use and development considerations, and facilitate the transformation of California communities.

Organization: California Strategic Growth Council
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Research & Development
Funding Resources

Climate Resilience and Community Access Grant Program

The grants seek to invest in the local conservation community by creating new programs or developing organizational or agency capacity to enhance desert resilience to climate change and foster conservation of the desert as a carbon sink; promote equity in access to outdoor recreation throughout the Valley; or improve natural resources management on existing conservation lands.

Applications that represent a sustainable investment, incubate local expertise and capacity and serve historically underserved and economically disadvantage communities are especially encouraged.

Grants should be for projects of up to 24 months, and grant requests should range from $100,000- – $400,000.

Local governments, tribes and nonprofits are eligible to apply.

Organization: Coachella Valley Mountain Conservancy
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Inland Empire
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding, Planning
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments, Nonprofit, Tribal Governments
Learning Event

Climate-Smart Ways to Save and Thrive in Tough Times – Interview with Howard Choy

Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator, Angie Hacker, recently invited local energy expert, Howard Choy for a remote interview on “Climate-Smart Ways to Save and Thrive in Tough Times.” We had a chance to discuss parallels between challenges local governments are facing due to the economic fallout from COVID-19 and our experiences building lasting local energy programs during the last economic downturn in 2009 with help from stimulus dollars. As we look ahead to future budget uncertainties and potential silver linings, Howard shares advice and cost-neutral strategies for local energy sustainability professionals to provide value both through operating savings and through external funding opportunities. Watch the interview.

Name: Howard Choy
Region: Statewide
Date: May 2020
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Additional notes of interest: Interview
Learning Event

COGs as a Key Conduit to Public Sector Efficiency Success

Angie Hacker, the Statewide Best Practices Coordinator sits down with Management Analysts Alex Fung and Samantha Matthews of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG), which serves 30 member cities and other governmental agencies in the eastern Los Angeles region. Join us to hear how the COGs like the SGVCOG are serving as a key conduit for public sector energy efficiency success. Even amid the turmoil and EE funding changes of 2020, SGVCOG has grown its engagement with regional agencies through its awards program and other effective outreach efforts.

Organization: SGVCOG
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Date: December 2020
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Learning Event

Communities, Climate Action, and New U.S. Leadership: A Conversation with David Hayes, Special Assistant to President Biden for Climate Policy

In addition to playing a key role in Biden’s Climate Team, David Hayes has an extensive background in State and local climate matters. In this webinar he talks with us about: • How the new administration will roll out President Biden’s climate, clean energy, and environmental justice plans • How Tribal, local and other community stakeholders can prepare for, influence, or support what is to come • Ongoing ways to collaborate with the federal government on policy initiatives and best practices This event also featured brief remarks by co-hosts Kate Wright (LGC), Shasta Gaughen (TCHP), and Beth Gibbons (ASAP).

Name: David Hayes
Title: Special Assistant to President Biden for Climate Policy
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Date: April 2021
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Climate Change, Environmental Justice
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

Community Air Grants

Provides support for community-based organizations and federally recognized tribes to participate in the AB 617 process, and to build capacity to become active partners with government to identify, evaluate, and ultimately reduce air pollution and exposure to harmful emissions in their communities.

Organization: California Air Resources Board
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Renewable Energy & Storage
Funding Resources

Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs)

Decision 18-06-027 specifically authorized CCAs to launch their own DAC-GT and CSGT programs as long as they met all the rules and requirements established in the Decision.

Organization: CPUC
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Renewable Energy & Storage
Case Study

Community Engagement for City of Berkeley Existing Building Electrification Strategy

As part of Berkeley Existing Building Electrification Strategy, the Ecology Center conducted outreach to get feedback from the community on electrification. The Ecology Center was intentional about who they reached out to as The City has a redlining past. Community feedback was gathered from general audiences and then also from targeted communities traditionally excluded from the planning process. The top concerns from those two audiences were different and represented climate change and housing affordability respectively. The City and consultants used feedback to create a minimum set of implementation requirements that need to be met called “Equity Guardrails”.

Name: Denaya Shorter
Title: Community Engagement
Organization: The Ecology Center
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: denaya@ecologycenter.org
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Outreach and Engagement
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Funding Resources

Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program

This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings. Rural areas including cities, villages, townships and towns including Federally Recognized Tribal Lands with no more than 20,000 residents according to the latest U.S. Census Data are eligible for this program. Funds can be used to purchase, construct, and / or improve essential community facilities, purchase equipment and pay related project expenses.

Organization: US Department of Agriculture
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding
Funding Resources

Community facility loans

Create or improve essential community facilities to serve communities in the rural West. If the community facility project includes green-build methods and materials, it may qualify for priority in loan application processing

Organization: Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding
Funding Resources

Community Microgrid Enablement Program (CMEP)

If your community is seeking critical facility energy resilience for extreme weather, Public Safety Power Shutoff events or other events, PG&E’s Community Microgrid Enablement Program can help. Through Enhanced Technical Support and cost offsets for certain distribution system upgrades, CMEP can assist your community in taking its resilience ideas from concept to reality.

Organization: PG&E
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Direct Assistance, Energy Resilience, Financing/Funding, Renewable Energy & Storage
Funding Resources

Community Solar Pilot Program

The Community Solar Pilot Program is designed to expand access to renewable energy for low-income households that do not have the ability to participate in existing low-income solar photovoltaic (PV) programs — due to a lack of home ownership, or because of inadequate roofing for solar PV. Households participating in the Community Solar Pilot stand to benefit from reduced energy costs while communities can benefit from reduced air pollutant emissions associated with conventional energy generation.

Organization: California Department of Community Services and Development
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, CleanTech, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Renewable Energy & Storage
Case Study

Contra Costa County Green and Healthy Homes Initiative

This pilot program will integrate various climate and health interventions to improve outcomes for low-income high-risk asthma patients across county. The County with its partners will implement and monitor improvements in homes of select asthma patients to improve indoor air quality, remove underlying triggers and reduce GHG emissions.

Name: Abby Young
Title: Climate Protection Manager
Organization: Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: ayoung@baaqmd.gov
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Residential
Reports

Coping with Crises (Part 1) – Maintaining Sustainability Staff Report

Local government decision-makers are grappling with extreme budgetary impacts and difficult spending decisions in the wake of a year of unprecedented crises. This online brief, produced by the Local Government Commission through the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) – the predecessor to the California Climate & Energy Collaborative (CCEC), offers insights into how local governments that maintain sustainability staff can more effectively improve financial conditions and build long-term economic, social, and environmental resilience.

Name: Angie Hacker, Sarina Soor
Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: ahacker@civicwell.org
Region: Statewide
Date: March 2021
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Additional notes of interest: CCEC Original Article
Reports

Coping with Crises (Part 2) – Transitioning to Tomorrow’s Buildings

This paper looks ahead to the future to try to understand what decisions local governments are grappling with as they consider what to do with both publicly and privately-owned buildings in the context of crisis recovery as well as stronger local, State, and federal commitments to climate change and equity. This report highlights how California’s buildings were affected by the COVID crisis and explores why 2021 is a chance for local governments to implement innovative and sustainable building solutions across sectors to meet current and future needs.

Name: Angie Hacker, Sarina Soor, Gabriela Yamure
Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: ahacker@civicwell.org
Region: Statewide
Date: June 2021
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency
Additional notes of interest: CCEC Original Article
Tool

Cost Effectiveness Explorer Tool

Free web-based software for CA local government energy policy makers designed to help accelerate reach code adoption and support data-driven decision making. The Cost Effectiveness Explorer Tool launched in late 2020 and aggregates findings from 4 state-wide cost effectiveness studies. The software estimates residential building stock for each of 500+ CA cities and counties and helps users evaluate and develop cost-effective policy options. You can select measures that you want to explore for your code.

Name: Eric Engelman
Title: Principal Policy Consultant
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Email: eric.engelman@gmail.com
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Cost Share for Federal Clean Energy Funding Opportunities

The purpose of this solicitation is to provide cost share funding to applicants that apply for and receive one of the following: An award under an eligible federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and meet the requirements of this solicitation, or Follow-on funding from the U.S. Department of Energy to continue research from a previously awarded federal grant that also received Energy Commission federal cost share funding under PON-14-308, GFO-18-902, or this GFO and the proposed project meets the requirements of this solicitation. Continuously Updated Eligible Cost Share Opportunities. Before applying, applicants are encouraged to check Eligibility Requirements in Section II of this solicitation. As new eligible cost share opportunities are released, the Energy Commission will revise this document with corresponding information on how to apply for cost share for that funding opportunity. Information on currently eligible funding opportunities can be found in the Eligible Federal Funding Opportunities section of the Eligibility Requirements (Section II.A.). The Energy Commission will provide cost share only to applicants that are applying for a federal funding opportunity or follow-on funding as described above. If the applicant has already received a federal award or follow-on funding and is seeking retroactive cost share, that application will not be eligible for CEC cost share funds under this solicitation.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Direct Assistance, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Renewable Energy & Storage
Case Study

County of San Luis Obispo Revolving Loan Fund

The County of San Luis Obispo is launching a revolving loan fund for energy efficiency projects with seed funding from a $2.2 million California Energy Commission (CEC) loan.

Name: Annie Secrest
Title: Energy & Water Coordinator, Public Works
Organization: County of San Luis Obispo
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Re-invest Municipal Savings
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Case Study

County of San Mateo LEED Certification

County of San Mateo requires new county-owned construction projects over 10,000 square feet to be LEED certified, with at least 50% of available LEED Energy and Atmosphere points. In addition, these projects are required to be Zero Net Energy if feasible.

Organization: County of San Mateo
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Annual Budget Appropriations, Building Decarbonization, Energy Saving Solutions, Internal Funding Best Practices, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

County of Santa Clara has adopted a Sustainability Master Plan

The County of Santa Clara has adopted a new Sustainability Master Plan to build a livable and equitable Santa Clara county. They have prioritized action across 4 areas which are: Climate Protection and Defense, Natural Resources and the Environment, Community Health and Well-being, and a Prosperous and Just Economy. This plan aims to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG), build resilience in face of natural disasters, improve health inequities within communities, and cultivate a prosperous economy, while incorporating sustainability as a core function of all operations.

Name: Tonya Veitch
Title: Senior Sustainability Analyst
Organization: County of Santa Clara
Organization Type: City or County
Email: tonya.veitch@ceo.sccgov.org
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Funding Resources

Data Sharing and Technical Assistance

CTEC is available to provide technical assistance to tribal health programs (member and non-member) as well as individual tribes. Technical assistance requests include, but are not limited to, gathering relevant health statistics, reviewing sections of grant applications that discuss collecting health data, helping develop data collection instruments, and providing assistance analyzing data.

Organization: California Tribal Epidemiology Center
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Data Access or Analysis, Financing/Funding, Technical Assistance
Sectors Targeted: Tribal Governments
Case Study

DC Water Finances Clean River’s Project with Green Bond

In 2014, DC Water issued the first certified green bond to finance the administrative and implementation costs of the city’s Clean River’s project. Projects funded by municipal green bonds provide numerous environmental and social benefits including improved water quality, climate resiliency through flood mitigation, and increased biodiversity.

Organization: DC Water
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Out of State
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Pursue Bond Measures
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Learning Event

Decarbonization 101

Sean Armstrong of Redwood Energy in a webinar on Decarbonization 101. In this webinar, we define decarbonization, explore why we should decarbonize locally, and share practical solutions for decarbonizing our communities now.

Name: Sean Armstrong
Organization: Redwood Energy
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Region: North Coast
Date: May 2018
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency
Tool

Decide if CHP is Feasible for your Building

This tool from EPA provides an initial “screen,” or preliminary assessment, of the economic feasibility of implementing a CHP system at a specific facility.

Organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Energy Resilience
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Tool

DER-CAM Microgrid Tool

Developed by Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, the Distributed Energy Resources Customer Adoption Model (DER-CAM) is a powerful and comprehensive decision-support tool that primarily serves to identify optimal distributed energy resource (DER) investments in the context of either buildings or multi-energy microgrids.

Organization: Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (LBNL)
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience
Best Practices

Developing a Zero Net Energy Roadmap

Steps to success: Benchmark/audit, Prioritize, Track Progress

Name: Alelia Parenteau
Title: Energy & Climate Manager
Organization: City of Santa Barbara
Organization Type: City or County
Email: Aparenteau@SantaBarbaraca.gov
Phone: 805-564-5474
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Public Agencies, Sustainability
Funding Resources

Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA)

The Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) Program funds grants and rebates that protect human health and improve air quality by reducing harmful emissions from diesel engines.

Organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation
Sectors Targeted: Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

Disadvantaged Communities: Green Tariff

The Disadvantaged Communities – Green Tariff (DAC-GT) program is modeled after the Green Tariff portion of the Green Tariff/Shared Renewables Program (GTSR). DAC-GT allows customers who are not in a position to take advantage of SOMAH or DAC-SASH through onsite solar, to still benefit from solar energy.

Organization: California Public Utilities Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Financing/Funding, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Funding Resources

Disadvantaged Communities: Single-family Solar Homes

The Disadvantaged Communities – Single-family Solar Homes (DAC-SASH) program, modeled after the Single-family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) Program, provides assistance in the form of up-front financial incentives for the installation of rooftop solar generating systems. The incentives provided through DAC-SASH assist low-income DAC customers in overcoming barriers to the installation of onsite solar energy, such as lack of capital or credit needed to finance a solar installation.

The DAC-SASH program also incorporates job training objectives to promote green-collar jobs in low-income communities and to develop a trained workforce that will foster a sustainable solar industry in California. Through a competitive solicitation, GRID Alternatives was selected to serve as the statewide program administrator for the DAC-SASH program. GRID’s DAC-SASH Program Handbook and Program Implementation Plan were approved by the CPUC in Resolution E-5020 on September 12, 2019, signaling the official launch of the DAC-SASH program.

Organization: California Public Utilities Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Financing/Funding, Incentives, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

Distributed Resource Adequacy Program

Program using solar PV + battery energy storage for residential & commercial customers with the added emphasis on low-income and medical baseline. The program provides resource adequacy for CCA’s and resiliency for customers.

Name: David Burdick
Title: Executive Vice President
Organization: TerraVerde
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Email: david@terraverde.energy
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Funding Resources

Early Career: Drivers and Environmental Impacts of Energy Transitions in Underserved Communities

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing community-engaged research that will address the drivers and environmental impacts of energy transitions in underserved communities. For purposes of this competition and the evaluation of applications, “underserved communities” refers to populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life, including people of color, low income, rural, tribal, indigenous, and other populations that may be disproportionately impacted by environmental harms and risks.

Organization: US Environmental Protection Agency
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

East Bay Community Energy Critical Municipal Facilities

EBCE assessed all the critical facilities in their territory to see what potential was there for solar storage. This initiative was funded by a Air Resources Board (ARB) grant and allowed them to look at over 300 facilities, which were shared by the cities they cater to. Consultant Independent Engineers (IE) completed a preliminary review of the facility portfolio to confirm the most technically viable solar + BES sites and eliminated sites that had complex roof configurations/attributes or significant shading. EBCE then developed a standard PPA, signed by them and not the local jurisdiction to be intermediary between City and developer. A centralized convener like a CCA can really help fill gaps in bandwidth for member cities that don’t have time and allows CCAs to fund projects that previously cities weren’t able to.

Name: Jessie Denver
Title: Senior Distributed Energy Resources Manager
Organization: East Bay Community Energy
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Email: jdenver@ebce.org
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Partnerships, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Economic Development Administration: Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program Including CARES Act Funding

Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States.

Organization: US Department of Commerce
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, CleanTech, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Renewable Energy & Storage, Technical Assistance
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments, Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

Economic Development Assistance Programs

Under this NOFO, EDA solicits applications from applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance, and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and EAA programs. Grants and cooperative agreements made under these programs are designed to leverage existing regional assets and support the implementation of economic development strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. EDA provides strategic investments on a competitive- merit-basis to support economic development, foster job creation, and attract private investment in economically distressed areas of the United States.

There are no submission deadlines under this opportunity. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the publication of a new PWEAA NOFO.

Organization: US Department of Commerce
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, CleanTech, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Economic Development, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Renewable Energy & Storage, Technical Assistance
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC): Various grants

The California Energy Commission’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program invests in scientific and technological research to accelerate the transformation of the electricity sector to meet the state’s energy and climate goals.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Grants Programs, Implementation, Renewable Energy & Storage, Research & Development
Funding Resources

EMPG for Federally- Recognized Tribes in California

Each year, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announces a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the EMPG Program. The intent of the Program is to support state, local, and tribal efforts to protect against, mitigate the effects of, respond to, and recover from natural or human-caused disasters and other catastrophic events. The funds provided by this Program help to prepare the nation for the threats and hazards that pose the greatest risk to lives, property, and the environment in the United States.

EMPG provides funding to implement projects that enhance all-hazards preparedness and serve to build, sustain, and deliver 32 core capabilities across the five Mission Areas of the National Preparedness Goal (NPG). These Mission Areas, which are essential to the security and resilience of the nation, are Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response, and Recovery. The building, sustainment, and delivery of these core capabilities require the combined effort of the whole community, including public, private, and tribal entities.

Organization: U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding, Technical Assistance
Sectors Targeted: Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

Empower Innovation Community Network

The Empower Innovation Network is a trusted place where entrepreneurs, developers, investors, local communities, and others can connect to work toward a shared vision for a clean economy. Members can directly message each other to build their networks and develop business around hundreds of funding opportunities. Select a tab below to see how each member of our community can benefit from – and give back to – the broader Empower Innovation Network.

Browse the Organization Directory to find your own organization and submit a request to join so other community members can see your name. If your organization is not yet in the directory, go ahead and create it. For more instructions, visit the Empower Innovation Help Center.

Organization: Empower Innovation
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Communication, Financing/Funding, Outreach and Engagement, Technical Assistance
Best Practices

Empower Procurement: E-Building Procurement Initiative

Empower Procurement is excited to launch their new E-building Procurement Initiative. This program aims to tackle six initiatives: energy efficient products, expert energy services contractors, fuel switching resources: planning and installation, targeted specifications for low-energy building systems, new approaches to procurement operations, and training on organizations benchmarking and procurement metrics. The goal of this initiative is to build a collaborative network with local governments that provides opportunities for streamlined and cooperative procurement, while identifying challenges for electrification – particularly in existing government buildings. The product of this initiative will be represented in developed resources and best practices that are useful to the network.

Name: Renee Lafrenz
Title: Senior Manager
Organization: Empower Procurement
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Email: rlafrenz@energy-solution.com
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Saving Solutions, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Best Practices

Empower Procurement: E-Fleet Accelerator

The E-Fleet Accelerator offers school districts, higher education, governments, and select fleet operators support for the transition to electrified fleets. Transforming asset classes represents unique procurement barriers for institutional buyers. Fleet electrification is a prime example of this, and this PI will focus on addressing common gaps to improve the adoption of electric fleets for various purposes across diverse sectors. Our team provides customized insights to identify new opportunities to adopt electric fleets, and ensure successful fulfillment of electrification plans.

Organization: Prospect Silicon Valley
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Best Practices

Empower Procurement: Products Procurement Initiative

This Initiative provides free assessment to troubleshoot procurement processes. You will find tailored resources to help with procurement barriers. It has streamlined access to DERs product information as well as guidance on technology solutions to help make informed DERs purchasing decisions. The Products Procurement Initiative is designed to provide an opportunity for buyers to learn more about energy-efficient products and possible opportunities for cost savings.

Organization: Prospect Silicon Valley
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Encinitas Green Building Incentive Program

The City of Encinitas Green Building Incentive Program provides financial incentive, priority plan check, and City Council recognition for projects that register and achieve certification with Build It Green (BIG) GreenPoint Rated and/or US Green Building Council’s (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) ®. Once registered with the City’s program, all plan checks for construction-related permits will receive priority in the City’s plan check process. On completion of the project and certification by BIG or LEED®, the project will be eligible for reimbursement for the costs of providing green building measures to achieve final certification up to a maximum of $2,000 per project. Additionally, certified projects will be recognized at a City Council meeting.

Organization: City of Encinitas
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Diego
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Energy Code Connect

3C-REN’s Energy Code Connect program makes it easier for building professionals to use, comply with, and enforce California’s complex and ever-changing energy code. Energy Code Connect offers various services for public and private-sector building professionals, including: Energy Code Coach, Trainings, and Regional Forums. The Energy Code Coach is available to provide mentorship and support directly from local experts to building professionals. The program also offers free training on various topics including compliance, ADU requirements, and PV requirements. Lastly, Energy Code Connect offers 3-4 forums annually to provide a space for building professionals to network and explore how critical policy issues affect energy code.

Name: Jordan Garbayo
Title: Program Manager
Organization: 3C-REN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: info@3C-REN.org
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Outreach and Engagement
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments, Residential
Funding Resources

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Funding Opportunity Exchange

Various opportunities supporting a range of clean energy priorities including solar energy, vehicle technologies, and building technologies.

Organization: US Department of Energy
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Planning, Renewable Energy & Storage, Research & Development
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

Energy Efficiency Financing

Projects with proven energy and/or demand cost savings are eligible:

Lighting system upgrades, Pumps and motors, Streetlights and LED traffic signals, Energy management systems and equipment controls, Building insulation, Energy generation, HVAC equipment, Water and waste water treatment equipment, Load shifting projects

Organization Administering Program: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding
Case Study

Energy Efficiency Workforce on the Central Coast

The Tri-County Regional Energy Network is dedicated to a continued understanding of the energy efficiency workforce on the Central Coast to grow, diversify, and upskill the region’s workers. To this end, 3C-REN in partnership with In Balance Green Consulting established the Higher Performance Building on the Central Coast series. This series began by looking at strategies to address how to design and build for safety, health, and cost savings on the Central Coast while moving to electric construction.

Organization: 3C-REN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Best Practices

Energy Reach Code Ordinance

Reach codes that exceed state standards, either voluntary or mandatory.

Name: Misti Bruceri
Title: Principal
Organization: Cities of Palo Alto and Chula Vista
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Email: mistib@comcast.net
Phone: 707-477-1768
Region: Greater Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Codes and Standards, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Guide

Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Guidance

The Statewide EE Best Practices Coordinator is pleased to share a brief response to a recent Technical Assistance Request on the topic of Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC). (Question from July 22, 2020)

Name: Angie Hacker
Title: Best Practices Coordinator
Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: ahacker@civicwell.org
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions, Implement Energy Savings Performance Contracting, Internal Funding Best Practices
Additional notes of interest: TA Response
Funding Resources

Enhanced Air Quality Monitoring For Communities

Pursuant to the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP), EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning & Standards (OAQPS) is announcing the availability of funds and soliciting applications from eligible entities to conduct ambient air monitoring of pollutants of greatest concern in communities with environmental and health outcome disparities stemming from pollution and the COVID-19 pandemic. EPA will award funds to support community and local efforts to monitor their own air quality and to promote air quality monitoring partnerships between communities and tribal, state, and local governments.

The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is approximately $20,000,000. Approximately $2 million dollars of this amount will be awarded to tribal governments under a tribal government set-aside, and approximately $2 million will be awarded to eligible community-based organizations under a community-based organization set-aside.

Overall, EPA anticipates awarding a total of approximately 50-70 assistance agreements (cooperative agreements or grants) from this announcement, subject to availability of funds, the quality of applications received, agency priorities, and other applicable considerations. EPA anticipates awarding approximately 20-30 assistance agreements ranging in value from $25,000 to $100,000 (i.e., “Small Grants”) and 30-40 assistance agreements ranging in value from $100,001-$500,000 (i.e., “Large Grants”). EPA may increase or decrease the total funding or set-aside amounts based on the number of meritorious applications received, agency priorities, funding availability, and other applicable considerations.

Organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding, Health and Social Environment
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Learning Event

Ensuring That Electrification Benefits Impacted Communities in San Jose

In this October 2021 interview with Elena Olmedo, Climate Advisor to the City of San Jose, Natural Resources Defense Council, she shares how San Jose is designing the City’s Building Electrification Plan, which outlines options to electrify the City’s existing buildings equitably. Through deep data analysis and community engagement, the City of San Jose and a broad set of partner organizations are working to ensure that its impacted communities benefit from electrification. We thank Elena for taking the time to share her work, experience, and advice. We hope this conversation provides inspiration to other local practitioners as they consider ways to equitably electrify their building stock. You can learn more about the City of San Jose’s ongoing electrification efforts here.

Name: Elena Olmedo
Title: Climate Advisor
Organization: City of San Jose
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Date: October 2021
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Funding Resources

Environmental Infrastructure Loan Program

Rural Community Assistance Corporation’s (RCAC) Environmental Infrastructure Loan Program helps create, improve, or expand the supply of safe drinking water, waste disposal systems and other facilities that serve rural communities. RCAC’s loan programs provide the early funds small rural communities need to determine feasibility and pay pre-development costs prior to receiving state &/or federal program funding. May also provide interim construction financing, and intermediate & long-term loans for system improvements.

Eligible entities include nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and tribal governments. Projects must be located in rural areas with populations of 50,000 or less in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii and other pacific islands, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Community size is limited to 10,000 for long-term USDA guaranteed loans and short-term loans for which USDA is the long-term lender. Eligible projects include water, wastewater, solid waste & storm water facilities. Contact Mike Carroll at mcarroll@rcac.org.

Organization: Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Renewable Energy & Storage
Tool

EV Fleet Tools

EVFleet Tools is a collection of resources designed to help municipal staff identify and implement opportunities for robust decarbonization of their organization’s fleet and facilities. On this website you will find tools developed based on analyses done for the City of Fremont Fleet Electrification Study and informed by a Regional Working Group of public and industry stakeholders in the Bay Area. Materials from the Regional Working Group’s meetings and further resources to help you make an informed transition to an electrified municipal fleet are also available.

Organization: City of Fremont
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Outreach and Engagement, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Reports

Exploring Compliance Enforcement Opportunities at the Local Government Level: BayREN’s PROP Report

The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) has released a report of the work completed by their Permit Resource Opportunity Program, or PROP. The report contains an analysis full of best practices, challenges, and opportunities for improvement in compliance enforcement with California energy code.

As shared on BayREN’s website, the PROP report “represents the collaborative efforts of the nine San Francisco Bay Area Counties and 15 Bay Area building departments to learn about energy code enforcement barriers and challenges, identify successful enforcement strategies, and gather data about the impact of discrepancies on building performance.”

“BayREN’s Codes & Standards Permit Resource Opportunity Program (PROP) sent building code experts to Bay Area building departments to study energy code compliance and enforcement practices and to identify successful enforcement strategies. Those best practices are collected in the report.”

Why are best practices on compliance and enforcement of California’s building energy code (currently the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, or BEES) so significant? The report provides a great summary of the energy efficiency opportunities presented by compliance, shared in part below.

Organization: BayREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Case Study

Extreme Heat Resilience Among Disadvantaged Communities in Stockton

Working at the household level can combat extreme heat in vulnerable communities.

Name: Susan MazurStommen
Title: Cultural Anthropologist
Organization: Indicia Consulting
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Email: info@indiciaconsulting.com
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Data Requests and Analysis, Energy Saving Solutions, Outreach and Engagement, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Residential
Funding Resources

Federal Investment Tax Credit (ITC)

Stand alone solar projects and battery projects are eligible for this incentive. It currently provides a tax credit of 26% of the project costs (as of 2021). Third party project owners can claim this benefit and share this value with schools through reduced agreement payments. However, the value will step down annually starting 2023 to 22% and decrease to 10% by 2024.

Name: Ali Chehrehsaz
Title: CEO
Organization: TerraVerde Energy
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Email: ali@terraverde.energy
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Energy Resilience, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Best Practices

Federal stimulus-funded local and regional energy programs

After the last major economic downturn, the federal government adopted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which provided stimulus funding for priorities including energy efficiency retrofits through the DOE’s Better Buildings Initiative. In California, three regions received millions of dollars to support new building efficiency incentive and assistance programs that targeted privately owned buildings and spurred economic opportunities for the hard-hit building trades. Twelve years later, those regions are now operating as Regional Energy Networks, with stable ratepayer funding authorized by the CPUC to continue offering services like BayREN’s Business programs. Recognizing that incentives and other financial mechanisms are critical for making the investment in energy efficient infrastructure more affordable and accessible to businesses, the BayREN Business program offers rebates, financing, and one-stop-shop technical assistance to ensure small and medium businesses can leverage all available energy saving programs and minimize out-of-pocket expenses. While this is an old example, it may help local governments consider how to take advantage of major State and federal stimulus efforts to create long-lasting support for building retrofits that also strengthen economic recovery. They may also consider how to design new or increased upgrade incentives for small or distressed businesses.

Organization: BayREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Diego, San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Best Practices

Financing energy upgrades through CHEEF – GoGreen Financing

The California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing (CHEEF) is now offering three financing programs to help your constituents updraig their properties. The GoGreen Financing includes a Home, Business and Affordable Multifamily program. This kind of financing alleviates upfront cost barriers for retrofits and can be used in combination with rebates and incentives or on its own! They hope local governments promote the financing program with their constituents who are waiting to take their next step on their energy efficiency plans!

Name: Kaylee D'Amico
Title: Marketing, Education and Outreach Specialist
Organization: California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing, State Treasurer's Office
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Email: Kaylee.DAmico@treasurer.ca.gov
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Businesses, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Public Agencies, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments, Residential
Funding Resources

Flood Mitigation Assistance

The Flood Mitigation Assistance Program is a competitive grant program that provides funding to states, local communities, federally recognized tribes and territories. Funds can be used for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings insured by the National Flood Insurance Program.

FEMA chooses recipients based on the applicant’s ranking of the project and the eligibility and cost-effectiveness of the project.

FEMA requires state, local, tribal and territorial governments to develop and adopt hazard mitigation plans as a condition for receiving certain types of non-emergency disaster assistance, including funding for hazard mitigation assistance projects.

Organization: FEMA
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation
Tool

Fremont Green Challenge

The Fremont Green Challenge is an online platform with all the information Fremont residents need to find out how to lower their impact on climate change, save energy and water, and save money. The platform offers various “actions” you can take in your daily life, and includes all the rebates, financing and community programs available for each action. Actions that range from “easy” to “challenging”, with information on the impact for each action as well as the annual savings and upfront costs.

Organization: City of Freemont
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Case Study

Fremont’s Smart City Action Plan

Fremont has defined its own smart city agenda based on a series of conversations and cross-functional, collaborative workshops. The city started by looking at its existing efforts currently underway — smart traffic signals, EV charging stations, the Pulse Point smart app, and roadway video surveillance.

Organization: City of Freemont
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Businesses, Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Outreach and Engagement, Residential, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Fresno County Employees’ Retirement Association Pension Funds

The Fresno County Employees’ Retirement Association allocated millions of dollars from the pension fund, which is being leveraged to invest in community projects with social benefits, such as affordable rental construction, disaster recovery, and green infrastructure. The City continued this effort in the wake of COVID-19 after anticipating greater need for local capital during recovery.

Organization: Fresno County Employees' Retirement Association
Organization Type: Governmental Association
Region: Sacramento Valley
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Leverage Pension Funds
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Funding EE upgrades in municipal buildings

City of San Diego is the process of identifying, prioritizing & executing energy projects across 500+ facilities owned & operated by other “Asset Managing Departments”, guided by their CAP.

Name: Lindsey Hawes
Title: Municipal Energy Program Manager
Organization: City of San Diego
Organization Type: City or County
Email: lhawes@sandiego.gov
Region: San Diego
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Public Agencies, Residential, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Learning Event

General Plans Guidelines Update

Michael McCormick, Senior Planner with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research present on the General Plan Guidelines Update, summarizing the changes made in 2017 and the new guidance for 2018.

Name: Michael McCormick
Organization: Governor's Office of Planning and Research
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Date: May 2018
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Climate Planning
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Goleta Load Pocket Community Microgrid

The Goleta Load Pocket Community Microgrid (GLPCM) provides a unique opportunity to bring a disaster-prone region indefinite renewables-driven backup power — providing the area an unparalleled trifecta of economic, environmental, and resilience benefits. Significant efforts are being made to align appropriate stakeholders, including property owners, policymakers, community leaders, solutions providers, and the monopoly electric utility, Southern California Edison (SCE), toward this goal. This deployment of clean local energy will showcase the grid of the future.

Name: Craig Lewis
Title: Executive Director
Organization: The Clean Coalition
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Energy Resilience, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Tool

Google Environmental Insights Explorer

The Environmental Insights Explorer (EIE) uses exclusive data sources and modeling capabilities in a freely available platform to help cities measure emission sources, run analyses, and identify strategies to reduce emissions — creating a foundation for effective action.

Name: Nicole Lombardo
Title: Business Strategy & Partnerships
Organization: Google
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Email: nlombardo@google.com
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Planning
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program

The Grants and Cooperative Agreements (GCA) Program provides for well managed Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Recreation by providing financial assistance to eligible agencies and organizations that develop, maintain, operate, expand, support, or contribute to well managed, high-quality, OHV Recreation areas, roads, and trails, and to responsibly maintain the wildlife, soils, and habitat in a manner that will sustain long-term OHV Recreation.

Organization: Department of Parks and Recreation
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Direct Assistance, Economic Development, Financing/Funding, Health and Social Environment, Natural and Managed Resources
Case Study

Greater Richmond Interfaith Project

GRIP is a multi-cultural, multi-ethnic coalition of congregations from varied faiths working together as a diverse and inclusive coalition dedicated to helping those of our community in need to transition to self-sufficiency. Our mission statement: “Responding to the Call to Service, GRIP transforms the lives of homeless, hungry and disenfranchised people.” Over the years, GRIP, in keeping with its mission, has evolved from a small community food pantry to a multiservice agency, which serves 15,000 homeless, and low-income consumers annually. GRIP is governed by a 15-member Board of Directors drawn from member congregations, the business community and public-sector agencies.

Organization: Greater Richmond Interfaith Project
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Best Practices

Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative (GHHI) is dedicated to breaking the link between unhealthy housing and unhealthy families. Formerly the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, GHHI replaces stand-alone housing intervention programs with an integrated, whole-house approach that produces sustainable, green, healthy and safe homes. Through this model, Marin County is improving health, economic and social outcomes for low income eligible families across the country.

Organization: Marin County
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

Green Business Network

The Green Business Network is accessible to all Port of San Diego tenants and subtenants, the Green Business Network is a voluntary sustainability program that provides free education and resources to waterfront businesses committed to reducing our collective carbon footprint. GBN collaborates with its members on training opportunities and supply resources to help them improve operational efficiency and implement sustainable business practices that keep our bay blue.

Organization: Port of San Diego
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Diego
Topic Areas: Businesses, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Case Study

Green District Program

Program using battery, EVSE, thermostats and water heaters for residential, commercial & municipal customers. Provides wholesale market revenue & procurement cost savings to CCA, cost savings & resiliency benefits to customers

Name: David Burdick
Title: Executive Vice President
Organization: TerraVerde
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Email: david@terraverde.energy
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments, Residential
Case Study

Green Hayward PAYS® program

The City of Hayward’s Green Hayward PAYS® program allows multifamily property owners to get immediate savings on their water and energy utility bills by installing efficiency improvements with no up-front cost.

Organization: City of Hayward
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Energy Saving Solutions, External Funding Best Practices, Residential, Tariffed On-Bill Financing
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

Green House Call Service – Free Energy & Water Efficiency Kits

The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) has partnered with the Rising Sun Center for Opportunity to help determine residents’ personalized energy and water efficiency needs through the Green House Call Service. Residents can sign up for a Green House Call by completing a 10-minute survey. After completing the survey, a free energy and water efficiency kit with installation instructions will be delivered directly to their door.

Each kit includes:

  • Up to 16 LED light bulbs, standard and floodlight,
  • A smart power strip ($70 value),
  • High-efficiency bathroom and kitchen sink faucet aerator(s),
  • High-efficiency showerhead(s),
  • Toilet leak detection tablets, and
  • Information on other energy-saving and green programs.
Organization: Rising Sun Center for Opportunity
Organization Type: Other Local Government, Nonprofit Organization
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships, Residential, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Residential
Tool

Green Infrastructure: Lower Building Energy Demands

This webpage provides an overview of how to lower building energy demand needs and provides additional resources for further explanation.

Organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Case Study, Tool

Green Labeling

BayREN’s Green Labeling program helps homeowners better understand the energy efficiency of their homes through a simple assessment that results in a Home Energy Score from 1 to 10 and a customized report and recommendations for energy efficiency upgrades. Homeowner’s scores can also provide good information to future buyers of the home by offering a simple and consistent evaluation tool.

Name: Jennifer Berg
Title: Energy Programs Manager
Organization: BayREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: jberg@bayareametro.gov
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Tool

Green Region Initiative

The Green Region Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Indicators Map serves as a tool for jurisdictions within the SCAG region to measure and track sustainability progress in the region across 12 categories and 29 sustainability indicators. The map aims to foster collaboration through the sharing of best practices across the 191 cities and six counties in the SCAG region. GRI Version 4.0 is the most recent iteration of the tool, providing an improved user experience through updated map designs, links, and resources. GRI Version 4.0 includes 3 updated maps, one new indicator and one new topic: Electric Vehicle Permitting Streamlining and Urban Greening.

Organization: Southern California Council of Governments
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles, San Diego
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Energy Resilience
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Learning Event

Grid Modernization: Part 1

Rick Brown, President of TerreVerde Energy, will describe changing energy policy, market conditions, and evolving technologies to prepare local governments for a modernized grid.

Part 1: Solar, Battery Storage, and Choice Aggregation

Name: Rick Brown
Title: President
Organization: TerraVerde Energy
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Region: Statewide
Date: February 2018
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Renewable Energy & Storage
Learning Event

Grid Modernization: Part 2

Rick Brown, President and founder of TerreVerde Energy, will describe changing energy policy, market conditions, and evolving technologies to prepare local governments for a modernized grid.

Part 2: Energy Efficiency, Electrification, Microgrids, and Prop 39.

Name: Rick Brown
Title: President and Founder
Organization: TerraVerde Energy
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Region: Statewide
Date: March 2018
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Clean Energy, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Efficiency
Guide

Guide to California Climate Zones

The Guide to California Climate Zones is a reference for designers interested in designing bioclimatic buildings. The files listed at right include climate descriptions, design strategies, and climate data (temperature, relative humidity, degree-day, design-day, extra-terrestrial radiation, wind speed and direction) for the California climate zones as defined by Title 24. Suggestions and guidelines for appropriate passive designs are shown on a bioclimatic chart.

Organization: Pacific Gas & Electric
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Best Practices

Guiding constituents from education to energy services

It is important for local governments to raise awareness about the current programs available to conduct energy updates. BayREN has identified that interagency collaboration is the key to navigate the complex landscape of programs offered by many organizations. We recommend LG’s should aspire to have successful guidelines that include knowledge sharing, a seamless user experience, and scaling for constituents. BayREN identified that useful tools to share knowledge include meeting people where they are at, partnering with complimentary programs, identifying your target audience and determining the best method of outreach based on their needs. This, followed by partnerships to present various EE programs from varying agencies will make for a seamless user experience. Finally, BayREN recommends combining rebates and financing to achieve savings greater than monthly payments so constituents can implement energy savings and reach renewable goals.

Name: Tonya Veitch
Title: Senior Sustainability Analyst
Organization: County of Santa Clara
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Businesses, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships, Public Agencies, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Case Study

Hayward Unified School District Bonds

Hayward Unified School District issued $20M in bonds for renewable energy and sustainability projects.

Organization: Hayward Unified School District
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Pursue Bond Measures
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Hayward’s New Municipal Building Zero Net Energy Policy

2016—Hayward leads again! The Hayward City Council recently directed staff to assure that all new municipal buildings, as well as significant retrofits of existing municipal buildings, be zero net energy (ZNE) buildings. Hayward will have buildings that produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year and be “off the grid”. This goal depends on a significant use of solar photovoltaic panels and other technologies.

The California Public Utilities Commission’s Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan includes the following goals:

  • all new residential buildings will be ZNE by 2020
  • all new and 50% of existing state-owned public buildings will be ZNE by 2025
  • all new and 50% of existing commercial buildings will be ZNE by 2030

Staff is already aggressively addressing this policy through construction of the new Library & Community Learning Center, which will be ZNE; and the retrofit of existing fire stations, most all of which will be retrofit with solar photovoltaic. However, Hayward’s policy takes formal effect beginning with new buildings and significant retrofits that are designed and constructed after January 1, 2017 – well in advance of the state’s goals.

“This is just one more way that Hayward is leading the way and working to achieve our climate action goals”, said Mayor Barbara Halliday. “If we are going to meet our greenhouse gas emission reduction target for 2050, all of our buildings will need to be ZNE.”

The City Council report and resulting formal resolution are available on Hayward’s Meeting and Agenda Center here.

Looking for more on ZNE? Click here.

Organization: City of Hayward
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Hazard Mitigation Assistance Programs

FEMA’s hazard mitigation assistance provides funding for eligible mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses. Mitigation planning breaks the cycle of disaster damage, reconstruction and repeated damage. Hazard mitigation includes long-term solutions that reduce the impact of disasters in the future. FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance has five grant programs.

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). Assists in implementing long-term hazard mitigation planning and projects following a Presidential major disaster declaration.
Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) Program. Provides funds for planning and projects to reduce or eliminate risk of flood damage to buildings that are insured annually under the National Flood Insurance Program.
Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) Program. Provides funds annually for hazard mitigation planning and projects.
HMGP Post Fire Grant. Assistance available to help communities implement hazard mitigation measures after wildfire disasters.
Building Resilient Infastructure and Communities (BRIC). Support for states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.

Organization: FEMA
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Planning
Funding Resources

Hazard Mitigation Grant Program

HMGP Post Fire funding is available as a result of Fire Management Assistance Grant (FMAG) declarations. California received 10 FMAG declarations in Federal Fiscal Year 2020, resulting in $7,787,780 for HMGP. Cal OES is prioritizing funding for communities immediately impacted by the wildfires. Immediately impacted is defined as a community, or special district located in a county where one of these fires burned.

Organization: Governor's Office of Emergency Services
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding
Best Practices

How do I keep track of energy efficiency program and policy changes relevant to local governments?

Energy efficiency in California is a hot topic, and constantly evolving. Some things local governments may want to keep track of include:

Organization: SEEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

IDEAL ZEV Workforce Pilot

The California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program) and the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announce the availability of up to $6,815,000 in grant funds for projects that will provide workforce training and development that support zero-emission vehicles (ZEV), ZEV infrastructure, and ZEV-related commercial technologies in California.

Proposed projects should demonstrate community and employer engagement and a path toward ZEV jobs in the State. The Inclusive, Diverse, Equitable, Accessible, and Local (IDEAL) ZEV Workforce Pilot focuses investments on and provides benefits to priority communities.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, CleanTech, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Technical Assistance
Best Practices

Identifying, Prioritizing and Funding Energy Projects for Your Organization

Name: Rochelle Thomas
Title: Energy Manager
Organization: San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: rthomas@pesc.com
Phone: 559.490.1810
Region: Inland Empire, Central Coast, Sierra Nevada
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships, Public Agencies, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Case Study

Imperial Irrigation District Bonds

Imperial Irrigation District issued $65M in bonds for renewable energy projects.

Organization: Imperial Irrigation District
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Inland Empire
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Pursue Bond Measures
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Implementing ESPCs in Fremont, Mountain View and South San Francisco

The cities of Fremont, Mountain View, and South San Francisco have each engaged with the ESCO Syserco to implement ESPCs for their municipal building stock. To learn more about their respective projects, visit their case study pages.

Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Implement Energy Savings Performance Contracting, Internal Funding Best Practices, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Improving Hydropwer’s Value through Informed Decision Making

DOE’s Water Power Technologies Office is accepting applications for technical assistance to:

Provide hydropower decision makers with national lab expertise and capabilities to address challenges and capture opportunities for their systems
Validate national lab-led modeling, analysis, and tools developed under the HydroWIRES initiative for the benefit of the broader community
Further our collective understanding of possible roles for hydropower under evolving power system conditions that reach beyond those considered by most planners and operators today.
Six recipients will receive technical assistance valued at up to $400,000.

Organization: US Department of Energy
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Financing/Funding, Renewable Energy & Storage, Technical Assistance
Funding Resources

Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize Program- Phase I

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) and the office of Economic Impact and Diversity (ED) recognize that improvements are needed to make the clean energy innovation ecosystem more inclusive and accessible to disadvantaged communities and individuals from groups historically underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Through the Inclusive Energy Innovation Prize, DOE aims to fund organizations for ongoing and/or proposed activities related to climate and clean energy that support, build trust, and strengthen relationships and partnerships with disadvantaged communities. Specifically, this prize seeks to enable and enhance business and technology incubation, acceleration, and other community-based and university-based entrepreneurship and innovation in climate and clean energy technologies.

Organization: US Department of Energy
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Technical Assistance
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Funding Resources

Indicators of Climate Change in California

Research and present indicators in periodic reports describing how California’s climate is changing and how these changes are affecting the state. Indicators are scientifically-based measurements that track trends in various aspects of climate change.

Organization: California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA)
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Data Access or Analysis, Financing/Funding
Funding Resources

Infill Infrastructure Grant Program

The IIG Program promotes infill housing development by providing financial assistance for Capital Improvement Projects that are an integral part of, or necessary to facilitate the development of, a Qualifying Infill Project or a Qualifying Infill Area. IIG funding can be used for infrastructure improvements necessary for specific residential or mixed-use infill development projects or areas. Funds will be allocated through a competitive process, based on the merits of the individual Infill Projects and Areas.

Application selection criteria includes project readiness, affordability, density, access to transit, proximity to amenities, and consistency with regional plans.

Organization Administering Program: California Department of Housing and Community Development
Organization Type: State

Organization: California Department of Housing and Community Development
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Nonprofit, Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program

The Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program is authorized to directly provide low-cost public financing to state and local government entities.

ISRF financing is available in amounts ranging from $50,000 to $25 million with loan terms for the useful life of the project up to a maximum of 30 years.

A few examples of ISRF financed projects include water and wastewater treatment plant upgrades or construction, venue or airport construction or street repair and upgrades.

Eligible applicants must be located in California and include any subdivision of a local government, including cities, counties, special districts, assessment districts, joint powers authorities and nonprofit organizations sponsored by a government entity.

Please note, while ISRF financing is available for many types of projects, housing is not allowed per our legislative statute.

Organization: California iBank
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Financing/Funding
Funding Resources

Inland Counties Incentive Project

This project promotes easy access to zero-emission vehicle infrastructure for the purchase and installation of eligible electric vehicle (EV) chargers (level 2 chargers and DC Fast Chargers) in Butte, El Dorado, Imperial, Kings, Merced, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Solano, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tulare, and Yolo counties – with a total of $17.5 million in available funds. Eligible applicants include a business, nonprofit organization, California Native American Tribe listed with the Native American Heritage Commission or a public or government entity based in California or operate as a California-based affiliate. Disadvantaged communities may receive additional rebate dollars.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Incentives
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Nonprofit, Tribal Governments
Best Practices

Institute for Local Government’s Beacon Program

ILG’s Beacon Program provides recognition and support for California local agencies that are working to build more vibrant and sustainable communities. Beacon honors voluntary efforts by cities, counties and special districts that are reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving energy and adopting policies that promote sustainability.

Organization: Institute for Local Government
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Outreach and Engagement, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Investor Owned Utility On-Bill Financing

Your investor-owned utility provides zero-interest on-bill financing. Click on the respective links below to learn more about this valuable program. Financing is available for $1-2 million interest-free and can be paid back on your utility bill.

Organization: CPUC
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, External Funding Best Practices, Financing/Funding, On-Bill Financing
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

IRS Clean Renewable Energy Bonds

The Internal Review Service (IRS) is accepting applications for a volume cap of up to $800 million to finance the costs of a qualified renewable energy facility or facilities, such as wind, closed- or open-loop biomass, geothermal, solar, small irrigation, and other facilities. The application must indicate the expected date of construction and when each facility will be placed in service. Eligible applicants include governmental bodies, including Tribes, and cooperative electric companies.

Organization: IRS
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Renewable Energy & Storage
Funding Resources

ITEP Trainings and Events

ITEP offers training to tribal environmental professionals to build their capacity to address climate change issues. The courses are taught by instructional teams that include staff from ITEP, federal agencies, universities, and/or organizations, and most importantly, the tribes themselves, who share their expertise and experience.

Organization: Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Technical Assistance, Workforce Development
Sectors Targeted: Tribal Governments
Best Practices

Job Training with SOMAH

SOMAH in increasing access to solar jobs. 50% of participants in their training programs are either local hires (living in the community that the project is in) or a targeted hire (affordable housing residents, women, BIPOC, justice-impacted, single parents, facing barriers to employment). SOMAH provides a wage floor of 1.4x the local minimum wage and provides career development resources and workshops for trainees.

Name: Staci Hoell
Title: Workforce Development Manager
Organization: SOMAH
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: contact@calsomah.org
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Distributed Energy Resources, Renewable Energy & Storage, Workforce Development
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Funding Resources

Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund

The Program specifically seeks to build critical capacity and forward momentum in place-based, community-grounded Landscape Conservation Partnerships. The Program targets Partnerships, where targeted investments can create significant and enduring forward momentum, and is intended to support the collaborative processes and key building block activities that move Partnerships forward. A portion of the Program is reserved specifically to advance Indigenous landscape conservation priorities.

Organization: Network for Landscape Conservation
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Communication, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Partnerships, Technical Assistance
Learning Event

LERN Meeting 1, Featuring a Conversation with CARB

The first Local Energy Resources Network (LERN) meeting was held on October 12th. This was an interactive exchange of local energy and climate knowledge, resources, and opportunities. It featured a discussion on State and local collaboration on climate action with guests from the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Date: October 12, 2021
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Additional notes of interest: LERN Resources
Learning Event

LERN Meeting 2, Featuring Congressman Salud Carbajal

At the second monthly Local Energy Resources Network (LERN) meeting, LERN was fortunate to be joined by U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal of CA’s 24th District, which includes the entirety of San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties, and a portion of Ventura County. Congressman Carbajal discussed the current direction of federal policy, and offered advice about where the biggest opportunities for CA communities currently lie.

Organization: California Climate & Energy Collaborative
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Date: November 9, 2021
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Additional notes of interest: LERN Resources
Learning Event

LERN Meeting 3, Featuring a Conversation with the Strategic Growth Council

At the third monthly Local Energy Resources Network (LERN) meeting, LERN was fortunate to be joined by Sarah Risher of the Strategic Growth Council. Sarah is the Analyst for the Community Assistance for Climate Equity Program (CACE), which provides technical assistance and capacity building services to help communities access funding resources, implement high-impact projects, and advance their climate and equity priorities.

Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Date: December 14, 2021
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Additional notes of interest: LERN Resources
Learning Event

LERN Meeting 4, CalEPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

At the fourth monthly Local Energy Resources Network (LERN) meeting, LERN was fortunate to be joined by Laura August & Walker Wieland, Research Scientists with CalEPA’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment. They discussed updates to CalEnviroScreen 4.0, the process of identifying disadvantaged communities, and potential funding impacts for local governments.

Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Date: January 11, 2022
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Additional notes of interest: LERN Resources
Learning Event

LERN Meeting 5, a Conversation with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research

At the fifth monthly Local Energy Resources Network (LERN) meeting, LERN was fortunate to be joined by Mary Collins and Fabiha Zaman with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research. They discussed the Community Economic Resilience Fund Program (CERF), its planning phase, and the implementation grants that follow.

Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Date: February 8, 2022
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Grants Programs
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Additional notes of interest: LERN Resources
Learning Event

LERN Meeting 6, Featuring Another Conversation with the Strategic Growth Council

At the sixth monthly Local Energy Resources Network (LERN) meeting, LERN was fortunate to be joined by Jerry Rivero & Sarah Newsham, a Program Analyst and Associate (respectively) with the Transformative Climate Communities Program (TCC) at the Strategic Growth Council.

Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Date: March 8, 2022
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Additional notes of interest: LERN Resources
Learning Event

LERN Meeting 7, Featuring a Conversation with CAEATFA

At the sixth monthly Local Energy Resources Network (LERN) meeting, LERN was fortunate to be joined by Kelly Delaney and Jonathan Verhoef, a Program Analyst and Energy Efficiency Specialist (respectively) with the California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing (CHEEF) at the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority.

Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Date: April 12, 2022
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding
Additional notes of interest: LERN Resources
Learning Event

LERN Meeting 8, Featuring a Conversation with the California Energy Commission

At the eighth monthly Local Energy Resources Network (LERN) meeting, LERN was joined by Erik Stokes, the Deputy Division Chief, Energy Research and Development Division with the California Energy Commission.

Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Date: May 10, 2022
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding
Additional notes of interest: LERN Resources
Tool

Local Actions for Climate Change

This library hosts a variety of tools and resources for local governments. Here you will find four different toolkits catered to local governments, small businesses, households and individuals, and schools. These toolkits include resources such as guidelines on how to calculate and inventory current GHG emissions, cost-saving strategies to reduce GHG emissions, an easy-to-use carbon footprint calculator, and case studies to learn what other local governments, businesses, and schools have been able to accomplish.

Name: Neil Matouka
Title: Local Government Climate Action Planning Liaison
Organization: California Air Resources Board
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Email: neil.matouka@arb.ca.gov
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Partnerships, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Local Conservation Corps Grant Program

Eligible LCCs are required to submit a comprehensive budget for each respective funding source and a narrative that includes goals, objectives, supporting activities and outcomes specific to each material fund source. CalRecycle staff will conduct a thorough review of all applications to confirm application completeness and an LCC’s grant award eligibility, which includes but is not limited to, being in good standing with CalRecycle. Eligible applicants include: Eligible applicants for this grant program are Corps that are reviewed and certified annually by the California Conservation Corps (CCC) according to compliance with certification criteria outlined in PRC section 14507.5(a). The CCC certifies the eligibility of each LCC by conducting annual certification site visits. The CCC provides CalRecycle with a certification report for each LCC by March 31st of each fiscal year. Eligible projects include:Eligible activities will be identified on the application and reported quarterly during the grant term.

Organization: Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Learning Event

Local Energy Codes: Tools for Reaching Your Climate Action Goals

Reach codes (local energy ordinances) are one of the tools local governments can use to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as well as save energy and money. This session will discuss the local goals that can be addressed with reach codes, including decarbonization, and will provide an overview of various reach code strategies and options local governments can consider. The issue of treatment and drug delivery will not be addressed. Attendees will also hear about experiences and lessons learned from local governments who have adopted reach codes in the past, and will leave with information about resources available to assist with reach code efforts.

Region: Statewide
Date: September 2019
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
Best Practices

Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition

LGSEC is a statewide membership network representing local government interests to state agencies such as CPUC, CEC, and CARB. Together, LGSEC members advance sustainable energy and climate solutions to meet California’s climate and energy goals through knowledge exchange, targeted learning opportunities, and statewide collaboration. Sustainability staff can maximize staff capacity by becoming a member of the LGSEC to engage and represent their jurisdictions in statewide regulatory energy policy.

Name: Sarina Soor
Title: Project Manager
Organization: LGSEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: lgsec@lgc.org
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Climate Planning, Distributed Energy Resources, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Partnerships, Public Agencies, Residential, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Funding Resources

Local Government Waste Tire Cleanup Grant Program

The Program is designed to pay for the cost of cleanup of illegally dumped waste tires. Funds are available for the collection, removal, transportation, recycling & disposal of California waste tires from tire piles & areas where illegal dumping has occurred. Funds are limited to the removal of waste tires along public rights-of-way & private property with less than 500 tires on site or 500 to 4,999 tires with affidavit from the property owner.

Organization: Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding, Sustainability
Best Practices

Local Governments as Innovation Partners

During technology development, Local Governments can serve as excellent partners for pilot or demonstration projects. It is a good best practice for local governments to partner with technology providers when they are applying for EPIC grants through the CEC. There will soon be a call for places section of the Empower Innovation website to help create connections for project partners.

Name: Katrina Leni-Konig
Title: Supervisor Technology Scale-up and Outreach, Assistant Tribal Liaison
Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Grants Programs, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Local Governments Reimbursement Program

Applications accepted year-round. In the event of a release (or threatened release) of hazardous substances, EPA may reimburse local governments for expenses related to the release and associated emergency response measures. The Local Governments Reimbursement Program provides a “safety net” of up to $25,000 per incident to local governments that do not have funds available to pay for response actions.

Organization: US EPA
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Planning
Learning Event

Local Natural Gas Emission Reduction Options

Local energy and climate practitioners interested in learning about reach code and other approaches to lowering natural gas emissions were invited to participate in a discussion-driven learning opportunity hosted by Statewide Best Practices Coordinator, Angie Hacker, and featured local leaders and topical experts. The event occurred on April 23, 2020 @10am-noon. View more information and additional resources. 

Name: Angie Hacker
Title: Best Practices Coordinator
Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: ahacker@civicwell.org
Region: Statewide
Date: April 23, 2020
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Codes and Standards, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency
Additional notes of interest: TA Response
Learning Event

Local Ordinances

Misti Bruceri has worked in energy efficiency, sustainability for more than 20 years.  As principal of Misti Bruceri and Associates, LLC since 2007, she provides technical consulting services to private firms, non-profit organizations, and utilities.  Ms. Bruceri serves as a developer and subject matter expert for the Codes and Standards reach codes and compliance improvement teams.

In the video below Ms. Bruceri will describe the California Energy Codes and Standards Program, the “reach” codes subprogram, and resources that are available to local governments to support going beyond the statewide minimum code.

Name: Misti Bruceri
Organization: Misti Bruceri and Associates
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Region: Statewide
Date: August 2017
Topic Areas: Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
Funding Resources

Local Partnership Program

The primary objective of this program is to provide funding to counties, cities, districts, and regional transportation agencies in which voters have approved fees or taxes dedicated solely to transportation improvements or that have imposed fees, including uniform developer fees, dedicated solely to transportation improvements.

Organization: California Transportation Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Direct Assistance, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Technical Assistance
Case Study

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator

Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI) Innovators is the premiere network access program for early-stage startups in Southern California working together to create an inclusive green economy. Learn more about the timing, benefits, and eligibility criteria of the Innovators Program Cohort 6.

Organization: Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI)
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Businesses, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Partnerships, Public Agencies, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Commercial
Case Study

Los Angeles County Internal Services Department Energy Bill Surcharge

The Los Angeles County Internal Services Department made a one-time decision to add a small percentage surcharge on departments’ energy bills to pay for staff and consultants tasked with lowering the County’s energy costs. As Howard Choy explains in a recent interview, this financial mechanism helped his sustainability team weather previous economic downturns and does not require annual budget appropriation.

Organization: Los Angeles County Internal Services Department
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Re-invest Municipal Savings
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Los Angeles LED Street Lighting Retrofit Project

LA’s LED Street Lighting Retrofit Project converted over 140,000 public lights to LEDs. Even after accounting for the cost of repaying the project loan, the project had saved LA more than $7 million annually while also reducing energy usage by 63%. The project also created 11 new positions at the LA Bureau of Street Lighting and about 300 jobs for manufacturers.

Organization: Los Angeles Bureau of Street Lighting
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Low Carbon Community Microgrid at Blue Lake Rancheria

EPIC funded microgrid project on tribal lands with unique project design

Name: David Erne
Title: Supervisor
Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Email: David.Erne@energy.ca.gov
Phone: 916-327-1399
Region: North Coast
Topic Areas: Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Outreach and Engagement, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

Low Carbon Fuel Standard Credits

Low carbon fuels below the benchmark generate credits, while fuels above the CI benchmark generate deficits. Credits and deficits are denominated in metric tons of GHG emissions. Providers of transportation fuels must demonstrate that the mix of fuels they supply for use in California meets the LCFS carbon intensity standards, or benchmarks, for each annual compliance period. A deficit generator meets its compliance obligation by ensuring that the amount of credits it earns or otherwise acquires from another party is equal to, or greater than, the deficits it has incurred. There are three ways to generate credits in the LCFS: fuel pathways, projects, and capacity-based crediting.

Organization: California Air Resouces Board
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Carbon Credit Market, Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding
Case Study

Low-Income Families and Tenants (LIFT) Program

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has awarded $3.5 million to MCE to conduct a two-year, Low-Income Family and Tenants (LIFT) pilot program to better serve income-qualified multifamily communities in MCE’s service area. As residents of income-qualified multifamily housing, renters face multiple barriers to participating in energy efficiency programs, including fear of property owner retaliation, lack of control over any significant upgrades made to their units, concerns about sharing personal information, immigration enforcement actions, and financial constraints. To help alleviate these challenges, outreach efforts for the LIFT program will be aimed towards property owners and managers.

Organization: Marin County Energy
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Energy Resilience, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

Marin County Low Carbon Concrete Code

Marin County has adopted a Low Carbon Concrete Code that requires the use of low carbon concrete in all building projects in order to address embodied carbon.

Organization: Marin County
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Annual Budget Appropriations, Building Decarbonization, Internal Funding Best Practices
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments, Residential
Case Study

MCE Customer Cost-Relief Program

On March 18, 2021, MCE’s Board of Directors approved up to $10 million as part of MCE’s 2021-2022 fiscal year budget to be used for cost-relief to MCE’s vulnerable residential and small business customers. This program launched in April, 2021 and offered bill credits to eligible customers, supporting up to 65,000 residential and 20,000 small business customers. With the continued COVID economy and other rising energy costs, there is an increased need to support our most vulnerable customers and contribute to local economic stability.

Name: Jenna Famular
Title: Marketing & Communications Manager
Organization: Marin Clean Energy
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Email: communications@mcecleanenergy.org
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Disadvantaged Communities, Residential
Case Study

MCE Energy Storage Program

Dispatchable, fossil-free customer-sited storage for back-up power and shifting/shaping load away from peaks

Name: Jamie Tuckey
Title: Director of Strategic Initiatives
Organization: Marin Clean Energy
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Email: jtuckey@mcecleanenergy.org
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Case Study

MCEv

For income-qualified customers, MCE is offering an electric vehicle (EV) rebate as well as free customer support to help you take advantage of all the rebates and incentives available and lower the price of newly purchased and leased EVs. Depending on your eligibility, you could receive up to $14,500 in rebates for an EV – even more if you trade in an older vehicle – and up to $2,000 in rebates for EV charging.

Organization: Marin Clean Energy
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Email: info@mcecleanenergy.org
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Businesses, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

Microgrid Demonstration Project at City of Fremont

Three City of Fremont Fire Stations are benefitting from a microgrid energy demonstration project that pairs solar photovoltaic (PV) carports with large battery systems to allow the facilities to generate and store their own energy, acting like mini power plants. The project is a public-private partnership between the City of Fremont, the Fremont-based clean technology firm Gridscape Solutions (Gridscape), and the California Energy Commission (CEC). The goal of the demonstration project is to show how such microgrid energy systems can provide added resiliency to critical public facilities by “islanding” (or operating separately) from the grid in the case of an emergency; the added benefits are that the City will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions while saving significantly on utilities through solar generation and battery storage instead of drawing power from the electric grid during peak usage times. In addition, the project supports local cleantech entrepreneurship and has served as an important economic development tool.

Organization: City of Fremont
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Microgrid Incentive Program

Pacific Gas & Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company will hold a series of stakeholder workshops during Summer 2021 to help shape the development of a Microgrid Incentive Program (MIP) approved earlier this year by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The program is intended to fund clean energy microgrids to support the critical needs of vulnerable populations impacted by grid outages.

Organization: Pacific Gas & Electric
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Funding Resources

Microgrids for Vulnerable Communities

In January 2021, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved a new Decision in the CPUC microgrid proceeding, include $200 million in utility ratepayer funding for a new incentive program to support microgrid development in vulnerable communities.

Organization: CPUC
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Financing/Funding, Incentives, Renewable Energy & Storage
Case Study

Multi-sector Partnership In Souther Bay Area Finance Improvements to Water Treatment Station

A 2015 multi-sector partnership between the City of Sunnyvale, Apple, Cal-Water, California Department of Water Resources, and Santa Clara Valley Water District culminated in a $17.5 million capital project that financed improvements at the water treatment station for recycled and reclaimed water. This 10-year project ensures that the water supply for Cupertino and surrounding areas will continue to meet the freshwater needs of the community.

Organization: Santa Clara Valley Water District
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Partnerships, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments
Funding Resources

National Community Solar Partnership

The Partnership is a coalition of community solar stakeholders working to expand access to affordable community solar to every American household by 2025. This partnership will develop multi-stakeholder teams to convene around specific goals, provide technical assistance for unique local challenges, and develop an online community platform to support information exchange.

Organization: US Department of Energy
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Financing/Funding, Renewable Energy & Storage, Technical Assistance
Funding Resources

Natural Gas Research Program

The California Energy Commission’s Natural Gas Research Program

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Research & Development
Case Study

New AHSC-Funded Transit-Oriented Development in Santa Ana

National Community Renaissance (National CORE), the Santa Ana United Methodist Church, Mercy House, the County of Orange, and the City of Santa Ana celebrate the much-anticipated groundbreaking of Legacy Square, a transit-oriented affordable housing development in the heart of Santa Ana.

The community is 100 percent affordable and 33 of the apartment homes will be set aside for permanent supportive housing for vulnerable populations, including individuals experiencing homelessness and veterans. Mercy Housing will provide comprehensive supportive services for residents, focusing on economic mobility and overall well-being.

SGC Strategic Growth Council awarded National CORE a $25.4 million Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grant for the development, with $15 million directed toward the affordable housing community and the remainder allocated toward transportation and public improvements, including additional street trees and a small park.

Organization: California Strategic Growth Council
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Businesses, Climate Planning, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments, Residential
Best Practices

New York Start-up Leverages Partnership to fund Microgrid Network

A New York start-up LO3 Energy leveraged group purchasing to fund the Brooklyn Microgrid network, which allows individuals to buy and sell renewable energy in a peer-to-peer network. This both increased community resilience to frequent power outages and supports local economic development while reducing the community’s carbon footprint.

Organization: LO3
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Out of State
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Case Study

Northern California County Battery Energy Storage System

TerraVerde recently celebrated the completion of a solar and battery project that they developed on behalf of a Northern California County that is projected to yield $2.3 million in savings over the 25-year term of the Power Purchase Agreement. Battery Energy Storage Systems are a powerful resource for generating financial benefits through cost savings by reducing demand and shifting load to less expensive hours, which generate revenue via participating. A 25 year term will deliver 2.3 million in value to the County. Additionally, these systems were deployed on site with no capital cost to county through the use of third-party financing. The project is expected to generate 4.5 millions in terms of bill savings in the next 25 years.

Name: David Burdick
Title: Executive Vice President
Organization: TerraVerde Energy
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Email: david@terraverde.energy
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Public Agencies, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Office of Insular Affairs Energizing Insular Communities (EIC) Program

Provides grant funding for sustainable energy strategies that mitigate climate change, reduce reliance and expenditures on imported fuels, develop and utilize domestic energy sources, and improve the performance of energy infrastructure and overall energy efficiency in the territories. Examples of projects that were awarded in previous years include: distributed solar, utility-scale solar, integrated resource planning, wind turbines, energy efficiency improvements (lighting, air conditioning, cool rooftop, etc.), net metering policies, debit meters, backup battery systems, microgrids, grid stability, and integration studies.

Organization: US Department of the Interior
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

Offshore Wind Energy in Humboldt County

Humboldt County has been featured in local, national, and international news since 2018 as a potentially ideal location for offshore wind energy generation. RCEA, tasked with developing local renewable resources and energy-related economic advancement, has taken the lead in coordinating the extensive planning and research process required for what could be California’s first floating offshore wind project. On May 25, 2021 the Biden-Harris Administration announced an agreement to advance areas for offshore wind off the northern (Humboldt County) and central coasts of California.

Name: Stephen Kullmann
Title: Director - Demand Side Management
Organization: Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Email: skullmann@redwoodenergy.org
Region: North Coast
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Commercial
Case Study

One Mile One Charger Program – City of Torrance

The One Mile, One Charger Program aims to improve air quality and facilitate public infrastructure to support residents, employees, and visitors to never be more than one (1) mile away from a publicly accessible EV Charger. The City of Torrance used GIS to map where EV charging stations should be located to ensure the project goals were met after implementation. Additionally, they consulted the public by doing outreach to understand EV charger locations needs. During Phase I of implementation the City successfully pursued grant funding from Mobile Source Reduction Committee (MSRC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) to install a total of 14 Level II and 6 DC Fast Stations. And most recently through Phase II, the City secured grant funding from Mobile Source Reduction Committee (MSRC) to expand electric vehicle infrastructure to fleet applications.

Name: Carlos Huizar
Title: Planning Associate
Organization: City of Torrance
Organization Type: City or County
Email: chuizar@torranceca.gov
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Ontario Together: People, Places, Prosperity

People, Places, Prosperity is a community-driven movement to achieve measurable and sustainable neighborhood transformation through innovative implementation of GHG reduction projects. Project types include: Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities Program, Low Carbon Transit Operations, Urban Community Forestry, Low-Income Weatherization Program, Green/Food Waste Diversion Program, Active Transportation Program, High Quality Job Creation & Workforce Program, and Health & Wellbeing Program.

Name: Peter Pallesen
Title: Senior Project Coordinator
Organization: City of Ontario
Organization Type: City or County
Email: ppallesen@ontarioca.gov
Region: Inland Empire
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Energy Saving Solutions, Outreach and Engagement, Residential, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

Palo Alto Leads on Energy Efficiency Codes, Proposes City Council Adoption of 2016 Reach Codes

City of Palo Alto shared its findings on adoption of reach code to require building energy efficiencies 10% above the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6).

Excerpts from the City’s report to City Council are available below – these excerpts provide a great overview of how reach codes work and are filed in California, as well as how Palo Alto came to the recommendations of the proposed reach code. For the full update from Palo Alto, and the findings of their cost effectiveness test (conducted by TRC Solutions), click here.

Organization: City of Palo Alto
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Partners for Places Grant – Los Angeles

In 2014, Los Angeles received a $50,000 Partners for Places grant (along with match funding from the California Community Foundation and The California Endowment) to support equitable transit-oriented projects. The funds went toward the city’s Great Street’s Initiative, which focuses on coordinating city resources, building relationships with communities, and leveraging additional resources to revitalize local communities.

Organization: City of Los Angeles
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Grants Programs
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Pecan Street Project, Austin TX

The Pecan Street Project (PSP) in Austin utilized smart metering for energy and water systems in 1,000 residences and 75 businesses. A 2015 review confirmed that PSP provided significant energy and water savings, and increased grid resiliency.

Organization: Pecan Street Project
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Out of State
Topic Areas: Businesses, Energy Saving Solutions, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Learning Event

Performance Contracting

Maria Fields of JouleSmart, discusses the applicability of performance contracting issues faced by California municipalities including:

  • Changing California energy policy
  • The performance contracting model
  • How the model can solve problems and what to look for
  • Migration of California incentives towards Pay-for-Performance in 2018 and beyond
Name: Maria Fields
Organization: JouleSmart
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Region: Statewide
Date: March 2018
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Plaza Point Zero-Net Energy Senior Affordable Housing Project- Arcata, CA

Plaza Point is a three-story, mixed-use development that provides an attractive and dignified living opportunity for seniors. It is designed to create a welcoming and vibrant community where neighborhood charm, urban connections, and sustainability are celebrated. As well, there are market-rate commercial spaces on the first floor. The project will achieve multiple green building certifications, including LEED for Homes.

Organization: Danco Group
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Region: North Coast
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Outreach and Engagement, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Residential
Learning Event

Policymakers Session: Rebounding Resiliently

The California Climate & Energy Collaborative (CCEC) hosted an exclusive virtual session for California policymakers and elected officials on key energy and climate priorities as a part of the 12th Annual CCEC Forum, on Thursday, September 30th, 2021. Policymakers across California face difficult decisions about how to best rebound from the hardships of 2020 and 2021 in ways that support their broader energy, climate, and equity goals. This session provided elected officials the opportunity to hear relevant policy updates from featured experts who also facilitated deeper discussions through subsequent breakout sessions. Breakout sessions allowed attendees to ask questions directly to featured experts and forge connections with other jurisdictions by exchanging knowledge and best practices with fellow local policymakers. Featured speakers and breakout room facilitators included Erik de Kok, Deputy Director at California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, Alana Mathews, Director of Policy Resources and Training at Prosecutors Alliance of California

Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Date: September 2021
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Pollution Prevention Grant Program

Pollution Prevention (P2) Grants provide technical assistance to businesses in order to help them develop and adopt source reduction practices (also known as “pollution prevention” or “P2”). P2 means reducing or eliminating pollutants from entering any waste stream or otherwise released into the environment prior to recycling, treatment, or disposal.

Organization: US EPA
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Planning, Renewable Energy & Storage, Technical Assistance
Case Study

Portland Clean Energy Fund

The Portland Clean Energy Fund was created and led by communities on the frontlines of climate change building over the course of many years. Nonprofits, alone or in partnership with for-profit companies, schools and/or government agencies, can apply for grants from the $44 to $61 million revenue to weatherize homes, install solar and other renewable energy projects, provide job and contractor training, expand local food production, and build green infrastructure in Portland. The revenue is raised by a 1% business license surcharge on the Portland revenue generated by retail corporations with over $1 billion in annual revenue and at least $500,000 in Portland revenue.

Organization: Portland Clean Energy Fund
Organization Type: Other
Region: Out of State
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions, Grants Programs, Renewable Energy & Storage, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments, Nonprofit
Funding Resources

Proposition 1 IRWM Grant Program

On November 4, 2014, California voters approved Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. Proposition 1 authorized $510 million in Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) funding. Funds are allocated to 12 hydrologic region-based Funding Areas.
The Proposition 1 IRWM Grant Program, administered by DWR, provides funding for projects that help meet the long-term water needs of the state, including:

Assisting water infrastructure systems to adapt to climate change;
Providing incentives throughout each watershed to collaborate in managing the region’s water resources and setting regional priorities for water infrastructure; and
Improving regional water self-reliance, while reducing reliance on Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

Organization: California Department of Water Resources
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Planning
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discretionary Grant Program (Formerly known as BUILD)

The U.S. Department of Transportation runs a grant funding through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grant program. The popular program helps communities around the country carry out projects with significant local or regional impact. RAISE discretionary grants, which were originally created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act as TIGER grants, can be used for a wide variety of projects. Recent examples of funded projects include dedicated bus lanes in Baltimore, highway and bridge repair in New Mexico, dock replacements in Alaska, and a rail-to-trail project in Arkansas. Overall, USDOT has awarded $9.9 billion to more than 700 projects.

Organization: US Department of Transportation
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Direct Assistance, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Research & Development
Reports

Recovery and Resilience Takes a Village (Part 1) – Exploring Collaboration in Energy Resilience Projects

Just when we dared to hope we were out of the woods and onto recovery, variants, wildfires, and storms have reminded us that we’ll be facing ongoing “outbreaks” and the “long haul effects” – of both the pandemic and the climate crisis – for years to come. This paper is the first of a 3-part series exploring timely examples of how local governments can achieve energy and climate goals by forming or supporting collaborations across agencies, sectors, and jurisdictional boundaries. The three parts do so by evaluating three types of local energy and climate initiatives, all of which typically demand cross- agency and cross- sector collaboration.

Name: Angie Hacker, Gabriela Yamure
Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: ahacker@civicwell.org
Region: Statewide
Date: January 2022
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Energy Resilience
Additional notes of interest: CCEC Original Article
Reports

Recovery and Resilience Takes a Village (Part 2) – Exploring Collaboration in Electrification Planning

In January, we released the first article in a 3-part series that explores how collaborations across agencies, sectors, and jurisdictional boundaries can help local governments achieve their energy and climate goals. And as disruptions from the pandemic, the economy, and the climate continue to make resilience more necessary — and more challenging — it’s more important than ever for local governments and their partners to work together strategically. So in this second article, we evaluate another type of initiative that benefits from cross-agency and cross-sector collaboration: electrification. 

Name: Angie Hacker, John Vandervort
Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: ahacker@civicwell.org
Region: Statewide
Date: April 2022
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Additional notes of interest: CCEC Original Article
Case Study

Redwood Coast Airport Microgrid

Redwood Coast Energy Authority is partnering with the Schatz Energy Research Center (SERC) at Humboldt State University, PG&E, and the County of Humboldt to build a 7-acre, 2.25 MW solar array and battery energy storage system at the California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport (ACV). The County will house the airport microgrid, RCEA will own and operate the solar and battery systems, PG&E will operate the microgrid circuit, and SERC will be the prime contractor responsible for the project design and technology integration.

Name: David Erne
Title: Supervisor
Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Email: David.Erne@energy.ca.gov
Phone: 916-327-1399
Region: North Coast
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Commercial
Case Study

Redwood Energy: Collection of Case Studies

The Redwood Energy Youtube channel hosts dozens of videos showcasing a variety of case studies. These case studies cover the topics of building decarbonization and electrification, equitable advancement of energy efficiency, financing, and much more.

Organization: Redwood Valley
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: North Coast
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Climate Planning, Data Requests and Analysis, Distributed Energy Resources, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Outreach and Engagement, Public Agencies, Residential, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Best Practices

Regional Decarbonization through Reach Codes

Reducing natural gas usage by analyzing various building types and establishing reach codes across the region. Awareness, availability, assuredness, and affordability.

Name: John Supp
Title: Account Services Manager
Organization: Silicon Valley Clean Energy
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Email: John.supp@svcleanenergy.org
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Codes and Standards, Energy Saving Solutions, Partnerships, Public Agencies, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

Regional Housing Trust in the San Gabriel Valley

The San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust is a joint powers authority created in February 2020 to fund and finance the planning and construction of homeless housing, and extremely low, very low, and low-income housing projects. They work to reduce displacement and reduce energy use by creating affordable housing. The trust finances new development to green standards and rehab existing buildings and bring them up to energy efficiency standards.

Name: Brielle Acevedo
Title: Regional Housing Trust Administrator
Organization: San Gabriel Valley Regional Housing Trust
Organization Type: Other
Email: bacevedo@sgvrht.org
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Residential
Funding Resources

Regional Park Program

Regional Park Program (RPP) competitive grants will create, expand, and improve Regional Parks. RPP projects will create at least one New Recreation Feature that attracts visitors from at least a 20-mile radius or county-wide population to a Regional Park. The New Recreation Feature(s) will offer nature appreciation, or athletic activities, historical or cultural enrichment, or other recreational activities in an open space area.

Organization: California Department of Parks and Recreation
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Natural and Managed Resources, Planning
Best Practices

Regional Partnerships

Regional partnerships provide energy engineering, regional climate action, and climate program support. It takes a village to move the needle and evolve work to support the region. Collaboratives provide an umbrella for everyone to come together to progress forward and explore activities, funding, and innovative techniques that LGs aren’t in the position to do alone. Facilitating and sustaining relationships can go a long way.

Name: Anna Lowe
Title: Senior Regional Planner
Organization: SANDAG
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: anna.lowe@sandag.org
Region: San Diego
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Reliable, Equitable, and Accessible Charging for multi-family Housing (REACH)

This is a competitive grant solicitation. The California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Clean Transportation Program (formerly known as the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program) announces the availability of up to $8,500,000 in grant funds for projects that will increase electric vehicle (EV) charging access for and enable greater plug-in electric vehicle (PEV) adoption by multi-family housing (MFH) residents. For the purpose of this solicitation, MFH is defined as residential properties with multiple dwelling units and excludes single-family dwellings (detached), duplexes, triplexes, townhomes, and mobile homes.

The purpose of this solicitation is to demonstrate replicable and scalable business and technology models for large-scale deployment of EV charging infrastructure capable of maximizing access and EV travel for MFH residents. Proposed projects must include charger installations that will benefit and be used by MFH residents within disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, or a combination of both (see Definitions of Key Words, Section V.A.), and are encouraged to pursue installations for affordable housing. Proposed projects must address the following:

·Reliable and replicable charging installations for MFH building types that have characteristics that may challenge onsite installations, such as properties with shared onsite parking, properties with assigned parking spaces for residents, or properties with limited or no onsite parking, and properties that may pose installation challenges due to size or configuration.

·Outreach to MFH residents, particularly MFH within disadvantaged communities and low-income communities, and the residents of affordable housing units, that will explain the benefits of having accessible chargers and provide relevant consumer information on PEVs, including available vehicles and total cost of ownership.

Charger installations and business models that will maximize accessibility and ease of use, and minimize EV charging costs for MFH residents, with either onsite charging or charging stations located in close proximity to MFH properties.

Other support and maintenance services that will ensure reliability.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Implementation, Technical Assistance
Funding Resources

Renewable Energy Agricultural Program

The California Energy Commission’s Renewable Energy for Agriculture Program (REAP) offers grants that encourage the installation of renewable energy technologies serving agricultural operations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Planning, Renewable Energy & Storage
Funding Resources

Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Grants and Guaranteed Loans

USDA’s Rural Development offers grants and loan/grant opportunities to purchase, install and construct renewable energy systems or complete energy efficiency improvements. Loan guarantees may be used to purchase new energy efficiency equipment.

Organization: US Department of Agriculture
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Planning, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments, Tribal Governments
Tool

REopt Lite Modeling Tool

NREL’s REopt Lite web tool helps commercial building managers evaluate the economic viability of grid-connected photovoltaics (PV), wind, and battery storage at a site.

Organization: U.S. Department of Energy
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Commercial
Case Study

Residential EV Charging Incentive Program

The South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) and the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) has established a residential Electric Vehicle (EV) charging incentive program to offset Level 2 (240v) EV charger hardware costs. This program will be available to residents within the South Coast AQMD’s four-county jurisdiction. The program will provide an incentive to buy-down the cost of residential chargers, which typically range from $400-$800. The program is administered on a first-come, first-served basis and provides up to a $250 rebate or the cost paid for the charger, whichever is lower.

Organization: South Coast Air Quality Management District
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: evchargingrebate@aqmd.gov
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Resilience, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Best Practices

Resilience Hubs, Spaces and Blocks

Resilience Hubs, Spaces and Blocks are community-driven gathering places which are demonstrations for climate solutions, and serve to coordinate & exchange communication, distribute resources, and support community programming during emergencies and year-round. The Northern California Resilience Network, the cities of San Leandro and Oakland and the Disability Justice Culture Club based in Oakland are all working to help build more resilient neighborhoods and robust resilience hubs. Part of this effort was a Resilience Hubs Leadership training held between February and September 2021.

Name: Susan Silber
Title: Executive Director
Organization: NorCal Resilience Network
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: susan@norcalresilience.org
Region: North Coast, Sacramento Valley, San Francisco Bay Area, Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Partnerships, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Learning Event

Revolving Funds

Dr. Tiffany Wise-West from Ecoshift Consulting provides best practices for establishing a carbon fund in your local jurisdiction.

The webinar focuses on:

  • Different revenue models and which might suit their municipality or organization
  • Details on how to set up a Carbon Fund including the steps to do so and typical challenges to implementation.
  • Details on operational experience, successes, and challenges of various approaches from funds designed and/or implemented within the past 3 years.
Name: Tiffany Wise-West
Organization: Ecoshift Consulting
Organization Type: Other Private Sector Business
Region: Statewide
Date: June 2017
Topic Areas: Carbon Credit Market, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) Energy Audit and Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants

Provides grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance (REDA) to eligible agricultural producers and rural small businesses. This program helps promote American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers.

Organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Direct Assistance, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Renewable Energy & Storage
Funding Resources

Rural Energy for America Program Energy Audit & Renewable Energy Development Assistance Grants

This program assists rural small businesses and agricultural producers by conducting and promoting energy audits and providing Renewable Energy Development Assistance (REDA).

Organization: US Department of Agriculture
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments, Tribal Governments
Funding Resources

Rural Energy for America Program Renewable Energy Systems & Energy Efficiency Improvement Guaranteed Loans & Grants

Funds may also be used for the purchase, installation and construction of energy efficiency improvements on existing buildings:

HVAC upgrades, Insulation, Lighting, Cooling or refrigeration units, Doors and windows, Electric, solar or gravity pumps for sprinkler pivots, Switching from a diesel to electric irrigation motor, Replacement of energy-inefficient equipment.

Organization: US Department of Agriculture
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Renewable Energy & Storage
Funding Resources

Rural Energy Pilot Program

The Rural Energy Pilot Program (REPP) grant offers financial assistance for rural communities to further develop renewable energy. Eligible applicants to this program are Rural Energy Community Partnerships as defined in the REPP Notice of Funding Opportunity, Federal Register Notice.

Organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Direct Assistance, Planning, Renewable Energy & Storage
Funding Resources

Rural Fire Capacity

The Rural Fire Capacity Grant Program provides funding to organize, train, and equip fire departments in rural areas and rural communities to prevent and suppress fires. Cost-share funds will be awarded to local governments to provide assistance to rural areas in upgrading their capability to organize, train, and equip local forces for fire protection. Awards will be limited to a minimum of $500 and a projected maximum of $20,000. Further assistance may be provided through loans from other sources of Federal funds for purchase of major items of equipment and facilities.

Organization: California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Natural and Managed Resources, Technical Assistance
Funding Resources

Rural Innovation Stronger Economy (RISE) Grants

The RISE project must serve a rural region small enough to allow close collaboration among partners. It also must include important elements of the region’s prioritized industry cluster (concentrations of related industries). The RBCS Administrator may award points to applications from distressed communities with high concentrations of employment in coal, oil and gas industries, and coal-fired generation facilities transitioning away from fossil fueled energy production. A list of qualifying communities – which includes both county and zip code – is provided for applicants to determine if they may qualify for the points. The Administrator also may award points to an application to help ensure uniform geographic distribution across a maximum number of states, and to promote diversity among targeted industries.

Organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

Sacramento Municipal Utility District Bonds

Sacramento Municipal Utility District issued $75M in bonds for green building projects.

Organization: SMUD
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Region: Sacramento Valley
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Pursue Bond Measures
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Case Study

Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) commercial electrification incentives

Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s (SMUD) commercial electrification incentives help non-residential properties and commercial new construction to “Go Electric” and improve energy efficiency. Incentives help pay for lighting and HVAC upgrade, retrocommissioning, conversions from gas fired equipment to electric, including heat pump water heating, heat pump space heating, and heat recovery chillers.

Organization: SMUD
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Email: CustomRetrofit@smud.org
Region: Sacramento Valley
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Commercial
Case Study

San Diego County Zero Net Energy Portfolio Plan

San Diego County has developed a Zero Net Energy Portfolio Plan which includes requiring ZNE for all new facilities and major renovations, as well as reducing energy use and installing on-site renewable energy at existing sites.

Organization: San Diego County
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Diego
Topic Areas: Annual Budget Appropriations, Building Decarbonization, Energy Saving Solutions, Internal Funding Best Practices, Public Agencies, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Case Study

San Francisco’s Zero Emission Building Task Force

The Zero Emission Building Taskforce was convened at the direction of Mayor Breed. The purpose of the Taskforce is to Eliminate fossil fuel use in both electricity generation and in buildings l to achieve San Francisco’s emissions-reduction goals; electrification is the transition of services that rely on fossil fuels to efficient use of renewable electricity. Zero Emission Building Taskforce activities included a mixture of workshops to surface ideas and solicit input broadly and working meetings where taskforce participants contributed ideas, posed questions, and formulated recommendations. The resulting recommendations informed the Climate Action Plan that will be completed in 2021.

Name: Barry Hooper
Title: Senior Green Building Coordinator
Organization: San Francisco Department of the Environment
Organization Type: City or County
Email: barry.hooper@sfgov.org
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Partnerships, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Learning Event

San Gabriel Valley Connect Episode 2: Energy Efficiency

Hosted by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, SGV Connect is a podcast that features Southern California and San Gabriel Valley leaders on their unique stories and insights on handling emerging issues. Each episode provides an opportunity for residents, city staff, elected officials, and stakeholders to learn about cities, programs, and issues impacting the quality of life in the San Gabriel Valley region.

Energy efficiency projects play an important role in reducing a community’s electricity and natural gas consumption. Tune in for this episode of the SGV Connect as we discuss energy efficiency planning with Los Angeles County Internal Services Department Environmental Initiatives Manager, Lujuana Medina, and Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator, Angie Hacker.

Organization: San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Date: October 2020
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency
Case Study

San Joaquin Valley Affordable Energy Options Case Study

The CPUC explored the economic feasibility of various options to bring affordable energy options to residents of disadvantaged communities in the San Joaquin Valley, many of whom lacked access to natural gas and were reliant on propane and wood for cooking and heating, CPUC initiated proceeding R.15-03-010 to identify eligible communities and affordable energy options. They Identified 170+ communities (many historically disinvested farmworker communities) that meet statutory definition.

Name: Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves
Title: Commissioner
Organization: CPUC
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: North Coast, San Joaquin Valley
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

San Luis Obispo City Council adopted the Climate Action Plan for Community Recovery

In August 2020, San Luis Obispo City Council adopted the Climate Action Plan for Community Recovery. One of the core pillars of the Climate Action Plan is Lead by Example, which highlights how the City can lead in climate action. The goal of the Lead by Example pillar is carbon neutral City operations by 2030. To achieve this goal, the City kicked off its Lead by Example initiative.

Lead by Example: A Plan for Carbon Neutral Municipal Operations is a goal-oriented plan that will help the city take action and reduce operational greenhouse gas emissions between now and 2030. This plan will be presented to City Council in July 2021.

Name: Chris Read
Title: Sustainability Manager
Organization: City of San Luis Obispo
Organization Type: City or County
Email: cread@slocity.org
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Climate Planning, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Santa Barbara County’s Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) Program

To support energy efficiency in community projects, the County of Santa Barbara runs the innovative Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) program (formerly known as the IBRP), to provide complimentary energy efficiency expertise from community leaders during the permitting process. Information on the SB2 Program from the County’s website is shared below.

The Smart Build Santa Barbara (SB2) Program, formerly known as the Innovative Building Review Program, is a free, voluntary program that encourages applicants early in the planning process to make their new or existing developments more energy efficient and sustainable.  SB2 also promotes development that exceeds the California Energy Efficiency State Standards (also known as Title 24). The ultimate goal of SB2 is to encourage applicants to build developments that use little energy, which are 100% supplied by renewable sources, without forsaking comfort and reasonable building costs.

Organization: Santa Barbara County
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Santa Barbara County’s ZNE Facilities Resolution

The County of Santa Barbara’s Zero Net Energy Facilities Resolution sets an interim target for 50% of new county-owned facilities beginning design after 2020 to be ZNE and requires that all new facilities and major renovations beginning design after 2025 will be ZNE. Learn more in this case study from the Center for Sustainable Energy, and learn more about adoption of the Resolution from the Santa Maria Times here.

Organization: County of Santa Barbara
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Santa Barbara DER Downtown Project

The City of Santa Barbara is retrofitting one of the main parking garages in downtown Santa Barbara. They are installing a 500kW Solar that is funded by a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), a battery system funded by a Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), and 40+ EV charging stations that are both incentive and grant funded.

Name: Alelia Parenteau
Title: Energy and Climate Manager
Organization: City of Santa Barbara
Organization Type: City or County
Email: Aparenteau@SantaBarbaraca.gov
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Distributed Energy Resources, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Santa Barbara Unified School District Solar Microgrids

The Clean Coalition and Sage Energy designed and executed a state-of-the-art RFP process for a 28-year fixed-rate PPA for solar at 14 District sites, with full Solar Microgrids at 6 of those sites — including game-changing innovations that guarantee resilience benefits to the District.

Name: Craig Lewis
Title: Founder and Executive Director
Organization: Clean Coalition
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: craig@clean-coalition.org
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Santa Rosa Junior College Solar Microgrid and Battery Storage System

The Santa Rosa Junior College solar microgrid and battery storage system is a $5 million electrical infrastructure project that addresses climate change and fundamentally transforms the way energy is distributed and used on campus. The new solar arrays can operate independently from the utility and provide essential services to community members in the case of a Power Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) event or wildfire.

Organization: Santa Rosa Junior College
Organization Type: Academia and/or Research
Region: North Coast
Topic Areas: Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Commercial
Funding Resources

SB 1 Adaptation Planning Grant

Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-20 Caltrans Transportation Planning Grant awards. A statewide total of 198 grant applications were received and requested approximately $62 million for: Sustainable Communities Competitive, Strategic Partnerships (including transit), and the third and final year of Adaptation Planning. Of these applications, 84 transportation planning projects were selected for grant awards, totaling approximately $27.8 million. Award and Non-Award lists for each grant are provided below. In addition, Metropolitan Planning Organizations will receive $12.5 million in Sustainable Communities Formula grants to further their Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. Grant applicants are encouraged to contact Caltrans district staff to request feedback for unsuccessful applications and receive technical assistance with application development. It is envisioned that these planning grants will provide much needed funding to support regional sustainable communities strategies and ultimately achieve the State’s greenhouse gas reductions targets of 40 and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 and 2050, respectively.

Organization: CalTrans
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Planning, Technical Assistance
Funding Resources

SDGE Turnkey program

Our Turnkey Program consists of seasoned Project Managers, Superintendents and support staff. We assist our customers in the development and implementation of energy conservation projects at their facilities located within SDG&E’s service territory. We guarantee results that can help make significant progress toward a clean energy future, such as increase sustainability, reduce energy and carbon footprint and improve environmental performance.

Organization: San Diego Gas & Electric
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Region: San Diego
Topic Areas: Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Technical Assistance
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Best Practices, Funding Resources

Self-Generation Incentive Program

The CPUC’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) offers rebates for installing energy storage technology at both residential and non-residential facilities. These storage technologies include battery storage systems that can function during a power outage.

Depending on the battery and how much you are using it, batteries can provide power for several hours, or longer. Battery storage can be an important component of a more robust emergency preparedness plan in the event of a power outage.

In preparation for the next wildfire season, the CPUC has authorized funding of more than $1 billion through 2024 for SGIP. This funding includes prioritization of communities living in high fire-threat areas, communities that have experienced two or more utility Public Safety Power Shut-off (PSPS) events, as well as low income and medically vulnerable customers. The funds are also available for “critical facilities” that support community resilience in the event of a PSPS or wildfire.

Name: Darcie Houck
Title: Commissioner
Organization: CPUC
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Businesses, Clean Energy, Climate Change, Climate Planning, Energy Efficiency, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Incentives, Renewable Energy & Storage, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Guide

Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) Eligibility

The Statewide EE Best Practices Coordinator is pleased to share a brief response to a recent Technical Assistance Request on the topic of Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) Eligibility. If you’re interested in knowing whether your public agency facilities qualify for recently expanded incentives for energy storage, these tips and resources may help. (Question from April 29, 2020)

Name: Angie Hacker
Title: Best Practices Coordinator
Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: ahacker@civicwell.org
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Energy Resilience, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Additional notes of interest: TA Response
Learning Event

Selling Sustainability Series #3: How to Reach Institutional Buyers

Have any questions about carbon conscious purchasing in the public sector or are seeking to understand digital tools that your institutional buyers use? If you missed our webinar, you can view the recording and hear from a panel comprised of representatives from Energy Solutions, The Energy Coalition, and the City of Santa Barbara, facilitated by the Statewide Best Practices Coordinator, Angie Hacker.

Organization: CCEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Central Coast, Statewide
Date: February 2021
Topic Areas: Climate Change, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

SETO – Systems Integration and Hardware Incubator Funding Program

The SETO Systems Integration and Hardware Incubator funding program seeks research, development, and demonstration projects that enable solar to connect reliably and securely to the nation’s electric grid, while developing next-generation solar technologies and boosting U.S. solar manufacturing. These projects will support solar deployment and lower costs as solar energy use increases across the country.

Organization: US Department of Energy
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, CleanTech, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments
Funding Resources

SETO Funding Opportunities

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Solar Energy Technologies Office (SETO) supports funding opportunities on photovoltaics, concentrating solar power, systems integration, technology to market, and soft costs projects. Following an open, competitive solicitation process, these funding opportunities encourage collaborative partnerships among industry, universities, national laboratories, federal, state, and local governments and non-government agencies and advocacy groups.

Organization: US Department of Energy
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, CleanTech, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Renewable Energy & Storage
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments
Learning Event

Shaping the Future of California’s Building Performance Standards – Local Government Processes and Grid Implications

This webinar explored Building Performance Standards (BPS), their future in California, and their implications for local governments, the building sector, and the climate. Hosted by the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) and the California Climate & Energy Collaborative (CCEC) on Tuesday, March 22nd, 2022 from 9-11am Pacific Time, this joint event featured a panel discussion comprised of both moderated and audience Q&A on the future of grid-interactive buildings, and what they mean for new and existing buildings, the grid, and local governments. Experts included in this panel were Senator Becker from the 13th Senate District, Cliff Majersik from IMT, Barbara Locci from the City of Chula Vista, and Lynne Kiesling from the University of Colorado. This was followed by a feedback session led by Cliff Majersik on building performance standards.

Organization: Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Date: March 2022
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Residential
Additional notes of interest: LGSEC/CCEC Joint Event
Case Study

Simi Valley’s Voluntary Green Building Policy

In November 2012, Simi Valley adopted a Voluntary Green Building Policy, developed with support from its local government partnership (LGP) with Southern California Edison. The policy is available here, and the Executive Summary, with background on Simi Valley’s commitment to efficiency and conservation, and the benefits of a green building policy, is provided below.

Organization: Simi Valley
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Small Community Drought Relief Program

The Small Community Drought Relief Program assists communities that are not served by an urban water supplier with at least 3,000 connections or that provides more than 3,000 acre-feet of drinking water annually. The program is one of several drought funding programs available through the State. An additional $100 million in grant funding for urban drought relief projects and $200 million for multi-benefit drought relief projects is expected to be released this fall.

Organization: California Department of Water Resources
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding
Tool

SMUD Sustainable Communities Resource Priorities Map

This map can be used to find out which areas in the Sacramento Region need your help the most. This mapping tool helps analyze current data to indicate the local areas most likely to be underserved or in distress by lack of community development, income, housing, employment opportunities, transportation and more. This information is used to align the Sacramento Region’s investments toward the goal of creating and supporting healthy, vibrant and economically sustainable neighborhoods.

Organization: SMUD
Organization Type: Electric Utility or CCA
Region: Sacramento Valley
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: Cardiff Parking Structure

In February of 2020, Culver City completed a lighting retrofit project to provide LED upgrades to their Cardiff Parking Structure. The project met the eligibility requirements to participate in SoCalREN’s Metered Savings program, including savings of more than 10% kWh at the meter, which opened access to SoCalREN’s full suite of project delivery services (see below). By participating in the Metered Savings Program, the City will also receive post-implementation support from SoCalREN including energy usage tracking after installation to ensure persistent energy savings.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Businesses, Climate Planning, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: City of Claremont

The City of Claremont enrolled in the SoCalREN Public Agency Program in late 2014, acknowledging a commitment to work with strategic partners to achieve energy reduction targets outlined in their City Sustainability Plan. Having already established a vision for community leadership, the City was ready to take action to identify and implement energy efficiency projects. The SoCalREN provided the City with the tools and expertise needed to get the job done.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: City of Culver City

As one of the first agencies to enroll in the SoCalREN Public Agency Program in 2013, the City of Culver City has shown consistent leadership and a commitment to energy efficiency by implementing a variety of lighting and mechanical projects.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Businesses, Climate Planning, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: City of Santa Barbara

The City of Santa Barbara enrolled in the SoCalREN Public Agency Program in June of 2014. Since this time, the City has been able to steadily increase both the number and the complexity of energy efficiency projects. After implementing a series of smaller lighting projects as a proof of concept, the City enthusiastically moved forward with several complex parking garage and street lighting projects that have resulted in tremendous energy and cost savings. Building upon this success, the City has agreed to expedite existing efficiency plans and engage new departments in an effort to advance toward aggressive energy saving goals recently set by the City Council.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Central Coast
Topic Areas: Businesses, Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Best Practices

SoCalREN Case Study: Conejo Valley Unified School District

After enrolling in late 2013, the Conejo Valley Unified School District (CVUSD) worked alongside the SoCalREN Public Agency Program to identify and implement several energy efficiency projects.CVUSD is benefiting from the positive impacts these energy efficiency projects have had on their facilities, as well as the people who inhabit them including the nearly 19,000 students currently enrolled. By implementing efficiency upgrades, the District models smart energy behaviors while creating a learning environment where students and teachers can thrive.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: County of Los Angeles Facility Reinvestment Program

In November 2020, Los Angeles County completed several energy efficiency upgrades to their Centro Maravilla and San Gabriel Valley Service Centers. The projects were pursued in an effort to meet the County’s ambitious goals related to sustainability and their Facility Reinvestment Program, which prioritizes improvements to buildings that provide valuable public services to the community. The County collaborated with SoCalREN Public Agency Programs to leverage no-cost services from SoCalREN’s Project Delivery and Metered Savings Programs.

Organization: SoCaREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Resilience, Financing/Funding, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: Cucamonga Valley Water District

Cucamonga Valley Water District (CVWD) has been able to achieve significant levels of energy savings since enrolling with the SoCalREN Public Agency Program in October of 2014. CVWD is a retail water provider serving City of Rancho Cucamonga, portions of the cities of Upland, Ontario and Fontana, and some unincorporated areas of San Bernardino County.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: Culver City Energy Management Systems

Talk to any facility manager about what they wish they had more of and they will probably say time and money. Installing an energy management system (EMS) to control mechanical systems can address both, and Culver City completed an EMS system installation project at five of its key facilities, freeing up staff time and budget resources through energy savings. The city received no-cost technical assistance, project management support, utility incentive and On-Bill Financing application support from The SoCalREN Public Agency Program, and successfully completed the multi-site EMS project on budget.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Businesses, Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, External Funding Best Practices, On-Bill Financing, Public Agencies, Residential, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: The City of Long Beach

Since enrolling in the SoCalREN Public Agency Program in 2014, the City of Long Beach has taken great strides to move toward energy-efficient solutions that are more resilient and ultimately better for the health of the economy and its residents. The City recognizes that clean energy and energy efficiency not only mean reducing energy consumption, but also protecting the environment, fostering a safe community, saving money, and improving public health.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: The City of Palmdale

The City of Palmdale has made significant progress in its quest to become more energy efficient since joining SoCalREN four years ago. The positive impact of its energy efficiency work with the Public Agency Program cannot be understated, and has benefited the City and community in multiple aspects including annual energy cost savings, improved outdoor environment and health, and increased safety.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Energy Resilience, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: The City of Santa Monica

Santa Monica has long championed innovative sustainable leadership, adopting aggressive goals for reducing energy and water resource consumption and increasing efficiency, as well as increasing citywide use of renewable energy and alternative fuels. Since the City’s enrollment in the SoCalREN in 2013, the Program has worked with the City to support their aggressive energy reduction goals through multiple energy efficiency projects.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Businesses, Climate Planning, Energy Saving Solutions, Public Agencies, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: Ventura Unified School District Interior Lighting Upgrades

In March of 2020, Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) completed an interior lighting upgrade project at 14 of their elementary and middle schools. VUSD secured funding through Proposition 39 and wanted to ensure their funds were used as effectively as possible. The District utilized SoCalREN’s expertise to provide financial analysis, navigate utility energy efficiency programs, and ensure the project met all Proposition 39 requirements. To take advantage of the maximum amount of incentives, VUSD participated in SCE’s Public Sector Performance-Based Retrofit Program, which measures energy savings based on actual metered energy consumption.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Resilience, Financing/Funding, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

SoCalREN Multifamily Energy Efficiency Program

The SoCalREN Multifamily Program provides technical assistance and incentives to help property owners upgrade. This program reduces utility costs for both property owners and residents. In addition, through grants, SoCalRen is working to provide a more comprehensive model through solar panels on rooftops and providing EV charging.

Name: Lujuana Medina
Title: Environmental Initiatives Manager, County of Los Angeles' ISD Environmental & Energy Services
Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: lmedina@isd.lacounty.gov
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Distributed Energy Resources, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Residential
Case Study

SoCalREN Pathway to Zero

Pathway to Zero helps public agencies within low-income, rural, and disadvantaged communities on a path towards zero net energy. This will be offered alongside energy efficiency programs to maximize energy efficiency opportunities and drive the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs).

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire, San Diego
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Distributed Energy Resources, Financing/Funding
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

SoCalREN Pathway to Zero Program

Pathway to Zero supports public agencies on a path towards zero net energy (ZNE), which means producing all the energy needed on-site. It maximizes energy efficiency opportunities for low-income, rural, and disadvantaged communities while driving the integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DERs).

Name: Lujuana Medina
Title: Environmental Initiatives Manager, County of Los Angeles' ISD Environmental & Energy Services
Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Email: lmedina@isd.lacounty.gov
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Resilience
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities
Case Study

SoCalREN Regional Partnerships

85% of SoCalREN’s 2020 enrollments were secured through regional partnerships. More than 23 presentations were delivered to agency audiences in regional partner territory and 23 agency staff participated in a virtual EE training series.

Name: Nicol Manzanares
Title: Program Manager
Organization: The Energy Coalition
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: nmanzanares@energycoalition.org
Region: Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire
Topic Areas: Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

SoCalREN Revolving Loan Fund

SoCalREN offers a revolving loan fund that provides loans for short-term construction costs meant to cover the remaining gap between construction costs and OBF loans. Repayments of loans by participating public agencies replenish the fund to support additional local energy efficiency upgrades.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles, Inland Empire
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Internal Funding Best Practices, Re-invest Municipal Savings
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Socials and Economic Development Strategies Grant

ANA promotes social and economic self-sufficiency in communities through SEDS grants. These competitive financial assistance grants support locally determined projects designed to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals.

Organization: HHS Administration for Native Americans
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Economic Development, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Planning, Renewable Energy & Storage
Funding Resources

Socials and Economic Development Strategies Grant

ANA promotes social and economic self-sufficiency in communities through SEDS grants. These competitive financial assistance grants support locally determined projects designed to reduce or eliminate community problems and achieve community goals.

Organization: HHS Administration for Native Americans
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Climate Change, Economic Development, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Planning, Renewable Energy & Storage
Funding Resources

Solar Project Financing

GRID works with tribes to identify and win funding from every available source and maximize their long-term return on investment. Opportunities include:

Short-term, project-specific funding including roofing issues and project costs
Longer-term funding to support larger scale solar deployment in Tribal communities
Incorporating solar into existing funding opportunities for related programs, including workforce development and energy efficiency.

Organization: Grid Alternatives
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Financing/Funding, Renewable Energy & Storage
Case Study

Solar Tenant Education through SOMAH

The goals for SOMAHs tenant education program are to ensure participating tenants receive SOMAH-approved information in energy efficiency, time of use rate (if relevant), tiered-rate, bill interpretation, solar training opportunities and resources for additional support and information. Host customers are required to meet the two tenants’ education requirements 60 days or fewer, prior to the start of construction.

Name: Sarah Salem
Title: Senior Tenant Services & CBO Manager