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!
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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

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

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 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 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 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
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