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

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

Learn below and in this benchmarking case study how the Valley Innovative Energy Watch is serving its jurisdictions by regionalizing building energy benchmarking efforts:

Introduction

2010 was just the right time for the Valley Innovative Energy Watch (VIEW) partnership to start. All 8 VIEW local governments had accepted Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant funding for energy efficiency projects, and utilities began providing support for the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan through their partnerships. The VIEW partners understood that local governments need a solid understanding of their energy usage, and ideally an Energy Management System (EMS). However, the Partnership could not afford an EMS for each partner. Instead, the local government partners would make use of the implementer’s resources, and use benchmarking as a way to serve all jurisdictions equally.

Why benchmark?
  • Data becomes a roadmap for:
    • Project investment
    • Energy Action Plans
    • Targeted awareness efforts
  • It identifies less efficient buildings
  • It tracks results of efficiency measures
  • It helps comply with the State’s commercial building energy disclosure law
Organization: SEEC
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: San Joaquin Valley
Topic Areas: Codes and Standards, Energy Efficiency, Financing/Funding, Re-invest Municipal Savings
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
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

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

Madera County Set to Save Energy, and Nearly $15M in Tax Dollars through Facility Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Solar Install

The Madera County Board of Supervisors announced at its March 1, 2016 Board meeting that it has completed the latest chapter in its successful solar and energy efficiency program with OpTerra Energy Services energy performance contracting. OpTerra’s press release is shared below. You can watch a short news clip and hear more from County leadership on efforts to save the County money through the project here at ABC News.

Organization: Madera County
Organization Type: City or County
Region: San Joaquin Valley
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency, Re-invest Municipal Savings, Renewable Energy & Storage
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
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