A number of key resources of interest to local governments are available below. You can also use the tag cloud on this website to find even more resources by topic, posted in the EE News section.

Please note: this page is under construction! Continue to check back for even more information about energy and climate programs of interest to local governments.

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Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) Resources

The Institute for Local Government is offering the Beacon Award: Local Leadership Toward Solving Climate Change as part of the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative. The Beacon Award recognizes and celebrates cities and counties that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy, and adopt policies and programs that address climate change and promote sustainability.

ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability has free tools, trainings and other resources for California cities and counties working on climate action planning. ICLEI has developed climate action planning tools as part of the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative. The tools are free to California cities and counties. Sample titles include:

Other SEEC Resources

The California Air Resources Board’s has a Local Government resources page that includes a local government toolkit, climate calculators, climate action planning assistance, local government case studies, and a funding wizard for energy and climate activities.

The Strategic Growth Council is a California cabinet-level committee tasked with coordinating the activities of the member state agencies to:

  • Improve air and water quality
  • Protect natural resources and agriculture lands
  • Increase the availability of affordable housing
  • Promote public health
  • Improve transportation
  • Encourage greater infill and compact development
  • Revitalize community and urban centers
  • Assist state and local entities in the planning of sustainable communities and meeting AB 32 goals

Energy Standards Online Resource Center

The Online Resource Center is provided to assist the building community and enforcement agencies with Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Energy Standards) compliance. Energy Standards apply to newly constructed buildings, as well as additions and alterations for existing buildings. Presently, the Energy Standards are updated every three years.

California Sustainability Alliance

The California Sustainability Alliance is designed to help meet the State’s aggressive energy, climate and other resource and environmental goals by increasing and accelerating energy efficiency in combination with complementary green measures and strategies. Its program areas include: Green Local Government, Green Building, Multifamily Buildings and Water-Energy Nexus.

The California Sustainability Alliance has created a Retrocommissioning (RCx) Program Toolkit  to help local government staff develop and implement a municipal facility retrocommissioning program.

Rural Communities

Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities: This new guide to programs from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities and USDA can help rural communities promote economic competitiveness, protect the environment, and enhance quality of life. The guide provides information on funding and technical assistance opportunities available from HUD, DOT, EPA, and USDA, as well as examples of how rural communities across the country have put these programs into action.

Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings

The US DOE’s Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium has released a Retrofit Finance Analysis Tool to help municipalities analyze the cost and return on investment from lighting efficiency projects.

The Cities of Berkeley, Oakland and Emeryville completed a report on local policy options for increasing energy efficiency in existing multifamily buildings. The report is one component of a project called Multifamily Building Energy Efficiency Solutions (BEES). The project is designed to identify the challenges and opportunities that building owners and tenants face when trying to lower their energy consumption, and to develop innovative strategies that support greater energy efficiency in apartments, condos and cooperatives.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) announced on April 11 that it has launched a publicly available, comprehensive online view of the U.S. government’s national and state energy data and information. The agency designed the new online portal with a range of users in mind, including policy makers, energy analysts, and the general public, who want to locate and compare state energy data and rankings and customize their own maps and charts, using an assortment of interactive tools.

Energy Upgrade California

Energy Upgrade California is a statewide initiative committed to uniting Californians to strive toward reaching our state’s energy goals. It was created to motivate and educate California residents and small businesses about energy management. Our useful programs and actions can help them better manage their energy use overall.

Energy Code Ace – Resources for Title 24 Part 6 and Title 20 Compliance

Visit to find free tools, trainings and resources to help you play your cards right by complying with California’s building and appliance energy efficiency standards.

Local Energy Codes

The California Statewide Codes and Standards Program is pleased to announce the launch of its new Local Energy Codes Web site:

The site will serve as a repository for tools and resources to support local energy efficiency and renewable energy ordinances.

Key resources available on the site include:

  • Cost-effectiveness studies,
  • Ordinance summaries for internal communications,
  • Model language, and
  • Document templates.

In the coming months, the site will also feature replicable real-world examples and success stories of local jurisdictions that have already adopted ordinances, such as the Cities of Fremont and Santa Monica. also features links to related resources and information, including:

  • Our implementation partners,
  • The California Building Standards Commission guide detailing the adoption process,
  • Information about PV system permitting and sizing, and
  • Many other local policy-oriented resources.

Building Operator Certification

Building Operator Certification (BOC) is a training and credentialing program for building operators providing skill sets to reduce energy consumption in their facilities through operational and maintenance practices for HVAC, lighting, and controls systems. Operators earn an industry-recognized, professional credential after completing technical training and testing, and by performing energy efficiency project assignments in their facilities. The Northwest Energy Efficiency Council (NEEC) is the national administrator of BOC, serving 2,000 commercial building owners and operators annually since 1997. NEEC partners with California utilities throughout the state to bring this valuable training to you.

Click here to learn more about Building Operator Certification


Drive Green California

Explore the latest alternative fuel vehicles available to state and local agencies through
contracts with the Department of General Services. From electric to compressed natural gas, these vehicles will help your agency meet state alternative fuel vehicle goals.

Click here to download the Drive Green California 2017 Brochure

Guide for Funding of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

The Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has created a guide to help you navigate the funding options for plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It is designed to both help in the prioritization of facilities and in the process of securing funding for the stations and associated infrastructure costs. It includes a comprehensive list of utility and local incentive programs, all of which are designed to cover or offset the cost of station installation.

Click here to download the Guide for Funding of Electric Vehicle Charging Stations


Investor Owned Utility On-bill Financing (Zero Interest)

Funding Wizard

The California Air Resources Board’s Funding Wizard combs the internet weekly for funding opportunities to help support a sustainable future.

California Energy Commission

The Energy Commission will accept loan applications on a first-come, first-served basis for projects with proven energy savings

Eligible for 0% Interest Rate loans:

  • School district
  • Charter school
  • County office of education
  • State special school
  • Community college district

Eligible for 1% Interest Rate Loans:

  • Cities
  • Counties
  • Special Districts
  • Public College or University (except community colleges)
  • Public Care Institutions/ Public Hospitals
  • University of California and
  • California State University

Residential, commercial, and/or private non-profit institutions are not eligible for these funds.

Click here to learn more

Renewable Energy Aggregated Procurement

Created in 2014, School Project for Utility Rate’s (SPURR) Renewable Energy Aggregated Procurement (REAP) Program is an innovative aggregated solar buying program that leverages the collective purchasing power of SPURR’s very large membership to secure pre-negotiated “piggybackable” solar project pricing and terms for California public agencies. The goals of the REAP Program are as follows:

  • Streamline the solar buying process for California public agencies.
  • Drive down solar project pricing for California public agencies.
  • Improve solar project terms and conditions for California public agencies.

Any public agency in California can participate in SPURR’s REAP Program. To date, 16 California public agencies have utilized the REAP Program to contract over 40 MW-DC of solar projects. The REAP Program just recently issued a new RFP for solar and solar + storage (link to RFP) and they hope to have piggybackable pricing and terms in place with a new vendor by September/October of this year.

Click here to learn more about SPURR and the REAP program

California Solar Initiative

The California Solar Initiative (CSI) is the solar rebate program for California consumers that are customers of the investor-owned utilities – Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). Together with the rebate program for New Solar Homes and rebate programs offered through the dozens of publicly owned utilities in the state – the CSI program is a key component of the Go Solar California campaign for California. You can learn more about the program at the Go Solar California Webpage.

The latest version of the California Solar Initiative Handbook is posted here.

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