BayREN March Forum | Increasing Reliability and Resiliency with Microgrids

“Microgrids are localized grids that have the potential to improve reliability and resiliency of the grid, offer a backup energy solution for communities during grid outages, and contribute to achieving California’s clean energy future. This forum aims to help local governments, utilities and the private sector understand the benefits of microgrids, what to expect when…

Opportunity in local resiliency efforts

“City leadership from Orlando, also a Better Communities Alliance partner and the most visited city in the U.S., discussed the issue of existing infrastructure that was developed to accommodate its population of approximately 300,000, not the 68 million people that visit per year. Add to that the fact that it is one of the fastest…

8 Lessons for Building Resiliency After the California Wildfires

6. Grid electricity is a key vulnerability. “When the power goes down, everything stops. This is not to say that grid power is essential to all human life: far from it (a handy book on my shelf is titled Living Without Electricity). But as things are, we’re set up to depend on electricity for computers, smart phones,…

Study: $40M to install solar-plus-storage systems at 12 SF sites for seismic resiliency

Equipping multiple community buildings at 12 sites with solar-plus-storage systems to provide power if a major earthquake knocks San Francisco off the grid would cost $40 million, a new city study shows. Jessie Denver, energy program manager with the Department of the Environment, which is leading the effort in partnership with San Francisco-based energy consultant…

Innovators Evening Lecture Series: Solar + Storage for Resiliency

San Francisco’s Solar and Energy Storage for Resiliency project examines the use of solar plus storage systems at facilities throughout the City that would serve critical loads in times of emergency (shelters, libraries, rec centers, etc.). The overarching goal is to expand the solar market by serving as a national model for integrating solar and…

Berkeley’s New Resiliency Plan

This week the City of Berkeley’s Chief Resilience Officer shared with CityLab on the City’s new Resilience Strategy, of which energy and water savings and clean energy investments are key. (more…)

Efficiency and Resiliency Case Study: Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe

Learn in this Climate.gov case study how Northern California’s Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe is leading on climate change mitigation, energy efficiency and renewables, and community resiliency – including their work to: conduct strategic climate action planning activities; build an energy-efficient hotel; install an innovative biomass-gasification-fuel cell system that turns biomass into electricity; install solar on…

WRCOG Adaptation and Resiliency Strategy

The Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) has released an Adaptation and Resiliency Strategy, as part of its CAPtivate project through which WRCOG released a (more…)

Why do Local Governments Care About Energy Efficiency?

Local government leaders across California are motivated to further energy efficiency (EE) goals for a number of different reasons: Cost Savings: One of the top motivating factors that speaks to everyone is cost savings. Using less energy means spending less money on energy. Spending less on energy reduces overhead, frees up funds for other projects,…