Case Study and Video: Blue Lake Rancheria Microgrid

Using a $5 million grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC)’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC), the Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe is working to build a low-carbon community microgrid to power the entire 100-acre (more…)

ZNE Districts Workshop​ May 12th

As shared by the CPUC: one of the more promising opportunities that has emerged from the initial work with stakeholders and the CPUC on the California Commercial Zero Net (more…)

CURRENTS: Unpacking the Paris Agreement: Implications and Inspiration for Local Governments

For those of us following energy and climate issues, December 2015 was an exciting month. The meetings in Paris held by the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and by other climate action-focused groups that used the opportunity to also convene, drew global attention to latest climate forecasts, to the events we are…

CEC Releases 2016 IEPR Update Scoping Order

The California Energy Commission, which is tasked with preparing an Integrated Energy Policy Report (“IEPR”) every other year, is also responsible for preparing an “Update” in alternate years on the previous year’s report. The CEC has just released the Scoping Order for the 2016 Update, which is expected (per the schedule shared in the Scoping…

San Diego Begins Working Group & Implementation Plan for New Climate Action Plan

Moving from climate action plan development to implementation is a big step – a step that the City of San Diego is solidifying with its working group meeting today. The diverse working group – which includes San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Environmental Health Coalition, Circulate San Diego and…

CURRENTS: CivicSpark on Fire

by Julia Kim, Local Government Commission With limited capacity, resources, and time to address climate change, innovative partnerships and programs that achieve multiple benefits and provide both immediate and long-term results will be critical to successfully mitigating the most harmful effects, and adapting to the unavoidable impacts, of climate change. The good news is that…

San Diego’s Bold New Climate Action Plan

by Cody Hooven, City of San Diego On December 15th, the San Diego City Council unanimously passed a bold, new climate action plan. The plan contains a bundle of policies and goals collectively creating a roadmap for the city to achieve State greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets, reducing half of its emissions in the next…

Fall 2015 Legislative Update

Legislative Update What Happened During The 2015 Legislative Session? The California Legislature has been busy this session, solidifying the State’s role in climate and clean-energy leadership. But we know local governments are busy implementing critical on-the-ground efforts to take action to achieve the aggressive goals that the State sets forth, so we created a fact sheet…

San Diego Adopts Climate Action Plan

The City of San Diego adopted its new climate action plan last month. San Diego lists five bold strategies to reduce GHG emissions and achieve its 2020 and 2035 targets: Energy and Water Efficient Buildings Clean and Renewable Energy Biking, Walking, Transit and Land Use Zero Waste (Gas and Waste Management) Climate Resiliency San Diego…