EmPower Santa Barbara County expands to include all of the Central Coast

The residential and commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy offerings of EmPower Program, administered by Santa Barbara County and previously limited to use by County residents and businesses, is expanding to Ventura and San Luis Obispo (more…)

Chula Vista Shares Permitting, Ordinances, and Incentives as part of the Getting to Zero Net Energy Workshop Series

In this presentation shared as part of the Center for Sustainable Energy’s Getting to Zero Net Energy workshop series, the City of Chula Vista shares a number of policies and programs they have put in place to further energy efficiency and sustainability in their community – including: Energy and water efficiency reach codes (codes that…

Amador County Building Improvements Save Energy and Money

Amador County has leveraged funding through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program to implement heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements and lighting upgrades in its facilities, saving tax payers. Per the California Energy Commission (CEC)’s press release: More than 600 interior lights were retrofitted at the county jail, sheriff’s office, district attorney’s office,…

The BEE Software Collaborative: An Open Source, Rule-Based Architecture for Building Energy Efficiency

This 2012 paper, presented at the ACEEE Summer Buildings Study, provides a useful overview of the CEC’s responsibility to establish building energy modeling standards under the Warren-Alquist Act, and its activities to develop, test, document, and support open source building energy modeling software and other building energy analysis tools used for Standards development, Standards compliance…

CEC Offers 1% Loans for Efficiency & Generation Projects

NEW LOW INTEREST LOAN RATE (1%) for Energy Efficiency and Energy Generation Projects available to California Cities, Counties, Public Schools and Universities, Special Districts, and Public Care Hospitals/ Institutions. Over $22 million in loan funds from the California Energy Commission are available for energy cost saving projects. The Energy Commission is accepting loan applications on…

CEC Reopens Energy Partnership Program

Effective November 8, 2012, the Energy Commission is reopening the Energy Partnership Program and is accepting applications from eligible entities (cities, counties, special districts, and public or non-profit colleges, universities, hospitals or public care facilities). The Energy Partnership Program provides a wide range of technical assistance to local governments and public institutions. The program application…

Cool Roof Design Brief Available

A cool roof design brief is available on PG&E’s website, produced by Energy Design Resources. Click here to access the brief and learn about what qualifies as a cool roof, and what the benefits are – including lower thermal burden, savings in building conditioning, and credits and incentives. For more on cool roofs, click here.

Forbes article: 10 California Cities Saving Money With LED Street Lights

In a recent article, Forbes covers ten California cities making their community more efficient and their bills more affordable through streetlight upgrades:  Brisbane completed two streetlighting upgrade projects, saving the City nearly $20,000 each year in energy costs; Carpinteria replaced 199 high-pressure sodium fixtures with LEDs, saving $11,600 annually on its energy bills; In San Bernardino,…

CEC Publication: Energy Aware Facility Siting and Permitting Guide

The California Energy Commission’s Energy Aware Facility Siting and Permitting Guide assists local governments with developing general plan energy and transmission elements and provides guidance on utility-scale electricity generation and transmission planning and permitting. The Guide can be downloaded for free from the CEC’s web site.  

CEC Publication: Energy Aware Planning Guide

The California Energy Commission’s Energy Aware Planning Guide is a comprehensive resource for local governments seeking to reduce energy use, improve energy efficiency, and increase usage of renewable energy across all sectors. Strategies explored include transportation and land use changes, optimizing water use, building improvements, and other strategies. Each strategy section contains general plan language…
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