Sierra Nevada Energy Watch LED Swap

The Sierra Business Council (SBC), in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) through the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch, will offer a special rebate light swap program during May to encourage merchants in Nevada, Placer and El Dorado counties to upgrade existing lighting to energy efficient LED lighting, offering LED light bulbs for as…

Commercial Building Energy Efficiency 101: U.S. Department of Energy Video

Looking for resources to share with your jurisdiction’s commercial partners on the opportunities and the value of commercial building energy efficiency? Take a look at the U.S. Department of Energy video, below. The video provides a quick description of how the whole building approach to new buildings can save up to 70% of a building’s…

Case Study: Fresno Energy Watch Power Loan Program

In 2013, the Fresno Energy Watch identified a trend of small and medium-sized businesses receiving energy assessments through the PG&E Direct Install Program; businesses that were recommended upgrades with a co-pay valued at less than $5,000 often did not convert into installs due to lack of attractive financing options for the co-pay. In response, the…

Case Study: Energy Efficiency in Chula Vista (SDG&E)

Through its partnership with SDG&E®, the City of Chula Vista created innovative approaches to advance municipal and community energy efficiency. Underserved audiences like small businesses, elderly, youth and low-income residents are reached (more…)

Presentation: Coachella Valley Association of Government’s Voluntary Green Program

Through the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), the municipalities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians have worked together with Southern California Edison to develop climate action planning for energy efficiency policies and programs. This presentation details how and why…

El Cerrito Adopts Climate Action Plan

El Cerrito adopted their Climate Action Plan on May 21st, targeting energy reductions of 15% by 2020 and 30% by 2035. The plan features a number of strategies to achieve these goals, including: transit-oriented development and streetscape changes to support efficient transportation, weatherization of homes, utilization of residential and commercial PACE and other financing programs, requiring…

Chula Vista Case Study: A Leader on Reach Codes, Green Business Recognition, and Residential Outreach

Learn from this SDG&E case study here how Chula Vista is a recognized leader in energy efficiency and sustainability: Through its partnership with SDG&E, the City of Chula Vista created innovative approaches to advance municipal and community energy efficiency. Underserved audiences like small businesses, elderly, youth and low-income residents are reached through a comprehensive outreach…

Fact Sheet: Assessing the Value of Green Buildings

This 2012 fact sheet from Johnson Controls’s Institute for Building Efficiency shares a summary of how green building labeling (e.g., ENERGY STAR, or LEED) have been found to affect building value. The fact sheet looks at data from several countries. Below is an (more…)

3rd Annual SEEC Forum Session: Energy Upgrade California

Hear from the City of San Diego, the County of Sonoma, and StopWaste.org (a public agency operating for Alameda County) on how to leverage Energy Upgrade California, integrate it into your existing programming, and communicate opportunities to your community.  

Spotlighting Energy Efficiency in California Communities

Learn what local governments are doing in this EE summary of local government activity released July 2012 from the SEEC NGO, the Institute for Local Government. Excerpts of local government municipal savings, and community engagement, are below: Municipal Facility Activities Using a performance agreement with an outside firm, the City of Tulare retrofitted all city buildings — where…
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