City of Woodland’s New Housing for Agricultural Workers First Multi-Family to Receive DOE Zero Energy Ready Certification

After housing, energy costs in utility bills are often farmworkers’ biggest expense. A new 62-unit multi-family housing project in the City of Woodland has succeeded in cutting its residents’ bills – while also achieving the first multi-family Zero Energy Ready Home certification from the U.S. Department of Energy. Click here to learn more about the…

Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative Receives Efficiency Impact Award

The Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative has won the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s 2014 Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award. The Commercial Buildings Initiative is one of three components of Retrofit Chicago, the City of Chicago’s cross-sector effort to improve energy performance across municipal, commercial, and residential buildings throughout the city. To quote the Initiative’s website: In joining…

Solano Energy Watch Helps Businesses Save $200,000 and 2 million kiloWatt-hours

The Solano Energy Watch, operated by the Solano Economic Development Corporation in partnership with PG&E, reports that through their commercial energy efficiency programs offered to Solano County businesses in 2014, 100 Solano businesses made improvements to their buildings that have saved them (and will continue to save them) a total of $200,000 per year and…

UC Berkeley Study Reviews Implications of Zero Net Energy in Southern California: Costs and Jobs Created

A new study completed by UC Berkeley and requested by the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) and its workforce development partner, Emerald Cities Collaborative, reviews the expected costs, and jobs created, in achieving zero-net-energy across SoCalREN territory’s buildings in the municipal, university, schools, and hospitals (or “MUSH”) sectors. To quote from the study’s Executive…

UCLA creates nation’s largest self-replenishing fund for green projects

The below coverage from University of California news provides a great example of the value (and win-win) of developing an energy efficiency fund: UCLA has already invested $20 million in energy-efficient building retrofits during the past five years. It is the 46th institution in the nation to join the Billion Dollar Green Challenge, which encourages…

UC Berkeley Report: Efficiency & Energy Code Compliance are Found Money for Local Governments

In this 2014 report from UC Berkeley’s Center for Resource Efficient Communities, Municipal Fiscal Impacts of Building Energy Efficiency in California: A Guidebook for Local Officials, report authors review the impact of the state’s natural gas-related (more…)

California City Uses 0% On-Bill Financing to Pay for Well Pump Retrofit, Saves $16,000/Year

Review this case study from SCE (shared by the Kern Energy Watch) to see how the City Manager of California City identified a malfunctioning well pump, planned a retrofit through SCE’s zero percent on-bill financing program, and made an improvement to the City that paid itself off in three and a half years, leaving the…

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…)

Simi Valley Retro-commissioning Policy

The City of Simi Valley, working with Southern California Edison through their city-utility Energy Leadership Partnership, has completed a retro-commissioning (RCx) policy to implement in their buildings. Retro-commissioning is a critical piece of facilities maintenance that ensures good facility operations, longer facility equipment life, improved comfort and productivity of occupants – and energy and cost…

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,…
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