Energy Efficiency and Social Justice: How Energy Efficiency Can Serve Underserved Communities

A report came out from ACEEE today finding that energy costs take up a greater percent of income in African-American, Latino, low-income, and low-income multi-family and renter households. The report looks at 48 cities across the United States – including Los Angeles, (more…)

Managing EV Adoption: Lessons from Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Electric vehicle rollout requires management of a number of different concerns – including new infrastructure, peak electric load and consumption considerations, and customer concerns. In this article from Valley Vision, hear from Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Manager of the Electric Transportation and Energy & Research Bill Boyce on what SMUD is doing to get the…

Video: HERO Program Finances New Windows, Building Envelope Improvements for Escondido Residents

Looking for resources to demonstrate the value of energy efficiency financing options to your residents? Check out the HERO Program’s video showcasing PACE-financed new windows and building envelope improvements for a resident in Escondido. (more…)

Upcoming Federal Webinars for State and Local Governments

Check out the below federal webinars advertised through EPA’s State and Local Climate newsletter! It’s looking like AB 802’s benchmarking and energy disclosure implementation is going to leverage EPA Portfolio Manager, and the (more…)

Using Disclosure for Market Transformation: Berkeley’s new Building Energy Savings Ordinance (BESO) and the U.S. DOE Home Energy Score

In today’s Regional Forum held by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), StopWaste presented on how the City of Berkeley’s Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) was updated to the new Building Energy Savings Ordinance, or “BESO,” why it was updated, and how the new BESO, or a version thereof, could be a gentle but…

Santa Barbara County Green Business Program Certifies 15 New Green Businesses

Santa Barbara County celebrated the addition of 15 new green businesses to its Green Business Program at a luncheon event this week. Per their website, Program Director Frances Gilliland shared: ”The Green Business Program continues to work with so many (more…)

City of Benicia’s Home Energy Program Helps Residents Save Water and Energy

A recent report from the City of Benicia describes the successes of the Benicia Home Energy Program, which trains student interns to provide door-to-door consultations and resources to residents to save water and energy. The report shares that residents have saved an average of 850 gallons of water per month, as well as 8% off their…
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