Indian Wells Approves Climate/Energy Action Plan, Retro-commissioning and Voluntary Green Building Program through Desert Cities Partnership

The City of Indian Wells, as part of the Desert Cities Energy Partnership involving Southern California Edison, SoCal Gas and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, has approved a set of energy efficiency policies and programs – including a Climate Action Plan, Energy Action Plan, retro-commissioning measures, and a voluntary green building program. The Climate…

USDOE Publication: Partnering with Utilities and Other Ratepayer-Funded Energy Efficiency Program Administrators

See a new publication featuring best practices and case studies in partnering on energy programs, available on USDOE’s website here. Among the case studies featured is the utility-local government partnership, the Silicon Valley Energy Watch.

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…

Community Energy Champion Grants Handbook and Case Studies

In partnership with PG&E, the Silicon Valley Energy Watch has released the Community Energy Champion Grants Handbook and Case Studies, showcasing the best practices and effects of the Community Energy Champion Grants (CECG) program they run as a utility-local government partnership. The Handbook is available at the link above. To review the introduction, see below. Handbook…

ACEEE Paper Breaks Down Funding and Financing Sources (and Pros and Cons) for Local Governments

Feeling overwhelmed by all of the different funding mechanisms there are for energy efficiency projects – and wondering why there are so many? This report (presented at ACEEE’s 2012 Summer Buildings Study) looks first at why local governments are such an important point where energy efficiency planning and programs take root, and then provides a…

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…

Energy Democracy: Supporting Community Innovation

The Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) has developed a white paper on Energy Democracy: Supporting Community Innovation. Energy democracy seeks to ensure that everyone can participate in clean energy programs. Much of the current energy policy in the US focuses on rewarding individuals for lower carbon lifestyles – conserving energy or switching to alternatives like…

Findings from the Silicon Valley Energy Watch’s Community Energy Champions Grant Program

The Silicon Valley Energy Watch’s white paper, The Community Energy Champions Grant Program: Leveraging Community Based Organizations and Local Governments to Effectively Implement Behavioral Energy Efficiency Programs, is now available. A second white paper in this two part series will be available in December 2012. Background from the paper is available below. In 2010, Pacific…

Resource for Multi-Family EE Program Planning

This 2011 report from the Association of Bay Area Governments provides a useful overview of challenges and opportunities in the implementation of successful multi-family energy efficiency programming, as reviewed and recommended by the Multifamily Subcommittee of the California Home Energy Coordinating Committee (MF HERCC). Review and recommendations are provided in the following subject areas: 1. Program…

ACEEE Fact Sheet: How Does Energy Efficiency Create Jobs?

Looking for more information on exactly how energy efficiency investments affect jobs? The American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy conducts studies on this and has produced a useful fact sheet, which has some pretty interesting conclusions. ACEEE breaks down energy efficiency’s effects on job creation into two categories: first, investment in energy efficiency typically engages…
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