Efficient Gravity-Driven Water Supply Line Receives PG&E Incentives, Removes Surcharge from Customer Bills in Amador County

The Amador Water Agency (AWA)’s new water supply line has been built in a way that allows gravity to deliver the water, rather than electricity-fed pumping. “The Amador Water Agency’s highly-anticipated Gravity Supply Line (GSL) is up and (more…)

Colorado’s Wastewater Treatment Plant Methane Reuse Saves Energy and Dollars

For an interesting story from outside California, take a look at NPR’s coverage of Grand Junction, Colorado’s reuse of its waste methane. Grand Junction’s wastewater treatment plant has installed machinery to refine the waste methane to be chemically identical to natural gas, and will be saving $100,000s per year from the effort.

San Diego Adopts Climate Action Plan

The City of San Diego adopted its new climate action plan last month. San Diego lists five bold strategies to reduce GHG emissions and achieve its 2020 and 2035 targets: Energy and Water Efficient Buildings Clean and Renewable Energy Biking, Walking, Transit and Land Use Zero Waste (Gas and Waste Management) Climate Resiliency San Diego…

City of Sanger Uses Energy Performance Contract to Upgrade Infrastructure, Save on Utility Bills

The City of Sanger formed a partnership with Johnson Controls Inc. to upgrade city infrastructure, reduce energy usage, and employ Sanger residents by reducing utility costs, reducing operation and maintenance costs, and decreasing the outlay of capital dollars through the use of an energy performance contract (EPC). Learn more in this narrative on Sanger from the…

City of Palo Alto Completes Three Phases of High Pressure Sodium to LED Streetlighting Upgrades

A total of 5,560 high pressure sodium cobrahead streetlights have been replaced with high-efficiency LEDs in the first three phases of the project. The electric savings translate to a 7 year project payback. A map of the project is available on the City of Palo Alto’s website. Staff will investigate a possible Phase 4 replacement…

December 3, 2015 – RENs Webinar

  Webinar RENs Impact Study ITRON Webinar RENs Value Study ODC PY2013–2014 Regional Energy Networks Value and Effectiveness Study Report draft and appendices are now available and in the public comment period, which will remain open until 5:00 PM on December 11, 2015.  The documents are posted to the CPUC’s public document area and may…

Case Study: Camarillo Municipal Savings Success Story

Outlined in its Energy Action Plan, the City of Camarillo has established a municipal energy reduction goal of 10% relative to 2008, by 2020. The City recently completed a ten year Energy Performance Contract that resulted in savings of over 15 million (more…)

City of Beaumont Approves Final “Sustainable Beaumont” Climate Action Plan

Last week, Beaumont’s City Council approved the City’s Sustainable Beaumont Climate Action Plan. The Plan, prepared by Atkins and funded through the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), sets a number of goals, including: Provision of resources (education, training, audits, retrofits, and an Environmental Advocate) and working with regional groups and utilities to improve both…

Distilling AB 802 and SB 350: Coverage on How Energy Savings Are Counted, and Incentivized

Looking for more information on the significance of the recent passing of SB 350 and AB 802 to local government energy efficiency activities? Efficiency.org writer Matt Golden provides a great summary, “New California Laws are a Needed Paradigm Shift for Energy Efficiency.” Given the changes in how incentives are to be provided for energy efficiency,…

Presentation: Local Policies to Achieve Zero Net Energy Buildings

Presented by the Center for Sustainable Energy, Local Policies to Achieve ZNE Buildings (part 2) is a great resource to hear from cities and experts on programming that can help get local governments ready for zero net energy use in buildings. Speakers and more information listed below: This webinar focused on two strategies at the…

SCE Advice 3241-E (Establishment of New Optional Tariff Provision, Option E, Energy Efficiency – Light Emitting Diode Fixture Replacement in Schedule LS-1, and its Associated Agreement, Form 14-965, in Compliance with Assembly Bill 719 and Public Utilities Code Section 384.5)

On June 30, 2015, SCE filed Advice 3241-E with the Commission. Title: Establishment of New Optional Tariff Provision, Option E, Energy Efficiency – Light Emitting Diode Fixture Replacement in Schedule LS-1, and its Associated Agreement, Form 14-965, in Compliance with Assembly Bill 719 and Public Utilities Code Section 384.5 (See attached file: 3241-E (Part 1…

City of San Diego Honored for Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, Electric Vehicles, and Renewables

This City of San Diego press release contains a great list of programming that the City has implemented in pursuit of its energy efficiency and sustainability goals – programming that has saved the City energy, money, and led to the City being honored at SDG&E’s recent Energy Showcase Event. Activities undertaken by the City include: Installation…

Grass Valley Installs Energy-Saving Roof, Gets Ready for LED Lighting, Solar PV, Solar Thermal, and HVAC Installs

The City of Grass Valley’s City Hall needed a new roof, and the City used the opportunity to install a new roof membrane with several inches of foam insulation – this relatively simple energy conservation measure will save the City energy and money for the life of the project. Grass Valley is also getting ready for…
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