Case Study: Santa Barbara County’s ZNE Facilities Resolution

The County of Santa Barbara’s Zero Net Energy Facilities Resolution sets an interim target for 50% of new county-owned facilities beginning design after 2020 to be ZNE and requires that all new facilities and major renovations beginning design after 2025 will be ZNE. Learn more in this case study from the Center for Sustainable Energy,…

ZNE Workshops in Bay Area

Zero Energy Regional Workshops –  May 28 & 29 May 28 is for local government staff. The following jurisdictions have already RSVP’d: Alameda County, Angels Camp, Atherton, Burlingame, Daly City, Fremont, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Oakland, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Pleasanton, Portola Valley, Sacramento (State of California), San Mateo, San Jose, Santa Cruz, and…

Palo Alto Named as 2015 Acterra Business Environmental Award Winner

The City of Palo Alto has been named a 2015 Business Environmental Award winner and recipient of the Acterra Award for Sustainability in recognition of the City’s overall approach, commitment and leadership in sustainability. Per the City’s press release: Specifically, Palo Alto was one of the first cities in the nation to adopt a Climate Action…

City of Jackson Adopts Energy Action Plan

The City of Jackson’s City Council has adopted its new Energy Action Plan, available here. The Plan features strategies to find energy and cost savings, including utilization of existing Sierra Nevada Energy Watch commercial sector programs and Energy Upgrade California for residential programming, promotion of on-bill financing and PACE financing to support energy improvements, development of…

City of Vista Uses Energy Roadmap to Identify Utility Rate Switch at Parks, Saving $99,600 Annually

By working with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to develop an Energy Roadmap, the City of Vista learned of a great opportunity to save nearly $100,000 per year: a utility rate switch based on demand and consumption at sports parks. Learn more in this SANDAG case study. Those savings on utility bills represent…

Sacramento County Moves to LED Street Lights, Saves $477,000 Per Year

Sacramento County is utilizing a zero-interest loan from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) to replace 7,500 old streetlight fixtures with LEDs. The electric savings of the project is estimated at $477,000 per year, or enough to pay off the project’s loan in six years.

California’s First Zero Net Energy Library Completes First Year of Operation, Generates More Energy than it Uses

In its first year of operation Berkeley Public Library’s West Branch produced more energy than it used– leading to official certification as the first “net zero” library in the state and only the third municipal building of its kind in the nation. The International (more…)

Santa Barbara County Passes Commissioning and Retro-Commissioning Policy to Improve Operations, Energy Efficiency at County Facilities

Earlier this month Santa Barbara County passed the new Santa Barbara County Commissioning and Retro-Commissioning Policy for County Owned Facilities, prepared with support from their utility-local government partnership (LGP). The policy is available here. The LGP-supported policy study is available here.

San Diego County’s Strategic Energy Plan 2015-2020

The County of San Diego has two distinct components related to energy and sustainability: County Operations Energy Strategy: The main objectives are to ensure sustainability practices are assimilated into the organization and to minimize utility (water and energy) consumption/costs. Operations specifically applies to County-owned facilities, leased facilities, and County-owned vehicles. County Community Energy Strategy: The main…

Case Study: Solar and Energy Efficiency in Oakland

Learn in this case study from SunPower about municipal solar and energy efficiency investments made by the City of Oakland: Oakland recognizes the need to implement sustainable strategies that ensure both the long-term economic health and the environmental quality of its community. By leveraging one of California’s most abundant resources, sunshine, Oakland made the decision…

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…

ACEEE Paper: Energy Efficiency in Even Small Server Rooms Provide Big Opportunities

A paper from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) shares how low cost and no-cost energy-saving opportunities often exist in server rooms, big or small. To read the paper in full, click here. Looking for more on energy efficient IT? The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released a report in August covering data…
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