US Green Building Council Celebrates California Local Governments, Bills, and Codes

The US Green Building Council (USGBC)’s “Top10” for 2012 celebrates 10 California communities and 10 California policies at the forefront of green building and development of an efficient built environment. Excerpts on the highlighted communities are copied below. Details on both highlighted communities and highlighted policies are available here. Most Inspiring: The Sacramento Region for…

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…

CEC Offers 1% Loans for Efficiency & Generation Projects

NEW LOW INTEREST LOAN RATE (1%) for Energy Efficiency and Energy Generation Projects available to California Cities, Counties, Public Schools and Universities, Special Districts, and Public Care Hospitals/ Institutions. Over $22 million in loan funds from the California Energy Commission are available for energy cost saving projects. The Energy Commission is accepting loan applications on…

City of Watsonville Replaces 1,800 HPS Streetlights with LEDs

Using American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding and low- and no-interest loans from PG&E, the City of Watsonville has replaced their inefficient high pressure sodium streetlights with LEDs. Visit their website to see how the upgrades have improved the lighting quality and lowered the City’s energy bills.

3rd Annual SEEC Forum Session: Energy Upgrade California

Hear from the City of San Diego, the County of Sonoma, and StopWaste.org (a public agency operating for Alameda County) on how to leverage Energy Upgrade California, integrate it into your existing programming, and communicate opportunities to your community.  

From USEPA: Clean Energy Financing Guide

The US EPA has release a Clean Energy Financing Guide intended to help government entities understand and make decisions to support appropriate financing programs for their jurisdiction. The Guide’s objective is to help government entities facilitate financing support in the commercial and residential sectors, with a secondary focus on helping state and local governments finance…
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