CoolCalifornia Challenge Overview

Learn how cities can connect with residents, and with each other, by participating in the CoolCalifornia Challenge. The Challenge offers easy-to-do carbon-reducing activities that residents can do at home, in the office, and on the go that tie into city goals and climate action plans and help save energy and money. Hear from the City…

Presentation: Riverside County’s Energy Conservation Fund

Click here to review Riverside County’s SEEC presentation on the impetus for, structure, and value of its Energy Conservation Fund. For more on revolving funds, click here for additional posts, or here for a list of local governments using revolving loan funds to further local government energy efficiency and sustainability projects.

Green Revolving Funds: An Introductory Guide to Implementation and Management

Thinking of developing a revolving loan fund for energy efficiency and sustainability projects? This guide will help you identify the value proposition, engage the right teams, and set up a well-administered fund that chooses effective projects that can replenish it with their savings. Looking for information on what California local governments have already set up…

Cap & Trade and Prop 39: What Local Governments Need to Know

The State of California has seen two emerging sources of funding focused on supporting greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts and energy efficiency. The state agencies, the legislature and numerous stakeholders are now in the process of determining how to utilize the revenues generated from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions (projected at $200M this fiscal year and…

Amador County Building Improvements Save Energy and Money

Amador County has leveraged funding through the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program to implement heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) improvements and lighting upgrades in its facilities, saving tax payers. Per the California Energy Commission (CEC)’s press release: More than 600 interior lights were retrofitted at the county jail, sheriff’s office, district attorney’s office,…

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 Reopens Energy Partnership Program

Effective November 8, 2012, the Energy Commission is reopening the Energy Partnership Program and is accepting applications from eligible entities (cities, counties, special districts, and public or non-profit colleges, universities, hospitals or public care facilities). The Energy Partnership Program provides a wide range of technical assistance to local governments and public institutions. The program application…

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.  

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…
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