Press Release: Californians Are Saving 10 Billion Kilowatt-Hours Through the HERO Program

Excerpting from the HERO Program’s June 29th press release, “Renovate America today announced that California home energy savings from the  HERO Program hit 10 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh), an important milestone that is roughly equivalent to (more…)

NYTimes Coverage and Slideshow: Zero Net Energy Test Homes in Fontana, Homeowner Feedback, and Plans for Expansion

The development of zero net energy (ZNE) homes in Fontana announced last April got press as the focus of this June 3rd New York Times article:  A Suburban Experiment Aims for Free Energy. Visit the New York Times for the full story – (more…)

WRCOG, SANBAG and County of LA Win 2016 Climate Leadership Award

Congratulations to the Western Riverside Council of Governments, San Bernardino Associated Governments, and the County of Los Angeles, for receiving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 Climate Leadership Award! For more information on their accomplishments and best practices using the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program, click here.

Upcoming No-Cost Building Energy Code Training Opportunities

Looking for resources to get up to speed on Title 24 energy code? No-cost trainings for building inspectors, plan examiners, contractors, and energy consultants are available through Energy Code Ace, funded through the California Codes and Standards Program – which has to-date trained over 3,500 local government and building professionals. Energy Code Ace has upcoming trainings…

California small businesses recognized through CoolCalifornia.org for implementing climate-smart strategies

Earlier this week, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced the winners of the 6th CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards, recognizing small businesses that demonstrate leadership and make notable, voluntary achievements toward reducing their carbon footprint. CARB’s press release is shared below: “These businesses illustrate the California story,” said CARB Chair Mary Nichols. “From Eureka to San…

RFP for CCA Program Potential in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

The Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) is soliciting firms to conduct a Study to explore the potential for a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The Study is being jointly coordinated by WRCOG, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), and the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). The Study…

Riverside’s New Economic Prosperity Action Plan and Climate Action Plan

In 2014 Riverside was one of twelve cities that collaborated with the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) on a Subregional Climate Action Plan (Subregional CAP) that includes 36 measures to guide Riverside’s GHG reduction efforts through 2020. Building off this highly-collaborative subregional CAP, the City of Riverside has put forth a “Riverside Restorative Growthprint”…

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…

Moreno Valley and the SoCal Regional Energy Network Work Together to Uncover City Lighting and HVAC Upgrades for Energy and Cost Savings

The City of Moreno Valley and the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN, or The Energy Network) have been working together to audit the City’s buildings and identify energy- and cost-saving upgrades that can be undertaken to save the City money using a fee-for-service model offered by The Energy Network. To ensure energy-saving opportunities have…

Voluntary Green Manual for Residential and Commercial Buildings released by CVAG/SCE Partnership

Through the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), the municipalities of Blythe, Cathedral City, Desert Hot Springs, Indian Wells, Palm Springs, Rancho Mirage, and the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians have worked together with Southern California Edison to develop climate action planning for energy efficiency policies and programs. This Green Building Manual was recently…

Rancho Cucamonga Attracts Companies as Solar Leader

Read in the Daily Bulletin about how the City of Rancho Cucamonga is becoming a solar hub. Residential installations of solar climbed from 256 taking place in 2012, to 680 in 2013. City officials say the reduction of fees and streamlining of permits have contributed to the increase. The City is also the site of the Inland…
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