Local Government Partnership (LGP) Value and Effectiveness Survey Launched

Opinion Dynamics has been retained by the California Public Utilities Commission to assess the value and effectiveness of LGPs, particularly in terms of achieving the State of California’s Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan goals. Feedback from local governments is extremely important to the study. If your organization is a part of an LGP – either as an…

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…

EASY Program Kick Off by San Gabriel Valley Energy Watch

A new residential program kicks off this month, offered by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) through its Energy Watch local government partnership with SCE and SoCal Gas. Through the Energy Assessment for Your Home (EASY) program, residents can get no-cost home assessments and learn about incentives and financing options for home improvements that will…

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.

Solano Energy Watch Helps Businesses Save $200,000 and 2 million kiloWatt-hours

The Solano Energy Watch, operated by the Solano Economic Development Corporation in partnership with PG&E, reports that through their commercial energy efficiency programs offered to Solano County businesses in 2014, 100 Solano businesses made improvements to their buildings that have saved them (and will continue to save them) a total of $200,000 per year and…

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…

California City Uses 0% On-Bill Financing to Pay for Well Pump Retrofit, Saves $16,000/Year

Review this case study from SCE (shared by the Kern Energy Watch) to see how the City Manager of California City identified a malfunctioning well pump, planned a retrofit through SCE’s zero percent on-bill financing program, and made an improvement to the City that paid itself off in three and a half years, leaving the…

EmPower Santa Barbara County expands to include all of the Central Coast

The residential and commercial energy efficiency and renewable energy offerings of EmPower Program, administered by Santa Barbara County and previously limited to use by County residents and businesses, is expanding to Ventura and San Luis Obispo (more…)

Sierra Nevada Energy Watch LED Swap

The Sierra Business Council (SBC), in partnership with Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) through the Sierra Nevada Energy Watch, will offer a special rebate light swap program during May to encourage merchants in Nevada, Placer and El Dorado counties to upgrade existing lighting to energy efficient LED lighting, offering LED light bulbs for as…

Chula Vista Shares Permitting, Ordinances, and Incentives as part of the Getting to Zero Net Energy Workshop Series

In this presentation shared as part of the Center for Sustainable Energy’s Getting to Zero Net Energy workshop series, the City of Chula Vista shares a number of policies and programs they have put in place to further energy efficiency and sustainability in their community – including: Energy and water efficiency reach codes (codes that…

City of Goleta Uses Energy Data in Process to Develop Neighborhood Development Floating Zone for Green Community Development

The City of Goleta has received funding through its local government partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE) to establish a voluntary Green Neighborhood Development Floating Zone to foster green community development, and develop tools that will be used for planning and implementation of the floating zone. As described in the grant agreement: the “floating zone”…
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