Case Study: Fresno Energy Watch Power Loan Program

In 2013, the Fresno Energy Watch identified a trend of small and medium-sized businesses receiving energy assessments through the PG&E Direct Install Program; businesses that were recommended upgrades with a co-pay valued at less than $5,000 often did not convert into installs due to lack of attractive financing options for the co-pay. In response, the…

Case Study: Energy Efficiency in Chula Vista (SDG&E)

Through its partnership with SDG&E®, the City of Chula Vista created innovative approaches to advance municipal and community energy efficiency. Underserved audiences like small businesses, elderly, youth and low-income residents are reached (more…)

Indian Wells Approves Climate/Energy Action Plan, Retro-commissioning and Voluntary Green Building Program through Desert Cities Partnership

The City of Indian Wells, as part of the Desert Cities Energy Partnership involving Southern California Edison, SoCal Gas and the Coachella Valley Association of Governments, has approved a set of energy efficiency policies and programs – including a Climate Action Plan, Energy Action Plan, retro-commissioning measures, and a voluntary green building program. The Climate…

USDOE Publication: Partnering with Utilities and Other Ratepayer-Funded Energy Efficiency Program Administrators

See a new publication featuring best practices and case studies in partnering on energy programs, available on USDOE’s website here. Among the case studies featured is the utility-local government partnership, the Silicon Valley Energy Watch.

Chula Vista Case Study: A Leader on Reach Codes, Green Business Recognition, and Residential Outreach

Learn from this SDG&E case study here how Chula Vista is a recognized leader in energy efficiency and sustainability: Through its partnership with SDG&E, the City of Chula Vista created innovative approaches to advance municipal and community energy efficiency. Underserved audiences like small businesses, elderly, youth and low-income residents are reached through a comprehensive outreach…

SoCal REN’s Amended Program Implementation Plan for 2013-2014

The Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN)’s Amended Implementation Plan for 2013-2014 is available here. The Plan describes the planned work and value-add of SoCalREN, which is designed to supplement and complement the work done by the Investor-Owned Utilities’ Local Government Partnerships. This work is to be offered in three main areas: Expansion of Energy…

Community Energy Champion Grants Handbook and Case Studies

In partnership with PG&E, the Silicon Valley Energy Watch has released the Community Energy Champion Grants Handbook and Case Studies, showcasing the best practices and effects of the Community Energy Champion Grants (CECG) program they run as a utility-local government partnership. The Handbook is available at the link above. To review the introduction, see below. Handbook…

Visalia Parking Lot Lighting Upgrades through VIEW Partnership

In partnership with Southern California Edison and through the Valley Innovative Energy Watch partnership, the City of Visalia has saved electricity and money in its West Acequia Parking Structure. Read this one-pager for more information and details and annual savings.

Simi Valley Retro-commissioning Policy

The City of Simi Valley, working with Southern California Edison through their city-utility Energy Leadership Partnership, has completed a retro-commissioning (RCx) policy to implement in their buildings. Retro-commissioning is a critical piece of facilities maintenance that ensures good facility operations, longer facility equipment life, improved comfort and productivity of occupants – and energy and cost…

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…

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.
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