From Outside the State: A Colorado BESO Case Study

In October 2015, the City of Boulder, Colorado adopted a new ordinance that modified existing voluntary programming to require that certain types of commercial, industrial, and City buildings conduct energy assessments, disclose building energy use, and take action if cost-effective energy upgrades were found through the assessments. Specifically, qualifying buildings will be required to do…

Agoura Hills approves participation in the LA County PACE Program

The Agoura Hills City Council has approved properties in the City of Agoura Hills to participate in the Los Angeles County Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Program, which enables homeowners to install energy efficiency, renewable energy and water-saving improvements to their properties. Through this program, homeowners may work with either CaliforniaFIRST or HERO as their Program…

Marin Sustainability Tracker Shares and Encourages EE Progress

The Marin Sustainability Tracker is a new and easy-to-use online tool that shares progress made throughout Marin County on different community goals – including community- and household-level energy use, deployment of solar photovoltaics (PV) and other green energy, deployment of LED streetlights, and participation in energy efficiency and sustainability programs such as PACE programs and…

City Hall Celebration for HERO Program Launch in Modesto

The City of Modesto celebrated the official launch of the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) program launch earlier this month at Modesto’s City Hall. The HERO Program, a PACE financing model, provides full project cost for water and energy efficiency upgrades over 5, 10, 15, or 20 years. The HERO Program started taking applications this…

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…

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…

El Cerrito Adopts Climate Action Plan

El Cerrito adopted their Climate Action Plan on May 21st, targeting energy reductions of 15% by 2020 and 30% by 2035. The plan features a number of strategies to achieve these goals, including: transit-oriented development and streetscape changes to support efficient transportation, weatherization of homes, utilization of residential and commercial PACE and other financing programs, requiring…

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…

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…

City of Sacramento’s Climate Action Plan

The City of Sacramento’s Climate Action Plan, adopted February 2012, includes a municipal and community greenhouse gas inventory, and exploration of energy efficiency strategies such as: partnering with utilities on behavioral educational programs, supporting SMUD’s microgrid project, coordinating with SMUD on appliance and lighting rebate programs, custom and prescriptive incentive programs, and multi-family retrofits, retrofitting…
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