EV Charging Stations Installed and Operational at Cupertino Library

As part of the CEC-funded Bay Area Charge Ahead Project, the City of Cupertino has installed two EV Chargepoint Level 2 charging stations at its library. The Project plans on installing charging stations in 152 Bay Area high-priority, high congestion areas. The Bay Area has a goal of 100,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2020.…

City of Sanger Uses Energy Performance Contract to Upgrade Infrastructure, Save on Utility Bills

The City of Sanger formed a partnership with Johnson Controls Inc. to upgrade city infrastructure, reduce energy usage, and employ Sanger residents by reducing utility costs, reducing operation and maintenance costs, and decreasing the outlay of capital dollars through the use of an energy performance contract (EPC). Learn more in this narrative on Sanger from the…

Efficiency and Resiliency Case Study: Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe

Learn in this Climate.gov case study how Northern California’s Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe is leading on climate change mitigation, energy efficiency and renewables, and community resiliency – including their work to: conduct strategic climate action planning activities; build an energy-efficient hotel; install an innovative biomass-gasification-fuel cell system that turns biomass into electricity; install solar on…

Case Study: Camarillo Municipal Savings Success Story

Outlined in its Energy Action Plan, the City of Camarillo has established a municipal energy reduction goal of 10% relative to 2008, by 2020. The City recently completed a ten year Energy Performance Contract that resulted in savings of over 15 million (more…)

AB 693: Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program Signed Into Law

October has been a busy month for energy legislation! Along with SB 350 and AB 802, Assembly Bill 693 has been signed into law, creating the new Multifamily Affordable Housing Solar Roofs Program. AB 693 requires that funding be put aside for the implementation of solar roofs on qualified multifamily buildings, starting in 2017, with…

Energy Commission Funding Supports Efficiency, Alternative Fuel Projects

The CEC approved several grants, contracts and loans yesterday that support projects – for City of Gardena, UC Riverside, San Luis Obispo County, and San Diego Community College District – that will help the state meet its EE and GHG emission reduction goals. Modifications have also been made to the reporting process for publicly owned…

Yuba County Considers Second Solar Project

Reviewing the savings being realized through the energy efficiency and solar projects Yuba County implemented in 2013, the County is considering a second solar installation. Details on the project shared by Appeal Democrat are below, or you can read the story in full. Yuba County is moving forward on a second large solar project that…

Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs): Success Stories Show 58% Average Energy Savings

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)’s new paper, Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) looks at the model of using long-term performance contracting to avoid upfront capital costs and tie payment to verification of energy and cost savings. The paper covers the following best practices, and then shares case studies of seven federal building…