Alameda County Santa Rita Jail Microgrid Wins Energy Storage Innovation Award

The microgrid project at Alameda County’s Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, CA won an Innovation Award from Energy Storage North America earlier this month. The Jail’s microgrid, which utilizes fuel cells, 1.2 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaics (PV), energy storage, and microturbines, provides resiliency and “islanding” capabilities (meaning the Jail can independently generate and store its…

Yuba County Completes First Solar Project, Energy Efficiency Measures through Energy Performance Contract

Yuba County has completed a set of solar and energy efficiency projects using an energy performance contract.  The solar installation is expected to generate over 1 Megawatt of electricity at two sites and, together with a set of energy efficiency measures, reduce the county’s annual energy purchases by 50 percent.  The project’s energy efficiency improvements…

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…

Southern California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan

UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Affairs has published a Southern California Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan, prepared for the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). To read the plan in full on SCAG’s website, click here. For more SCAG publications, click here.

San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s New Building: One of the Most Efficient in America

Learn how the new SFPUC smart building in San Francisco is one of the most efficient buildings in America. Of particular interest: description of the building’s 4 building-integrated vertical wind turbines and 600 solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at minute 8; an intelligent building management system (BMS) that inter-manages heating, cooling, air flow/duct operations, lighting and…

CEC Offers 1% Loans for Efficiency & Generation Projects

NEW LOW INTEREST LOAN RATE (1%) for Energy Efficiency and Energy Generation Projects available to California Cities, Counties, Public Schools and Universities, Special Districts, and Public Care Hospitals/ Institutions. Over $22 million in loan funds from the California Energy Commission are available for energy cost saving projects. The Energy Commission is accepting loan applications on…

Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC)’s New Paper: Bridge to the Clean Economy

The Bay Area Climate Collaborative (BACC) has released a paper, Bridge to the Clean Economy: Low Carbon, High Impact Market Initiatives for the Bay Area featuring opportunities in distributed energy resources (DERs) generation, electric vehicle deployment, and residential and commercial building upgrades. Click above to review.

Energy Democracy: Supporting Community Innovation

The Center for Social Inclusion (CSI) has developed a white paper on Energy Democracy: Supporting Community Innovation. Energy democracy seeks to ensure that everyone can participate in clean energy programs. Much of the current energy policy in the US focuses on rewarding individuals for lower carbon lifestyles – conserving energy or switching to alternatives like…

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…

California DMV Headquarters Saves Money through Comprehensive Retrofit

The Department of Motor Vehicles Headquarters based in Sacramento has saved money and energy and boosted the building’s energy efficiency by 30-50%. Energy savings resulted from measures undertaken including double-glazed windows for better insulation, improved heating and cooling systems, a smart “building energy management system,” and installation of LED lighting and daylight harvesting. The DMV…
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