California’s Best Low-Income Climate Program is in Jeopardy

California seems prosperous if talking about the state economy overall, as Governor Brown did in his State of the State address. But since the Great Recession, California’s poorest citizens have only gotten poorer, their incomes dropping by 25 percent. With less money in their pockets, more Californians are having their utilities shut off because they can’t afford their…

California Lawmakers Propose Spending Plan for $1.2B in Cap and Trade Funds

This Wednesday, California’s State Senate proposed a series of clean energy funding initiatives totaling $1.2 billion to address greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation sector and air pollution in urban environments. (more…)

CEC Workshop 8/12: Barriers to Low-Income Communities Accessing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (To Include in SB 350 Barriers Study)

The California Energy Commission will conduct a workshop to gather input on barriers faced by low-income and disadvantaged communities to investing in energy efficiency and weatherization, installing solar photovoltaic and other renewable (more…)

Six California Cities Selected as Semi-finalists in national Georgetown University Energy Prize

Berkeley, Davis, Fremont, San Mateo, Sunnyvale and Palo Alto have been selected as semi-finalists for the Georgetown University Energy Prize (GUEP), a nationwide energy efficiency competition for $5 million focused on small-to-mid-sized communities. Through the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a select group of communities are leading the way by bringing together their local governments, residents, utilities, and…

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…