Pathways to Energy Sustainability [2016]

This report explores themes that arose out of the 2015 Impact of Greenhouse Gas EmissionsnInventories on Climate Action Planning in the San Joaquin Valley (hereinafter referred to as thenInitial Findings Report) conducted by Valley Vision and submitted to PG&E. The Initial FindingsnReport was undertaken in order to provide insight to Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs), localngovernments and IOU implementers about how greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories are affectingnenergy planning decisions in the San Joaquin Valley. In this report, we explore energy planning in more detail with San Joaquin Valley municipalitiesnselected by Valley Vision for interviews. Three core themes were identified as being shared by manynjurisdictions within the region: lack of staff capacity, diminished resource connectivity and annincrease of public-private partnerships as a key method of service delivery. The report brieflyncontextualizes the work within academic literature, presents research methods, analyzes findings andnprovides recommendations for improving the energy planning climate in the San Joaquin Valley. The initial goals of conducting in depth interviews with municipal staff were to substantiate thenmajor findings that were generated from the 2015 Findings Report and further detail specific needs,nstrategies, or opportunities that would improve municipalities’ abilities to implement energy actionnplans. Three clear themes emerged from the stakeholder interviews held over Summer 2016. Theyninclude: staff capacity challenges, the need for improved resource connectivity models and thengrowing emergence of public-private-partnerships.

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