Finance & Economic Development
The City of West Covina crafted an Energy Action Plan (EAP) that would establish goals for the entire community. The purpose of the EAP is to guide the City toward attainable conservation goals that will result in the implementation of policies, strategies, and actions that are both cost effective and environmentally sound.
The Small Business Energy Makeover program targeted the BID?s small business members to boost energy efficiency and achieve cost savings for them while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) partnership serves 14 counties of the Sierra Nevada region. In five of the counties, SNEW hired staff and local contractors to run an energy efficiency implementation program for small businesses, local governments, special districts and non-profits.
San Jos implemented an Energy Fund in 2005 to provide ongoing support for energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at municipal facilities. The initial funding came from a large rebate incentive check from PG&E.
Since the mid-1990s, Alameda County?s Energy Program, under the County?s General Services Agency (GSA), has been able to continually implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects in County facilities. Two programs fund this success: a Designated Energy Fund and a departmental utility bill surcharge.
As part of its multidepartmental Climate Protection Program, the City of Chula Vista adopted the Free Resource & Energy Business Evaluation (FREBE, pronounced “Free-bee”) ordinance to encourage and assist local businesses to reduce their energy consumption and utility bills.
he best practices draw from the experiences of cities and counties throughout California, including those participating in the sustainability and climate change recognition program, the Beacon Award. The best practices vary in complexity and are adaptable to fit the unique needs and circumstances of individual communities.
Local governments currently face a lot of uncertainty as sources that many depend on to fund their energy programs are set to expire. The long-term programs that are needed to meet state climate change and energy goals are difficult to accomplish under these circumstances. This webinar provides updates from the California Public Utilities Commission and the investor owned-utilities on the status of energy efficiency programs. It also highlight a local community that has set up an energy fund to support energy efficiency and renewable energy projects at municipal facilities.