Valley Innovative Energy Watch Success Story: Farmersville Fall Festival Outreach [2017]

The City of Farmersville, located in California’s Tulare County, joined the VIEW (Valley Innovation Energy Watch) Partnership in 2013. As a highly involved member of VIEW, the City has shown its dedication to becoming an energy efficient municipality and community leader in many ways. The City, with the help of VIEW, has shared energy efficiency information with the community through outreach events, […]

Valley Innovative Energy Watch Success Story: City of Lemoore Joins 4 Schools to Launch CNG Fuel Station [2017]

Photo of Lemoore CNG Fueling Station provided by cngprices.com. Lately, we’ve seen a very welcome decline in the price of gasoline. Nearly ten years ago, however, transportation costs were high and government, education and other industries needed to change the way their fleets operated in order to deal with the rising fuel costs. The City of Lemoore and four school districts […]

Carbon Tracker Report: Coal Power Regulatory Risk [2017]

Carbon Tracker launches a new report, No Country for Coal Gen: Below 2C and regulatory risk for US coal power owners . The report challenges the economic case for President Trump’s support for the coal industry and finds that phasing out US coal in line with the Paris Agreement would be good for consumers, investors and the wider economy. This is […]

ACEEE Local Policy Benchmarking Toolkit [2017]

In addition to making multifamily building energy data more transparent, cities are adopting benchmarking policies and programs to meet goals for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. To reach these goals, cities are implementing these initiatives to increase awareness of energy waste and generate increased investments in energy efficiency. These investments ultimately make cities more desirable for […]

CEC Appliance Efficiency Program FAQs [2017]

A new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) resource on California’s state-regulated light-emitting-diode standards has been posted to the Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Program’s website. Go to the FAQs Please rate this resource 5 Stars = Excellent

Resources from the 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum [2017]

8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum resources, including session presentations, session notes, and posters, are now available online. This year’s forum focusesd on Bridging the Gap. Topics highlight approaches and strategies that catalyze local energy and sustainability action to close gaps in planning to implementation, data and technology, policy to practice, urban and rural, and more. […]

Pathways to Energy Sustainability [2016]

This report explores themes that arose out of the 2015 Impact of Greenhouse Gas Emissions Inventories on Climate Action Planning in the San Joaquin Valley (hereinafter referred to as the Initial Findings Report) conducted by Valley Vision and submitted to PG&E. The Initial Findings Report was undertaken in order to provide insight to Investor-Owned Utilities […]

Best Practices: Adopted Reach Codes

State law establishes a process that allows local adoption of building energy standards that are more stringent than statewide standards, sometimes called “reach codes.” Local governments can adopt and enforce building energy standards before the statewide standards effective date, require additional energy conservation measures, and/or set more stringent energy budgets. Download Best Practices: Adopted Reach […]

ABAG PACE Financing Guidance

There are many benefits of PACE. For local governments, PACE can help meet climate action plan goals, reduce GHG emissions, and create local jobs. For property owners, PACE can pay for important building improvements that lower operating costs, guard against utility price escalation, enhance property value, and help generate positive economic activity in local communities. […]

2017 ACEEE City Energy Efficiency Scorecard

ACEEE Released their 2017 Energy Efficiency Scorecard this month. They ranked 51 large US cities for their energy efficiency efforts across 5 policy areas: local government operations, community-wide initiatives, buildings, energy and water utilities, and transportation. In this year’s results, Boston retained its position at the top of the rankings. Joining Boston in the top […]

Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs: A Baseline Assessment of Programs Serving the 51 Largest Cities [2017]

ACEEE addresses the key questions and challenges around low-income programs for single-family homes. Of the total spending on residential energy efficiency programs in 2014, 18% of electric efficiency expenditures and 34% of natural gas efficiency spending went toward low-income programs. Particularly for electricity expenditures, there is a need for more equitable spending on efficiency programs […]

CA General Plan Guidelines [2017]

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has been engaged in a thorough update of the General Plan Guidelines (GPG). OPR is statutorily required by Government Code Section 65040.2 to adopt and periodically revise State guidelines for the preparation and content of local general plans for all cities and counties in California. This 2017 […]

2017 CA Integrated Energy Policy Report

The California Energy Commission adopts an Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR, pronounced eye’-per) every two years and an update every other year. This proceeding, docket # 17-IEPR-01, will cover the 2017 Integrated Energy Policy Report. This proceeding consists of the following dockets: 17-IEPR-01 – General/Scope 17-IEPR-02 – Electricity Resource / Supply Plans 17-IEPR-03 – Electricity and Natural Gas Demand Forecast 17-IEPR-04 – […]

REN21 Global Status Report 2017

The 2017 Edition of the REN21 Renewables Global Status Report reveals a global energy transition well underway, with record new additions of installed renewable energy capacity, rapidly falling costs, and the decoupling of economic growth and energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.  This year’s report continues REN21’s long-standing tradition of providing the most up-to-date data and […]