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 […]

CURRENTS: Spring 2017 edition [2017]

CURRENTS is the Local Government Commission’s free quarterly newsletter providing local elected officials and staff with current information on energy issues affecting California local governments. CURRENTS provides readers with current information on energy issues affecting local governments in California. Read the Spring 2017 Issue of CURRENTS. Please rate this resource 5 Stars = Excellent

2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

California’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated on an approximately three-year cycle. The 2019 Standards will continue to improve upon the 2016 Standards for new construction of, and additions and alterations to, residential and nonresidential buildings. The 2019 Standards will go into effect on January 1, 2020. See Pre-Rulemaking documents and follow the new standards […]

Vital Signs by Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission

The San Francisco Bay Area has established an innovative monitoring initiative to track trends related to transportation, land and people, the economy, the environment and social equity. Measurements in these areas are our region’s Vital Signs – helping us understand where we are succeeding and where we are falling short. Led by the Metropolitan Transportation […]

Climate Communications and Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners

Climate Communications and Behavior Change: A Guide for Practitioners is a guidebook, developed by the Social Capital Project of the Climate Leadership Initiative, that draws on extensive global warming, behavior change and communications research to distill tools and recommendations that climate leaders can easily apply. It includes talking points that have been tested with the […]

California Climate Adaptation Strategy (2013)

In 2009, California adopted a statewide Climate Adaptation Strategy (CAS) that summarizes climate change impacts and recommends adaptation strategies across seven sectors: Public Health, Biodiversity and Habitat, Oceans and Coastal Resources, Water, Agriculture, Forestry, and Transportation and Energy. The 2009 CAS was the first of its kind in the usage of downscaled climate models to […]

Guide: Establishing a Plan to Achieve Energy Code Compliance in Cities (2014)

Establishing a Plan to Achieve Energy Code Compliance in Cities, a new resource developed by the City Energy Project, helps guide U.S. city leadership and their building department leadership in working together to implement an effective strategy to achieve high levels of energy code compliance for new and renovated buildings. The document introduces factors responsible for […]

CA Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Best Practice Pilot Program

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Best Practice Pilot Program (BP3) includes a suite of programs and partnerships that produce replicable case studies of best practices being adopted and implemented at the local and regional level around the state. A small set of best practice pilots were completed in the summer of 2016 using […]

Model Energy and Green Building Codes, New Buildings Institute

NBI works collaboratively with a wide range of industry partners to bring model energy codes up to current market capabilities. Measures promoted by NBI include higher efficiency standards for equipment and advanced design strategies such as daylighting. Once adopted by states and local jurisdictions, the model code becomes the basis for minimum energy requirements. Access the […]