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 (IOUs), local governments and IOU implementers about how greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories are affecting energy planning decisions in the San Joaquin Valley.

In this report, we explore energy planning in more detail with San Joaquin Valley municipalities selected by Valley Vision for interviews. Three core themes were identified as being shared by many jurisdictions within the region: lack of staff capacity, diminished resource connectivity and an increase of public-private partnerships as a key method of service delivery. The report briefly contextualizes the work within academic literature, presents research methods, analyzes findings and provides 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 the major findings that were generated from the 2015 Findings Report and further detail specific needs, strategies, or opportunities that would improve municipalities’ abilities to implement energy action plans. Three clear themes emerged from the stakeholder interviews held over Summer 2016. They include: staff capacity challenges, the need for improved resource connectivity models and the growing emergence of public-private-partnerships.

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