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Local Government Commission

Currents - A Quarterly Energy Newsletter For Local Governments


Fall 2011

In This Issue:

UPDATE: Publicly-Funded Energy Efficiency Programs

Over the last 30+ years, California has been able to maintain its per capita consumption of electricity in large part because of the efficiency programs offered by the utilities read more...

Sustainable Oakland 2010 Report

Oakland, California is one of the most livable and sustainable cities in the nation. It recently released its 2010 report on how what it is doing read more...

First Net Zero Energy/Net Zero Emissions Public School Building in California

The Evergreen School District will save more than $9,000 per year in energy costs and provide a valuable lesson in sustainability by maximizing the building’s green potential read more...

City of Brea to Save $13 Million with Energy Efficiency & Solar

The City of Brea recently unveiled more than 1.6 megawatts (MW) of solar energy generating systems across three locations that, when combined, comprise Orange County's largest municipal solar installations read more...

San Diego Launches Group Savings Program to Reduce Residential Solar Costs

On July 26, 2011, the City of San Diego kicked off the Reduce Then Produce Group Savings Program in efforts to help homeowners install photovoltaic and solar thermal systems at a lower price per watt read more...

Installed Cost of Solar PV Declined Significantly in 2010 and 2011

The installed cost of solar photovoltaic (PV) power systems in the United States fell substantially in 2010 and into the first half of 2011 read more...

Report on PV Economics and Virtual Net Metering in Affordable Housing

A recent report produced by the California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) investigates the economics of photovoltaic (PV) retrofits in multifamily affordable housing under virtual net metering (VNM) tariffs read more...

ETAP to Save Public Agencies Over $1.8 Million Annually and Spur Green Jobs

A year into the 18-month program, the Energy Technology Assistance Program (ETAP), a part of the statewide Energy Upgrade California Program, is providing $2.3 million in rebates for energy efficiency retrofit projects read more...

New Guide for Developing a Residential Green Building Ordinance

Are you looking for the best way to align your green building ordinance with the new CALGreen code? Since the adoption of California's first statewide Green Building Code, or CALGreen, read more...

Energy Sessions and Tours at New Partners Conference in San Diego

The Local Government Commission’s 11th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference returns to California in February 2012. The San Diego conference will feature read more...

Upcoming Events

The following list of upcoming events may be of interest to you. read more...