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Energy Efficiency & Conservation Case Stories

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Cities and counties are leading by example and undertaking a range of activities to create more sustainable communities.  These case stories review different local agencies’ experiences related to energy efficiency and conservation activities. 

Each story includes lessons learned, links to additional resources and can serve as examples other agencies may consider and adapt to meet their communities’ unique circumstances.

Case Story Pacific Gas & Electric (PGE)

ABAG Energy Watch Program Saves Money and Energy

The Association of Bay Area Governments Energy Watch Partnership provides free energy efficiency services to local governments in the SF Bay Area.

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Benchmarking

A best practice case study developed by Pat Stoner, Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Coordinator.

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City of Chula Vista’s Free Resource & Energy Business Evaluations

A best practice case study developed by Pat Stoner, Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Coordinator. Click here to download the document.

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Eastern Municipal Water District: A Case Study of Best-In-Class Water-Energy Programs and Practices

A study conducted by the California Sustainability Alliance documenting EMWD’s progressive implementation of multiple best practice strategies and interviewed operations staff to document barriers and lessons learned.

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Energy Managers

A best practice case study developed by Pat Stoner, Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Coordinator.

Case Story City of El Cerrito

Innovative Financing: El Cerrito Energy and Water Efficiency Program

The City of El Cerrito’s Energy and Water Efficiency Program is a revolving loan fund that is helping the City improve the cost and resource efficiency of City operations.

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LED Streetlights in Palo Alto

After completing a DOE sponsored demonstration project, the City of Palo Alto has decided to move forward with the installation of energy-efficient LED streetlights throughout the community.

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Local Green Jobs: Sierra Nevada Energy Watch

A best practice case study developed by Pat Stoner, Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Coordinator.

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Local Ordinances Exceeding State Energy Efficiency Standards

A best practice case study developed by Pat Stoner, Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Coordinator. Click here to download the document.

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North Park Main Street Small Business Energy Makeover

A best practice case study developed by Pat Stoner, Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Coordinator.

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San Jose Energy Fund

A best practice case study developed by Pat Stoner, Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Coordinator.

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West Covina Energy Action Plan

A best practice case study developed by Pat Stoner, Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Coordinator.

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Working with Energy Utilities to Finance Energy-Efficiency Improvements

Local agencies throughout California are striving to reduce costs, even as the demand for services grows. In this environment, improving efficiency helps agencies do more with their existing resources and can offer a high return on investment. This whitepaper offers suggestions on working with energy utilities to finance energy efficiency improvements.

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