Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
Office of Energy and Sustainable Development

Sustainable City Policies Topic Listing

City of Berkeley Sustainability Policies - Over the years, the Berkeley City Council has adopted a number of resolutions and ordinances that have helped to increase the sustainability of the Berkeley Community. In addition, Berkeley has included sustainability principles in its Revised General Plan.  [more...]

Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) - Community Choice Aggegation (CCA) allows public agencies to purchase electricity on behalf of customers, instead of relying completely on investor owned utilities (like PG&E) to both procure and deliver power. The goal of CCA (which is also called community choice energy) is to gain local control of electricity pricing and energy sources, including potentially requiring a greener mix of energy. Under a CCA, PG&E would continue to provide delivery of the power and customer billing. Customers would have a choice to continue to purchase power directly from PG&E by opting out of the CCA. Alameda County is conducting an analysis of forming a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) to potentially serve local jurisdictions, including Berkeley. One of the key objectives of the Alameda County analysis would be to determine whether CCA can help the City achieve its Climate Action goals.  [more...]

Guide to Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Financing Districts for Local Governments - Improving energy efficiency in buildings is central to combating climate change, with more than a third of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions coming from the building sector. Vital to this process is to develop innovative financing solutions that reach broadly across energy efficiency and low-carbon energy options. Energy Financing Districts were first proposed by the City of Berkeley, California in 2007 and have received increasing attention as a mechanism for financing residential or commercial clean energy projects, including energy efficiency, solar photovoltaic, or solar thermal systems.  [more...]

Municipal Energy Conservation - How the City of Berkeley is Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Municipal Operations
While municipal operations contribute to less and 1% of the community-wide greenhouse gas inventory, the City plays an important role in providing leadership on meeting our Climate Action Plan goals. Check out current municipal projects to reduce energy usage, see: Municipal Energy and Water Annual Report (2014).   [more...]

Money for Energy Efficiency: ME2 for You - Money for Energy Efficiency (ME2) Program was a limited-time-only program that provided cash incentives for energy efficiency upgrades in Berkeley homes and businesses. The ME2 program was funded by $1,013,500 in federal stimulus money awarded to Berkeley from the U.S. Department of Energy. The City of Berkeley offered financial incentives to owners of residential, commercial and industrial properties to conduct energy audits and make energy efficiency improvements. Learn about the success of the ME2 program, check out the ME2 Outcomes Evaluation Report. [more...]

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