Uniting Cities for Energy Action: Local Government Partnerships
Through stakeholder coordination, TEC developed trusted relationships to help public agencies with energy policy and planning efforts. Together we identified and developed energy efficiency projects resulting in almost 5 million kWh savings.
Twenty years ago, The Energy Coalition had a vision for the energy savings local governments could achieve if they worked collaboratively with investor owned utilities (IOUs) and one another. The Local Government Partnership (LGP) program, now a statewide effort with participation from all four IOUs, is the result of that vision. Today, we continue to support LGPs as the implementers for the Westside and NOCC Energy Partnerships.
Local governments needed a way to connect with one another and to take a comprehensive approach to energy efficiency, community outreach, and sustainability policy.
The Energy Coalition works in partnership with Southern California Edison (SCE) and Southern California Gas Company (SCG) to address these challenges and implement Westside and NOCC Energy Partnerships. By partnering with the utilities for these programs, we connect cities to existing utility resources, driving deeper energy savings.
As implementer for two prominent local government partnerships, we provide a myriad of services to partner cities, including:
- Identifying and developing energy efficiency projects that qualify for SCE & SCG incentives
- Community outreach, including educating the public on utility programs, council presentations, lunch ‘n learns, and more
- Energy policy and planning efforts, such as developing energy action plans and benchmarking to comply with AB802
TEC has been deeply involved in the local government partnerships from the very beginning, helping to launch the state’s first partnership with the City of Irvine in 1998. We’ve supported both NOCC and Westside Energy Partnerships ever since they were first established.
Results: Cities save energy, lead communities towards efficiency and sustainability
Today there are over 100 partnerships statewide with all four IOUs because of our work establishing LGP programs. With Westside and NOCC Energy Partnerships, we’ve helped partnership cities to build positive relationships with fellow cities, energy consumers, and utilities. We’ve helped educate communities about sustainable and efficient energy practices, ultimately helping partnership cities save money and energy while helping the state meet energy use reduction and climate goals.
We’re hard at work supporting our partnership cities, and plan to expand in 2019 to provide additional services such as benchmarking, AB802 compliance support, and greenhouse gas inventories, in addition to our other existing services. Learn more at WestSideParnership.org and NOCCpartnership.org.
Results Data Sources: kWh savings and incentives reflect program results since 2015. Energy savings equivalent to over 4,000 passenger vehicles driven for one year. Disadvantaged community values based on CalEnviroscreen 3.0.