Climate Protection Campaign Aids Sonoma Municipalities with Energy Efficiency
Sonomas quest to become more energy efficient just got a boost. The county will be one of six California communities participating in a new, year long initiative. Scope of Project
Navigant Consulting, Inc., (NCI) head of the initiative, chose Sonoma County for the pilot program largely because of the successful climate protection collaboration among the countys ten municipalities. NCI and the Climate Protection Campaign formed a partnership to implement the energy efficiency program locally.
The unique initiative, called CALEEP (California Local Energy Efficiency Program), will engage a broad spectrum of stakeholders to create best practices for implementing community energy efficiency programs.
Energy efficiency means using less energy to accomplish the same result. For example, a compact fluorescent light bulb uses less electricity while giving off the same amount of light as an incandescent bulb. Energy efficiency saves money and reduces the demand on Californias strained electrical supply.
Energy efficiency also is key to climate protection. Greenhouse gas is emitted whenever electricity is generated from natural gas and other fossil fuels. Scientists confirm that manmade greenhouse gas is disrupting the climate by increasing the heat-trapping blanket surrounding the Earth.
Local elected representatives welcome the new initiative. We are very pleased to be offered support for our energy efficiency and climate protection endeavors, stated Santa Rosa City Council member Bob Blanchard. We are always looking for new ways to protect our environment while reducing energy. This opportunity to be part of a statewide initiative can accelerate our learning curve and augment our work.
The Countys and cities formal commitment to climate protection represents an effective and highly transportable channel for project implementation, said NCI Program Manager Tom Crooks. Although local governments have done a lot to reduce their energy consumption, significant opportunities still remain. We aim to help them optimize expertise, technology, and financing. With the assistance of the Climate Protection Campaign, we know we have partners up to the challenge, added Crooks.
California ratepayers, under the auspices of the California Public
Utilities Commission, fund CALEEP.
Phase 1 · August 9, 2004September 9, 2004 · back
Phase 2 · September 9, 2004October 9, 2004
Phase 3 · October 9, 2004November 9, 2004
Phase 4 · November 9, 2004December 9, 2004
Phase 5 · December 9, 2004February 9, 2005
Phase 6 · February 9, 2005July 9, 2005
Phase 7 · July 9, 2005August 9, 2005
For more information:
Ann Hancock, Coordinator
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