Congratulations to Riverside, California’s ‘Coolest City’

Energy Upgrade CaliforniaRedirecting to a non-government site, the California Air Resources BoardRedirecting to a non-government site (CARB) and the University of California’s Renewable and Appropriate Energy LaboratoryRedirecting to a non-government site named Western customer the city of RiversideRedirecting to a non-government site the winner of the CoolCalifornia City ChallengeRedirecting to a non-government site. The competition between 10 California cities to reduce their carbon footprint and better manage energy use began April 1. The cities earned points by individual households, small businesses and teams in the community by tracking their energy use and vehicle emissions.

Pictured from L to R: ARB Board Member Barbara Riordan, Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, ARB Board Member Judy Mitchell, & ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. (Photo by California Air Resources Board)
Pictured from L to R: ARB Board Member Barbara Riordan, Riverside Mayor Rusty Bailey, ARB Board Member Judy Mitchell, & ARB Chairman Mary D. Nichols. (Photo by California Air Resources Board)

The California Air Resources Board recognized the cities at its Oct. 23 meeting. Riverside competed alongside Arcata, Burlingame, Claremont, Corona, Chula Vista, Long Beach, Lynwood, Mission Viejo and Rancho Cucamonga. Claremont and Rancho Cucamonga, respectively, claimed the honor of second and third “Cool California Cities” in a hard-fought battle.

All participating cities will receive a portion of $100,000 prize based on their total points, with Riverside receiving the largest amount—$32,950. The prize money will go toward city programs that help the environment.

Getting residents involved
The challenge cities engaged nearly 4,000 households and civic groups in total to take simple, everyday actions to reduce their carbon footprint. Participants logged their monthly energy data and motor vehicle miles onto a website that determines how much carbon is being cut and calculates how many points those actions generated for each household and municipality.

More than 1,100 Riverside residents tracked their energy savings online and helped the city win the contest. Participants installed energy-efficient light bulbs, took to bicycles and walking and learned to think twice about turning appliances on. With fewer than half as many residents taking the challenge, Claremont came within 200,000 points of matching Riverside’s score of 3.5 million. Some steps contestants took, such as investing in rooftop solar or purchasing electric vehicles, will provide carbon reductions and additional savings for many years.

More than a game
Not only did the challenge save residents energy and money, it also demonstrated that cities play an important role in the state’s efforts to fight climate change and move toward a cleaner, more sustainable economy. Now in its second year, the competition had 40 percent more households and 60 percent more greenhouse gas reductions in half the time. Altogether, participants saved more than 800,000 pounds of carbon dioxide, equivalent to removing more than 140 California homes from the grid or 80 automobiles from the road for a year.

Cash prizes for civic improvements, bragging rights and recognition are not the only reasons the cities took the challenge. CARB and its program partners also gained valuable information about how to motivate individuals to take voluntary steps to curb their carbon footprints. Voluntary actions are part of California’s ambitious climate plan, and CARB is developing tools and resources to support these non-regulatory efforts.

Participating cities realize that the challenge of energy management is not a one-time event. Managing energy efficiently, saving money and making homes and businesses more comfortable is a way of life. In taking the challenge, all of California’s “Cool Cities” are learning best practices to make their communities healthier and more sustainable, and that makes all of them winners.

Source: Fierce Energy via LinkedIn Utility Energy ForumRedirecting to a non-government site, 10/28/14

Net Zero Cities Conference now free!

Oct. 23-24, 2013
Fort Collins, Colo.
Lincoln Center
417 W. Magnolia St.
Phone: 970-221-5400

In just three weeks, civic and industry leaders from around the world will gather in Fort Collins, Colo., for an unprecedented meeting of the minds Redirecting to a non-government site. Corporate, agency, municipality and non-profit leaders are prepared to wow attendees with their innovative ideas for getting communities on the path to net zero.

Even better, due to a generous sponsor, registration is now FREE! You can join the conversation about how to achieve net zero energy, carbon and water communities, and cost will not be a barrier to participation.

Registration fees previously paid will be refunded by Oct. 11. Please contact Carol Wood to discuss the best way to receive your refund.

Although there are dozens of compelling reasons to attend Net Zero Cities, please note the top 10 perks for being in the audience October 23 and 24. Register today Redirecting to a non-government site!

Free webinar covers financing options for municipal energy projects

PLUS : How Fowler, Colo., financed its energy projects with NO upfront costs

Sept. 13, 2011, 11 a.m. Central Time 

There is more than one way for municipalities to finance energy-efficiency and renewable energy projects, and a free webinar Sept. 13 at 11 a.m. Central Time will be exploring some of those options. Hosted by Energy Forefront, Municipal Financing Options for Renewable Energy External link information will focus on how local governments can help homes, businesses and their own facilities use less energy or even generate it.

Three presentations will examine various methods available to municipalities for financing renewable energy and energy-efficiency projects, either for the municipality or for their citizens and business owners. Topics include:

  • Multiple Methods that Cities/Towns Could Use to Finance Renewable Energy and Energy-efficiency Projects, including Federal tax benefits, aggregation, securitization of smaller projects, 501c3 non-profit corporations and more – Baird Brown, attorney at Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
  • How Various Cities & Towns Structured their Energy Financing – Vincent DeVito, Attorney at Bowditch & Dewey LLP
  • Financing Municipal Renewable Energy Projects with No Upfront Costs describes how Fowler, Colo., procured financing for wind solar, biomass and several other energy-related projects without any upfront costs to the city – Wayne Snider

Reserve your place today.

Webinar offers energy solutions for municipalities

Green Energy Leaders is hosting a webinar Tuesday, June 29, that will look at ways towns, counties, campuses and facilities can develop clean energy.

Beginning at noon Eastern Time, the 90-minute webinar will cover energy planning, wind power and anaerobic digesters in three presentations. Western customer Fowler, Colo.’s plan to move entirely off-grid is the topic of  Small City .. Big Green Energy Plans. Town Administrator Wayne Snider will explain how Fowler’s clean energy plan is attracting industry, creating jobs and saving thousands in energy costs.

Learn about a new wind turbine design that fits both urban and rural applications in An Unusual Wind Tower With Multiple Fans Cuts Initial Costs and Maintenance. David Hurwitt, vice president of Marketing for Optiwin, will describe his company’s mid-sized turbines, including performance, costs, financing and return on investment.

The third presentation explores different types of anaerobic digesters and how they might benefit municipalities.