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Pathways to 100 provides a high-level map of pathways for municipalities seeking to transform their energy supply, outlining strategies for both municipal operations and for all energy users within municipal limits. The document is organized around a three-step process that cities can use to identify an appropriate pathway forward. These are: 1) map the city's energy landscape, 2) identify available strategies, and 3) organize for energy transformation. These steps guide cities through the key factors that determine their level of influence over energy supply (e.g., state energy policies) and map out available strategies for energy transformation. These strategies range from interventions into energy supply management (e.g., community choice aggregation or utility municipalization) to more traditional forms of influence (e.g., active participation in formal energy regulatory proceedings). While Pathways to 100 focuses on transforming electricity supply, it touches briefly on renewable heating and cooling, and energy efficiency where these topics intersect with electricity supply.
With the change in presidential administrations, the EPA's Clean Power Plan is in jeopardy, but a number of states have promoted and will continue to promote clean energy adoption. Federal regulations may change, but it is clear that with the price of solar and wind dropping, clean energy generation is the future of electricity. Carbon pricing is one major set of market mechanisms that states can use to promote the advancement of clean energy adoption. Whether a state or region chooses to implement a cap-and-trade, carbon tax, or some other mechanism, it is critical that issues of equity and justice for the communities most impacted by poverty and pollution are addressed in the policy design and implementation. This legislator toolkit provides guidance on how to support disadvantaged communities and displaced workers should a state choose to use carbon pricing as part of its plan to transition to a clean energy economy.
San Francisco resoluation adopting the date of 2020 as the deadline for achieving the goal of zero waste to landfill and directing the department of the environment to develop polcies and programs to increase producer and consumer responsibility in order to achieve the zero waste goal.
Internal performance evaluation of the City of Berkeley's Zero Waste goal of eliminating materials sent to landfills by the year 2020.
Austin Resource Recovery Master Plan, a comprehensive plan designed to achieve Zero Waste in the City of Austin while enhancing the services we provide to this community.
The Solar Incentive Program (SIP) is the most established rooftop solar program in the City of Los Angeles. It originated at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in 2000 with a $150 million investment to incentivize the poliferation of rooftop solar in Los Angeles. With the passage of Senate Bill 1 (2007), the SIP was revised to comply with state law. The updated, 10 year, $313 million program, subsidizes photovoltaic solar panel installation for residential, commercial, non-profit, and governmental customers. This research identifies the geographic reach the program over the past 15 years through analysis of data that is available on DWP’s website and US Census data.
Solar hasn’t been available to everyone. The majority of Angelenos, who are renters, have been excluded from the solar market and resulting savings. LADWP historically has lacked renter oriented solar programs. These barriers have resulted in disparities in who has access to solar energy, with Repower LA research showing less affluent areas like Boyle Heights receiving less than 1% of solar panel rebates. Yet a new program, Shared Solar is expected to be approved by the DWP Board on September 25th, will serve renters, create a more resilient grid, less blackouts, and good jobs.
When it comes to waste, our choice is simple: Every day we get either closer to or further from a Zero Waste future. We can choose to sustainably use our limited resources, so we can support future generations. We can choose to reduce our climate impact and build resilient communities. We can choose to invest in green jobs and our local economy. Or, we can continue to throw away our "trash" and with it all these opportunities for positive change. That is the essence of the journey and the choices we have to make.
The goal of this introductory implementation guide is to provide practical guidance for designing, implementing, and managing a green revolving fund (GRF) at a college, university, or other institution. The GRF model is widespread in higher education, with at least 79 funds in operation in North America representing over $111 million in committed investment as of late 2012. GRFs have proven their ability to reduce operating costs and environmental impact while promoting education and engaging stakeholders.
Utilities around the country are facing serious challenges, including an aging infrastructure and a need to transition to cleaner energy sources. These challenges are particularly evident at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP), the nation’s largest municipally owned utility. The LADWP can begin to meet these challenges by adopting an innovative and ambitious energy efficiency policy with new programs that save customers money, reduce greenhouse gas pollution, and create good jobs. In doing so, the LADWP will take a significant step towards modeling a transition all utilities must make, from being entities concerned solely with the rapid acquisition and dispersal of natural resources to agencies proactively engaged with energy planning and management.