Roadmap Goals and Progress

The Sustainable Energy Roadmap team has worked in close coordination with the Biola Community Services District to develop a customized policy roadmap containing guidance on how to transform the local new energy economy.  Each recommended roadmap goal is supported with relevant case studies, reports, and templates to support local and regional implementation efforts.

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ShowENERGY & WATER EFFICIENCY

placeholder Doing more with less energy means cost savings, increased comfort, and a more secure electricity grid. Energy efficiency is the most cost-effective strategy for commercial building owners to reduce energy usage and associated operating expenses, while also increasing occupant comfort and employee productivity. When combined with on-site renewable energy generation, demand side management, and energy storage, commercial buildings can achieve deep reductions in grid energy usage. 
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Policy

5 of 5 Goals In Progress
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Planned
High Impact Objective
Local Priority

[POL1] Set an energy efficiency target for existing municipal buildings and create an energy reduction plan to achieve goal.

District has pursued energy efficiency upgrades but has not set a specific energy efficiency target for existing municipal buildings.

Adopt an energy action plan for municipally owned and operated buildings that establishes energy efficiency/savings goals, benchmarking procedures, and disclosure of individual facility energy and water performance. Consider requiring facility benchmarking every five years and use of industry-recognized ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager software for measurement and reporting. Consider a policy to require that new facilities be built to meet Zero Net Energy building requirements.

Local Priority

[POL2] Establish energy- and water-efficient product procurement requirements for municipal agencies.

Has not adopted an environmentally preferred product procurement policy.

Convene a working group to update procurement policies and guidelines to specify energy and water efficiency as a criteria in Districts' purchasing decisions. Policies can specify the required use of "ENERGY STAR" or "WaterSense" certified products, including appliances or fixtures, or similar product efficiency standards.

Local Priority

[POL3] Adopt a temperature policy for municipal buildings with programmable thermostats.

Has not adopted a temperature policy for municipal buildings.

Adopt a temperature policy that establishes standardized indoor temperature setpoints for municipal facilities that vary with the season, occupancy hours, and type of facility, and designates exclusions for select building uses. Temperature set points can draw upon precedents set by local colleges and universities, ASHRAE Standard 55 (Thermal Environmental Conditions for Human Occupancy), climate zones, or comparable guidelines.

High Impact Objective
Local Priority

[POL6] Set water conservation target for municipal operations that exceeds state reduction goals.

District has made improvements but not set water conservation target for municipal operations that exceeds state reduction goals.

Adopt water efficiency/reduction targets for municipal facilities and operations. Establish a policy or ordinance that requires water audits and benchmarking of municipal water use on an annual basis with public disclosure of findings.

High Impact Objective
Local Priority

[POL7] Adopt a community-wide water conservation ordinance that meets/exceeds state reduction goals.

Has not adopted a community-wide water conservation ordinance to comply with state reduction goals.

Adopt an ordinance to adopt a residential and/or commercial Water Conservation Program (based on the template provided by the State of California) mandating the use of water-saving devices and stormwater capture where possible in residential and commercial sectors. Ordinance can also specify regularly scheduled water audits for commercial organizations. Ensure that the program encourages upgrades for landscaping efficiency, time and manner of use requirements for landscaping, and low-flow devices for municipal, commercial, and residential sectors, including irrigation system upgrades.

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Planning & Zoning

2 of 5 Goals In Progress
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Planned

[Z1] Adopt a green building code with energy efficiency standards that exceed California Title 24 requirements.

Has not adopted a building code with efficiency standards that exceed California Title 24 reqs

Update local building code to exceed California Title 24 building code by incorporating high-efficiency requirements for new residential and/or commercial construction and renovations in the areas of: interior and exterior insulation, windows, lighting, and HVAC systems. Use ENERGY STAR specifications, the California Building Energy Code, ASHRAE, or a comparable guideline as guidance.

[Z2] Add an energy element or sustainability element to the municipal general plan.

Has not added an energy element or sustainability element to the municipal general plan.

Consider the adoption of an Energy or Sustainability Element that identifies energy and water efficiency planning policies, objectives and goals for the municipality. At a minimum, incorporate language into existing General Plan that reflects sustainable development principles that address long-term energy, environmental, and economic priorities.

[Z3] Encourage use of cool roof materials and green roofs during roof upgrade projects.

Does not address the use of cool roof materials and green roofs during roof upgrade projects.

Adopt an ordinance that requires energy-conserving cool roofs on qualifying buildings, such as new and replacement low-sloped roofs. Specify minimum initial reflectance and initial thermal emittance values.

Local Priority

[Z4] Implement a LED street lighting retrofit program.

District is pursuing a LED street lighting retrofit program with PG&E

[Z7] Explore adoption of a graywater ordinance.

Has not explored adoption of a graywater ordinance.

Adopt a greywater/recycled water ordinance encouraging the use of greywater, where applicable, based on examples from cities demonstrating leadership such as Irvine, California and others. Consider mandating greywater compatible construction in the construction of new homes and commercial properties. Work with local utilities and organizations to provide greywater education to property owners.

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Financing

7 of 7 Goals In Progress
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Planned
High Impact Objective
Local Priority

[F1] Publicize available rebates and incentives for energy efficiency upgrades for residents and businesses.

Does not publicize available rebates and incentives for efficiency upgrades to community.

Publicize available rebates and incentives for energy and water efficiency upgrades that are offered by state, federal, and local governments as well as the local utility related to: building envelope and weatherization, lighting, HVAC systems, plumbing and water-use systems, demand-side management technologies (such as energy storage systems and advanced energy controls). This can be addressed through a variety of print, in-person, and online/social media channels.

Local Priority

[F2] Publicize available incentives and financing for energy efficiency upgrades to public agencies.

Does not publicize available incentives & financing for efficiency upgrades to public agencies.

Publicize available incentives and financial facilities for energy efficient technologies and energy efficiency upgrade projects that public agencies, such as local governments and school districts, are eligible to receive. Maintain an up-to-date-list of resources from state and federal local governments on the municipal website.

Local Priority

[F3] Ensure energy and water efficiency upgrades are eligible in local Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

Energy and water efficiency upgrades are not eligible in local PACE program.

Explore joining a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program where allowed. Ensure that a wide range of water and energy efficiency upgrades are eligible measures, including building envelope improvements such as window and insulation upgrades, energy efficient lighting upgrades and controls, water efficient bathroom retrofits, and advanced heating and cooling technologies.

Local Priority

[F4] Explore creation of revolving loan fund for municipal energy upgrades.

Has not explored creation of revolving loan fund for municipal energy upgrades.

Establish a working group to explore the feasibility of establishing a local green revolving fund to provide a sustainable funding cycle for municipal lighting upgrades and other clean energy projects using the many successful examples from across the country. Identify sources of capital and steps to implementation.

Local Priority

[F5] Publicize existing financing programs and innovative financing models for energy efficiency projects.

Does not publicize financing programs and innovative financing models for efficiency projects.

Publicize innovative financing options for energy efficiency upgrades to the community through a variety of print, in-person and online/ social media channels. Work with local utilities to identify and promote rebates and incentives. Encourage local financial institutions to establish low-interest financing programs for clean energy upgrades.

High Impact Objective

[F6] Publicize available rebates and incentives for water efficiency upgrades and water-conserving appliances.

Does not publicize incentives for water efficiency upgrades and water-conserving appliances.

Publicizes information on water efficiency and conservation on website.

Local Priority

[F7] Promote water and energy efficiency incentives and financial assistance resources to local industries.

Does not promote water or energy efficiency incentives and financial resources to local industries.

Publicize available rebates and incentives for water conservation and efficiency for the commercial sector, including agricultural pump retrofits and other upgrades. Promote local, state and utility-provided energy management services for agriculture and irrigation. Share information and encourage owners to take advantage of water and energy efficiency measures including retrofits, retro commissioning, zero-interest loans for energy-efficiency projects, and other utility-offered services.

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Market Development

1 of 6 Goals In Progress
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Planned
Local Priority

[M1] Provide educational materials related to energy efficiency measures and technologies to the community.

Does not provide educational materials on energy efficiency resources to the community.

Publicize energy efficiency educational resources and tools to local residents and businesses via marketing materials and brochures, or by providing links and information on the municipal web site. Resources should highlight the environmental and economic value of energy efficiency and conservation, and offer tips for residents and business owners.

Local Priority

[M2] Promote energy inefficient appliance trade-in programs to residents and businesses.

Does not promote energy inefficient appliance trade-in programs to residents and businesses.

Convene a working group of local government agencies to evaluate the feasibility of an appliance trade-in or upgrade program. Promote existing programs through community outreach channels.

Local Priority

[M3] Implement an energy upgrade program for residents, including low-income households, and local businesses.

Has not implemented energy upgrade program for residents and local businesses.

Promote existing energy upgrade programs to residents and local businesses, or explore partnering with local community organizations to create a program offering free or low-cost energy audits and technical assistance to improve energy efficiency. Use program to educate community regarding the California Building Code's energy efficiency requirements.

[M4] Provide educational materials related to water conservation and efficiency to residents and businesses.

Does not provide educational materials on water conservation and efficiency to residents/businesses.

Provides water efficiency and conservation on district website.

Local Priority

[M5] Encourage agricultural industry to take advantage of water efficiency opportunities.

Does not encourage agricultural industry to take advantage of water efficiency opportunities.

Publicize available incentives for agricultural pump retrofits from state, federal, and local governments as well as the public utility. Include marketing for educational opportunities related to advanced pumping efficiency. Work with local utilities to encourage agricultural pump owners to receive and report on a subsidized pump efficiency test to become eligible for pump retrofit incentives.

Local Priority

[M6] Design and implement a behavior-based energy and/or water conservation program.

Has not designed and implemented a behavior-based energy or water conservation program.

Convene a working group between municipal staff, the local utility, and other relevant stakeholders to design and pilot a behavior-based energy and water efficiency program. Identify key stakeholders and community organizations who are opinion leaders in the area to identify and develop a conservation program that appeals to local core values. These could include non-profits, faith-based groups, HOAs, etc. Emphasize the voluntary nature of the program to promote energy efficiency and/or water conservation in the community.

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Workforce Development

0 of 4 Goals Not Started
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[WFD1] Publicize energy efficiency-focused workforce trainings and professional development resources to local technicians.

Does not publicize energy efficiency-focused trainings and resources to local technicians.

Publicize energy auditing and retrocommissioning trainings as well as educational resources to local contractors through various community outreach channels. Consider organizing a training event to generate awareness of local codes and standards for building energy efficiency and mandatory audits.

[WFD2] Partner with local industry, academic and workforce organizations to provide energy efficiency training programs.

Has not partnered with local organizations to provide energy efficiency training programs.

Partner with local colleges, academic, industry, utility, and workforce development organizations to support the development certifications and educational programs for green building and energy efficiency. Publicize programs to the community via mailings and outreach to local high schools. Encourage colleges to host campus visit days.

[WFD3] Publicize water efficiency technical trainings and resources to area residents and professionals.

Does not publicize water efficiency technical training or resources to community.

Publicize professional development trainings and resources related to water-efficient technologies and water auditing to community of plumbers, landscapers, and students interested in entering the growing field of water efficiency. Promote water auditing certifications and course offerings to the community through relevant offine and online channels, and in partnership with area academic, industry and workforce development organizations.

[WFD4] Partner with local industry, academic and workforce organizations to provide water efficiency training programs.

Has not partnered with local industry & organizations to provide water efficiency training programs.

Provide for water efficiency professional training programs. Partner with local industry, water agency, academic and workforce development organizations to increase the rigor and visibility of these trainings. Work to establish water efficiency and management skills, such as auditing or retrofit support, as a workforce goal in the region.

ShowRENEWABLE ENERGY & STORAGE

placeholder Generating clean power from renewable energy sources comes with many economic and environmental benefits. Once building energy efficiency measures have been implemented, the remaining energy consumption needs can be satisfied using a portfolio of on-site renewable energy technologies, such as solar PV, solar water heating, small wind turbines, geothermal heat pumps, and bioenergy. The economic viability of renewable energy projects will depend on external factors, such as utility rate schedules and local market conditions.
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Policy

0 of 3 Goals Not Started
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High Impact Objective

[POL1] Establish a renewable energy target for municipal facilities or offset a portion of municipal electricity usage with green power.

No renewable energy or green power target has been set for municipal facilities.

Convene a working group of internal stakeholders to explore the feasibility of setting a renewable energy target for municipal facilities, which may be specified as an installed capacity goal or a minimum share of municipal electricity usage purchased from renewable sources. Consider a policy that future facilities be designed and built to be Zero Net Energy.

[POL2] Explore implementation of a community choice aggregation program.

Has not explored implementation of a community choice aggregation program.

Establish a working group with neighboring local governments and other relevant stakeholders to evaluate the feasibility and benefits of establishing or joining an existing community choice aggregation to secure an alternative energy supply contract, if such arrangements are legally permitted within the state.

[POL3] Create renewable portfolio standard for municipal electric utility in line with the state requirement for investor-owned utilities.

No renewable portfolio standard currently in place for municipal electric utility.

Establish a working group to evaluate the feasibility of adopting a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) for the municipal utility that equals or exceeds the state requirement of 33% for investor-owned utilities. Consider incorporating renewable energy and energy efficiency measures and strategies into integrated resource planning efforts, or exploring renewable energy power-purchase agreements.

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Financing

0 of 4 Goals Not Started
0%
Planned
High Impact Objective

[F1] Publicize available rebates and incentives for renewable energy and energy storage technologies to residents and businesses.

Does not publicize available rebates/incentives for renewable energy to residents and businesses.

Publicize available rebates and incentives for renewable energy and energy storage technologies that are offered by state, federal, and local governments as well as the local utility. This can accomplished by providing information on the municipal web site on a designated clean energy page, as well as creating informational flyers.

[F2] Publicize available incentives and financing for renewable energy and energy storage technologies to public agencies.

Does not publicize available incentives and financing for renewable energy to public agencies.

Publicize available incentives and financial facilities for renewable energy and energy storage technologies that public agencies, such as local governments and school districts, are eligible to receive. Maintain an up-to-date-list of resources from state and federal local governments on the municipal website.

[F3] Publicize existing financing programs and innovative financing models, such as third party financing, for renewable energy projects.

Does not publicize existing financing programs and financing models for renewable energy projects.

Publicize innovative financing options for renewable energy projects, such as bulk purchasing models and third party financing, to the community via marketing materials and information on the municipal website. Promote existing financing programs and encourage local financial institutions to establish low-interest financing programs for renewable energy projects.

[F4] Ensure that renewable energy and energy storage systems are eligible in local Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

Renewable energy and energy storage systems are not eligible in local PACE program.

Explore joining a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program where allowed. Ensure that locally appropriate renewable energy systems (solar PV, solar water heating, ground-source heat pumps, small wind, small-scale bioenergy, etc.) installations are an eligible energy upgrade measure.

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Market Development

3 of 5 Goals Achieved
60%
Planned

[M1] Provide renewable energy educational resources and evaluation tools to the community.

Does not provide renewable energy educational resources and evaluation tools to the community.

Local governments can increase community awareness of clean energy technologies and local efforts related to their adoption by providing educational resources and information about financial incentives in an easy-to-access sustainability page on the municipal website.

High Impact Objective

[M3] Support the organization of a community-based bulk purchase program for renewable energy systems.

District is participating in a regional collaborative purchase effort for renewable energy systems.

[M4] Assess municipal building portfolio for renewable energy project development opportunities.

District assessed municipal properties, including wastewater treatment facilities, for renewable energy project development opportunities.

[M5] Explore public-private partnerships to install renewable energy systems at affordable housing developments.

Has not explored partnerships to install renewable energy at affordable housing developments.

Convene stakeholders from relevant local agencies to survey the public housing building portfolio and identify viable renewable energy project opportunities based on technical feasibility, costs, and financing options. Explore public-private partnerships, such as third-party financing arrangements, in order to avoid upfront costs.

[M6] Explore constructing a renewable energy system at a landfill or wastewater treatment facility.

District assessed renewable energy development at a wastewater treatment facility.

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Workforce Development

0 of 3 Goals Not Started
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Planned

[WFD1] Publicize renewable energy trainings and professional development resources to local community of contractors & technicians.

Does not publicize renewable energy trainings for local professional development resources.

Publicize professional trainings, such as code trainings and short courses, as well as professional development resources to wider community of building contractors, electricians, plumbers, machinists, welders, and other skilled workers in traditional construction and manufacturing fields. Partner with local organizations as well as industry associations to increase the visibility of such events.

[WFD2] Partner with local colleges and neighboring cities/counties to promote renewable energy-focused educational programs.

Has not partnered with local organizations to promote renewable energy-focused education.

Partner with local colleges, academic, industry, utility, and workforce development organizations to support the development of certifications and specialized programs related to renewable energy technologies. Publicize renewable energy programs to the community via mailings and outreach to local high schools. Encourage colleges to host campus visit days.

[WFD3] Promote green business incentives and assistance programs to local businesses and organizations.

Does not promote green business programs or resources to local community.

Collaborate with local economic development authorities and green economy industry clusters to develop and promote green business incentives to attract and retain local businesses and employers. Publicize available incentives, such as tax credits and rebates and financial assistance programs for local green entrepreneurs.

ShowTRANSPORTATION & LAND USE

placeholder Transportation is critical to the movement of people and goods, as well as providing access to services. However, the transportation sector constitutes one of the primary end-uses of energy in communities across the country. Finding creative ways to reduce vehicle miles traveled (VMT) is proving to be a significant challenge, but also fosters an environment for new innovative solutions. By decreasing the environmental impact of their transportation systems cities can improve regional air quality and reduce their carbon footprint.
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Financing

1 of 1 Goals In Progress
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Planned

[F1] Promote financial incentives to increase government and private purchases of electric and alternative fuel vehicles.

Does not promote financial incentives related to the purchase of EV/alternative fuel vehicles.

Promote federal, state, and utility tax credits and/or rebates for electric and alternative fuel vehicles for Valley governments, residents, and businesses. Engage with a regional entity, such as the Air District, to offer a Valley-wide incentive program to support long-term regional and state air-quality goals.

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Workforce Development

1 of 1 Goals In Progress
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Planned

[WFD2] Partner with local colleges and neighboring communities to promote alternative vehicle education programs or technical courses.

Has not partnered with local colleges to promote alternative vehicle education programs or courses.

Inventory existing community colleges, work with local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to align new training programs with expected growth in the clean energy fields. Work with State WIB to insert clean energy workforce goals into new State plans required by the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

ShowSOCIAL EQUITY

placeholder Social equity is a crucial component of sustainable development. The Sustainable Energy Roadmap aims to develop smart energy and sustainable development policies and programs at the local level that reflect the needs and priorities of target communities, reduce its businesses’ and residents’ energy prices and environmental impacts, improve the economy and generate new jobs.
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Financing

1 of 1 Goals In Progress
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Planned
High Impact Objective

[F1] Promote clean energy financing and utility assistance programs that are accessible to all community members.

Exploring promoting clean energy and utility assistance programs to disadvantaged communities through ValleyCAN and FresnoEOC services

Document and promote clean energy and alternative transportation resources, including rebates and incentives, financing options, and utility assistance programs. Provide for disadvantaged community education and access to low- or no-cost resources in language and culturally-sensitive ways. Consider participating in a working group to identify gaps within and across existing programs.

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Market Development

2 of 2 Goals In Progress
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Planned
High Impact Objective

[M1] Ensure all community members receive clean energy policy and program information through culturally-sensitive channels.

District provides disadvantaged communities clean energy info through mail outreach

Ensure there are translated versions of materials on new clean energy and sustainable development programs and resources, tailored to the most common non-English languages spoken in your community. Leverage appropriate community channels and stakeholders to disseminate this information.

[M2] Ensure all community members have access to emergency weather shelters.

District is exploring utilizing community center as an emergency weather shelter

Publicize the cooling center as well as warming centers within Environmental Justice Community areas during extreme weather events. Provide access to affordable potable water at these centers in the case of an extreme water shortage.