City of Kerman, CA

Roadmap Goals and Progress

The Sustainable Energy Roadmap team has worked in close coordination with the City of Kerman 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

6 of 7 Goals In Progress
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Planned
High Impact Objective

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

The City would like to pursue this goal in the future, but no target has been established or set.

Adopt an ordinance or 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.

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

No procurement requirements exist for municipal buildings, but City is interested in creating them.

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

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

City has programmable thermostats, but does not have a temperature policy at this time.

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.

[POL4] Adopt ordinance requiring non-residential building energy benchmarking & public disclosure that is in compliance with AB 1103.

Building-specific plans shall be in accordance with Kerman's Environmental Standards Table.

Establish a policy or ordinance that is in compliance with California's AB1103, which requires energy benchmarking and public disclosure for non-residential properties. Consider the phased implementation schedule regarding a building's square footage, as well as other factors such as frequency of reporting to governing municipality. Mention benchmarking and ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager system in the local environmental code.

[POL5] Adopt a residential and/or commercial energy conservation ordinance.

Has environmental standards, but no specific mention of energy conservation

Establish a RECO and/or CECO that requires property owners to ensure that their properties meet municipally-determined energy and water efficiency standards before they may be sold, renovated, or receive a rental license.

High Impact Objective

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

City follows state mandated water conservation measures; but would like to exceed these 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

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

The City currently has an ordinance with water conservation measures in place.

City has adopting by the State Model Water Efficient Landscape Ordinance.

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Permitting

1 of 2 Goals Achieved
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High Impact Objective

[P1] Implement expedited permitting measures for qualifying energy efficiency upgrades.

The City has an expedited permitting process in place.

City currently at best practice.

[P2] Reduce or eliminate permitting fees for high-efficiency equipment upgrades.

Has not reduced or eliminated permitting fees for high-efficiency equipment upgrades.

Identify equipment upgrades that exceed code compliance to qualify for reduced or eliminated fees. Consider making permitting for these projects available online to increase the ease of permitting and save time for the applicant and staff.

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Planning & Zoning

4 of 7 Goals In Progress
2 of 7 Goals Achieved
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Planned

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

The City currently complies, but would like to pursue this goal in the future.

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.

The City would like to expand upon this in the General Plan in the future.

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.

The City would like to include the encouragement of cool/green roof material in project upgrades.

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.

[Z4] Implement a LED street lighting retrofit program.

The City completed a LED street light retrofit in 2012.

City currently at best practice.

[Z5] Provide guidance for energy efficiency upgrades in historic buildings.

Does not provide guidance for energy efficiency upgrades in historic buildings.

Develop guidelines and special plan review processes for energy efficiency upgrades in historic buildings that protect property owners' ability to improve their building's energy performance. Allow staff member to review and approve permit applications when possible rather than requiring a committee or planning commission review.

High Impact Objective

[Z6] Amend residential and commercial building codes to include water efficiency standards.

The City has done this in the 2007 General Plan Update.

City currently at best practice.

[Z7] Explore adoption of a graywater ordinance.

The City is in the process of creating and implementing.

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

5 of 7 Goals In Progress
2 of 7 Goals Achieved
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Planned
High Impact Objective

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

The city refers residents to the PG&E websites for any rebates and upgrades.

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. Ideally, the city can include links to PG&E info on its website.

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

Interested in learning more and publicizing available information.

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.

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

These upgrades are available in the HERO and FigTree PACE programs, which the City participates in.

City currently at best practice.

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

City may explore in the future.

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.

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

The City participates in both HERO and FigTree PACE programs and has publicized these programs.

City currently at best practice.

High Impact Objective

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

Rebates for washing machines and toilets are currently in the 2015/16 budget.

Work with local water districts and utilities to develop a retrofit program and create and publicize incentives, rebates, and other funding options for water-efficient appliances, such as low-flow toilets, dishwashers, washing machines, etc. Water agencies can also provide services for conducting water audits, identifying leaks, converting lawns, installating efficient sprinkler systems, etc. Promote programs through a variety of print, in-person and online/ social media channels.

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

The city doesn't have in place at this time, but interested in publicizing.

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
3 of 6 Goals Achieved
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Planned

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

HERO PACE and FigTree PACE information on web and in lobby.

City currently at best practice.

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

Currently refer residents and businesses to PG&E programs such as LED retrofits for local 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.

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

City currently refers constituents to PG&E programs.

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.

The City utilizes website, utility billing, Kerman E-news, newsletters and more to provide this info

City currently at best practice.

[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.

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

The City has implemented watering days as well as education efforts to encourage behavior changes

City currently at best practice.

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Workforce Development

4 of 4 Goals In Progress
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[WFD1] Publicize energy efficiency-focused workforce trainings and professional development resources to local technicians.

This is something the City would like to explore.

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.

This is something the City would like to explore.

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.

This is something the City would like to explore.

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.

This is something the City would like to explore.

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.

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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

1 of 2 Goals In Progress
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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.

Currently have solar panels operating at the City's WWTP and looking to add more.

Convene a working group of internal stakeholders (such as public works, planning, and facilities) 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. Renewable energy target may be stated in a climate action plan or similar document, or enacted as an ordinance. Look into setting a specific renewable energy percentage or amount.

[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.

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Permitting

2 of 4 Goals In Progress
2 of 4 Goals Achieved
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Planned
High Impact Objective

[P1] Adopt standardized permitting application forms for various small-scale renewable energy and energy storage systems.

Standardized solar permitting form presented to the CIty's Planning Commission in August 2015.

Incorporate battery system permitting specifications into existing permit applications for renewable energy installations. Specifications may include electrical diagrams, information about the voltage and ampere-rating, and necessary means of disconnection.

[P2] Provide an overview of the permitting and inspection process for locally relevant types of renewable energy systems.

AB 2188 requires local governments to streamline solar permitting processes by September 30, 2015.

Provide clear written instructions on permitting and inspection processes for each renewable energy technology type on the municipal website. Include a checklist of required application materials and permits, a permit fee schedule, as well as information regarding available rebates and incentives.

[P3] Place a cap on permitting fees for residential renewable energy systems, or base fees on cost recovery.

Solar permitting fees have been capped in accordance with state law.

City currently at best practice.

High Impact Objective

[P4] Implement expedited permitting measures for qualifying systems utilizing standardized application forms.

Expedited permitting measures currently exist.

CIty currently at best practice.

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Planning & Zoning

5 of 5 Goals In Progress
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High Impact Objective

[Z1] Incorporate renewable energy goals and strategies into long-term planning documents, such as General Plans.

This is something the City would like to explore.

Incorporate strategies and guidelines into existing General Plan, or similar, that reflects renewable energy principles and address long-term energy, environmental, and economic priorities. Further, consider the adoption of an energy action plan or climate action plans that identifies specific renewable energy and energy storage policies, objectives and goals for the municipality.

High Impact Objective

[Z2] Encourage new construction to be built "solar ready", with pre-wiring for solar PV and easy plumbing access for solar water heating.

This is something the City would like to explore.

Adopt a municipal ordinance which requires new residential construction to meet pre-plumbing and pre-wiring requirements for solar water heating systems and solar photovoltaic systems. Ordinance can update the building code, or expand permitting requirements to include solar-readiness.

[Z3] Update zoning code to establish and expand allowed use zones for renewable energy systems.

The City has in place for small residential, but would like to expand to commercial and industrial

Update zoning code to specify where renewable energy systems are considered a by-right allowed use in order to eliminate special reviews and lengthy permitting processes. Ensure that zoning and design requirements (such as setbacks, height limits, noise limits, and lot use provisions) do not seriously restrict property owners' ability to install renewable energy systems. Consider widening scope to include energy storage as an eligible technology.

[Z4] Provide clear guidance for renewable energy system installations on historic buildings.

Nothing currently in place, but very few historical buildings.

Develop guidelines and special plan review processes for energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy installations in historic buildings that protect property owners' ability to improve their building's energy performance. Allow staff member to review and approve permit applications when possible rather than requiring a committee or planning commission review.

[Z5] Incorporate measures for electric vehicle charging stations into renewable energy planning efforts.

This is something the City would like to explore.

Include electric vehicle considerations in renewable energy planning efforts. Potential measures include electric vehicle provisions in the next general plan update, an ordinance that requires pre-wiring for both solar and EVSE in new construction, including solar feasibility assessments in any electric vehicle readiness planning, and more.

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Financing

3 of 4 Goals Achieved
75%
Planned
High Impact Objective

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

The City refers residents and businesses to the PG&E website.

City currently at best practice

[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.

The City participates in the HERO and the Figtree PACE programs - info on websites and in lobby.

City currently at best practice.

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

Renewable energy and energy storage are eligible technologies in certain CA PACE financing programs.

City currently at best practice!

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Market Development

4 of 6 Goals In Progress
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Planned

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

This is something the City would like to explore.

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.

[M2] Adopt a local sales tax exemption or property tax exemption for renewable energy systems and energy storage systems.

City currently doesn't have local tax exemptions for renewable energy and energy storage systems.

Explore the feasibility of enacting property tax and sales tax exemptions for renewable energy and energy storage systems that are that are sold to and installed on properties within the jurisdiction.

High Impact Objective

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

City currently doesn't promote this type of bulk purchase program for renewable energy.

Support the creation of a working group composed of community stakeholders and funding providers. This group would evaluate options and determine the most viable approach for a bulk purchase program, similar to the Solarize model.

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

This is something the City would like to explore.

Convene stakeholders from planning, public works, and other relevant departments to survey the municipal facility portfolio and identify viable renewable energy project opportunities based on technical feasibility, costs, and financing options. Sites to survey include building rooftops, parking lots and car ports, open spaces, landfills, as well as wastewater treatment facilities.

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

This is something the City would like to explore.

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.

This is something the City would like to explore.

Convene a working group of stakeholders, such as waste waster agencies, landfill operators, and community leaders to evaluate the potential for a waste-to-energy program that utilizes organic waste streams.

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Workforce Development

1 of 3 Goals In Progress
1 of 3 Goals Achieved
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Planned

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

City currently publicizes PACE programs and Proteus programs.

City currently at best practice!

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

Promotes green job training from a local company called Proteus and wants to explore more options.

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.

City currently doesn't promote green business incentives and assistance programs to local businesses

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.

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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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Policy

2 of 2 Goals In Progress
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Planned
High Impact Objective

[POL1] Adopt a fleet purchasing policy to replace existing municipal fleet vehicles with low-emission vehicles.

The City currently has two CNG cars and Senior Transit bus is CNG, but no formal policy in place.

Adopt an ordinance or energy action plan to revise municipal fleet purchasing policies with criteria and purchasing specifications that include demonstrated emissions reductions, and analyze the costs and benefits of low-emissions vehicles and their fuel sources. Convene a working group to update municipal fleet purchasing policies and guidelines to specify vehicle emission and fuel source criteria in city/county purchasing decisions.

[POL2] Adopt a commuter benefits ordinance and/or telecommuting policy for municipal employees.

Nothing currently in place, but the City did participate in a green house gas survey in March 2012.

Evaluate feasible commuter benefits for municipal employees, such as telecommuting, flexible workweeks, and subsidies for rideshares and pubic transit. Enact an ordinance for municipal employees and promote voluntary participation amongst local businesses through highlighting the benefits of such policies and providing them with implementation resources.

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Permitting

1 of 1 Goals In Progress
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Planned
High Impact Objective

[P1] Adopt a standardized permitting application form for electric vehicle charging stations for individually zoned end-uses.

The City would like to explore this goal, but nothing has been put in place at this time.

Adopt a standard permit application for electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) at AC Levels 1 and 2 (120V and 208/240V, respectively). Application should include a plot plan, an electrical load worksheet, as well as manufacturer information for the unit.

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Planning & Zoning

4 of 5 Goals Achieved
80%
Planned
High Impact Objective

[Z1] Integrate transportation-related smart growth goals and strategies into long-term planning documents, such as General Plans.

The City has implemented Smart Growth in the 2007 General Plan Update.

City currently at best practice.

High Impact Objective

[Z2] Update local building and zoning codes to require electric vehicle charging station prewiring in new construction and major retrofits.

Does not require EV charging station prewiring in new construction and major retrofits.

Evaluate costs and benefits with home builders and contractors to demonstrate economic feasibility of pre-wiring requirements. Adopt local ordinance amending the California Green Building Code to include specifications for electric service requirements for electric vehicle supply equipment as well as installation recommendations for various building types. Update zoning codes and parking codes to increase access to EV chargers, establish reasonable restrictions or incentives for their use in qualifying areas, and ensure that publicly available electric vehicle charging infrastructure meets federal and state accessibility provisions.

[Z3] Incorporate adequate infrastructure to provide safe and efficient pedestrian and bicycle transit opportunities.

The City has implemented Smart Growth in the 2007 General Plan Update.

City currently at best practice.

[Z4] Ensure that community members, including low-income residents, have close access to public transportation.

The City has implemented Smart Growth in the 2007 General Plan Update.

City currently at best practice.

High Impact Objective

[Z5] Update zoning code to encourage transit-oriented development and urban infill.

The City has implemented Smart Growth in the 2007 General Plan Update.

City currently at best practice.

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Financing

1 of 2 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.

[F2] Ensure electric vehicle charging stations are eligible under local Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program.

City in the process of checking with PACE program providers

Explore implementing or joining a residential or commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program, where allowed. Work with PACE program providers to ensure that electric vehicle charging station installations are an eligible energy upgrade measure. Evaluate PACE financing program best practices demonstrated by other communities across the country.

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Market Development

1 of 3 Goals In Progress
33%
Planned
High Impact Objective

[M1] Encourage local retailers and employers to install electric vehicle charging stations for customers and employees.

This is something the City would like to explore.

Explore the creation of an incentive program for employers to install electric vehicle charging stations for the public and their employees. Publicize the benefits of workplace charging stations via community outreach campaigns that highlight employers and business that have installed chargers. Start with the San Joaquin Valley's Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness Plan and Optimal Siting Locations report.

[M2] Organize a regional initiative for government fleets to procure low-emitting vehicles as well as fuels and charging stations.

No regional initiative in place for low-emitting transportation options for government fleets.

Convene a task force of local governments and agency procurement officials across the region to evaluate the feasibility of increasing purchasing power through a formal procurement collaborative for fleet vehicles and/or equipment. Leverage available transportation expertise (through municipal shared services approach or other channels), where feasible.

[M3] Establish and publicize incentives that encourage transit-oriented development.

Has not established or publicized incentives that encourage transit-oriented development.

Publicize policy-based incentives and existing funding sources for transit-oriented development (TOD) projects, such as those that increase the amount of affordable housing in proximity to transit hubs. Determine feasible measures that the city or town can take to encourage TOD, such as density bonuses or property tax abatements.

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Workforce Development

2 of 2 Goals In Progress
100%
Planned

[WFD1] Publicize electric/alternative fuel vehicle training and professional development resources to local workforce.

This is something the City would like to explore.

Partner with regional utilities, academic and workforce development organizations to combine existing training courses with emerging new energy storage and electric vehicle-related training. Publicize trainings and educational resources related to electric vehicles and EVSE installations through various community outreach channels.

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

The City would like to partner with local colleges regarding alternative vehicle education.

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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Policy

4 of 5 Goals In Progress
80%
Planned
High Impact Objective

[POL1] Encourage local employment and job creation through municipal contracting.

Does not utilize municipal contracting measures to support local employment and job creation.

Establish a policy that encourages hiring local residents for work performed under municipal contracts. Policy can establish a minimum total percentage of work hours to be performed by local residents according to the type of contract.

High Impact Objective

[POL2] Promote participatory planning and environmental justice community inclusion in the policy-making process.

The City promotes participatory planning and seeks additional channels to engage with to engage.

Incorporate environmental justice community (EJC) considerations within municipal planning updates and in setting new policies by conducting outreach, hosting community forums, and potentially establishing a planning sub-committee. Establish lasting partnerships with key stakeholders that represent interests of EJCs.

[POL3] Adopt measures to protect and improve local air quality.

The City is a member of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District.

The City continues to pursue measures to protect and improve local air quality.

Determine and work towards adoption of feasible and effective air quality measures that can be taken by a local government, such as ordinances to reduce idling by passenger vehicles, commuter benefits policies that support low-emission forms of travel, and local woodburning regulations.

High Impact Objective

[POL4] Ensure public has access to data regarding the presence of environmental hazards as well as channels for emergency notification.

The City is working towards providing more public access to data regarding environmental hazards.

The City strives to provide the public access to environmental hazards, but is always looking for more efficient way to provide this information. Publicize environmental data related to water, air quality, hazardous waste, and other environmental impacts and emergencies collected by local and state agencies on the municipal website. Track key indicators of environmental health and summarize on an annual basis, if possible. Utilize environmental justice community stakeholder communication channels to share information with hard-to-reach community members, particularly in the case of an environmental emergency.

[POL5] Ensure compliance and enforcement of federal, state, and local environmental and air quality regulations.

The City strives to ensure compliance of federal, state and local environmental regulations.

The City is always looking for more efficient way to comply with regulations. Promote easy-to-access channels for the community to report environmental infractions, such as a link to the CalEPA reporting form, and publicize in multiple languages and culturally-sensitive ways. Promote sector-specific compliance resources to local industries that may be subject to environmental regulations, such as the EPA's Compliance Assistance Centers.

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Planning & Zoning

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Planned

[Z1] Update zoning codes to provide for access to green spaces in all areas of the community.

City seeks to update zoning codes to provide for access to green spaces in disadvantaged communities

Where safe and feasible, convert empty lots, brownfields, and other spaces in existing neighborhoods to parks and publicly accessible open space. Require green space in new residential developments to appropriately minimize the impact of human development as well as provide a livable environment for residents. Expand urban tree canopy with drought-resistant trees where possible.

[Z2] Update zoning and permitting standards to restrict highly polluting facilities in proximity to residential areas and water resources.

The City has implemented Smart Growth in the 2007 General Plan Update.

Zoning for new projects requiring special use and/or environmental permits should consider proximity to residential areas and establish limits for the size and quantity of polluting facilities in an single area.

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Financing

1 of 1 Goals In Progress
100%
Planned
High Impact Objective

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

The City would like to pursue programs that promote clean energy financing and utility assistance.

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
100%
Planned
High Impact Objective

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

The City would like to ensure that disadvantaged communities are aware of all clean energy policies.

Provide for 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.

The City would like to take actions towards ensuring access to weather shelters for disadvantaged co

Locate and publicize cooling centers 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.

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Workforce Development

1 of 1 Goals Achieved
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Planned
High Impact Objective

[WFD1] Foster and promote local and regional green job training and placement pathways.

City refers individuals to a training services provider (Proteus), and is creating new partnerships.

City currently at best practice.