City of Orange Cove, CA

Roadmap Goals and Progress

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

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

Has not set a specific energy efficiency target for existing municipal buildings.

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.

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 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.

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.

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

Has not adopted an energy benchmarking ordinance with public disclosure to comply with AB 1103.

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.

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

Has not adopted a residential and/or commercial energy conservation ordinance.

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.

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

Has 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.

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[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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Permitting

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

Has not implemented expedited permitting measures for qualifying energy efficiency upgrades.

Implement expedited permitting measures for qualifying energy efficiency upgrades that do not require building permits. Measures include online permit applications and same-day over-the-counter approvals.

[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

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[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.

[Z4] Implement a LED street lighting retrofit program.

Has not implemented an LED street lighting retrofit program.

Convene a working group to plan and implement a LED upgrade program for street lighting and exterior building lighting, in order to reduce energy and maintenance costs and minimize the environmental impact. A retrofit program may be financed through an energy savings performance contract, a green revolving fund, or any other number of ways.

[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.

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

Has not amended residential and commercial building codes to include water efficiency standards.

Update local building code to incorporate water-efficiency requirements for new residential and/or commercial construction and renovations. This can include the use of low-flow toilets, showerheads, and efficient irrigation technologies on residential or commercial properties in retrofit projects or before sale.

[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

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[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

[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.

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[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.

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.

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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[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.

[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.

[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.

Publicize water conservation and efficiency educational resources to local residents and businesses via marketing materials and brochures, or by providing links and information on the municipal website. Resources should highlight the environmental and economic value of water conservation and efficiency, as well as offer tips for residents and businesses.

[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.

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

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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.

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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

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[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 (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. Consider a policy that future facilities be designed and built to be Zero Net Energy. Renewable energy target may be stated in a climate action plan or similar document, or enacted as an ordinance.

[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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Permitting

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

Has not adopted standardized permitting application forms for small-scale renewable energy systems.

Adopt standard permit applications for each locally relevant type of small-scale renewable energy systems. Standard permit includes site plan, an electrical plan, and technology-specific specifications and regulations. Consider incorporating battery system permitting specification into solar PV system permits.

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

No overview of permitting/inspection process for relevant renewable energy systems is provided.

Provide clear instructions on permitting and inspection processes for each renewable energy technology type on the municipal website as well as in printed hand-out form that can be distributed at building counter. 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.

Has not capped permitting fees or based fees on cost recovery for renewable energy systems.

Permit fees for solar photovoltaics, solar water heating systems, ground-source heat pumps, small-scale wind, and energy storage systems should be based on cost recovery or a tiered fee schedule according to system size, and subject to a reasonably determined fee cap.

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

Has not adopted expedited permitting for qualifying systems using a standardized application.

Consider implementing expedited permitting measures, such as online submittals and over-the-counter (OTC) plan check, for qualifying renewable energy systems that utilize a standard application form. Qualifying projects can be small-scale systems that meet structural requirements.

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Planning & Zoning

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

Has not incorporated renewable energy goals and strategies into long-term planning documents.

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.

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

No measures in place to encourage new construction to be built "solar ready."

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.

Has not updated zoning codes to establish and expand allowed use zones for renewable energy systems.

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, etc.) do not seriously restrict property owners' ability to install renewable energy systems, and consider widening scope to include energy storage as an eligible technology. Consider Overlay Zones for development on underutilized land, while maintaining original zoned use.

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

No clear guidance provided for renewable energy system installations on historic buildings.

Develop guidelines and special plan review processes for 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.

Has not incorporated measures for EV charging stations into renewable energy planning efforts.

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

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[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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[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.

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

Has not adopted a local tax exemption for renewable energy systems 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.

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

Has not supported a community-based bulk purchase program for renewable energy systems.

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.

Has not assessed municipal buildings for renewable energy project development opportunities.

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.

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.

Has not explored the potential for renewable energy at a landfill or wastewater treatment facility.

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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[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.

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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

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

Has not adopted a low-emission vehicle fleet purchasing policy.

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.

Has not adopted a commuter benefits ordinance or telecommuting policy for municipal employees.

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

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

No standard permitting form or procedure for EV charging stations for individually zoned end-uses.

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

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

Has not integrated transportation-related smart growth strategies into long-term planning docs.

Incorporate strategies and guidelines into existing General Plan, or similar, that reflects smart growth principles as they pertain to transportation, such as sustainable land use development, alternative fuel, mass transit, and transportation efficiencies in order to address long-term energy, environmental, and economic priorities. Further, consider the adoption of an energy action plan or climate action plans that identifies appropriate policies, objectives and goals for the municipality.

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[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.

Has not explored development of infrastructure for safe, efficient pedestrian and bicycle transit.

Adopt planning principles and policies of Complete Streets and Safe Routes to School programs. Designate bicycle lanes on regularly cycled roads and require bicycle storage at mass transit locations, local business areas, and on buses and trains.

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

Has not ensured that all community members have close access to public transportation.

Establish and promote safe, accessible public transit hubs in residential and commercial areas. Work with local public transportation agencies, transportation planners, and community groups to determine new transit stops and routes. Publicize income-qualified reduced fare where available.

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

Has not updated zoning code to encourage transit-oriented development and urban infill.

Convene a land use and transportation working group to update zoning code with measures and regulations that encourage development near transit hubs and urban infill, such as removing barriers to constructing accessory dwelling units and providing density bonuses near transit hubs. Leverage available transportation expertise (through municipal shared services approach or other channels), where feasible.

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Financing

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[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.

Electric vehicle charging stations are not eligible under local PACE program.

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

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

Does not encourage private sector installation of EV charging stations for customers or employees.

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

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

Does not publicize electric/alternative fuel vehicle training and professional development resources

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.

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).

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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

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[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.

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

Does not promote participatory planning, including EJ community, in the policy-making process.

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.

Has not adopted 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.

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

Does not offer data or channels to give the public access to information on environmental hazards.

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.

Does not ensure compliance and enforcement of federal, state, and local environmental 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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[Z1] Update zoning codes to provide for access to green spaces in all areas of the community.

Zoning code does not address access to green spaces for 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.

Has not updated codes to restrict proximity of highly polluting facilities to certain areas.

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

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

Does not promote clean energy and utility assistance programs to disadvantaged communities.

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

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

Has not ensured disadvantaged communities get latest clean energy info through appropriate channels.

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.

Has not ensured that disadvantaged communities have access to emergency weather shelters.

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

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

Does not promote local and regional green job training and placement pathways.

Develop partnerships with and foster connections between area green industry, workforce training, and placement stakeholders. Promote programs and resources to disadvantaged communities in culturally and language-appropriate ways.