Strategic Energy Plan
As with many public sector agencies, the City of Emeryville recognizes the environmental, economic, and social benefits of energy-use reduction, clean energy generation, and the reduction of Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions. The passage of the California Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) in 2006, the Clean Energy and Pollution Act of 2015 (SB 350), and various other legislation has established the State of California as an international leader in efforts to reduce energy use, become a more energy-efficient economy, and move our state toward a more sustainable future. The City of Emeryville understands the unique and vital role that local governments have in helping the State reach the goals set forth in the policies above.
To help meet these challenges, Emeryville agreed to participate as a “Pilot City” in the East Bay Energy Watch (EBEW) Strategic Energy Planning program. EBEW is the Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Local Government Partnership in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties, serving cities in both counties with energy efficiency programs and technical assistance, as well as incentives and rebates for implementing energy savings projects. Several City staff from a variety of departments were engaged throughout a collaborative process, working with EBEW staff, and consultants Newcomb Anderson McCormick (NAM) and QuEST, in the development of this Strategic Energy Plan (SEP). This SEP outlines a comprehensive, organized, and actionable approach for the City to meet its “Energy Vision” and energy-use reduction goals, while reflecting the City’s unique culture, values, and constraints.
The outcome of this process is not just a Strategic Energy Plan for the City of Emeryville, but the results, “best practices,” and lessons learned from this planning process will be incorporated by EBEW and the program consultants into a Strategic Energy Planning “Template”, which will provide a process map and tools to allow other cities in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties to develop their own, customized SEPs. The City of Emeryville’s contribution to both their own SEP and to the development of the Template that will benefit other neighboring cities was valuable and commendable.
The following document describes the policy context for energy planning, the process undertaken by the City to create the SEP, and the resulting Vision, Goals, and specific programs and projects for implementation to achieve the City’s Vision for energy efficiency and sustainability.