California’s energy future needs to be low-carbon, flexible, dispersed and diverse to achieve its ambitious environmental goals. The energy future also needs to be resilient and affordable. Accomplishing these characteristics fits well with local governments’ (LGs) personalities and interests, perhaps better than with investor-owned utilities (IOUs). In fact, LGs may be the key to bringing the state’s electricity system back to health after weathering years of challenges.
Americans want to live in healthy and vibrant communities where their families can thrive. Good jobs, flourishing neighborhoods, a healthy environment, and energy security are the economic bedrock for livable cities and towns in the decades to come. Local communities are also the best place for citizens to engage and for leaders to make progress in responding to the challenges of a changing climate.
SoCalGas awarded the City of Corona more than $44,000 in incentive funding following completion of a renewable energy project at one of the city’s Department of Water & Power facilities.
The road to sustainability now includes important electrification efforts as cities are using building codes to reduce natural gas demand. Since California’s electricity supply is so much cleaner thanks to solar, it makes economic sense to use electric technologies inside homes instead of fossil fuels.
The Institute for Local Government (ILG) is excited to recognize the 33 cities this year that earned Beacon Awards and Beacon Spotlight Awards for their innovative practices and measurable achievements to address climate change.