Modern communities could not exist without reliable supplies of energy.

LGC has worked for decades to identify local solutions to pressing energy needs. Working collaboratively with local leaders, we identify practical ways to build more resilient energy systems in our communities. Through our networks and coalitions, LGC also provides a collective voice for public agencies on priority energy policies and programs statewide.

LGC provides technical assistance to local governments on emerging best practices, hosts statewide energy events, and provides support to improve community engagement. We vigorously advocate for energy solutions and funding, and better access to resources for underrepresented and hard-to-reach communities.

Ahwahnee Principles for Resource-Efficient Communities

The Ahwahnee Principles for Resource-Efficient Communities, written in 1991 by the Local Government Commission, paved the way for the Smart Growth movement and New Urbanism. These principles provide a blueprint for elected officials to create compact, mixed-use, walkable, transit-oriented developments in their local communities.

Clean Power Alliance Sustainable Energy Incubator

The Sustainable Energy Incubator aims to engage Clean Power Alliance board members, staff, local member agencies, and other stakeholders to address emerging energy issues through educational workshops and direct support.

Empower Procurement

Empower Procurement aims to help organizations reach their clean energy goals by simplifying the distributed energy resource (DER) procurement process. It identifies the barriers faced by both buyers and sellers—including challenges unique to large institutions—and provides solutions to bridge the gap between clean energy providers and those wishing to acquire and make use of top-of-the-line DER products.

Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC)

LGSEC is the only organization who represents local governments’ energy and climate regulatory interests at the CPUC, CEC, CAISO, FERC, and ARB. Together, we help make sustainable energy achievable for California’s local governments by creating opportunities for our members to share their most successful strategies and programs to meet our state’s carbon reduction goals.