Helping South Bay Cities Lead By Example
Through the South Bay Cities' Energy Leader Partnership (ELP) with Southern California Edison, South Bay municipalities are encouraged and rewarded to lead by example when it comes to energy efficiency. From lighting to heating and cooling, it is more cost effective and better for the environment to be energy efficient. The SBCCOG, through its Environmental Services Center, provides an energy engineer for member cities to conduct audits, give advice, and provide assistance in completing SCE rebate and incentive applications for city energy efficiency facilities projects. Cities in this program save energy, reduce costs, work to improve code compliance and lead by example by developing energy policy through their Energy Action Plans. SBCCOG member cities can get more information by calling 310-371-7222.
Benefits of the Energy Leader Program can be Financial
The ELP program is a tiered system providing increased incentives as cities complete more energy efficiency projects. Cities also work with their community to satisfy outreach and information dissemination criteria to further move up the tier levels. At the highest level of Platinum, a city can earn as much as 18 cents per kWh over and above the current SCE incentive.
South Bay City Levels as of January 2016
Platinum: Hawthorne, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach
Gold: Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Rolling Hills Estates, Torrance
City achievements are promoted by the SBCCOG at City Council meetings recognizing the efforts of councils and city staff. In addition, Energy Leader Program advancements by cities are noted in the newsletters and on the websites of the SBCCOG and SBESC.