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Office of Energy and Sustainable Development
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Sustainable City Policies Topic Listing

City of Berkeley Sustainability Policies - Over the years, the Berkeley City Council has adopted a number of resolutions and ordinances that have helped to increase the sustainability of the Berkeley Community. In addition, Berkeley has included sustainability principles in its Revised General Plan.  [more...]

Community Choice Energy (CCE) - Community Choice Energy (CCE) allows public agencies to purchase electricity on behalf of customers, as an alternative to investor owned utilities (like PG&E). The goal of a CCE (which is also called community choice aggregation or CCA) is to provide cleaner, greener, and more local electricity to customers. CCA image [more...]

Municipal Energy Conservation - How the City of Berkeley is Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Municipal Operations
While municipal operations contribute to less and 1% of the community-wide greenhouse gas inventory, the City plays an important role in providing leadership on meeting our Climate Action Plan goals. Check out current municipal projects to reduce energy usage, see: Municipal Energy and Water Annual Report (2014).   [more...]

Energy Commission - The Energy Commission advises the Council on energy conservation and alternative energy development in Berkeley.  Commissioners are same appointees as those Council has appointed to the Board of Directors of the Community Energy Services Corporation per Resolution No. 52,744-N.S. Meeting agendas and minutes are available here For more information email the commission secretary.  [more...]

Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO) - BESO replaced RECO/CECO 
Effective December 1, 2015, Berkeley's Building Energy Saving Ordinance (BESO), Berkeley Municipal Code 19.81, replaced both the Residential and Commercial Energy Conservation Ordinances (RECO and CECO). BESO requires Berkeley building owners to complete energy efficiency opportunity assessments and publicly report the building's energy efficiency information with the goal of helping building owners save energy and motivating them to participate in whole-building energy efficiency programs, such as Energy Upgrade California. [more...]

Money for Energy Efficiency: ME2 for You - Money for Energy Efficiency (ME2) Program was a limited-time-only program that provided cash incentives for energy efficiency upgrades in Berkeley homes and businesses. The ME2 program was funded by $1,013,500 in federal stimulus money awarded to Berkeley from the U.S. Department of Energy. The City of Berkeley offered financial incentives to owners of residential, commercial and industrial properties to conduct energy audits and make energy efficiency improvements. Learn about the success of the ME2 program, check out the ME2 Outcomes Evaluation Report. [more...]

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