Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO:

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

FROM: ASSISTANT TO THE CITY MANAGER

DATE: NOVEMBER 5, 2003

SUBJECT: LETTERS OF SUPPORT FOR THE SOUTH BAY ENERGY REWARDS PROGRAM

RECOMMENDATION

Authorize the mayor to send letters of support for grant applications proposing to extend and expand the South Bay Energy Rewards Program.

BACKGROUND

The City of Redondo Beach and South Bay Cities Council of Governments developed the South Bay Energy Rewards Program, which was funded by the California Public Utilities Commission. The City of Rancho Palos Verdes along with the other 14 member cities of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments participated in this innovative pilot program, designed to promote energy efficiency in the South Bay. The South Bay Energy Rewards Program had three components: advocate energy conservation, provide financial incentives for residents to purchase Energy Star rated household appliances and provide financial incentives for multi-family dwelling units to upgrade common area lighting systems.

The City supported the program with "in-kind" assistance by providing an online web link on the City’s website, distributing promotional materials, assisting with community outreach, serving on the program advisory board and facilitating workshops or staffing community events.

The South Bay Energy Rewards Program has accomplished much during its first pilot year in the South Bay. In Rancho Palos Verdes alone, our residents redeemed approximately 325 coupons on Energy Star rated household appliances from participating retailers in the South Bay. Residents saved money on appliances and on their energy bills, while retailers enjoyed increased sales revenue. With the conclusion of the coupon portion, the Energy Rewards Program has concentrated its efforts on community outreach. Over 200 Rancho Palos Verdes households have committed to practicing at least one energy-saving measure. The Program anticipates distributing 8,000 free compact fluorescent light bulbs throughout the 15 South Bay cities by the end of this calendar year to encourage energy savings. To date, the City has distributed over 250 energy saving light bulbs to residents, and the City will continue giving away the remaining stock of 120 bulbs (one per household with proof of an Edison account number) while supplies last.

DISCUSSION

The success of the Energy Rewards Program has encouraged the South Bay Cities Council of Governments to submit two applications for grant funding: 1) one project is a continuation of an expanded Energy Rewards Program to include small businesses and municipal buildings as beneficiaries of the financial incentive programs and 2) other project is to establish a regional energy efficiency resource office for South Bay cities, businesses and residents.

The SBCCOG is requesting each participating Energy Rewards Program City to send letters in support of the two project applications. The grant application process is anticipated to be highly competitive this year and the additional support letters would be helpful in the grant application process. The attached two letters are identical except for whom they are addressed to.

 

FISCAL IMPACT

None associated with this report. If either project was awarded funding, the City may anticipate "in-kind" staff assistance to support the program implementation.

 

 

RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED

 

 

Gina A. Park

Assistant to the City Manager

 

REVIEWED

 

 

Les Evans

City Manager

Attachments:

  1. Draft Letters of Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November XX, 2003

Michael Peevey, President &

Members of the California Public Utilities Commission

505 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, California 94102

Dear President Peevey and Members,

As the mayor of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and a member of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), with this letter I wish to recognize the leadership offered by the CPUC to seek to achieve the next generation of energy efficiency potential. We are ready to meet this challenge and express our strong support for our dual local proposals.

The South Bay Energy Rewards Program, submitted on our behalf by ASW Engineering, is a continuation of the existing program that was successfully implemented in 2002-2003, co-sponsored by the South Bay Cities Council of Governments, and administered by Southern California Edison. As the expanded South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) Energy Services, this program will combine the strengths of government with the expertise and services of proven energy efficiency providers. The updated version is a community-based crosscutting multi-tiered program sponsored by our community that will meet residential, small business and municipal needs.

The South Bay Energy Efficiency Resource Center (SBEERC), submitted on our behalf by SCE will expand on current regional energy efficiency activities through the development of a community-based resource for energy information, training and materials to assist the member agencies, businesses and citizens to best utilize the resources available to them through the wide variety of statewide and local energy efficiency programs. The SBEERC will establish a small, yet capable Resource Center that will significantly increase the availability of information and resources to the citizens of South Bay region.  

Together, these proposals will help ensure that the region derives the greatest benefit from the estimated $16.5 M the region will contribute to the PGC-EE funds for 2004-2005.

We are ready to provide the network and contacts to allow our constituents and facility managers to implement energy efficiency that will save on utility bills and shoulder our responsibility in making our community more resource efficient. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration of funding these two programs.

Sincerely,

 

Douglas W. Stern

Mayor

 

November XX, 2003

 

 

Administrative Law Judge Malcolm

Public Utilities Commission

505 Van Ness Avenue

San Francisco, California 94102

Dear Judge Malcolm,

As the mayor of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes and a member of the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), with this letter I wish to recognize the leadership offered by the CPUC to seek to achieve the next generation of energy efficiency potential. We are ready to meet this challenge and express our strong support for our dual local proposals.

The South Bay Energy Rewards Program, submitted on our behalf by ASW Engineering, is a continuation of the existing program that was successfully implemented in 2002-2003, co-sponsored by the South Bay Cities Council of Governments, and administered by Southern California Edison. As the expanded South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG) Energy Services, this program will combine the strengths of government with the expertise and services of proven energy efficiency providers. The updated version is a community-based crosscutting multi-tiered program sponsored by our community that will meet residential, small business and municipal needs.

The South Bay Energy Efficiency Resource Center (SBEERC), submitted on our behalf by SCE will expand on current regional energy efficiency activities through the development of a community-based resource for energy information, training and materials to assist the member agencies, businesses and citizens to best utilize the resources available to them through the wide variety of statewide and local energy efficiency programs. The SBEERC will establish a small, yet capable Resource Center that will significantly increase the availability of information and resources to the citizens of South Bay region.  

Together, these proposals will help ensure that the region derives the greatest benefit from the estimated $16.5 M the region will contribute to the PGC-EE funds for 2004-2005.

We are ready to provide the network and contacts to allow our constituents and facility managers to implement energy efficiency that will save on utility bills and shoulder our responsibility in making our community more resource efficient. Thank you in advance for your kind consideration of funding these two programs.

Sincerely,

Douglas W. Stern

Mayor