Information Links

The following links are useful resources for those interested in energy issues and programs (listed in alphabetical order):

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Alliance to Save Energy

A nonprofit coalition of prominent business, government, environmental, and consumer leaders who promote the efficient and clean use of energy worldwide to benefit the environment, the economy, and national security.

 

 

American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE)

ACEEE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing energy efficiency as a means of promoting both economic prosperity and environmental protection.

 

 

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)

A professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology communities.

 

 

Association of Energy Engineers (AEE)

A professional association committed to helping their firms and clients increase energy efficiency, utilize innovative energy service options, enhance environmental management programs, upgrade facility operation, and improve equipment performance.

 

American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE)

A professional association that focuses on heating, ventilation, air conditioning or refrigeration through such disciplines as indoor air quality and energy conservation.

 

 

Building Commissioning Association (BCA)

BCA promotes building commissioning practices that maintain high professional standards. The BCA is dedicated to developing a common, industry-wide understanding of what constitutes effective building commissioning.

 

 

California Home Energy Efficiency Rating System, Inc. (CHEERS)

A California Statewide non-profit organization dedicated to promoting energy efficiency. Their rating is a nationally recognized and accredited computerized analysis of the specific home being inspected that can be used to secure additional financing for improvements.

 

California Energy Commission (CEC)

The state's primary energy policy and planning agency that oversees forecasting future energy needs and keeping historical energy data, licensing thermal power plants 50 megawatts or larger, promoting energy efficiency through appliance and building standards, developing energy technologies and supporting renewable energy and planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.

 

California Green Business Program

The California Green Business Program is a statewide portal where consumers can search for green businesses. Over 3,000 businesses were certified through the program in 2015. Businesses can apply to be certified as a green business, access resources or learn how to start a local green business program. Local support is available for Ventura County businesses through the City of Thousand Oaks and the City of Ventura.  


 

California Independent System Operator

ISO is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of planning and operating a safe and reliable electric transmission system.  


 

California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

The CPUC regulates privately owned electric, telecommunications, natural gas, water and transportation companies, in addition to household goods movers and rail safety.

 

 

Center for the Analysis and Dissemination of Demonstrated Energy Technologies (CADDET)

CADDET offers a range of printed, electronic and online material. CADDET provides an international information network to help managers, engineers, architects and researchers find out about the energy-saving techniques that have worked in other countries. 

 

 

Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE)

CEE is a nonprofit public-benefits corporation that develops national initiatives to promote the manufacture and purchase of energy-efficient products and services.

 

 

Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency

Information on financial incentives offered by government agencies and utilities to homeowners and businesses that incorporate renewable energy and energy efficient features when building, remodeling or buying appliances. Subsequent pages outline tax credits, grants, loans, rebates, bond programs, property tax exemptions and other rewards. 


 

Earth911

Need to recycle something but have no idea where to take it? Go to this site to help you find the solution.

 

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)

EERE develops and deploys efficient and clean energy technologies that meet our nation's energy needs, enhance our environment, and strengthen our national competitiveness.

 

  

Energy Information Administration (EIA)

EIA is a statistical agency of the U.S. Department of Energy that provides policy-independent data, forecasts, and analysis to promote sound policy making, efficient markets, and public understanding regarding energy and its interaction with the economy and the environment.

 

 

ENERGY STAR Program

Energy Star, a program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy is a voluntary labeling program designed to identify and promote energy-efficient products in order to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

 

 

Federal Energy Management Program

The Department of Energy's Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) works to reduce the cost and environmental impact of the Federal government by advancing energy efficiency and water conservation at Federal sites.

 


Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

FERC is an independent regulatory agency within the Department of Energy.

 

 

Home Energy Saver

The Home Energy Saver website contains information and interactive tools to help consumers learn how to save on their energy bill.



Institute for Local Government (ILG)

The ILG promotes good government at the local level with practical, impartial and easy-to-use resources for California communities. 



Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

IEEE is a scientific and educational professional organization directed toward the advancement of the theory and practice of electrical engineering.

 


Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design

The LEED Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings.



National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

NREL is one of the leading government research institutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.



New Buildings Institute

Dedicated to making buildings better for people and the environment.



Northern California Power Agency

NCPA is a California Joint Action Agency. With memberships open to municipalities, rural electric cooperatives, irrigation districts and other publicly owned entities interested in the purchase, aggregation, scheduling and management of electrical energy.



Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
A non-profit group of electric utilities, state governments, public interest groups and industry representatives committed to bringing affordable, energy-efficient products and services to the marketplace.



Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) and Beacon Award Program

SEEC provides support to cities and counties to help them reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy. SEEC is an alliance between three statewide non-profit organizations and California's four Investor-Owned Utilities. The Institute for Local Government and SEEC sponsors the Beacon Program to provide a growing number of cities and counties throughout California with a comprehensive framework and ongoing support to implement effective climate action, energy efficiency and sustainable practices. 



The Smart Communities Network (SCN)

Help communities design and implement innovative strategies that enhance the local economy as well as the local environment and quality of life.



US Department of Energy (DOE), Energy Efficiency Renewable Energy

Governmental department whose mission is to advance energy technology and promote related innovation in the United States. 



US Green Building Council C4 California Central Coast Chapter

California Central Coast Chapter USGBC (C4) is a collaborative effort of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties to form a regional U.S. Green Building Council Chapter to address the unique environmental opportunities and challenges specific to that bioregion.