City of Rolling Hills Estates Recognized for Energy Savings and Addressing Climate Change
The City of Rolling Hills Estates was recently awarded the “Beacon Gold Spotlight in Best Practices” Award for its work toward addressing climate change. Sponsored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, the program honors voluntary efforts by local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability.
At the September 25 City Council meeting, the City was recognized for achieving the PLATINUM tier in the Energy Leader Partnership Program (ELP), which provides financial incentives on future projects. In coordination with Southern California Edison (SCE) and South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG)/South Bay Environmental Services Center (SBESC), the ELP is a tiered system providing increased incentives as cities, and their communities, complete more energy efficiency projects. Through this program, the SBCCOG/SBESC provides the City with support from an energy engineer to conduct audits, offer guidance, and provide assistance in completing SCE rebate and incentive applications for energy efficiency projects. The purpose of the program is to save energy, reduce costs, improve code compliance and lead by example by developing energy policy through Climate Action Plans.
Over the past several years, the City has taken several steps in reducing its carbon footprint. Through SBCCOG/SBESC programs and their partners, the City has completed facility and streetlight retrofit projects resulting in a total of 78,180 kWh savings, $10,979 in incentives and annual energy savings of $11,994. Additionally, the City has a unique solid waste franchise agreement that keeps waste collection to once per week to increase collection efficiency and minimize consumption of fossil fuels, emissions, as well as wear and tear on roads. Over the last year, the City’s first municipal owned electric vehicle charging station was installed at City Hall. There are plans to expand the network at local parks in the coming year using grant funds. In June of last year, the City was the first participant in the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California (CPA) Joint Power Authority comprised of 31 public agencies across Los Angeles and Ventura counties that will bring renewable power choices to the businesses and residents of our community.
Rolling Hills Estates strives to lead by example as it continues to take strides in addressing climate change while maintaining its rural character, a recurring theme in the City’s General Plan update project currently underway.