In 2009, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) adopted an Energy Policy with aims to support clean energy goals by increasing energy efficiency, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and decreasing overall energy usage in municipal facilities. The passage of AB 32 in 2006 outlined the goal of reducing statewide greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. In 2016, SB 32 extended the reduction goal to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030. Additionally, SB 100 in 2018 required renewable energy and zero-carbon resources to supply 100% of electric retail sales to end-use customers and 100% of electricity procured to serve state agencies by December 31, 2045.

The SGVCOG recognizes the impact of carbon emissions and supports energy policies that spur economic growth, protect public health, and maintain quality of life while minimizing our impact on natural resources and greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the SGVCOG revised the Policy in 2021 through the adoption of Resolution 21-06. Updates to the adopted Energy Policy demonstrate the SGVCOG’s continuous and steadfast commitment to reduce energy usage, provide for energy security given recent rolling blackouts and provide recommendations on how the SGVCOG can better support member agencies to attain and enhance energy efficiency in municipal operations.

As a result, the SGVCOG advocates and supports programs and legislation that will:

  1. Support policies that allow flexibility in member agencies’ efforts to cost-effectively meet energy security goals;

  2. Encourage local agencies to complete an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions, set appropriate reduction targets, and create greenhouse gas emission reduction plans;

  3. Support and implement programs that provide resources for local agencies to implement energy efficiency actions and projects;

  4. Support transparency in energy procurement practices;

  5. Support tax credits, grants, loans, and other incentives to assist the public and local agencies that invest in energy-efficient equipment and technology, as well as fuel-efficient and low- and no-emission vehicles, in meeting emission reduction goals;

  6. Ensure energy security while limiting dependence on foreign sources of energy;

  7. Employ diverse strategies for conserving energy including: Energy efficiency, land use strategies, urban forest management, and infrastructure improvements (i.e. green building);

  8. Develop and pursue innovative and affordable financing options for energy efficiency;

  9. Support effective leveraging of energy efficiency programs tailored to address local needs;

  10. Support member agencies to move towards a cost-effective “net-zero energy” model where the amount of energy provided by on-site renewable energy sources is equal to the amount of energy used by a building;

  11. Support the expansions of battery energy storage systems and microgrids in the San Gabriel Valley;

  12. Support advancement of technology that expands renewable energy generation;

  13. Support community choice aggregates (CCAs);

  14. Promote public education of energy efficiency and conservation opportunities; and

  15. Support balanced energy, including clean natural gas.