The California Energy Commission recently awarded $450,000 to the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) to develop analytical tools and conduct research that focus on the relationship among land use, transportation and energy planning.
A two-year $400,000 energy planning contract will assist SANDAG in updating the Regional Energy Strategy, expanding an energy-saving program for local governments, and conducting an alternative fuel vehicle and infrastructure assessment for the region.
In addition, a one-year $50,000 grant will enable SANDAG to promote energy efficient design of new nonresidential buildings, as recommended under the U.S. Department of Energy “Rebuild America” program. This program is a network of community-based partnerships across the nation that are committed to saving energy, improving building performance, easing air pollution through reduced energy demand, and enhancing the quality of life through energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies.
“This partnership with the Energy Commission will assist SANDAG in carrying out its sustainable energy goals for the region, and potentially serve as a model for regional planning throughout the state,” said La Mesa Mayor and Energy Working Group Co-Chair Art Madrid.
The work effort is designed to contribute to state energy planning through the Energy Commission Integrated Energy Policy Report process. The SANDAG Energy Working Group will serve as the local advisory committee to this partnership.
The Energy Working Group is composed of elected officials from the city of San Diego and the four sub-areas of the region, and also includes stakeholders representing business, energy, environment, economy, education and consumer interests.