Energy Efficiency & Renewables
As Ventura moves into the future, it's important that we consider the health and wellness of our community systems. Energy management, be it efficiency or procurement, is an important part of how we run our city and plays a large role in preserving air and water quality in the region. The City of Ventura aims to reduce the energy use and utility costs of the buildings and facilities we operate. We have experienced first-hand how energy efficiency and renewable energy resources reduce operating and maintenance costs while decreasing our reliance on fossil fuels. For example, solar panels at the City's maintenance yard provide half of the electricity used at the facility, equivalent to roughly 30 Ventura homes.
Energy Action Plan
An Energy Action Plan (EAP) is a strategic planning document that lays out goals and possible actions to reduce energy consumption by increasing energy efficiency and procuring more renewable energy. The EAP will establish energy reduction targets in 5 year increments relative to the community's total energy consumption from the 2010 baseline year. To achieve these goals, an EAP outlines the most cost-effective and impactful strategies the City and community may take to reduce overall energy consumption.
The EAP will outline a pathway to accomplish many other objectives, including:
- Increase energy efficiency and lower utility costs
- Lower harmful greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality
- Adopt local renewable energy projects
- Support a fair transition from fossil fuels
- Strengthen energy reliability and community safety in the event of an outage
- Accelerate the development of local sustainability projects and plans
City staff and partners are working with the community to make EAP development and engagement open and accessible to all that wish to contribute. Because the EAP will outline goals and strategies for reducing electricity use for the next 10 years in Ventura, it will incorporate the ideas and preferences of the community. This will help the EAP be most effective in creating a smooth transition to a more sustainable community.
This is YOUR chance to get involved! Here’s how:
- Take the EAP survey.
- Subscribe to our mailing list below to receive updates on project developments and upcoming engagement activities.
- Follow us on Facebook.
- Attend our meetings and workshops to meet face to face with City staff and partners.
- Review and comment on documents created as part of the EAP development.
Community-based meetings and workshops will be the primary sources for the community’s contribution to the development of the City’s EAP. We welcome you to exercise your public power of speech!
At the events below, you will be able to discuss your ideas with City Staff, community partners and energy experts. At all workshops, free Pizza and snacks will be provided to participating community members. At all tabling events, there will be opportunities to get involved with raffles, surveys, games and other interactive exercises.
Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest
Saturday, April 21, 2018
10 AM to 4 PM
Ventura Plaza Park
Ventura’s 4th of July Street Fair
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
10 AM to 5 PM
Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District
While we pursue energy efficiency and renewable energy procurement opportunities as a municipality, it's important to us that we let the public know about the local resources available to improve the sustainability of homes and businesses throughout our city. Below are some selected resources for incentives, programs, resources, tips, and best practices for implementing energy efficiency and renewable energy.