Fresno, CA (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
In an effort to identify areas of potential cost-savings, the City of Fresno recently learned more about its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at a recent City Council meeting. The City is one of nineteen Fresno-area municipalities learning how to achieve cost savings in its energy usage.
Funded entirely by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, administered by the City of Fresno and implemented by the Economic Development Corporation serving Fresno County, 19 university-level interns have spent the past six months conducting GHG emission studies for area government. These inventories will help the municipalities analyze their facilities’ energy consumption, fuel use and waste production – and, ultimately, identify opportunities for reducing expenses.
Joseph Oldham, City of Fresno Sustainability Manager, views the GHG inventory as an incredible opportunity for Fresno and other cities to achieve real energy efficiencies while simultaneously saving taxpayer dollars. “This is a real chance to improve government services and quality of life for area residents during times of dwindling government budgets,” he said.
Thanks to this PG&E Green Communities program, Fresno-area local governments will have the information necessary to implement policies and plans that help reduce the costs to run buildings, streetlights, traffic signals, water delivery facilities, transit operations, wastewater facilities, landfills and vehicle fleets.
Lee Ann Eager, CEO at the EDC, sees the inventories as a way to spur economic development in the area.
“When you have 19 local governments taking a serious look at cutting costs by tightening up their energy consumption, you have 19 local governments freeing up money to provide other services to their communities, which ultimately spurs economic development,” Eager said.
The municipalities that participated in this voluntary program include Chowchilla, Dinuba, Clovis, Coalinga, Firebaugh, Fowler, Fresno, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Madera, Mendota, Orange Cove, Parlier, Reedley, San Joaquin, Sanger, Selma, and the County of Fresno. The GHG emission inventories were completed this summer. The EDC is spending October through December presenting its findings to each municipality’s governing boards.
“PG&E’s work with the City of Fresno and Fresno Economic Development Corporation represents the perfect match of resources for area cities and counties,” said Steve Newvine, program manager at PG&E. “These greenhouse gas emission inventories provide a rare opportunity to view energy and fuel use across all departments, and they are an important step in improving the bottom lines of Fresno-area local governments.”
These Fresno-area local governments join more than 200 communities in Northern and Central California that have conducted GHG inventories with the help of funds provided through PG&E’s Green Communities Program. Through the program, PG&E partners with the international organization ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability) and other regional organizations to help cities and counties prepare greenhouse gas inventories and develop climate action plans.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to 15 million people in Northern and Central California.
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