The Resource Conservation (Energy) Program includes renewable energy development, energy efficiency, and strategic energy planning. The City of Carpinteria is committed to providing equitable, clean resilient power to the community.
In 2019, the City of Carpinteria received the Platinum Level Beacon Spotlight Award in Agency Energy Savings from the Institute for Local Government for attaining 36-percent energy savings.
Community Choice Energy
Community Choice Energy (CCE), also referred to as Community Choice Aggregation, enables local governments to leverage the purchasing power of their residents, businesses, and governmental entities to purchase or generate power for their communities. By allowing local governments to pool the electricity demand of their communities, CCE’s can offer power with higher renewable content and lower greenhouse gas emissions while also offering more choices at competitive prices to traditional utilities.
In December 2019, the City of Carpinteria formally joined Central Coast Community Energy (CCCE), a not-for-profit agency established by local communities to source carbon-free electricity. Community enrollment began in October of 2021, with all customers enrolled by the winter of 2022.
CCCE offers a variety of programs for customers, including rebates and incentives for electric vehicles (EV) and EV infrastructure, and electrification for new and existing homes.
Strategic Energy Plan
Due to its location at the end of the distribution lines for Southern California Edison (SCE), the City of Carpinteria and surrounding communities have experienced grid reliability and resiliency challenges. To bolster the dependability of the local electrical grid and meet local clean energy and economic development goals, the City worked with the County of Santa Barbara and City of Goleta to develop a regional strategic energy plan. The City of Santa Barbara created a similar strategic energy plan, and the south coast agencies held regional workshops to develop comprehensive plans to address the region’s energy needs.
The City Council formally adopted the City of Carpinteria Strategic Energy Plan (SEP) in July 2019 via Resolution No. 5908. This plan serves as a clean energy roadmap the assist in developing current and future programs and projects.
Implementation of the SEP includes encouraging energy efficiency and renewable energy through incentives, grant funding, and education. The City recently developed the Energy Efficiency Guide for Residents, which offers tips to reduce energy consumption and save money, as well as information about financial assistance programs.
Other Programs and Links
The Santa Barbara County Regional Climate Collaborative is a growing multi-sector network of organizations working together to advance climate mitigation and resiliency efforts in Santa Barbara County. The Collaborative advances regional scale climate solutions through coordination and partnership.
3C-REN (Tri-County Regional Energy Network) is a partnership between the Counties of San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura established to deliver energy-saving programs and industry trainings that help reduce energy use, strengthen local job markets, and support efforts to achieve climate goals.
For households, 3C-REN offers energy saving opportunities, with an emphasis on hard-to-reach and underserved communities.
For industry, 3C-REN offers capacity-building services including workforce training and technical code support. Serving both public and private sector professionals, 3C-REN responds to the needs of the local building industry.
Along with other local agencies throughout the Central Coast, the City is excited to announce that we will be launching Resilient Santa Barbara County, and interactive platform with everyday actions for individuals and households that showcases everyday opportunities you can take for local climate action.