Energy & Climate Action Planning Program

Greenhouse Gas Inventories
AMBAG Energy Watch recognizes that while large metropolitan cities have been working on climate change mitigation projects for years, many of California’s smaller jurisdictions are in much earlier stages of grappling with greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Many of these cities and counties lack the necessary staff and funds to devote to greenhouse gas reduction projects, and as a result, the vast majority of AMBAG’s 21 member jurisdictions had not quantified their baseline GHG emissions as of 2009.

Recognizing the need for more support with local climate change efforts, AMBAG Energy Watch designed a program that would yield the following results:

  • Completion of the following in 100% of AMBAG jurisdictions at NO COST to the municipal governments:
  1. Local Government Operations 2005 Baseline GHG Inventories
  2. Community-wide 2005 Baseline; and
  3. Community-wide 2009 GHG Inventories;
  • Standardized (“apples-to-apples”) greenhouse gas inventories for regional comparability;
  • Periodic updates to Community-wide GHG Inventories for all 21 of AMBAG’s member jurisdictions;
  • Ongoing GHG Inventory technical support and capacity-building for jurisdictional staff;
  • Community engagement on the topic of climate change mitigation; and

Climate Action Planning Support Services
AMBAG Energy Watch provides a variety of support services to our member jurisdictions who are working to develop, adopt and implement Climate Action Plans. These services may include:

  • General technical support (i.e. GHG Inventories, GHG Forecasts, GHG Reduction Measure Identification and Modeling, etc.)
  • Legislative and regulatory liaison services
  • Educational forums and technical training workshops (i.e. GHG Inventory Methodologies, SEEC Climate Action Planning Assistant, PG&E Tableau Data, etc.)
  • Energy-related GHG mitigation scenario development and modeling
  • Peer review of climate action planning documents

Energy Action Strategies
AMBAG Energy Watch is working closely with many of our member jurisdictions to develop comprehensive and cost-effective plans to quantify and reduce residential and non-residential energy consumption and related GHG emissions.

These standalone plans—known as Energy Action Strategies—provide analyses of annual energy consumption patterns and contain a range energy efficiency and conservation initiatives that are feasible and appropriate within each unique community.

The selected initiatives can lead to significant reductions in energy consumption and related utility costs, as well as reduced greenhouse gas emissions, in all sectors of the community. Each selected measure will be modeled by Energy Watch staff in order to quantify the potential savings in energy and utility expenditures, as well as reductions in local GHG emissions.

The Draft Energy Action Strategies developed by AMBAG Energy Watch are meant to highlight the potential savings that can be achieved through various energy actions, and provide valuable insights for decision makers in each jurisdiction.

For those jurisdictions who ultimately decide to develop and adopt comprehensive Climate Action Plans, the initiatives comprising the Energy Action Strategies can be easily and efficiently integrated into the energy chapter(s) of the Climate Action Plans. This can effectively reduce the cost and time required to develop a quality Climate Action Plan.

2008 Monterey Bay Regional Energy Plan
The Regional Energy Plan Program was a collaborative effort in 2008 to create a comprehensive Energy Efficiency Plan for the Monterey Bay Area, encompassing AMBAG's areas of service in the Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz Counties.

The final draft of the Plan is available here for the cities and counties in this region to adopt, or use as a set of guidelines to help reduce their energy use and costs.

AMBAG's Energy Advisory Committee worked with energy experts to write the Plan. The Advisory Committee is made up of representatives from the local cities and counties, as well as local business, and industry.