Municipal Program & Special District Programs

Project Rebates & Incentives
AMBAG Energy Watch and PG&E provide rebates and incentives for projects that reduce energy use. Energy Watch staff will assist in streamlining the rebate process by managing applications with PG&E to ensure that rebate criteria is satisfied and the maximum potential incentive is obtained. Contact Energy Watch today for assistance with project rebates and incentives.

PG&E Energy Efficiency Rebates are available to all PG&E commercial customers. Rebates are available when a PG&E customer purchases an approved energy-efficiency product. Product categories include lighting, HVAC, water heating, business computing, refrigeration, and other general energy efficiency improvements. Energy Watch staff will help identify qualified products that are eligible for rebates.

Customized Retrofit Incentives are also available for customized retrofit projects. Customized energy efficiency retrofit project categories include lighting, motor, and HVAC. Energy Watch staff will help manage this incentive process that requires a pre and post engineering inspection of the project.

Low Cost Direct Installation of Energy Efficiency Measures
AMBAG Energy Watch offers a turnkey energy efficiency program. This program includes an energy audit of your facilities at no cost to your organization. The audit is reviewed with your team and you are able to select from the recommendations which energy efficiency measures you would like to implement. If you choose to proceed with installation, our program provides a streamlined process of quality-guaranteed product installation. The funding provided through the AMBAG Energy Watch program makes it possible to deeply discount the costs related to the installation of energy efficiency measures. Measures included in the program are energy efficient lighting including dimmable options, LED exit signs, occupancy sensors for lighting, vending machine controllers, and PTAC heating/air conditioning control systems.

Computer Power Management
Computer Power Management (CPM) software offers continuous energy savings through better management of the power settings on both desktop PC and MAC desktops. This software allows organizations to set standards that ensure idle computers are either using low power or completely shut down. CPM software provides centralized control over the power management features of each PC or MAC desktop within a computer network.

On average, CPM software reduces energy usage by 200 kWh annually per desktop computer, saving your organization approximately $24 per year, and does so in an unobtrusive manner that does not affect either user experience or computer performance. Participating schools and districts of average size (900 desktops) can save over $20,000 in energy costs (assuming $0.12/kWh) and avoid approximately 127,000 lbs of CO2 emissions by implementing power management software. AMBAG Energy Watch has partnered with Autonomic Software in order to provide licenses, installation, and five years of maintenance and updates at NO COST to your organization. Contact Elisabeth Russell at 831-264-5094 or erussell@ambag.org to deploy the software & help your organization save money today!

Financing
Energy Watch staff will help assist municipalities and special districts analyze, apply, and manage grant or loan financing for qualified energy efficiency projects. Two main loan programs exist for energy efficiency projects being considered by local government entities. PG&E’s On Bill Financing (OBF) program provides 0% loans for qualified energy efficiency projects. California Energy Commission Energy Efficiency Financing provides a 1% or 3% loan under the Energy Conservation Assistance Act for qualified energy efficiency projects. Other grant and bond opportunities for energy efficiency projects are also available on occasion. Contact Energy Watch staff to discuss these exciting project financing opportunities.

Technical Audit Assistance
Energy Watch is able to help jurisdictions and special districts obtain professional technical energy audits for facilities or public infrastructure. Energy Watch staff offer free lighting audits through the Direct Install Energy Efficiency Measure Installation Program. Energy Watch staff are also able to conduct preliminary facility audits to help identify potential energy efficiency opportunities. Free technical engineering audits are available through PG&E and the California Energy Commission for qualified projects. Contact Energy Watch today to discuss energy audit opportunities.

Energy Benchmarking
In 2012, AMBAG Energy Watch benchmarked the energy use of 220 municipal facilities in the Monterey Bay region using the EPA’s online Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. Energy Watch staff are available to benchmark qualified facilities for all municipalities and special districts. Energy Watch staff are also available to provide technical assistance to staff who will utilize the functionality of the Portfolio Manager benchmarking tool. Contact Energy Watch today to discuss energy benchmarking opportunities.

Quarterly Energy Analysis
AMBAG Energy Watch staff utilizes the Portfolio Manager tool to update municipal staff on government facility energy use on a quarterly basis. These quarterly reports allow staff to monitor changes in energy use and compare facility energy use against a national benchmark of similar facility types. Energy Watch staff are available to provide in-depth customized energy reports on a per request basis.

Project Assistance
AMBAG Energy Watch staff is available to assist jurisdictions and special districts in identifying, developing, and managing energy efficiency projects. Energy Watch has experience in supporting hundreds of energy efficiency projects across the Monterey Bay region. Energy Watch exists to support local government entities in implementing quality and effective energy efficiency projects. Contact Energy Watch today to discuss project assistance opportunities.