Valley misses out on energy efficiency awards


The California Energy Commission recently released details of two competitive grants under its State Energy Program. No Valley bid made the cut. The San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization assisted the City of Visalia on a proposal that would've helped Valley homeowners make their homes more energy efficient. The SJVCEO also assisted the City of Gustine on a proposal that would've helped downtown Valley businesses become more energy efficient.


For SEP 2, the municipal and commercial retrofit program, no Valley entity reached the minimum technical score of 280. Here is a list of the recipients, their scores and their award amounts:




  • Oakland-based Energy Solutions, 302.33, $ 5,949,739

  • Portland Energy Conservation Inc., 290.33, $ 18,808,717 (Portland, Ore.-based energy efficiency company)

  • Berkeley-based Quantum Energy Services & Technologies Inc., 288.67, $4,852,181

Gustine came in at No. 38 with a technical score of 149.67.

For SEP 3, the residential retrofit program, here are the recipients:



  • SMUD, 316.67, $19,969,421 (Sacramento utility)

  • Association of Bay Area Governments, 297, $10,750,000

  • Regional Council of Rural Counties (CRHMFA Homebuyers Fund), 293.67, $16,500,001 (Sacramento JPA)

  • The San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing, 290, $2,993,029

Visalia came in at No. 14 with a score of 169.33. A plan by the Air District scored 232 to rank No. 7. Minimum technical score also was 280.