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City Energy Accomplishments


  • The City's Miramar Operations Station administration building became the first "net zero" energy use building utilizing photovoltaic power. (October 2002)

  • The Whole House Energy Retrofit Program for City of San Diego homeowners offered energy-saving cash rebates for retrofitting older homes to energy efficient technologies such as double-pane windows. (October 2002)

  • Building on last year's successful winter and summer energy conservation plans for employees, the City launched a year-round Energy Conservation Action Plan (PDF). In fiscal year 2001-02, the City's overall energy costs were reduced by 13 percent (August 2002)

  • City Council adopted the Leadership in Energy Efficiency Design (LEED) Silver Level as the design criteria for new municipal construction and remodels over 5,000 square feet. This is adopted in Council Policy 900-14. (July 2002)

  • The City avoids more than $500,000 in annual utility costs at the five-building City Administration Building complex thanks to an energy-efficient retrofit of heating, cooling and lighting equipment (April 2002)

  • All of the City's signaled intersections have been upgraded to energy-efficient light emitting diodes (LEDs), which replaced incandescent lights. Each year these LED's reduce energy usage by 13,212 megawatt-hours, eliminate 7,437 tons of greenhouse gases, and save the City 1.6 million (March 2002)

  • Tom Blair was appointed by the City Council to the position of Energy Conservation & Management Administrator. Blair replaced Robert A. Epler, who served as the interim Administrator for the newly-formed Energy Conservation & Management Division. (January 2002)

  • The City Council adopted expedited permitting incentive for energy efficient private developments that also install solar.