City Energy Accomplishments
- The City Council approved a plan to install 50 additional megawatts (PDF) of renewable energy generation on public and private buildings within the City of San Diego by 2013. The goal supports the City's goal to reduce reliance of fossil fuel, improve the environment, and create jobs. The city currently generates 18 megawatts of electricity from methane gas, hydropower, and photovoltaics (September 2003).
- Former Environmental Services Department Director Richard L. Hays accepted an appointment from U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham to serve on the Federal Energy Management Committee (FEMAC). The committee, comprised of government and industry representatives, advises government on reducing energy consumption, conserving water and other energy issues at federal facilities (July 2003).
- Council Policy 900-14, adopted in May 2003, commits that all new City facilities and major renovation projects over 5,000 square feet will achieve LEED "Silver" Level Certification. Among other requirements, the policy requires energy efficient mechanical and electrical systems; incorporation of self-generation using renewable technologies; elimination of CFC based refrigerants; reduction of indoor air contaminates; compliance with storm water requirements; use of efficient irrigation technology, draught tolerant native plants, and reclaimed irrigation water; reduction of waste generated by building occupants; incorporation of recycled content building products; compliance with indoor air quality standards; and maximum use of natural sources for heat, cooling, ventilation and light.
- The Ridgehaven "Green Building," headquarters to the Environmental Services Department, moves closer to energy independence with the installation of a 53-kilowatt (AC) photovoltaic system (May 2003).
- Skylights using active and passive technologies installed in City buildings save an estimated 47,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity yearly. High-tech Daylighting System skylights were installed at the Golden Hill Recreation Center's gymnasium and the Chollas Operation Station's metal fabrication shop in 2001 and 2002. Passive DayLite skylights installed at Chollas' Parker Hall Auditorium and Street Division administration building provide natural light into employee workspaces. Other City buildings will receive skylights (2003).