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Reducing energy use and utilizing clean renewable power are top priorities for the City. After transportation, energy use in homes and businesses is the next largest contributor to climate-warming greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California, generating 28% of the State’s annual emissions. The City has already taken several steps to reduce its own energy footprint:

  • With the exception of Hill Canyon Treatment Plant, all City facilities receive 100% renewable energy for electricity supply through a Direct Access provider.
  • Hill Canyon Treatment Plant is powered by a 584-kW onsite solar array and biogas produced from wastewater.
  • City-owned buildings at 401/403 Hillcrest Drive host a rooftop 300-kW solar array.
  • All City-owned streetlights and traffic signals have been converted to LED.
  • The City published its 5-year Sustainability Plan for Municipal Operations in 2018.
  • The City is developing an Energy Information System which will track and report on energy use and provide a public-facing dashboard for interested viewers.
  • In 2019 the City completed a detailed Municipal Energy Plan, which identified specific energy-saving measures to be taken at its facilities.

In addition, City leaders are committed to working with the community to save energy and transition to cleaner energy options.

  • In 2017 the City joined Clean Power Alliance (CPA), a Community Choice Energy program that provides businesses and residents a choice of electricity provider and renewable supply options. The Thousand Oaks community started receiving power from CPA in early 2019.
  • In 2018-19 the City worked with the community to develop a Community Energy Action Plan, which will guide energy strategies throughout the City.