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 towards reducing 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 which provides businesses and residents a choice of electricity provider and renewable supply options. The Thousand Oaks community will start receiving power from CPA in early 2019.
- In 2018-19 the City is working with the community to develop a Community Energy Action Plan, which will guide energy strategies throughout the City.