In order to reduce energy consumption on a community-wide level, the City is working to create an Energy Action Plan (EAP). The EAP will allow the City to be more energy resilient, reduce negative environmental and health impacts of fossil fuel-based energy use, and save money on energy costs. The goals of an EAP include:
- Increase energy efficiency
- Reduce energy costs
- Reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions/ improve air quality
- Adopt local renewable energy projects
- Support a fair transition from fossil fuels
- Strengthen energy reliability and community safety in the event of an outage
- Accelerate the development of local sustainability projects and plans
Our EAP will take into account baseline energy consumption from 2010, compare that to current energy usage, and establish 5- and 10-year energy reduction targets. Strategies involving energy efficiency, renewable energy sources, energy conservation, and energy storage will have an impact across the community, with the overall goal being reduced energy consumption in the residential, commercial, industrial and municipal sectors.
Common strategies seen in other communities include:
- Solar ordinances requiring solar planning beyond the state code
- Installation of solar panels on new or existing buildings
- Solar carports
- Support of zero net energy (ZNE) projects
- Energy efficiency competitions and goals
- Incentives for deep retrofits to encourage a deeper, more comprehensive set of energy improvements
- Energy reduction actions in schools
- Energy-efficient streelighting
- Cool pavement and cool roofing
- Electric vehicle charging stations
- Battery energy storage systems (BESS) to store energy from renewable sources (solar) for use when needed
In partnership with the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance, the City will create an EAP with direct help from the community members of Thousand Oaks. What kinds of clean energy measures do you want to see in the community? Is energy efficiency a priority to you? What programs should the City prioritize to reduce energy consumption across the City? These are all questions that the community can help answer in order to help forge a clean energy future for years to come.
To get involved, visit VCREA's Energy Action Plan website.