The energy we use to cool, light, and heat the commercial buildings in Encinitas contributes to our changing climate. When we burn fossil fuels like natural gas and use electricity generated from fossil fuels, we create greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, we also increase smog and impact public health. There are many programs and incentives to help businesses reduce their energy use and save money.
Energy from different sources is measured in different ways – electricity is measured in kWh and natural gas in therms. To better understand and compare total energy use, we often convert these different measures into a common denominator they all convert to- million British Thermal Units (MMBTU).
Total Commercial Energy Use
The graph at the left shows the total energy use from commercial buildings in Encinitas. The three lines represent the actual energy consumption from commercial buildings in 2012 and 2013 (black line); the projected consumption levels for 2020 and 2030 (purple line) under a business as usual scenario- meaning the City takes no further action to encourage reductions; and finally the targeted levels the City aims to get to for 2020 and 2030 (taupe line) once the actions from the Climate Action Plan have been implemented.
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Keep Track of the Community Choice Energy Program
Community Choice Energy Programs allow cities to purchase electricity on behalf of residents & businesses. This provides the community choices regarding the source of the power and the cost. Encinitas is currently developing its own program. Stay on top of all the latest progress.More Information
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The City of Encinitas was recently honored by the Climate Action Campaign with the “Agents of Change” Award. The Climate Action Campaign is a San Diego-based organization with a mission to stop climate change through policy action. Encinitas earned the distinction for leading the exploration of a Community Choice Energy program.Full Article
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