Overview

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.

MMBTU

Million British Thermal Units

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).

Data & Targets
  • 865,676

    MMBTU

    2012

    Baseline Year
  • 898,539

    MMBTU

    2013

  • 904,941

    MMBTU

    2020

    Short-Term Target
  • 826,298

    MMBTU

    2030

    Long-Term Target
Data & Targets
2012

Baseline Year

865,676

MMBTU
2013

898,539

MMBTU
2020

Short-Term Target

904,941

MMBTU
2030

Long-Term Target

826,298

MMBTU

Actions to Address Commercial Buildings

In 2012, commercial buildings were responsible for 48% of the GHG emissions from electricity and 29% of the GHG emissions from natural gas. The Climate Action Plan (CAP) identified two actions to address emissions from commercial buildings.

Charts & Graphs

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.

Projected Energy (MMBTU) Reduction Opportunities

The Encinitas Climate Action Plan (CAP) has identified two ways to reduce energy use in our commercial buildings. The first of these is through having new commercial buildings and those going through major alterations meet the 2016 California Green Building  Standards. The second way the City looks to promote commercial energy reductions is through installing a number of solar hot water heaters.

This graph shows the impact these two programs we will have on commercial energy consumption if we successfully meet our objectives in 2020 and 2030. The City is currently working on programs to make the adoption of these methods easier for Encinitas’ businesses.

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Help Us Meet Our Target

  • Consider a Green Building for Your Business.

    Green buildings use less water and energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and improve employee productivity. Consider leasing space in a LEED or EnergyStar certified building or convince your landlord to consider upgrades. Check out the City’s Green Building Incentive Program.

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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.

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