Sierra Nevada Energy Watch

 

Sierra Nevada Energy Watch is implemented by Sierra Business Council. SBC promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy use as a part of our mission to provide economic, environmental, and social benefits to the Sierra Nevada. This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company under the auspices of the California Public Utility Commission. 

 

What We Do

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  • Schedule energy assessments for public schools, local governments, and special districts;


  • Project management assistance for energy efficiency projects;


  • Consultation for utility incentives and financing programs;


  • Contractor referrals for HVAC, refrigeration, and other energy efficiency opportunities.

 

Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) is an energy efficiency program for the Sierra Nevada region of California. SNEW is a partnership between Sierra Business Council and Pacific Gas & Electric Company.  

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The Steps to Saving Energy
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  1. Schedule a no-cost energy assessment. An energy advisor will walk through the premises and identify energy saving opportunities. 



  2. An energy advisor will create a personalized proposal identifying energy saving opportunities and return on investment. 



  3. A licensed contractor will install the energy efficiency upgrades. 



  4. An energy consultant will perform a final post inspection to verify the work was completed as specified. 


Click here to download an informational handout on the SNEW Climate and Energy services. 



What We Achieved in SNEW's Phase 1 (2010-2018):


  • 1,500 customers served


  • $9 million in economic stimuls for the Sierra Nevada foothills region


  • 25 million kilowatt hours of energy use eliminated


  • Avoided greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 2 million gallons of gasoline burned

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Since its inception in 2010, SNEW reduced energy use and greenhouse gases by approximately 25 million kilawatt hours, equivalent to 17.2 million metric tons of carbon dioxide which would be emitted by two million gallons of gasoline burned or emissions from 2,371 homes' electricity use for an entire year. We served approximately 1,500 customers and provided almost $4 million in rebates to those customers, helping to reduce the cost of installing more energy efficiency technology. We hired local contractors living in the communities we served.

The incentives provided economic stimulus to communities through incentives and income to local contractors. Sierra Nevada Energy Watch provided over $900,000 in payments to contractors for their labor installing energy efficiency equipment.


Who Qualifies


  • Public schools, local governments, and special districts that are PG&E customers

    • Other PG&E programs are available for business and residential customers

Sierra Nevada Energy Watch provides industry guidance and project management support for energy efficiency projects in the following 10 counties: 

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  • Alpine
  • Amador
  • Calaveras
  • El Dorado
  • Lassen
  • Mariposa
  • Nevada
  • Placer
  • Sierra
  • Tuolumne

In addition, a customer's kilowatt demand over a twelve month period must not exceed 200 kW. Your local PG&E representative can help you better understand your kilowatt demand. 

For more information, call SBC at 530-582-4800. 



Additional SBC Climate and Energy Services: 


Click here to visit our Climate Planning page for information on Energy Action Plans, Sustainability Plans, Climate Action Plans, and more for local Sierra Nevada jurisdictions. 

Click here to visit our Sierra Climate Adaptation and Mitigation Partnership (Sierra CAMP) website for upcoming climate action resources, policy briefs, white papers, and more. 

 

"Sierra Nevada Energy Watch is implemented by the Sierra Business Council. This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, under the auspices of the California Public Utility Commission. "