New funding for energy efficiency improvements, workforce education, and carbon emission reduction projects is on its way to residents and businesses in the tri-county region.
In December, San Luis Obispo county joined its counterparts in Santa Barbara and Ventura in an agreement to allow utility ratepayer fees earmarked for efficiency programs to stay within our region, instead of being pooled and redistributed statewide.
This new program, known as 3C-REN, allows tri-county governments to collaborate and effectively operate programs that reflect our regional needs and allow for local innovation and autonomy. Outreach and opportunities are being identified now, with implementation beginning mid-2019.
Specifically, 3C-REN programs and funding will reduce energy consumption, reduce carbon emissions, directly benefit the residential and commercial construction industries and increase regional economic activity in three major categories:
The first two program areas serve the building industry directly, including architects, engineers, builders, trades, and inspectors. The third program area serves residents through a direct install program, expanding to serve renters as well as home owners.
We congratulate our county partners in establishing 3C-REN and look forward to engaging with the new programs and opportunities for energy efficiency on the Central Coast.
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