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Welcome to the website of Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA). VCREA is a Joint Powers Authority composed of public agencies working in collaboration to address good energy stewardship in the Ventura County Region.

2016 Beacon Spotlight Award Winners 

The Beacon Award Program (Beacon Award and Spotlight Award) is a statewide program that provides support and recognition to California cities and counties that are working to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, save energy, and adopt policies and programs that promote sustainability in five areas of accomplishments, including reducing municipal and community GHG emissions, electricity and gas savings in municipal facilities, and sustainability best practices. 

Ten cities and the County of Ventura collected a total of 26 awards for achievements in saving energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adopting policies and practices that contribute to a more sustainable community at the League of California Cities Annual Conference on Thursday, October 6th in Long Beach. The success of the region is in part due to the regional collaboration and leadership of the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA), who was also honored by the Institute for Local Government and the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative with a Beacon Program Champion of the Year Award

For more information on award recipients, check out this link

VCREA Receives CHAMPION OF THE YEAR Award at CSAC Conference
Supervisor Kathy Long receives the Beacon Program's Champion of the Year Award on behalf of VCREA at the CSAC Conference in Palm Springs on November 30, 2016.

Save energy and money. 

Get FREE energy-efficient products and installation with Direct Install!

The Direct Install program is an excellent way for your business to reduce energy costs and save money. This effortless program provides qualifying businesses with FREE energy-efficient products, FREE installation and long-term energy savings. After your free evaluation, your contractor may recommend one or more of the following low- or no-cost products: 

ED Lights — Today’s LED lights have great energy savings potential in many applications and have improved product life compared to incandescent lamps.
Fluorescent Lighting — Save on lighting costs every month and help lower your cooling costs!
Hi-Bay Lighting — Save on Hi-Bay lighting electricity costs with equivalent linear fluorescent lights.
Refrigeration — Door closers to improve the energy- efficient operation of your refrigeration equipment.
LED Signs (open) — Save on signage electricity costs by using LED signs.

Take the opportunity to participate this year and let us know you are interested, this program might not be back in the area for another few years. To see approximately when your Direct Install Contractor, CRI Lighting & Electrical, will be in our area, please view the enclosed Direct Install Community Calendar.


Learn how other business owners lowered their energy usage with Direct Install by visiting then click on Direct Install. Call VCREA Staff today to find out if your business is eligible: (805) 654-3834.

VCREA has many ways to help save energy in your home whether you rent or own. Learn more about free expert advice, available rebates and incentives, and low interest financing for making home energy upgrades and improvements.
Do you own a business in Ventura County? Increase your bottom line and lower your energy use by taking advantage of energy services and resources for your business or organization.
VCREA is committed to helping our public agencies achieve the greatest possible greenhouse gas and energy consumption reduction. We work with you to identify savings opportunities and prioritize projects.

A new report out from a group of non-profits and utilities documents city climate leadership in California.  The State of Local Climate Action: California 2016 was developed by ICLEI through the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC), a partnership among ICLEI, the Institute for Local Government, Local Government Commission, and the state’s four investor-owned utilities. The report presents a comprehensive picture of measurable local emissions trends, targets, planning efforts, and energy and climate actions in the state, along with in-depth profiles of local and regional agencies pursuing goals like public health and economic development through climate action.  The findings confirm that local governments are making a significant contribution to the State’s climate goals, which are among the most aggressive in the world. Download the report at:


Final Revision available for Download