In California, approximately 1/3 of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are generated from electricity production. The cities of Thousand Oaks and Ventura recognize the importance of reducing the community’s energy consumption and associated GHG emissions; as well as increasing energy efficiency and use of renewable energy, increasing economic development, and the health of the community. Therefore, the cities of Ventura and Thousand Oaks are creating Energy Action Plans (EAP) to help plan for a sustainable and resilient future for their communities and the Ventura County region.
Round 1 Surveys are now closed. The Survey results for the City of Ventura and the City of Thousand Oaks helped inform the development of the initial energy action plan strategies. Please help us refine these strategies by completing our Round 2 Survey for the City of Ventura. Your voice and insight is a vital component to creating a sustainable future. Click on the image to the right to offer your input and enter for a chance to win tickets to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival. Or visit the VCREA booth at the Ventura EcoFest to win solar lights or a compost bin. If you’d like to stay involved, please see our recommended steps below.
This is YOUR chance to get involved! Here’s how:
- Look out for more opportunities to provide your input in Fall 2018.
- Subscribe to our mailing list below to receive updates on project developments and upcoming engagement activities, and to solicit feedback on draft documents.
- Follow us on Facebook.
- Attend our meetings and workshops to meet face to face with City staff and its partners. Refer to the ‘Calendar’ section below for details.
- Review and comment on documents created as part of the EAP development. These can be accessed on the ‘Resources’ section below.
Energy Action Plans
An EAP is a strategic planning document that lays out the City’s goals and actions to reduce energy consumption by increasing energy efficiency, and using more renewable energy. The EAP establishes energy reduction targets in 5 year increments relative to the City’s total energy consumption from the 2010 baseline year. To achieve these goals, an EAP outlines the most cost-effective and impactful strategies the City and community may take to reduce overall energy consumption. To learn more about strategies to reduce residential, commercial and municipal energy consumption, click on the links below.
The EAP will also create a pathway to accomplish many other objectives, including:
- Increase energy efficiency and lower utility costs
- Lower harmful greenhouse gas emissions and improve air quality
- Adopt local renewable energy projects
- Support a fair transition from fossil fuels
- Strengthen energy reliability and community safety in the event of an outage
- Accelerate the development of local sustainability projects and plans
The City staff and partners are working with the community to make EAP development and engagement open and accessible to all that wish to contribute. Because the EAP will envision electricity use for the next 10 years in the cities of Thousand Oaks and Ventura, it will incorporate the ideas and preferences of the community. This will help the EAP be most effective in creating a smooth transition to a more sustainable community.
Community-based meetings and workshops will be the primary sources for the community’s contribution to the development of the City’s EAP. We welcome you to exercise your public power of speech!
At the events below, you will be able to discuss your ideas with City Staff, community partners and energy experts. At all tabling events, there will be opportunities to get involved with raffles, surveys, games and other interactive exercises.
Ventura Earth Day Eco Fest
Ventura Plaza Park
Thousand Oaks Community Based Energy Planning Forum
Grant R. Brimhall Library, Thousand Oaks
Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day Celebration
Grant R. Brimhall Library, Thousand Oaks
Ventura’s 4th of July Street Fair
Ventura’s Downtown Cultural District
The Ventura Partnership Program is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Southern California Gas Company and Southern California Edison, in collaboration with Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance (VCREA), under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. Copyright 2014 Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance. Trademarks are the property of their respective owners. All rights reserved. Some materials used under license with all rights reserved by the Licensor.
Funded via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).