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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 5

Meeting Date: February 27, 2007

Subject/Title: Authorize the City Manager to sign the Program Enrollment Form to allow the Parks and Recreation Department to enroll in the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Energy Watch Program

Prepared by: Karen Wahl, Grants Program Manager

Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation

RECOMMENDATION

Authorize the City Manager to sign the Program Enrollment Form to allow the Parks and Recreation Department to enroll in the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Energy Watch Program.

PREVIOUS ACTION
None.

BACKGROUND
Implementing low-cost or no-cost energy efficiency measures in local government facilities can result in significant savings on operating costs. ABAG Energy Watch’s Local Government Facility services provide comprehensive, sustained and cost-effective facility improvement energy services. The program will help identify and prioritize energy efficiency projects in City facilities as well as identification of free resources available from state and utility energy efficiency program to implement the programs. The services provided through the ABAG Energy Watch may include all City facilities and sites that are owned or leased by the City, including but not limited to administrative offices, recreation centers, fire stations, library and traffic lights.

The program can provide any or all of the following Local Government Facilities services:

◦ Match Needs with ABAG Energy Watch Services
The Energy Watch Program will work with staff to develop an energy assessment report that illustrates and compares our facilities’ energy intensity and consumption. The assessment will ensure that facilities with the highest potential for energy savings and improvement are prioritized for subsequent energy efficiency activities.

◦ Facilitate Energy Audits, Design Review and Related Technical Assistance
ABAG Energy Watch staff will identify and help City staff coordinate with existing energy efficiency programs and services provided by Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the California Energy Commission (CEC) and other program sponsors. They will help ensure that each of the City facilities is matched to an appropriate efficiency program, based on the facility’s size, savings potential and function. Existing programs include a range of audit services, new construction design assistance and equipment rebates.

◦ Provide Additional Resources or Audit Assistance
If the City’s needs exceed the resources available through PG&E, CEC or other program sponsors, the ABAG Energy Watch may supplement these resources by providing additional audit and design assistance, when justified by the potential energy savings and level of commitment from the City of Brentwood.

◦ Provide Technical and Project Management Support for Implementing Recommended Projects
Following the completion of energy audits, the ABAG Energy Watch will provide sustained technical support for developing, packaging and completing energy-efficient retrofit projects. Assistance will be tailored to meet the City’s needs, scaled to the potential energy savings and level of commitment of the City and strategically applied to leverage the most progress with limited resources.

◦ Develop Energy Policies
ABAG Energy Watch staff are available to help develop effective policies that will guide the energy-efficient design, construction and operation of City facilities.

The first step will be to contact a program representative to discuss how the City of Brentwood can benefit from the Energy Watch program services. Once ABAG knows our main areas of interest, an initial kick-off meeting will be arranged between an ABAG Energy Watch team member and City of Brentwood staff. That meeting will include discussion of the program offerings, assessment of our needs and goals and provision of preliminary information about our facilities.

Prior to initiation of the actual technical assistance an authorized representative of the City will be required to sign a Program Enrollment Form.

The Program Enrollment Form contains the following assurances to which the City must agree:

1. Designate a primary contact to facilitate the City of Brentwood participation in ABAG Energy Watch and commit sufficient staff time to support the successful delivery of program services.

2. Provide access to City-owned and City-leased facilities and information as necessary to enable ABAG Energy Watch to successfully deliver program services.

3. Authorize the release of PG&E billing and usage data for City facilities to ABAG Energy Watch necessary to complete a facility energy assessment, and provide area measurements of those facilities as needed.

4. Release, hold harmless, and indemnify PG&E from any claims, demands, damages or expenses resulting from the release to and use by ABAG Energy Watch of the City’s PG&E billing and usage data.

5. Consider implementing the recommended energy savings strategies that are economically and operationally feasible, and cooperate with ABAG Energy Watch efforts as needed to verify facility energy savings, policies and projects that result from program participation.

6. Consider participating in any workshops conducted by ABAG Energy Watch that are relevant to City of Brentwood energy savings goals.

7. The City will also state that it has not received and will not apply for or receive duplicative services from another utility, state or local program.

The information requested by the ABAG Energy Watch Program will pertain to City-owned/-leased facilities. No private information will be requested nor given. Staff requests permission to enroll the City of Brentwood in the ABAG Energy Watch Program.

FISCAL IMPACT
There is no fiscal impact to enrolling in the ABAG Energy Watch Program. California consumers are not obligated to purchase any full fee service or other service not funded by this program. This program is funded by California utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Implementing any recommended low-cost or no-cost energy efficiency measures in City facilities could result in significant savings on operating costs.

Attachment:
ABAG Energy Watch Program Enrollment Form

ASSOCIATION OF BAY AREA GOVERNMENTS
energy
watch

ENROLLMENT FORM

The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Energy Watch is a joint program of ABAG and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E). The program provides technical assistance and information services to assist cities, counties and special district with implementation of energy efficiency projects in public facilities and development of energy-efficient polices within their communities. Local government entities that pay Public Purpose Program charges (Public Goods Charge) and are PG&E customers are eligible to participate in ABAG Energy Watch on a first-come, first-served basis until the program ends or allocated funding is depleted. These services (including applicable incentives) are provided free of charge to qualifying local government entities. The amount of funding allocated to each participant may limit the time period and/or services provided under the ABAG Energy Watch Program.

In order to participate in ABAG Energy Watch, the City of Brentwood agrees to the following:

1. Designate a primary contact to facilitate the Local Government participation in ABAGT Energy Watch and commit sufficient staff time to support the successful delivery of program services.
2. Provide access to facilities and information as necessary to enable ABAG Energy Watch to successfully deliver program services.
3. Authorize the release of PG&E billing and usage data to ABAG Energy Watch necessary to complete a facility energy assessment and provide facility area measurements as needed.
4. Release, hold harmless and indemnify PG&E from any claims, demands, damages or expenses resulting from the release to and use by ABAG Energy Watch of the PG&E billing and usage data.
5. Consider implementing the recommended energy savings strategies that are economically and operationally feasible, and cooperate with ABAG Energy Watch efforts as needed to verify facility energy savings, policies and projects that result from program participation.
6. Consider participating in any workshops conducted by ABAG Energy Watch that are relevant to the energy savings goals of the City of Brentwood.
7. The City of Brentwood also agrees that it has not received and will not apply for or receive duplicative services from another utility, state or local program.

This enrollment form shall be effective as of the date it is signed by both parties. These conditions shall remain in effect until ABAG Energy Watch services are fully delivered or until December 31, 2008, unless otherwise terminated. My signature below indicates that I agree to the above conditions and I am authorized to sign this form on behalf of the City of Brentwood.

Local Government: City of Brentwood

Local Government Representative Name:

Title:

Address:

Phone:

Signature: Date:

ABAG Energy Watch Representative:

Signature: Date:

California consumers are not obligated to purchase any full fee service or other service not funded by this program. This program is funded by California energy utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission C”CPUC).

9/11/06
 

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