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August 07, 2002

States and Cities Launch Renewable and Efficiency Programs

The states of California and Wisconsin and the cities of Los Angeles and Portland have recently launched new programs to encourage the use of energy efficiency technologies and the installation of renewable energy projects.

In California, the California Power Authority (CPA) launched its "Public Leadership Solutions for Energy" (PULSE) program on July 11th. PULSE is a low-interest loan fund for California public agencies installing energy efficiency improvements or clean on-site power generation. The CPA is seeking expressions of interest from public agencies by the end of this month. The authority is also seeking small manufacturers interested in below-market financing for similar types of projects. See the July 11th and 17th press releases from the CPA, as well as the PULSE program Web page.

In Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Department of Power and Water (LADWP) is offering rebates as high as $500 through the end of this year for customers who purchase Energy Star appliances and energy saving products. The rebates apply to a wide range of products. LADWP is also offering $750,000 in co-funding for projects that demonstrate new, innovative, energy efficiency technologies. Proposals are due August 30th. See the July 29th and August 6th press releases from the LADWP.

In Portland, the Climate Trust is providing $1 million in funding to improve the energy efficiency of apartments and commercial buildings. Over the next five years, the Portland Office of Sustainable Development will use the Climate Trust funding to work with the owners of over 12,000 apartment units and about 40 commercial buildings statewide to improve energy efficiency. The funds will come from power plant developers: Oregon legislation requires new power plants to offset their carbon dioxide emissions through payments to the Climate Trust. See the Portland Office of Sustainable Development press release (PDF 160 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.

In Wisconsin, the Focus on Energy Renewable Energy program is offering cash incentives, low-interest loans, and grants for a wide variety of renewable energy projects. For those interested in the renewable energy field, scholarships are also available. See the Wisconsin Focus on Energy press release.