The City of Fresno is the 5th largest city and largest inland city in California with a population of over 500,000. Located in the center of the San Joaquin Valley, an area of hot summers and cold winters, energy use in five county area from Madera to Bakersfield, has a significant impact on the local economy. In 2009, the city of Fresno as a community spent over $866 million on electricity and natural gas with 40%, or $346 million, spent by residential households and 60%, or $520 million, spent by commercial/industrial users. Lowering usage 30% through energy efficiency upgrades to existing buildings would add $260 million annually to the Fresno economy!!
The City of Fresno developed the Central Valley Energy Tune-up program over the past three years in collaboration with PG&E and designed the program to provide services not included in traditional energy efficiency programs within California as a way to improve the regional economy through reducing costs for energy. This program is designed to complement residential rebate programs including, but not limited to, Energy Upgrade California, and commercial rebate and financing programs such as PG&E’s On-Bill Financing Program and commercial PACE financing programs developed by various public/private partnerships. Funding for the Central Valley Energy Tune-up program comes from the California Public Utilities Commission through a PG&E contract with the City of Fresno as administrator of the Fresno Energy Watch Program.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, incorporated in California in 1905, is one of the largest combination natural gas and electric utilities in the US.
Most PG&E customers don’t know that
PG&E revenues are de-coupled from their rates. They donâ€™t make more money by selling more power. They make money selling energy efficiency.