Draft Plan on Energy Efficiency and Climate Change Released

The County of San Mateo has released draft planning documents for energy efficiency and climate change.  This follows a two-year process of extensive public involvement including three public workshops, surveys and the involvement of stakeholder committees.  The County has released a draft Energy Efficiency Climate Action Plan (EECAP) as well as a draft Amendment to the San Mateo County General Plan, including a new chapter on Energy and Climate Change.

The EECAP aims to increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and plan for adaptation to the effects of climate change within unincorporated San Mateo County.  The document builds on the County’s long-standing commitment to sustainability, including the Cool Counties Declaration adopted by the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors in 2007.

Implementation items include policies and programs that are designed to help the County sustain its natural resources, grow efficiently, ensure long-term resiliency to climate change, and meet state recommendations for greenhouse gas emissions reductions.  The proposed strategies include a mix of actions that support the overall goals of a cleaner, greener San Mateo County.  Specific proposals include supporting programs that improve residential energy use and reduce waste generation.

For example, one strategy tasks the County with supporting the Energy Upgrade California Program for residential energy efficiency retrofits. This program provides financial rebates to homeowners completing pre-approved upgrades that reduce energy use while enhancing home quality and livability. This program would build upon financial rebates the County has already provided to local homeowners through the County’s Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.

The draft Amendments to the General Plan complement the EECAP, integrating key energy efficiency and climate change issues from the EECAP into the County’s planning framework. The County has also prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the project.  The public comment period on the DEIR runs through April 8, 2013.

The San Mateo County Planning Commission will be considering the EECAP as an information item at its March 27, 2013 public hearing.  The public is invited to attend this hearing and comment on the draft documents. View the agenda.

What: San Mateo County Planning Commission Public Hearing:  Energy Efficiency Climate Action Plan and General Plan Amendment

When: Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 9:00 a.m.

Where: County Government Center, 400 County Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers, Redwood City, CA

For additional information, please visit the project website at http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/planning/rechargesmc

 

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