In the complex world of energy regulation, the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) provides a collective voice for its city, county and local agency members on statewide policy and program issues for sustainable energy, energy efficiency, local renewable power and related issues.
LGSEC aims to enhance the role of local governments in California’s sustainable energy future and unites California cities and counties by:
Since 2007, LGSEC has played a central role in developing local government programs including Community Choice Aggregation, Local Government Partnerships, and Regional Energy Networks. LGSEC continues to support this level of innovation through forums which initiate creative thinking, promote knowledge sharing, and coordinate widespread technical expertise to deepen the impact of local governments on statewide energy programs.
Shaping the Regulatory Agenda
LGSEC provides a critical statewide voice for local governments in sustainable energy policy decision-making at regulatory proceedings and demonstrates the essential role of local governments in program implementation and administration.
To date, LGSEC has served this role through timely and comprehensive reports of legislation that may or could impact local government programs; as well as status reports on regulatory proceedings. In addition, LGSEC coordinates positions and responses among its members, with opportunity for meaningful contribution by LGSEC members.
Connecting Local Energy Leaders
In strengthening the policy landscape and the programs that support sustainable energy innovations among local governments, LGSEC creates opportunities for agency staff and officials to network and learn from each other; to share resources via a newsletter and online communications; and to work together through mentoring and committee activities. We host regular Quarterly Meetings that allow members to stay informed and updated on the most current energy issues, share best practices on successful strategies and programs, and network with other leaders in the state. Sign up for our listserv to receive invitations to future quarterly meetings.
Developing Long-Term Strategies
Recognizing both the urgency of the need and the complexity of the solutions, LGSEC leads members in collaborating on long-term strategies – both individual and collective. Strategies that members are using include moderating energy demand through energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy production, developing innovative finance mechanisms, improving energy security and reliability and fostering community values that enhance well-being.
Structure and Governance
Formed in 2007, the LGSEC is structured as an unincorporated association of local public entities whose membership, benefits and responsibilities are governed by the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding and a set of Bylaws.
Kevin Armstrong, County of Santa Clara
Jack Clark, City of San Diego (Vice Chair)
Jon Griesser, County of San Luis Obispo
Jerry Lahr, Association of Bay Area Governments
Demetra McBride, County of Los Angeles
Kate Meis, Local Government Commission
Carrie Pollard, Sonoma County Water Agency
Alejandra Tellez, County of Ventura (Chair)
Jennifer West, StopWaste
Garrett Wong, City of Santa Monica
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