The County of Los Angeles is executing $30 million in energy efficiency retrofit projects, such as lighting mechanical systems and solar rooftop installations. Through the California Public Utility Commission’s Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN), a local government regional energy network pilot program serving SCE and SCG service areas, the program will achieve greater energy savings by driving the development and implementation of local energy sustainability programs and providing local governments with technical assistance, financing and expertise to execute shelf-ready energy efficiency retrofit projects. Upon implementing a successful pilot program, the County will seek to execute additional countywide energy efficiency projects.
The County will award projects using a procurement strategy that promotes local, small contractor participation and an integrated workforce development strategy that stimulates the creation of local, highly skilled careers. To carry out these objectives, the County established a partnership with Emerald Cities Collaborative to implement the E-Contractor Academy sponsored by Citibank and a workforce development strategy rooted in a direct pipeline to union apprenticeship.