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Nevada City Planning Commission to review energy plan

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What: Nevada City Planning Commission meeting

When: 1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16

Where: Nevada City Council Chambers, 317 Broad St., Nevada City

The Nevada City Planning Commission will meet Thursday afternoon to hold a public hearing to review the final draft of a city-wide energy action plan presented by the Sierra Business Council, a Truckee-based regional group, in partnership with Pacific Gas & Electric.

The energy plan is an attempt to expand energy efficiency and renewable energy efforts in Nevada City, said Sierra Business Council Senior Planner Brenda Gillarde.

“I expect to get (from the meeting) some actionable things that our community can do to improve our efficiency of energy use,” Planning Commission Chair Dan Thiem told The Union.



In September 2008, the California Public Utilities Commission adopted the state’s first long-term energy efficiency plan, presenting a road map to achieve maximum energy savings across all major sectors in the state.

The CPUC created a Government Partnership Program that allowed them to distribute around $368 million in funds to different utility companies around the state.




PG&E was given more than $211 million through the program, and will partner with more than 20 different jurisdictions around the state, through groups like the Sierra Business Council.

In 2010, Nevada City engaged Sierra Business Council to perform a baseline greenhouse gas inventory. The council examined the city’s emissions and energy usage for 2008.

“The intent is to improve energy use and create more opportunities for efficiency,” City Manager Mark Prestwich said.

Sierra Business Council’s energy action plan focuses on residential, nonresidential and municipal energy use sectors within the city, evaluating energy consumed by buildings, transportation and municipal operations; solid wastes are not addressed.

The plan boasts a 2020 reduction in electrical energy of 28 percent, and a 10 percent dip in natural gas use that same year, if the city were to implement the plan.

Per the council’s report, from 2005 to 2013, the average home in Nevada City used 462 kilowatt-hours per month, or about 5,544 kilowatt-hours per year.

Gillarde said the energy action plan would save 2.8 million kilowatts in electricity usage a year, which would be equal to the energy used by 505 homes annually.

If implemented, the action plan would also save the city more than $3.3 million in electric and gas costs in 2020 alone, city documents state.

In other business, the commission will review a sign application for Wheyward Girl Creamery, and several architectural applications including a proposal from Charlotte Dewar, owner of Nevada City’s historic Martin Luther Marsh House.

For more information, go to http://www.nevadacityca.gov. To fill out the energy plan survey, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WZK7VV9.

To contact Staff Writer Ivan Natividad, email inatividad@theunion.com or call 530-477-4236.


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