Energy Plan Reaps Environmental and Economic Benefits

The Cathedral City, Calif., Civic Center was among the beneficiaries of the city's energy reduction initiatives

In Cathedral City, Calif., a bold Energy Action Plan is yielding more than $100,000 in annual savings while benefitting the community. American City & County highlights the city's plan, reporting that years ago, faced with a sluggish economy and a staggering $850,000 annual bill for electricity, gas and fuel costs, Cathedral City vowed to lower its energy output. Today the city boasts a 13.7 percent per capita energy reduction rate, with a 16.1 percent drop in municipal buildings' output since 2008.

Partnering with Rosemead, Calif.-based Southern California Edison and government agencies, Cathedral City formed an Energy Action Plan that includes retrofits and upgrades at municipal buildings and facilities, a revamping of fleet operations and community outreach programs...