State of Local Climate Action Report

In this report we’ll discuss the top three trends seen throughout California to reduce emissions, summarize climate action seen throughout California, and provide snapshots of local government programs that are working to reduce emissions.

The Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) was developed to aid local governments in accelerating energy efficiency programs, reducing greenhouse gases and advancing climate action. Since SEEC’s inception in 2009, SEEC partners have provided California governments with technical assistance, training, resources and networking opportunities all as efforts to advance energy efficiency and reduce energy emissions. This program was funded by California communities and administered by the California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Southern California Edison Company. A 2018 decision by the CPUC has required the IOUs to adhere to a more stringent total cost recovery test, thus they will no longer be able to fund the SEEC program. Although the SEEC program will come to an end January 2021, the SEEC NGOs, ICLEI, the Local Government Commission (Best Practices Coordinator and SEEC Forum lead), the Institute for Local Government, as well as the IOUs will still be available for assistance and continue to work together with communities to reduce climate change in California.

This report was developed to celebrate the many successes of the SEEC Program and participating communities, and to pave the way for new collaborations and support.