Economic Development

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Sierra Nevada Energy Watch

Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW)

Contact Information
Phone: 530.582.4800 extension 605
Email: SNEW@sierrabusiness.org

The Sierra Nevada Energy Watch program expands energy efficiency and renewable energy use in the Sierra, empowering local action, eliminating barriers to a clean energy future, establishing climate resiliency, and saving communities money. SNEW serves Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter, Tuolumne, and Yuba counties. Click here for a map of the service territory. 

The SNEW team works closely with local governments, school districts, public agencies, and small businesses, helping them achieve their energy goals wherever they are on their path to sustainability. Our team offers services that range from conducting energy use analysis and audits, helping link to resources, providing project management support, and finding funding and financing solutions. We also conduct greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, develop and implement emissions reduction plans, and execute energy projects that make communities more resilient, efficient, and vibrant. 

Commercial Sector: 

Small/Medium Businesses

Sierra Business Council offers energy efficiency solutions to provide economic, environmental, and social benefits to the Sierra Nevada through our Sierra Nevada Energy Watch program. If you are a small or medium sized business owner, you can benefit from many PG&E programs and services. These include providing industry expertise, assessing eligibility for funding and financing opportunities , and streamlining the energy efficiency project planning and implementation processes. 

Services Offered:

  • Preliminary On-Site Energy Audits
  • Energy Use Analysis
  • Energy Efficiency Project Management
  • Contractor Referrals
  • Funding Solutions: Incentives, Rebates & Interest Free Loans
  • Education and Training

Public Sector: 

Local Governments, Special Districts, K-12 School Districts

Our programs increase the capacity of the public sector to identify projects, take advantage of financing opportunities, and implement on-the-ground money-saving and energy-saving projects. Through our partnerships and programs, we support public agency projects with long-term, community-wide benefits that empower local leaders to respond to the ever changing external conditions related to energy supply and demand, while preserving the rural charm and resilient future of the Sierra Nevada region. 

If you are a local government, special district, or K-12 school district, you can benefit from many PG&E programs and services. These include providing industry expertise, assessing eligibility for funding and financing opportunities, streamlining the energy efficiency project planning and implementation processes, and developing greenhouse gas emissions inventories or energy/climate action plans. 

Services Offered:

  • Preliminary On-Site Energy Audits
  • Energy Use Analysis: Building Energy Use Benchmarking
  • Energy Efficiency Project Management
  • Contractor Referrals
  • Funding Solutions: Incentives, Rebates & Interest Free Loans
  • Education and Training
  • Stakeholder Outreach and Engagement
  • Utility Energy GHG Inventory and Services
  • Utility Energy Action Planning

Agricultural: Farms, Ranches, Vineyards, Orchards

The agricultural industry is very energy and water-intensive. There are a variety of PG&E rebates and programs available to help your business reduce energy usage and cost. Whether it's irrigation, mechanical controls, ventilation, or lighting, there are unique solutions available to help you reduce your energy usage in these areas and more. 

Industrial: Operations, Manufacturing, and Facilities

The industrial sector accounts for the largest share of energy consumption in the United States, and energy efficiency improvements in this sector can significantly reduce the nation's demand for energy. 

For residents, energy efficiency can take the form of appliance upgrades, renewable energy retrofits, or even changes in everyday habits. 

 Contact

Katie Simmons
Deputy Administrative Officer
Economic and Community Development
530.552.3338
KSimmons@ButteCounty.net

 Location and Hours

Economic Development
25 County Center Drive
Suite 200
Oroville, CA 95965

Office Hours
Monday to Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm
Excludes Holidays

Get In Touch

Katie Simmons
Deputy Administrative Officer
Economic and Community Development

25 County Center Dr. Ste. 213, Oroville, CA 95965
Phone: 530.552.3338 | Email: KSimmons@ButteCounty.net

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