The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) is a collaboration of the nine counties that make up the San Francisco Bay Area. Led by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), BayREN provides regional-scale energy efficiency programs, services, and resources. BayREN is funded by utility ratepayer funds through the California Public Utilities Commission, as well as other sources, drawing on the expertise, knowledge, and proven track record of Bay Area local governments.
BayREN is a highly effective and trusted group of local governments that deliver targeted, integrated, and regional-scale climate solutions focused on energy, water, and resilience.
BayREN provides three main areas of expertise and services:
Promoting Healthy and Energy Efficiency Buildings for single family and multifamily residents and soon for small and medium commercial property owners;
Building Government Capacity for local governments to increase their impacts with training, mentoring and a range of resources throughout the nine Bay Area counties;
Reducing Carbon Emissions by catalyzing regional activities and connecting them to existing initiatives.
Local Governments Empowering Our Communities.
BayREN is a critical part of the solution for the State’s reliable and sustainable energy future that considers water, greenhouse gases, and resiliency.
By uniting and coordinating multiple efforts at a regional level and delivering these integrated solutions, the BayREN will help the State meet our aggressive goals related to climate change.
BayREN fills an important gap in the provision of energy efficiency services. The BayREN provides a regional solution that better connects to local communities and conditions than is typically possible from a large utility. In addition, the BayREN provides services across jurisdictions that municipal-only programs cannot achieve.
The BayREN’s governance is through the “Coordinating Circle,” which includes representation from ABAG and all nine Bay Area counties. Each BayREN member agency designates a voting member to the Coordinating Circle. This body makes decisions regarding overall policy, high-level programmatic issues, and budgets.
BayREN is funded by California utility ratepayers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), as well as through grants and funding from member agencies, other state and federal agencies, and foundations. One of three Regional Energy Networks in the state, BayREN represents 20% of the state’s population.