The BayREN Municipal Program provides unique strategies and tactics to support Bay Area local governments to become leaders in advanced energy practices. BayREN is expanding it successful Codes & Standards pilot and tap the State Buildings Zero Net Energy (ZNE) initiative led by the Department of General Services.
BayREN Municipal Programs
Codes & Standards
The BayREN Codes & Standards (C&S) Program is a joint effort of Bay Area cities and counties to achieve full compliance with provisions of the California Energy Code. This ambitious and engaging local program aims to:
Establish metrics to evaluate compliance with existing energy codes.
Identify and deliver targeted training for those involved in energy code enforcement.
Accelerate energy code compliance throughout the region.
The C&S Program is a locally driven effort of local governments to reduce energy use in buildings through improved design and construction. The program is administered jointly by each of the nine Bay Area counties and ABAG.
ZNE Systems Integration
The Systems Integration for Early Adoption of ZNE service expands upon a BayREN Codes and Standards pilot and taps the State ZNE initiative led by the Department of General Services (DGS). The program provides technical assistance to support early adoption of ZNE buildings with the goal of creating ZNE portfolios, and potentially leveraging procurement and financing enabled by the State. A major focus is on minimizing energy intensity to enable on-site generation to meet the demands of the facilities. The program will provide local jurisdictions with resources to incorporate energy efficiency as well as electrification and renewable distributed energy generation and storage.
Advanced Energy Management & Decision Support
BayREN will provide agencies with a strong level of control and understanding of their facilities enabling them to increase participation in other ratepayer programs, fully engage with State energy policies, and provide leadership to their communities. It complements existing and proposed programs and services, including LGP programs, PG&E’s proposed job order contracting program and energy information programs.
The service incorporates three elements:
Regional procurement of BEMS
Training for staff and contractors in those systems
Centralized monitoring and evaluation of a regional portfolio of BEMS-controlled facilities and decision support analysis to encourage investments and policies by reducing uncertainty and financial risk