State and Local Policy Database


City Scorecard Rank


Bakersfield, CA

24.50Scored out of 100Updated 8/2019
Local Government Score:
Score: 1 out of 9 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding an energy reduction goal for municipal operations.

Renewable Energy Goal

We were unable to find information regarding a municipal renewable energy goal.

Last updated: March 2019

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet Policies and Composition

We could not find information on Bakersfield’s fuel efficiency requirements for public fleet. We were unable to find data regarding fleet composition.

Public Lighting

We did not find information regarding a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. We could not confirm if Bakersfield has an outdoor lighting upgrade program, but Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the City upgraded all 12,865 outdoor lights to LEDs.

Green Building Requirements

We could not find information about a green building policy requiring municipal buildings to exceed city-wide energy codes or obtain green building certification in Bakersfield. 

Last updated: March 2019

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking and Retrofitting

We were unable to find information regarding benchmarking practices or comprehensive retrofit strategies in Bakersfield. 

Public Workforce Commuting

We did not find information on a policy aimed at reducing commutes of city employees, such as flexible schedules or telework. 

Last updated: March 2019

Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 1 out of 16 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a sustainability or climate action plan.

Last updated: June 2019

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding a community-wide energy reduction goal for the city.

Renewable Energy Goal

We did not find information regarding a community-wide renewable energy goal for the city.

Energy Data Reporting

The city does not report community-wide energy data.

Last updated: June 2019

Equity-Driven Approaches to Clean Energy Planning, Implementation, and EvaluationList All

Equity-Driven Community Engagement

We were unable to determine whether permanent city staff have taken a unique and expanded approach in conducting outreach for multiple clean energy initiatives to marginalized groups compared with outreach to other city constituencies.

Equity-Driven Decision-Making

We were unable to determine if the city has created a formal role for marginalized community residents or local organizations representing those communities to participate in decision-making that affects the creation or implementation of a local energy, sustainability, or climate action plan.

Accountability to Equity

We were unable to determine whether the city has adopted specific goals, metrics, or protocols to track how multiple energy, sustainability, or climate action initiatives are affecting local marginalized groups. 

Last updated: June 2019

Clean Distributed Energy SystemsList All

Bakersfield streamlined its solar permitting process for systems less than 10 kW.

Last updated: June 2019

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

We could not verify if the city has adopted an urban heat island mitigation goal nor if the city has adopted policies that target reductions in urban heat island effects.

Last updated: June 2019

Buildings Policies
Score: 12 out of 30 points
Buildings Summary List All

We could not find information on city mandated benchmarking policies, incentives, or above-code energy action requirements.

Last updated: March 2019

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All


California requires all buildings to meet statewide codes, but grants local jurisdictions the authority to adopt more stringent codes. To learn more about building energy codes in California, please visit the State Policy Database.


Bakersfield requires CalGreen for commercial buildings. The code uses a commercial zEPI score of 49.1.


Bakersfield requires CalGreen for residential buildings. The code uses a residential zEPI score of 58.1.

Solar- and EV-ready

California state code will require solar system installation on all new residential construction beginning in 2020. California’s Green Building Requirements require residential and nonresidential building owners incorporate EV-charging infrastructure into the property.

Last updated: March 2019

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Bakersfield’s Building Division requires plan reviews, site inspections, and performance testing to verify code compliance. We could not find information on the number of full time employees the city staffs to enforce the energy code nor. We could not find information regarding upfront support for code compliance.

Last updated: March 2019

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Commercial and multifamily

We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for commercial and multifamily buildings.


We could not find information on whether the city has adopted a mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy for single-family home.

Last updated: March 2019

Incentives and Financing for Efficient Buildings and Renewable EnergyList All

We could not find information on the number of incentives the city offers for energy efficiency, solar energy, and/or low-income energy improvement projects.

Last updated: March 2019

Required Energy ActionsList All

We could not find information on whether the city requires building owners to conduct additional above-code energy actions.

Last updated: March 2019

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Workforce DevelopmentList All

We could not verify if the city has programs committed to developing a dedicated energy efficiency and/or renewable energy workforce.

Last updated: March 2019

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 8 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility for the City of Bakersfield. The primary natural gas supplier for Bakersfield is Southern California Gas (SoCal Gas), an IOU. The State of California requires spending and savings targets for its IOUs through an EERS and requires local government-utility partnerships through mandate by the California PUC. The municipally-run utilities are not required to meet the state EERS targets and report through the California Energy Commission. To learn more about the state-requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the California page of the State Database.

Bakersfield has multiple private water utilities serving the City. The water bill for Bakersfield residents, however, is paid to the California Water Service Company, which provides the City with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2019

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2017, PG&E reported 1,343,224 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 1.63% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Bakersfield. In 2017, SoCal Gas reported 34.41 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 1.31% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. These savings figures cover both PG&E and SoCal Gas’s entire service jurisdiction, not just Bakersfield. PG&E offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers. SoCal Gas similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential and business customers.

The City of Bakersfield is a member of the Kern Energy Watch partnership program alongside ten other local governments. Kern Energy Watch is jointly funded by SoCal Gas, PG&E, and Southern California Edison. This partnership aims to improve energy efficiency throughout Kern County through efforts such as technical assistance for energy efficiency retrofits in municipal facilities, strategic planning and reach code support, and energy efficiency programs/services provided to local communities.

Last Updated: April 2019

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

PG&E and SoCal Gas jointly offer the Energy Savings Assistance Program to qualified low-income residential customers. The program provides direct installation of lighting efficiency upgrades, HVAC tune-ups, smart power strips, and refrigerator recycling/replacement in order to reduce energy consumption in low-income households. This program is implemented statewide by investor-owned utilities under the direction of the California Public Utilities Commission. It leverages the federal Weatherization Assistance Program, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, and Low-Income Weatherization Program offerings. In 2017, PG&E’s low-income programs achieved energy savings of 59,263 MWh serving 87,052 electric customers. SoCal Gas saved 1.55 MMtherms while serving 93,790 customers in 2017.

Multifamily Programs

PG&E offers the California New Homes Multifamily Program. This comprehensive program provides support for saving energy in the residential new construction sector with a cross-cutting focus on sustainable design and construction, green building practices, energy efficiency, and emerging technologies. Through a combination of education, design assistance and financial support, the programs work to encourage building and related industries to exceed California's Title 24 energy efficiency standards. Additionally, PG&E offers the Multifamily Properties Energy-Efficiency Rebates Program (MUP)which offers rebates to owners and managers of existing multifamily properties to help maximize comprehensive energy efficiency improvements to individual tenant units and common areas for apartment buildings, mobile home parks, and condominium complexes. Rebates are available for products installed in both common areas and units. Additionally, the PG&E Multifamily Upgrade Program (MUP) promotes and facilitates energy-efficient retrofits of multifamily housing (“projects”) through program coordination, technical support, and cash incentives. In 2017, PG&E’s multifamily portfolio saved 29,443 MWh and served 6,317 units.

SoCal Gas offers a portfolio of multifamily efficiency programs. The Multifamily Direct Therm Savings Program and the On-Demand Efficiency Program to provide energy audits and installation of energy efficiency measures. The Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate Program offers rebates for the purchase and installation of energy efficiency measures in apartment dwelling units, common areas, condominium complexes, and mobile home parks. The Multifamily Whole Building Home Upgrade Program provides a comprehensive long-term building strategy with energy efficiency retrofit measures identified through an investment grade audit. The Central Water Heater Multifamily Building Solutions Program offers property owners a comprehensive engineering assessment and incentives for upgrading the central water heater system. In 2017, SoCal Gas saved 0.48 MMtherms and served 5,342 units through its multifamily programs.

Last Updated: March 2019

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

PG&E does provide building managers with automated benchmarking data through ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager for multitenant commercial or multifamily buildings. We could not confirm if the City of Bakersfield advocates for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: March 2019

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2017, PG&E provided $14,998,004 in incentives for the installation of 14,238 kW of new distributed solar systems, equating to $1,039/kW installed. PG&E offered four different solar incentive programs in 2017, including Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH), Single Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH), New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP), Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP).

The MASH program is currently closed to new applicants and has been replaced by the Solar on Multifamily Affordable Housing (SOMAH). SOMAH is a statewide program that aims to install 30 MW of generating capacity by 2030, making solar accessible to low-income ratepayers in the state. The SASH program provides one up-front capacity-based incentive of $3 per watt to qualified low-income homeowners for the installation of solar systems. NSHP provided incentives to encourage home builders to construct new, energy efficient solar homes. NSHP is no longer accepting applications, as the program has ended per Senate Bill 83. SGIP provides financial incentives for business and residential customers installing new, qualifying equipment for generating and storing energy, applying to both renewable and non-renewable technologies.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

At this time, we cannot confirm if city of Bakersfield participates in activities or strategies to help spur or encourage more utility-scale or distributed renewable energy generation from its local electric utility, such as testifying in public utility commission proceedings related to renewable energy, creating a formal partnership with the electric utility on renewable generation, or participating in utility planning efforts to increase renewable generation.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

SoCal Gas does not partner with the local water utility in the City of Bakersfield on energy efficiency programs, but it does partner with the City of Bakersfield through the Kern Energy Watch Partnership, which promotes comprehensive sustainability including water conservation and solid waste management. PG&E does not partner with the City but does offer water-efficiency measures in several of its Residential and Industrial/Agriculture EE programs. At this point, the City of Bakersfield has not established a water savings target or goal, but it does have several strategies it follows to conserve water.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

California Water Service Co., which serves other cities beyond Bakersfield, has not set specific energy efficiency targets or strategies, but it has implemented several energy reduction strategies for the water plants serving Bakersfield. We could not determine if the city’s water system self-generates its own energy.

Last Updated: March 2019

Score: 2.5 out of 30 points
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

Bakersfield had a general climate action plan, but it is currently in the process of being combined with Kern County's climate action plan into one large Kern County General Plan 2040, expected release in 2019. Kern County also has a sustainable transportation plan that includes the City of Bakersfield.

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

At this time, the City does not have a codified vehicle miles traveled (VMT) or greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

We could not determine if the City tracks VMT or GHG numbers.

Last Updated: March 2019

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning Codes

Bakersfield’s zoning code does not require transit-oriented development, compact or mixed land use development, street connectivity, or form-based zoning, but the zoning code does include overlay and mixed use as optional for several areas.

Residential Parking Policies

The City requires 2 parking spaces per dwelling unit.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosure

We could not determine if the City offers incentives to encourage compact, mixed-use development.

Last Updated: March 2019

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Targets

At this time, the City does not have a codified mode share target for trips within the city.

Progress Achieved Toward Mode Shift Targets

No progress has been achieved, as there are no targets in place.

Complete Streets

At this time, the City of Bakersfield does not have a complete streets policy.

Car Sharing

At this time, the City does not have a formal policy in place to provide dedicated on-street and off-street parking for carshare vehicles.

Bike Sharing

We could not determine if the City is served by a bike share system.

Last Updated: May 2019

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The GET and KT transit systems that serve Bakersfield have received $13,936,143.40 in average annual funding from 2013-2017. This funding level is $15.86 per resident in the service territory of the agency, putting it in the lowest category ($0-19) available in the City Scorecard.

Access to Transit Services

The Transit Connectivity Index measures transit service levels. It is based on the number of bus routes and train stations within walking distance for households scaled by frequency of service. The City of Bakersfield’s Transit Connectivity Index value is 4.4, putting it in the lowest category (0-4.99) available in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2019

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

PG&E customers with EVs are eligible to receive an $800 Clean Fuel Rebate for their use of electricity as a clean transportation fuel.

Vehicle Infrastructure Incentives

The City of Bakersfield currently does not offer incentives for installing private or public EV charging infrastructure.

EV Charging Locations

The City owns 13 charging stations available for public use.

Renewable Charging Incentives

At this time, the City of Bakersfield has no incentives or requirements available for the installation of private or public EV charging infrastructure powered by renewable energy (solar, wind, etc.).

Last Updated: March 2019

Freight System EfficiencyList All

Bakersfield does not have a sustainable freight transportation plan in place, nor does it have any policies that address freight efficiency.

Last Updated: March 2019

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy

Bakersfield does not yet require, incentivize, or subsidize creation or preservation of affordable housing in transit-served areas or any areas identified for compact, mixed-use development.

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Bakersfield does not currently provide rebates or incentives to low-income residents for efficient transportation options.

Low-Income Access to High Quality Transit

At this time, the City of Bakersfield does not provide low-income households with access to high-quality transit.

Last Updated: March 2019