State and Local Policy Database

Fresno

City Scorecard Rank

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Fresno, CA

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

Climate Mitigation Goal

Fresno’s Green Plan includes a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

Energy Reduction Goal

We did not find information regarding a municipal energy reduction goal.

Renewable Energy Goal

Fresno’s Green Plan includes a goal for 50% of municipal electricity use to come from renewable energy resources by 2025. 

Last updated: March 2020

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet policies and composition

We could not find information on Fresno’s fleet procurement policies or fuel efficiency requirements. We were unable to find data regarding fleet composition.

Public lighting

We did not find information regarding the adoption of a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. We could not confirm if Fresno has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite renewable systems 

Fresno has installed solar panels on municipal buildings.

Inclusive procurement

We could not verify if the city has inclusive procurement and contracting processes.

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Initiatives
Community-Wide Summary List All

The City of Fresno adopted the Fresno Green Plan in 2016.

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The Fresno Green plan includes a goal to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050.

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: March 2020

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: March 2020

Clean Distributed Energy SystemsList All

We could not verify if the city has adopted a formal policy, rule, or agreement that supports the creation of clean distributed energy systems.

Last updated: March 2020

Mitigation of Urban Heat Islands List All

We could not verify if the city has adopted a quantitative urban heat island mitigation goal or whether the city has adopted policies or programs aimed at mitigating the urban heat island effect.

Last updated: March 2020

Buildings Policies
Buildings Summary List All

The City of Fresno enforces the state energy code and solar- and EV-readiness requirements. The city also complies with AB802, California’s mandatory benchmarking requirement for commercial and multifamily buildings. We could not find information on whether the city has adopted mandatory energy saving actions.

Last updated: March 2020

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All

Overview

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.

Commercial

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

Residential

Fresno 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 2020

 

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList All

Fresno requires plan reviews, site inspections, and performance testing. We could not find information on the number of full-time employees the city staffs to enforce the energy code. We could not find information regarding upfront support for code compliance.

Last updated: March 2020

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Commercial and multifamily

Fresno complies with the State of California’s Assembly Bill (AB) 802. Per AB 802, owners of commercial and multifamily buildings greater than 50,000 square feet must benchmark energy usage. 

Single-family     

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

Last updated: March 2020

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 2020

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 2020

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 2020

Energy & Water Utilities
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric and natural gas utility for the City of Fresno. 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.

The City of Fresno Department of Public Utilities is the municipal utility that provides the City of Fresno with drinking water services, wastewater treatment, and stormwater management.

Last Updated: March 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, PG&E reported 1,287,988 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 1.61% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Fresno. In 2018, PG&E spent $363,338,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 2.67% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, PG&E reported 29.97 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 1.58% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2018, PG&E spent $294,599,628 on energy efficiency, which equates to $69.47 per residential customer. These savings and spending figures cover PG&E’s entire service jurisdiction, not just the City of Fresno.

PG&E offers electric and natural gas efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and commercial/industrial customers.

PG&E partners with two local governments in Fresno – the City of Fresno and Fresno Economic Development Corporation. The partnerships collectively make up the Fresno Energy Watch program. The City of Fresno focuses on energy efficiency retrofits for their local public buildings in the city. The Fresno EDC is focused on serving local public and small medium business (SMB) customers in the greater Fresno County by helping them learn about and take advantage of utility programs.

Last Updated: March 2020

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

PG&E offers the Energy Savings Assistance Program to qualified low-income residential customers. The program provides in-home energy education, and direct installation of weatherization and hot water measures, lighting efficiency upgrades, HVAC tune-ups, smart power strips, and refrigerator recycling/replacement at no charge 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. The ESA Program’s objective is to assist income-qualified customers to reduce their energy consumption and costs while increasing their health, comfort and safety.

In 2018, PG&E achieved 60,217 MWh and 1.91 MMtherms in savings, while spending $73,500,00 and $51,000,000 on its electric and natural gas low-income programs, respectively, and served 85,168 electric and natural gas customers.

Multifamily Programs

PG&E offers the California New Homes Multifamily Program, Multifamily Upgrade Program, and Multifamily Cooling Optimizer Program. California New Homes Multifamily Program provides support and incentives for multifamily new construction projects to encourage builders to exceed California’s Title 24 energy efficiency standards. The Multifamily Upgrade Program promotes and facilitates energy-efficient retrofits of existing multifamily buildings” through technical support and incentives. The Multifamily Cooling Optimizer Program is a direct install program focused on HVAC measures in tenant spaces.

In 2018, PG&E’s multifamily programs saved 5,035 MWh and 0.23 MMtherms, while spending $15,344,728 and serving 25 electric units and 10 natural gas units.

Last Updated: March 2020

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

PG&E's Building Benchmarking Portal provides aggregate whole-building energy usage data in their ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to building owners. The City of Fresno does not advocate for better access to utility data for ratepayers or the establishment of data-sharing agreements between the city and its utilities.

Last Updated: March 2020

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2018, PG&E provided $16,817,792 in incentives for the installation of 14,610 kW of new distributed solar systems, equating to $1,151/kW installed. PG&E offered multiple incentive programs in 2018, including Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing (MASH), Single Family Affordable Solar Housing (SASH), New Solar Homes Partnership (NSHP), Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), and California Solar Initiative Thermal (CSI-Thermal). Through the CSI-Thermal program, PG&E provided $4,968,801 in incentives for the energy savings of 223,460 therms, equating to $22.24/therm.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

The City of Fresno is considering allowing Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) options for its residents.  The Council has to first complete a technical study to determine the costs and benefits of a CCA. 

Last Updated: May 2020

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

City-wide water efficiency and goals

The energy and water utilities do not currently offer joint energy and water efficiency programs. Regarding water savings, the City of Fresno actively supports the challenge for all Californians to achieve a 20% per capita reduction in urban water demand by 2020, and conservation measures are in place to achieve this goal. We could not determine if the city is on track to meet this goal.

Water plant efficiency and self-generation

The water utility has not set specific energy efficiency targets or strategies. The city’s water system does not yet self-generate its own energy.

Last Updated: March 2020

Transportation
Score: 3 out of 30
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

The City of Fresno does not yet have a codified VMT reduction target.

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

The City of Fresno is not yet tracking community GHG or VMT levels

Last Updated: March 2020

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

Design guidelines within Fresno's Tower District encourage mixed-use and compact land development. 

Residential Parking Requirements

The City's parking requirements do not meet the minimum scoring threshold for City Scorecard.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosures

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Target 

No codified mode share target exists in the cities most recent active transportation plan (Fresno ATP 2017), although diversifying mode share is discussed and acknowledged as an important component moving forward. 

Progress Toward Mode Shift Target

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

Complete Streets

No Policy Found 

Car Sharing

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

Bike Sharing

The city is not currently served by a bikeshare program. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The City of Fresno and the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency that serve the City of Fresno have received $62,438,724 on average annually between 2014 and 2018. That equates to roughly $62.79 per capita between 2014 and 2018 within the Authority's service area. 

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 Fresno Transit Connectivity Index value is 5, scoring 0.5 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

At this time, Fresno does not offer incentives for citizens to purchase hybrid, plug-in, or EV vehicles.

Incentives for EV Charging Stations

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

EV Infrastructure

The City has 50 charging stations available for public use, equivalent to 9.432 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

At this time, the City of Fresno 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 2020

Freight System EfficiencyList All

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

Last Updated: March 2020

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy 

The Transit Oriented Infrastructure for In-Fill Development (TOD) program was created in the 2006 Measure C Extension Plan. The goals of the Measure C TOD allocation are to support community-based transit projects that:
- Are developed through an inclusive planning process with broad private-public partnerships and outreach;
- Improve the range of transportation choices by supporting transit facilities and improving links between facilities and activity nodes; and
- Support well-designed, high-density housing and mixed uses near transit.

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

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

Last Updated: March 2020