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Oxnard, CA

22.00Scored out of 100Updated 10/2020
Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 0.5 out of 15 points
Community-Wide Summary List All

The City of Oxnard adopted the Energy Action Plan in 2013.

Last updated: September 2021

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The city does not have a community-wide 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.

Last updated: September 2021

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

Equity-Driven Community Engagement

We were unable to determine whether relevant decision-makers have taken a unique and expanded approach in conducting engagement for multiple clean energy initiatives with marginalized groups compared to engagement with 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.

Equity Accountability Measures

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: September 2021

Clean Distributed Energy ResourcesList 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: September 2021

Mitigation of Heat Islands List All

UHI Mitigation Goal

We could not verify if the city has adopted a quantifiable urban heat island mitigation goal.

UHI Policies and Programs

Oxnard allows for the transfer of development rights in order to protect coastal areas.

Last updated: September 2021

Buildings Policies
Score: 9 out of 30 points
Buildings Summary List All

Oxnard enforces the state’s building energy codes and solar- and EV-readiness mandates. The city also adheres to California’s mandatory benchmarking and disclosure policy. We were unable to find information on whether the city requires building owners to conduct additional above-code energy actions. Similarly, we did not find information on city-run incentives and financing programs that encourage energy efficiency or renewable energy projects. 

Last updated: September 2020

Building Energy CodesList All


The State of California allows its local jurisdictions to adopt building energy codes more stringent than the mandatory state codes. Title 24 outlines all California building codes. Title 24, Part 6 includes the California Energy Code and the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (BEES). Title 24, Part 11 includes the California Green Building Code. To learn more about California’s building energy codes, please visit the State Policy Database.


Commercial properties must comply with Title 24. The city’s zEPI score for its commercial energy code is 51.7.


Residential properties must comply with Title 24. The city’s zEPI score for its residential energy code is 59.6.

Solar-readiness policies

Oxnard adheres to the residential solar-ready requirements already included in the California Building Standards Code.

EV-charging readiness and infrastructure policies 

The city adheres to the EV-readiness requirements set by the California Building Standards Code. 

Low-energy use requirements

We could not find information on whether the city sets low-energy use requirements for municipal or certain private buildings.

Last Updated: June 2021

Building Energy Code Compliance and EnforcementList All

We could not find information on the number of full-time employees the city staffs to enforce the energy code. The city requires plan reviews, site inspections, and performance testing to verify code energy code compliance. The city provides plan check services and engineering office hours to help local builders comply with the energy code. 

Last Updated: June 2021

Policies Targeting Existing BuildingsList All

Commercial and multifamily benchmarking

The State of California adopted Assembly Bill (AB) 802 in October of 2015. The policy requires commercial and multifamily buildings greater than 50,000 square feet and larger to benchmark energy usage annually. California requires commercial buildings to obtain and disclose ENERGY STAR ratings to transactional counter parties and the California Energy Commission at the time of a sale, lease, or financing for the entire building through AB 1130.

Last Update: June 2021

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: June 2021

Score: 3.5 out of 30
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

Oxnard's Energy Action Plan (2013) addresses a wide variety of sustainability-oriented policies including several relating to transportation and reducing VMT and GHG emissions. 

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

The Energy Action Plan does not include GHG emissions or reduction targets pertaining to transportation. 

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

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

Last Updated: December 2021

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

No data or the city is not pursuing.

Residential Parking Requirements

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosures

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Last Updated: December 2021

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Target 

Oxnard does not have a mode shift target in place for the transportation sector.

Progress Toward Mode Shift Target

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

Complete Streets

No Policy Found.

Last Updated: December 2021

Public Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The transportation entities that serve the City of Oxnard have received $16,846,988.00 on average annually between 2015 and 2019. That equates to roughly $45.87 per capita between 2015 and 2019 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 Oxnard Transit Connectivity Index value is 5.5, scoring 0.5 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

Oxnard residents qualify for the Clean Vehicle Rebate Program, which offers rebates toward the purchase or lease of a light-duty zero-emissions vehicle or PHEV approved and certified by the California Air Resources Board.

Incentives for EV Charging Stations

Rebates and incentives for the installation of EV chargers are available to Oxnard residents through the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas  & Electric, and Southern California Edison. 

EV Infrastructure

The City has 63 charging ports available for public use, equivalent to 30.2 ports per 100,000 people.

Electric School Bus Goal

Oxnard does not have an electric school bus goal.

EV Transit Bus Goal

Oxnard does not have an EV transit bus goal.

Last Updated: December 2021

Freight System EfficiencyList All

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

Last Updated: December 2021

Clean, Efficient Transportation for Low-Income CommunitiesList All

Affordable New TOD Housing Policy 

Oxnard does not have any policies in place to address or help encourage affordable TOD housing development. 

Connecting Existing Affordable Housing Stock to Efficient Transportation Options

Neither the City of Oxnard nor the transit authority that services the city's residents provide rebates or incentives that better connect low-income residents to efficient transportation options. 

Last Updated: December 2021

Energy & Water Utilities
Score: 9 out of 15 points
Energy & Water Utilities Summary List All

Clean Power Alliance is Oxnard's Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) electricity supplier, providing residents and businesses with clean energy. Clean Power Alliance serves approximately one million customer accounts across 32 communities in Southern California and offers three clean energy options that include 36%, 50%, and 100% clean energy.

Southern California Edison (SCE), an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric distribution and transmission utility and energy efficiency provider for the City of Oxnard. The primary natural gas supplier for Oxnard is Southern California Gas (SoCalGas), an IOU. The State of California requires spending and savings targets for its utilities 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 but instead set their own energy efficiency targets. In 2021, California regulators updated state energy efficiency policies to focus on reducing carbon emissions. The state’s new rule rules value efficiency as a grid and decarbonization resource, encourage utilities to offer more programs that primarily serve communities of color and low-income residents, and encourage workforce development programs. To learn more about the state requirements for electric and gas efficiency, please visit the California page of the State Database.

The City of Oxnard Water Division is the municipal utility that provides the City of Oxnard with drinking water services, while the Wastewater Division provides wastewater treatment and stormwater management.

Last Updated: July 2021

Electricity and Natural Gas Efficiency SavingsList All

In 2019, Southern California Edison reported 395,423 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 0.47% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Oxnard. In 2018, SCE spent $239,597,000 on electric energy efficiency programs, which represents 2.22% of its retail revenue.

In 2019, SoCalGas reported 55.34 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 1.89% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2019, SoCalGas spent $$91,665,804 on energy efficiency, which equates to $16.35 per residential customer. These savings and spending figures cover the entire service jurisdiction of both utilities, not just the City of Oxnard.

SCE offers electric efficiency incentives and technical assistance to residential and business customers. SoCalGas similarly offers natural gas efficiency programs to residential and business customers.

Through the Energy Leader Partnerships Program, SCE provides support to the City of Oxnard to identify and address energy efficiency opportunities in city-owned facilities, take actions supporting the California Long-Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, and increase community awareness of demand-side management (DSM) opportunities. Through this Partnership, SCE has supported the City in meeting long-term sustainability goals in energy action planning, benchmarking, green business outreach, and other strategic plan initiatives. The City has also leveraged the full range of demand-side management programs and services, including energy efficiency rebates for residential and business customers, demand response programs, and information provided to their community for Income Qualified programs and services. Furthermore, the City has co-branded messaging with SCE to distribute through local communication channels. Oxnard also partners with SoCal Edison on the Energy Upgrade CA Program, which is funded from its operating budget and not by ratepayers.

The City of Oxnard is also an active partner, since 2010, in the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance Partnership with Ventura County as the implementer and SoCalGas as the utility administrator. The partnership’s main goal is to coordinate and assist public agencies including local jurisdictions, schools, and special districts, with energy efficiency programs and resources available to achieve energy reductions, GHG reductions, and creating a more sustainable future for the entire region. The City of Oxnard is also involved in both a Local and Regional Green Business Program, assisting small/medium size business customers. In 2016 and 2017, Oxnard won Beacon Spotlight Awards in Sustainability best practice as well as Agency Energy Savings.

Last Updated: July 2021

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

Both SCE and SoCalGas offer the Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program, which is implemented statewide by the investor-owned utilities under the direction of the California Public Utilities Commission. The utilities offer different versions of the program that include different measures.

SCE offers the Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program to income-qualified customers, which provides appliance replacements. SCE partners with other utilities, community services and development organizations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and local governments on their low-income efficiency program. SCE leverages funds from the California Community Services and Development Department, including Low Income Home Energy Assistance Funding and Low Income Weatherization Program funding.

In 2019, according to SCE, it achieved 47,430 MWh in savings, while spending $75,627,717 on its low-income program and serving 95,406 households.

SoCalGas also offers the Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program, which provides no-cost energy saving home improvements such as attic insulation, water heater blankets, minor home repairs of exterior doors and/or windows, furnace repair or replacement, water heater repair or replacement and other measures to reduce energy consumption.

In 2019, according to SoCalGas, it achieved 0.91 MMtherms in energy savings from the ESA program, while spending $111,539,060 and serving 122,037 low-income customers.

Multifamily Programs

The SCE offers the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate (MFEER) Program, which offers a variety of incentives for energy-saving products and services to multifamily property owners and managers. Through this program, customers can receive the installation of energy-efficient equipment in both common and dwelling areas of multifamily properties. The program integrates a direct install approach and offers select energy efficiency measures at no cost which can facilitate onsite assessments and encourage property owners to take advantage of rebates for more extensive improvements over time. The program targets all levels of multifamily buildings (i.e., low-income, affordable-to-moderate income, market-rate), including those located in Disadvantaged Communities.

Spending, savings, and participation data for 2019 were not available.

SoCalGas offers a portfolio of multifamily efficiency programs. The Multifamily Direct Therm Savings Program and the On-Demand Efficiency Program 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 2019, SoCalGas saved 0.91 MMtherms, while spending $27,907,848 on its multifamily programs and serving 45,201 housing units in 1,815 multifamily properties.

Last Updated: July 2021

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

Southern California Gas provides energy use to Portfolio Manager through its online AB802 platform for both commercial and multifamily buildings. The utility provides automatic data entry into Portfolio Manager and 14 months of historical data. The city does not provide community-wide energy usage data at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes, but municipalities can request such data from SoCalGas. The City of Oxnard 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: July 2021

Decarbonization and Climate Change Mitigation Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Utility Climate Mitigation Goal

In 2018, Southern California Edison’s Pathway 2045 set a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. To achieve this goal, SCE will need to reduce emissions by 3.7% annually from 2018 levels.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

The City of Oxnard has a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) through the Clean Power Alliance, which is a locally controlled electricity provider in Southern California. Clean Power Alliance offers three power mix choices, including a lean option that's 36% renewable, a clean option that's 50% renewable, and a 100% green power option. According to their 2018–2019 Impact Report, 28% of Clean Power Alliance customers were on the 100% green power option 52% on clean power, and 19% on lean power. 

Last Updated: July 2021

Efficiency Efforts in Water ServicesList All

Citywide Water Efficiency and Goals

The energy and water utilities do not currently offer joint energy and water efficiency programs. However, as a participant of the California Green Business Program, the City of Oxnard through the Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance Partnership builds partnerships with local business-related organizations to promote the Green Certification Program. The program, which includes measures taken to reduce water consumption as part of the certification process, certifies businesses that promote and operate in an environmentally responsible way. Additionally, SoCalGas offers water efficiency measures that also save natural gas energy through numerous programs serving the residential, commercial, and public sectors, which are available to customers in the City of Oxnard.

The City of Oxnard is in the process of adapting a water savings target and currently has required water saving and conservation measures.

Water Plant Efficiency and Self-Generation

Neither utility has set specific energy efficiency targets or strategies. The city’s water system does not self-generate its own energy.

Last Updated: July 2021

Local Government Score:
0 out of 10 points
Local Government Climate and Energy Goals List All

Climate Mitigation Goal

Oxnard does not have a climate mitigation or greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal for municipal operations.

Energy Reduction Goal

We were unable to find information regarding an active municipal renewable energy reduction goal.

Renewable Energy Goal

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

Last updated: June 2021

Procurement and Construction Policies List All

Fleet policies and composition 

We were unable to find information on Oxnard’s fleet procurement policies or fuel efficiency requirements. We were unable to find data regarding fleet composition.

Public lighting

We were unable to find information regarding the adoption of a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting in Oxnard, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. We were unable to confirm if Oxnard has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite and offsite renewable systems 

We were unable to find information regarding onsite renewable energy systems in Oxnard.

Inclusive procurement

We were unable to verify if the City has inclusive procurement and contracting processes.

Last updated: June 2021

Asset Management List All

Building Benchmarking

We were unable to find information regarding Oxnard’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

We were unable to find information regarding a comprehensive retrofit strategy in Oxnard.

Last updated: June 2021