State and Local Policy Database

Oxnard

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Oxnard, CA

Scored out of 100Updated 8/2019
Local Government Score:
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

Oxnard’s Energy Action Plan includes a goal to reduce electricity and natural gas use 10% below 2005 levels by 2020.

Renewable Energy Goal

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

Last updated: March 2020

Procurement and Construction List All

Fleet policies and composition 

We could not find information on Oxnard’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 Oxnard has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite renewable systems 

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

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 Oxnard adopted the Energy Action Plan in 2013.

Last updated: March 2020

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

The Energy Action Plan includes a goal to reduce community electricity and natural gas 10% below 2005 levels by 2020. 

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

Oxnard allows for the transfer of development rights in order to protect coastal areas. We could not verify if the city has adopted a quantitative urban heat island mitigation goal.

Last updated: March 2020

Buildings Policies
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 incentive and financing programs that encourage energy efficiency or renewable energy projects. 

Last updated: March 2020

Building Energy Code AdoptionList All

Overview

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. Sacramento has not adopted a stretch code and enforces state building energy codes. The 2016 codes exceed the 2015 IECC standards and ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2013. To learn more about California’s building energy codes, please visit the State Policy Database.

Commercial

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

Residential

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

Solar- and EV-ready

Oxnard adheres to the residential solar-ready requirements already included in the California Building Standards Code. The code also mandates EV-readiness in residential and nonresidential buildings.

Last Updated: March 2020

 

Building Energy Code Enforcement and ComplianceList 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 energineering office hours to help local builders comply with the energy code. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Benchmarking, Rating, & Transparency List All

Commercial and multifamily

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.

Single-family     

The city has not adopted a single-family benchmarking and disclosure policy.

Last Update: 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

Southern California Edison (SCE), an investor-owned utility (IOU), is the primary electric utility 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. 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: March 2020

Electric & Gas Energy Efficiency Programs and SavingsList All

In 2018, Southern California Edison reported 1,346,561 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 1.55% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Oxnard. In 2018, SCE spent $162,553,000 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 1.37% of its retail revenue.

In 2018, SoCalGas reported 51.78 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 1.98% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2018, SoCalGas spent $90,278,252 on energy efficiency, which equates to $16.20 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: March 2020

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 sunder 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 households to reduce their electricity costs by replacing their old, inefficient appliances—such as refrigerators and air conditioners—with new, energy-efficient ones. SCE partners with nonprofits organizations, the California Department of Community Services and De  thevelopment, other utilities, faith-based organizations, and local city government to promote and leverage enrollments and to share best practices. In 2018, SCE achieved 47,223 MWh in energy savings, while spending $1,936,469 on its low-income program and served 86,307 income-qualified 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 2018, SoCalGas achieved 1.58 in MMtherms, while spending 102,403,534 on its low-income programs and served 1,714,984 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 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.

In 2018, SCE achieved 14,334 MWh in energy savings, while spending $8,600,000 on its multifamily programs and served 64,249 multifamily customers.

SoCalGas 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 2018, SoCalGas saved 1 MMtherms, while spending $38,342,773 on its multifamily programs and served 46,917 units through its multifamily programs.

Last Updated: March 2020

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 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: March 2020

Renewable Energy Efforts of Energy UtilitiesList All

Renewable Energy Incentives

In 2018, SCE provided $41,726,058 in incentives for the installation of 395,000 kW of new distributed solar systems, equating to $106/kW installed. Incentive levels ranges from 2.2 cents per kWh to 8.8 cents per kWh depending on the customer classification.

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.

Last Updated: March 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. 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: March 2020

Transportation
Score: 3.5 out of 30
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

Oxnard's Energy Action Plan (2013) adresses a wide variety of sustainability oriented policies including several relating to transporttion 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: March 2020

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: March 2020

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 

Car Sharing

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Bike Sharing

The city is not currently served by a bikeshare program. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The transportation entities that serve the City of Oxnard have received $28,703,432 on average annually between 2014 and 2018. That equates to roughly $33.73 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 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 17 charging stations available for public use, equivalent to 8.1 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Neither the City of Oxnard or any of the utilities that service it's resident are providing incentives towards the installation of EV charging infrastrucutre powered by renewables at this time. 

Last Updated: March 2020

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: March 2020

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: March 2020