State and Local Policy Database


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Stockton, CA

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

Climate Mitigation Goal

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

Energy Reduction Goal

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

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 Stockton’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 Stockton has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite renewable systems 

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

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 Stockton adopted the Climate Action Plan in 2014.

Last updated: March 2020

Community-Wide Climate Mitigation and Energy GoalsList All

Climate Mitigation Goal

The Climate Action Plan includes a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 10% below 2005 levels by 2020.

Energy Reduction Goal

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

Renewable Energy Goal

The Climate Action Plan includes a goal to increase solar energy use to meet 10% of commercial energy use and 5% of residential energy use by 2020.

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

Stockton grants density bonuses to for developments that donate land to the city. We could not verify if the city has adopted a quantitative urban heat island mitigation goal.

Last updated: March 2020

Buildings Policies
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 Stockton. 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.

Cal Water Service Company is the private utility that provides the City of Stockton with drinking water services, while the Municipal Utilities Department provides 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 Stockton. 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 Stockton.

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

At this time, the City of Stockton does not have a formal partnership with PG&E in the form of a jointly developed or administered energy saving strategy, plan, or agreement.

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 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 2018, PG&E achieved 60,217 MWh and 5.91 MMtherms in energy savings, while spending $73,500,500 and $51,000,000 on its electrical and natural gas low-income programs, respectively. PG&E 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, according to PG&E, its multifamily programs achieved 5,035 MWh and 0.238 MMtherms in energy savings, while spending $15,344,728 on its electric and natural gas multifamily programs. PG&E served 25 multifamily electric units and 10 natural gas units in 2018.

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 Stockton 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 Stockton is currently evaluating the feasibility of launching a Community Choice Energy program for its community.

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. At this time, the City of Stockton has not established a water savings target or goal, but it does offer water saving tips online.

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 self-generate its own energy.

Last Updated: March 2020

Score: 4.5 out of 30
Sustainable Transportation Planning List All

Sustainable Transportation Plan

The city of Stockton's 2014 Climate Action Plan contains within it a settlement agreement stating that increases in VMT should grow no more quickly than increases to the city's population on a percentage basis. The city of Stockton also has an Active Transportation/Bicycle Master Plan

VMT/GHG Target and Stringency

There is a goal, but it is not focused explicitly on reducing VMT so much as it is on not having VMT rise disproportionately to population growth. 

Progress Achieved Toward VMT/GHG Targets

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

Last Updated: March 2020

Location Efficiency List All

Location Efficient Zoning 

The city has several zoning districts within which mixed use land development and high density housing are allowed. Transit oriented development and FAR specifications are discussed in the city's climate action plan

Residential Parking Requirements

The vast majority of land use categories (including some residential developments) have a minimum parking requirement of 1 space per unit or more.

Location Efficiency Incentives and Disclosures

No data or the city is not pursuing. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Mode Shift List All

Mode Shift Target 

An increase in (transit) ridership from approximately 3% to 5% mode share is a desired outcome of the transit plan. However, no funding mechanisms to provide the desired increase in transit ridership are currently available. It is therefore assumed that not all of the Transit Plan recommendations will be implemented and the primary function of RTD’s operational planning and the Transit Plan will be to keep transit mode share at existing levels (3%).

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 serviced by a bikeshare program. 

Last Updated: March 2020

Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The transportation entities that serve the City of Stockton have received $52,686,369 on average annually between 2014 and 2018. That equates to roughly $70.00 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 Stockton's Transit Connectivity Index value is 4.2, scoring 0 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: March 2020

Efficient VehiclesList All

Vehicle Purchase Incentives

Stockton 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 18 charging stations available for public use, equivalent to 5.784 stations per 100,000 people.

Renewable Charging Incentives

Neither the City of Stockton nor 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

Stockton 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 

Stockton 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 Stockton 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