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Stockton, CA

Scored out of 250Updated 05/2024
Community-Wide Initiatives
Score: 0 out of 15 points
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. The city has submitted a grant for California's Transformative Climate Communities, which may lead to the development of more stringent goals. 

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.

When the city submitted a grant under California's Transformative Climate Communities initiative, local community-based organizations were involved in the planning and grant-writing. 

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

Adaptive Mitigation 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

Stockton grants density bonuses for developments that donate land to the city.

Last updated: September 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

Buildings Policies
Score: 8 out of 30 points
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. Stockton has not adopted a stretch code and enforces state building energy codes. The 2019 codes exceed the 2015 IECC standards and ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2016. 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

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

EV-charging readiness and infrastructure policies

The city does not appear to have adopted an EV-ready requirement.

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: October 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. Stockton requires plan reviews and site inspections to verify energy code compliance. While the state energy code requires performance testing, we were unable able to find data about how the city enforces and verifies buildings are meeting these requirements. We could not find information regarding upfront support for code compliance.

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. It requires commercial and multifamily buildings greater than 50,000 square feet and larger to benchmark energy usage annually. 


Stockton implements one financing program to encourage energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The city allows property owners access to PACE financing for the purchase and installation of infrastructure improvements to their properties with no up-front costs for renewable energy, energy and water efficiency improvements, water conservation upgrades, and/or electric vehicle charging. 

Last updated: June 2021

Score: 4 out of 30 points
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 is not yet tracking community GHG or VMT levels

Last Updated: December 2021

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: December 2021

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 

Last Updated: December 2021

Public Transit List All

Transportation Funding

The transportation entities that serve the City of Stockton have received $28,509,476.00 on average annually between 2015 and 2019. That equates to roughly $37.37 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 Stockton's Transit Connectivity Index value is 4.2, scoring 0 points in the City Scorecard.

Last Updated: December 2021

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 79 charging ports available for public use, equivalent to 25.3 ports per 100,000 people.

Electric School Bus Goal

Stockton does not have an electric school bus goal.

EV Transit Bus Goal

Stockton does not have an EV transit bus goal.

Last Updated: December 2021

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: December 2021

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: December 2021

Community Energy Infrastructure
Score: 8.5 out of 15 points
Community Energy Infrastructure 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. 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.

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: July 2021

Electricity and Natural Gas Efficiency SavingsList All

In 2019, PG&E reported 1,253,154 MWh of net electric savings at the meter, which represents 1.60% of its retail sales across the utility’s entire service jurisdiction, not only Stockton. In 2019, PG&E spent $219,637,147 on energy efficiency programs, which represents 1.72% of its retail revenue.

In 2019, PG&E reported 27.64 MMtherms of net natural gas savings at the meter, which represents 1.40% of its retail sales across the utility’s service territory. In 2019, PG&E spent $69,359,099 on energy efficiency, which equates to $16.19 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: July 2021

Low-Income & Multifamily EE Programs List All

Low-Income Programs

PG&E offers the Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESA) 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. The program provides health and safety measures such as the repair and replacement of water heaters and furnaces and minor home repairs. 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. PG&E has also administered the California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program to qualifying customers since 1989. The CARE program provides a monthly discount on energy bills for qualifying single-family residential households, tenants of sub-metered residential facilities, non-profit group living facilities, agricultural employee housing facilities, and migrant farmworker housing centers throughout PG&E’s service area.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CAPUC) strongly encourages utilities to leverage funds for low-income energy efficiency and weatherization. PG&E’s ESA Program leverages water agency, Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and Low Income Weatherization Program (LIWP) funding through individually negotiated agreements with the other agencies.

In 2019, PG&E achieved energy savings of 68,951 MWh and 0.47 MMtherms, while spending $96,478,592 and $50,711,276 on its electric and natural gas low-income programs, respectively. PG&E served 17,169 electric and 7,877 natural gas customers with its low-income program in 2019.

Multifamily Programs

PG&E offers the California New Homes Multifamily 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 Cooling Optimizer Program is a direct install program focused on HVAC measures in tenant spaces.

In 2019, PG&E achieved 3,578 MWh and 0.105 MMtherms in energy savings, while spending $6,333,030 across its electric and natural gas programs. PG&E served 3,322 electric housing units in 26 multifamily properties and 3,594 natural gas housing units in 27 multifamily properties.

Last Updated: July 2021

Provision of Energy Data by UtilitiesList All

PG&E's Building Benchmarking Portal provides aggregated whole-building energy usage data in their ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager to building owners. The city has community-wide energy usage data at the aggregate level for community planning and evaluation purposes. PG&E provides non-confidential, aggregated energy usage data to the public through its Energy Data Request Program. Energy data is publicly released on a monthly basis at the ZIP code level, with significant redaction or further aggregation as needed to comply with California energy data privacy regulations. 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: July 2021

Decarbonization and Climate Change Mitigation Efforts of Cities and Energy UtilitiesList All

Utility Climate Mitigation Goal

In 2018, the State of California set an ambitious goal of relying on entirely zero-emission energy sources for its electricity by 2045. To achieve this goal, PG&E will need to reduce emissions by 3.7% annually from 2018 levels.

City-Led Efforts to Decarbonize the Electric Grid

In March 2021, the City of Stockton completed its CCA Feasibility Study, though the city hasn’t yet moved forward with implementing a CCA.

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, PG&E does offer rebates for high-efficiency commercial dishwashers. 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: July 2021

Local Government Score:
0 out of 10 points
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 were unable to find information regarding a municipal 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 Stockton’s fleet procurement policies or fuel-efficiency requirements. We were unable to find data regarding fleet composition.

Public lighting

Stockton does not have a policy requiring efficient outdoor lighting, such as the International Dark-Sky Association’s Model Lighting Ordinance. We were unable to confirm if Stockton has an outdoor lighting upgrade program.

Onsite and offsite renewable systems 

We were unable to find information regarding onsite and offsite renewable energy systems installed by Stockton.

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 Stockton’s benchmarking practices.

Comprehensive Retrofit Strategy

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

Last updated: June 2021