SF Mayor Newsom Announces New Energy Efficiency Funding!

by , 02/05/10

clean energy, energy, green energy, san francisco, gavin newsom, energywatch

Yet another reason New Yorkers might be jealous: the city of San Francisco has just announced 19.2 million dollars in new funding for energy efficiency programs. The bulk of the funds will go to EnergyWatch, a program that provides free energy efficiency assessments and low-cost retrofits for businesses and multi-family residences in the city.

clean energy, energy, green energy, san francisco, gavin newsom, energywatch

The remaining funds, from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will assess and retrofit municipal buildings, like health centers and cultural centers, and part of why San Fran is so smug about the whole thing is that the new funding is an excellent demonstration of how green business creates jobs. EnergyWatch employs many graduates of a program called JobsNow, which trains unemployed citizens in energy efficiency. Over 1,700 people have been put back to work through the program.

Gradual implementation of energy efficiency programs since 2001 has reduced the city’s energy consumption by 29 megawatts. These recent initiatives may knock it down another 6, making the total energy savings enough to power 30,000 SF homes.

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  1. jeanX February 6, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    elsa13 is correct.

  2. elsa13 February 6, 2010 at 4:09 am

    I find it funny that this completely overshadows the solar city scandal he had where he(Newsom) gave his buddies at Solar City millions of dollars of San Franciscan’s taxpayer money as long as they opened up a training facility in the Bayview district and employed the people of the neighborhood they were coming into. Solar City, after taking the San Francisco’s handouts, decided not to hold up their part of the bargain and kept all of the money and simply hired other workers, blaming it on the recession.

    I’m guessing that this new Energy Watch program is another one of Newsom’s common tactics of jumping on the bandwagon and riding someone else’s coat tails, just like the Healthy San Francisco thing. God, when are people going to realize that Newsom is HATED by most San Franciscans and it’s not him doing all these great things for the city, but it’s the actual citizens who are lobbying behind great causes.

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