Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN)
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The Energy Network Public Agency Program identifies energy saving measures and works with public agencies through design, financing and construction to help accomplish energy efficiency projects. All services provided by The Energy Network are provided at no cost and are available to more than 700 public agencies in Southern California.
The Network initially focused on a pilot project to offer cities a “one-stop” opportunity for street lighting upgrades, to streamline the implementation process, and to provide assistance to public agencies through every step of their projects.
This type of support is particularily helpful to smaller cities that face a number of challenges--the most prominent challenge in this particular effort was access to and accuracy of street light data in one utility service area, where a typical 10-15% discrepancy was found between the records held by the utility and those held by cities in their territory. Another challenge addressed was the rapid pace of improvement in LED technology, where manufacturers produce new models at such a rate that those previously approved under the formal process are no longer manufactured.