Continue partnership with Oncor and other Public Utility Companies on an intensive education program on renewable energy options.
There are significant changes taking place in the energy sector including opportunities for implementing small scale renewable energy systems and associated financing options. The changes affect both residential and commercial sectors. Given that over two thirds of the energy consumed in the city is from the commercial, industrial and institutional sectors, the City should focus a significant part of its education program on this sector, highlighting the cost savings and other benefits gained from installing on-site renewables and from purchasing a renewable energy electricity tariff. The City should also partner with local utilities, the PACE program, educational institutions, and other stakeholders to participate in the public information program. The public information campaign would use multiple channels, including social media, to reach a wide range of audiences. Note that this program on renewable energy would complement the energy efficiency in buildings education campaign.
In addition to promoting the existing incentive programs and financing options for renewable energy systems, the City and its partners will explore new financing opportunities such as potential property tax reductions, additional grants and subsidies.