The Energy Coalition
15635 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618
949-701-4646 ext 24
Service area: 200 miles
Service Area: Energy Coalition is headquartered in Irvine, with additional offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, and Oakland.
The Energy Coalition (TEC) serves as a key consultant to the County of Los Angeles in designing and implementing their "Energy Upgrade California in L.A. County” program with a focus on marketing and outreach. This program is designed to be a "one stop shop" of information and resources on whole home energy retrofits, by combining expertise, rebates, incentives, and financing options. This program is currently under development and will be launching countywide during the third quarter of 2010. TEC is already working with interested parties to maximize the amount of energy and services they can receive by participating in the program as a pioneer. For more information, please look up: www.lacountyenergyprogram.org.
The Energy Coalition began as a demonstration project of John Phillip’s Engineering Supervision Company in 1975. The project built California’s first energy cooperative in Los Angeles with 13 buildings, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, and the Los Angeles Central City Association. The energy cooperative approach, where groups of buildings work together during critical periods to reduce demands on peaking power thus ‘unloading’ the utility of the need to produce a portion of its highest cost electricity, proved to be a powerful idea.
Inspired by the effects of the Oil Embargo in the late 1970’s and the success of building operators in achieving peak reductions in energy usage during the critical demand periods, John Phillips introduced the idea of PEAK education. PEAK was based on the idea that, like building operators run commercial and industrial buildings, kids run our homes – they are the operators. By instilling the ethics of energy efficiency and energy stewardship in children at school they would be empowered to manage their family’s energy usage at home.
Based on the success built with the Irvine Company and the Fluor Corporation in Orange County’s two energy cooperatives, The Energy Coalition began working with the City of Irvine in 1989 to set up a series of energy saving initiatives between the City and the Irvine Company. This relationship progressed and in 1994, the Mayor of Irvine joined with the mayors of Santa Monica, Gothenburg and Nacka, Californian and Swedish utility executives, and representative of government regulatory agencies in the first Aspen Accord.
One of Aspen Accord’s early endeavors was the Regional Energy Efficiency Initiative (REEI), which brought Santa Monica together with Irvine, in a partnership with Southern California Edison and The Energy Coalition to provide the PEAK education program as well as energy efficiency education and services in the community.
The REEI was extremely successful in bringing diverse constituents of the cities together - residents, small businesses, students, school districts and city government together with their serving utilities to produce energy savings and foster an ethic of energy stewardship. The REEI was expanded in 2001 to a six-city Community Energy Partnership and then again in 2004 to include ten cities as well as the Southern California Gas Company. The Community Energy Partnership continues today in Southern California and is being considered for expansion throughout California.
The Energy Coalition is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation managed by a board of directors. We have an office in both Southern California and Northern California.
The mission of The Energy Coalition is to mobilize, educate, inform and empower communities to change the way they use and think about energy. We accomplish this by forging close partnerships among cities, utilities, businesses, schools, individuals, and environmental organizations.
The Energy Coalition’s focus is bottom-up, working with communities to identify their individual energy needs and usage patterns. The goal is to develop and implement plans and initiatives which achieve energy savings, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reducing the need for new power resources.
As a non-profit 501(c)3 corporation, The Energy Coalition has been developing energy initiatives with partners in the United States and Sweden for almost thirty years. Our strength lies in our ability to facilitate nontraditional partnerships and bring together a variety of resources to develop innovative demonstration projects, thus decreasing the demand for energy by educating and empowering consumers to strengthen their relationships with serving utilities and take control of their energy futures.
The Energy Coalition’s principle tenets are to:
Educate people from all ages and walks of life about energy, its environmental impacts, and what they can do to reduce their consumption
Promote energy efficiency (reducing overall usage of electricity and natural gas) and renewable generation
Reduce the demand for energy during peak hours (when electricity generation is most costly and environmentally damaging)
Establish replicable initiatives which expand the boundaries of traditional energy utility/consumer/community relationships
For more information about The Energy Coalition please contact us at (949) 701-4646 or [email protected]