energy

HERO Program

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WRCOG’s HERO Program provides financing to property owners to implement a range of energy saving, renewable energy, and water conserving improvements to their homes and businesses.  Improvements must be permanently fixed to the property and must meet certain criteria to be eligible for financing.  Financing is paid back through a lien placed on the property tax bill.  The HERO Program was initiated in December 2011 and has been expanded (an effort called “California HERO”) to allow for jurisdictions throughout the state to join WRCOG’s Program and allow property owners in these jurisdictions to participate.  Review the PACE Consumer Protection Policies to learn about the benefits of the HERO Program.

Access the residential HERO Program website or the Samas Commercial Program website to learn more about the Program, eligible products, and how to apply.

Western Riverside Energy Leader Partnership

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The Western Riverside Energy Leader Partnership (WRELP) responds to WRCOG Executive Committee direction for WRCOG, Southern California Edison (SCE), and the Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to seek ways to improve marketing and outreach to the Western Riverside subregion regarding energy efficiency. WRELP is designed to assist local governments to set an example for their communities to increase energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increase renewable energy usage, and improve air quality.

This unique Partnership brings SCE, SoCalGas, and local governments together to make Western Riverside County a leader in energy efficiency. With efforts to “go green,” find savings in ever-tightening government budgets, and plan for new state greenhouse gas emissions regulations, identifying opportunities to increase energy efficiency is at the forefront of municipal and community planning efforts.  WRELP is helping Western Riverside County capitalize on opportunities that will bring measurable energy savings and reduced utility bills through the following program initiatives:

  • Leveraging local government resources and work with local communities to maximize program reach.
  • Achieving short-and long-term energy savings and demand reduction for local government participants and the communities they serve while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Providing energy information to communities and providing training and education for local government facility managers, energy managers, and planners to help identify and implement energy efficiency opportunities.
  • Developing energy action plans that share goals and specific actions to ensure that adequate, reliable, and reasonably-priced electrical power and natural gas supplies are achieved and provided through policies, strategies, and actions that are cost-effective and environmentally sound for the subregion’s consumers and taxpayers.

Southern California Edison is an investor-owned utility company that provides power to more than 13 million people in eleven counties in Central, Coastal, and Southern California, including 12 cities in Western Riverside County.

SoCalGas, a Sempra Energy California regulated utility, is the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, delivering outstanding service to more than 20 million consumers in more than 500 communities through a dedicated team of more than 8,000 employees.