The Energy Independence Program, AB 811 – Palm Desert, CA

EcoMotion was on the original AB 811 program design team in Palm Desert. Once the bill was signed as an urgency measure by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Palm Desert raced to roll out the first program nationally for what has become known as PACE. Working with the City and its leaders and lawyers, EcoMotion drafted the program guidelines, provided cash-flow analyses for prototypical measure retrofits, and provided comprehensive marketing and administrative support services for what the City called its Energy Independence Program. Through no-upfront cost, positive cash- flow retrofits – carefully managed for each interested citizen – the program demonstrated the potential for widespread energy, cost, and carbon savings. Its design and initial City seed funding of $5 million was approved unanimously by Council.