Sustainable Energy

Clean, stable and sustainable sources of energy for Southern California are critical to supporting a healthy and resilient region. In developing future plans, SCAG must fully weigh and consider energy supply, efficiency, consumption and environmental impacts, such as greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Demand

California relies on petroleum-based fuels for most of its transportation and energy needs. However, environmental and geopolitical factors are causing energy and climate experts to question the long-term viability of continued reliance on fossil fuels. At the same time, SCAG forecasts significant growth in population, households, and jobs that will place new demands on energy production and distribution, and potentially increase pollution and greenhouse gases.

Related Links & Resources

California’s Energy Future: The View to 2050

Energy Efficiency Organizations
California Public Utilities Commission
California Environmental Protection Agency
California Natural Resources Agency
California Independent System Operator
US Department of Energy Renewable Energy Laboratory
Local Government Commission Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative
Ventura County Regional Energy Alliance


Energy Planning Program

SCAG’s decision makers can pursue regional energy programs that will enable the region to support state and federal energy goals while growing in accordance with SCAG’s adopted plans, such as the Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy, Compass Growth Vision, and Regional Comprehensive Plan.


Renewable Energy

The California Energy Commission recommends various strategies be employed to expand the renewable energy mix in order to diversify the energy supply as well as decrease greenhouse gas emissions.


Energy Efficiency and Conservation

Energy efficiency and energy conservation are often referred to as the cheapest and cleanest sources of energy. Energy efficiency is achieved through the application of technology, such as insulation upgrades, compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs), high efficiency furnaces, and other conservation solutions.