We host a RICAPS monthly working group to support city sustainability coordinators in developing and implementing climate action plans.
2021 RICAPS Multi-City Working Group Meetings
DATE TOPICS January 26
Complying with AB1236, Permit Streamlining Law for EV Charging Stations, EV Infrastructure Reach Codes, City Insights on EV Policy Implementation, Peninsula Clean Energy Updates: Single-Family Electrification, Case Study Development Project: Estimated Costs of Electrifying 10 Single-Family Homes, Highlights of Facilities Working Group Launch. February 23
Coordinated Support for Municipal Energy Upgrades, How Cities Can Host Clean Tech Pilots, Update: Power on Peninsula Solar + Battery Program, Feedback via Mentimeter.
City of Piedmont’s Newly Adopted Reach Codes for Existing Homes, City of Brisbane’s Building Efficiency Program for Commercial and Industrial Buildings, CPUC 101.
Water Supply Estimates and Results of BAWSCA’s 10-Year Demand Study, Sustainable San Mateo County Updates: Sustainability Dashboard and Sustainability Ideas Bank, Water Upgrades $ave On-Bill Financing via BayREN.
Including Fugitive Methane Emissions in GHG Inventories, Research Results: Heat Pump Water Heater Permitting in San Mateo County, Neighborhood Electrification Pilots, Fostering Collaboration with School Communities on Climate Action. June 22
Thrive Alliance: Building Relationships and Creating Cross-Sector Collaboration, The Next Stage of Local Climate Planning: From Technocratic and Siloed to People-Centered and Connected, Frameworks for Collaboration. July 27
Berkeley's Draft Existing Buildings Electrification Strategy, Emerging Strategies for 2022 Reach Code Efforts, Program Updates (RICAPS Commercial Electrification Measures and Preview of August 17 Facilities Working Group), Climate action Priorities for San Mateo County Cities August 24
Key Takeaways from the IPCC 6th Assessment, BayREN's Regional Heat Pump Water Heater Program for Contractors, Peninsula Clean Energy's Heat Pump Water Heater Rebate, Redwood City Building Electrification Rebate Program, PCE's Home Upgrade Program for Income-Qualified Customers September 28
Peninsula Clean Energy Updates (Annual GHG Reporting, New Data Access Platform, Latest Market Research) and BayREN Program Overview and Listening Session October 26
Introduction to C/CAG’s New Executive Director, Lessons Learned from Recent Building Electrification Policy Study Sessions, and BayREN Local Government Policy Calculator for Existing Single-Family Buildings November 16
SB 1383 Compost Procurement Requirements and Discussion on a Collaborative Approach Across Jurisdictions December 14
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RICAPS Climate Action Plan Template
We have developed a new climate action plan template that the 20 cities in San Mateo County and others can use to save staff time and resources. The new template includes the following innovations: guidance for collaborating with community groups when developing and implementing the CAP, identification of emissions from consumption activities (such as air travel, food, and purchases), and information about carbon sequestration and workforce development. With colorful photos, icons, and informative call-out boxes, the document is designed to be accessible to the public. Since it is formatted in Microsoft Word, city staff can edit it to include their own goals and strategies. The document was prepared in collaboration with an ad hoc advisory group of sustainability coordinators from seven San Mateo County cities, with technical support from DNV.
The most recent version of the CAP template is Version 9.5, posted May 2021. Changes since version 9.4 are listed on the first page.
RICAPS Menu of Measures
This Excel-based tool documents the calculations associated with the menu of climate action measures for RICAPS. This Menu of Measures provides a pre-set list of greenhouse gas reduction measures most applicable to the San Mateo County region and a recommended approach to estimating potential greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions avoided from each measure. It was prepared by DNV.
The most recent version of the Menu of Measures is version 9.4.
Updates included in version 9.4:
- Measures for heat pump water heaters and space heaters
Updates included in version 9.1:
- Fixed formula mistake on panel upgrade measure
- Changed 2015 baseline titles to 2017
RICAPS Forecasting Tool
This Excel workbook provides assistance to estimate the business-as-usual greenhouse gas emissions through 2020, 2030, 2040, 2045, and 2050. It assists jurisdictions in calculating the metric tons of greenhouse gases reduced by California statewide measures and the city-specific measures selected in the RICAPS Menu of Measures Tool, and analyzes whether the reduction targets will be met by the climate action plan. It was prepared by DNV. The most recent version of the Forecasting Tool is version 9.3.
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