Natural Resources Element (Public Hearing Draft, 5/1/13)
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Energy Conservation

Whether it is fuel to operate automobiles or electricity to light, heat, and cool buildings, energy is continuously being used to meet our daily needs. Generating enough energy to meet California’s increasing demand calls for sustainable energy resources and practices. With the passage of State legislation to decrease reliance on fossil fuels and mitigate impacts of global warming, cities must comprehensively address energy management issues.


San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) provides electricity to and maintains a distribution network for San Clemente. The City’s electrical grid includes above ground and buried power lines. A major transmission line travels west to east through the City, terminating at State Route 74, also known as the Ortega Highway. SDG&E produces some of its electricity from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS), which it jointly owns with Southern California Edison and the City of Riverside. Located adjacent to Camp Pendleton and just south of San Clemente, in San Diego County, SONGS’ two nuclear reactors have the capacity to generate approximately 2,200 megawatts of power, enough to serve 1.5 million average Southern California homes.

Natural Gas

Southern California Gas Company (The Gas Company) provides natural gas for San Clemente.


Both SDG&E and The Gas Company offer conservation programs and assistance for residents, businesses, and property managers. These include rebates for the purchase of energy efficient appliances, equipment, and materials, financial incentives for the installation of renewable energy systems, home energy efficiency surveys and energy calculators.

This section of the Energy Element establishes goals and policies to guide the efficient use, conservation and generation of energy within the community. Policies aimed at reducing the use of fossil fuels for transportation purposes are addressed in the Land Use, Circulation, and Urban Design Elements. Together, the goals and policies of these elements provide the foundation for two key implementation documents: the San Clemente Climate Action Plan and San Clemente Sustainability Action Plan.


Reduce consumption of non-renewable energy sources and ensure efficient use, development and conservation of sustainable, non-polluting energy sources.


NR-6.01. Conservation Strategy. We require conservation as the first strategy to be employed to meet energy-saving standards.
NR-6.02. Site Planning and New Building Design. We require energy-efficient subdivision, site planning and building design. Measures to be considered include building orientation and shading, landscaping, maximum use of natural daylight, reflectance of building, natural ventilation, active and passive solar heating and hot water system, etc. In establishing these energy related design requirements, we balance energy-efficient design with good planning principles.
NR-6.03. Retrofit of Commercial and Residential Buildings. We encourage and provide incentives for voluntary retrofitting of commercial and residential buildings to reduce energy use.
NR-6.04. Public Buildings. We require City buildings to be energy efficient. We require all new and substantially renovated City buildings in excess of 10,000 square feet to achieve a LEED Silver Certification standard, as determined by the U.S. Green Building Council, or the equivalent.
NR-6.05. City Operations. We routinely seek ways to improve the energy efficiency of City operations to save energy, reduce consumption of non-renewable materials, reduce municipal costs and set a positive example for the community.
NR-6.06. City Vehicles and Equipment. We purchase and use vehicles and equipment that are fuel efficient and meet or surpass state emissions requirements and/or use no- or low-emission sources of energy.
NR-6.07. Renewable Energy Resources. We work with other agencies and utility providers to develop safe, economical and renewable energy resources, and we help reduce non-renewable energy use through public education and participation in energy conservation programs.
NR-6.08. Public Awareness. We work with local utilities to develop and provide energy conservation information to the public.
NR-6.09. Reduce Water Consumption. We will continue to help reduce per capita potable water consumption and related energy use through implementation of water conservation programs and through public education and outreach.
NR-6.10. Alternative Fueling Stations. We encourage the private sector to provide vehicle fueling stations that cater to electric and other non-petroleum fueled vehicles and require such facilities for City operations and facilities, where appropriate.



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