Creating an Energy Opportunity Zone

Launched with $1.5M in grant funding from the California Energy Commission, Energize Fresno will develop a blueprint for an “Energy Opportunity Zone” along the Blackstone Corridor and Downtown. Over the next year and a half, the Energize Fresno project team will identify projects that deliver significant resource savings and attract more investment into the community, and develop a tool that streamlines the project-funding matching process to accelerate action. The tool will be used by City staff and partners for the benefit of Fresno residents and businesses.

By concentrating initially at a neighborhood scale, Energize Fresno aims to facilitate building and infrastructure upgrades to reduce costs, and improve community health and prosperity.  Ultimately, the Energy Opportunity Zone will become a model for communities across the state— helping to raise the visibility of energy, water and transportation investment opportunities in Fresno.

The Energize Fresno Team will work with local partners to build a Community Plan that defines projects that can significantly reduce energy costs for households and businesses, and increase economic development.

Successful completion of the first grant phase allows Energize Fresno to apply for up to $14 million in additional funding to implement alternative energy infrastructure investments and create a thriving district that models resource-efficient living and working in the City of Fresno.

Creating an Energy Opportunity Zone, Neil Matouka, Local Government Commission, 2016.

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