The City of San Jose is partnering with PG&E on a new program called Step Up and Power Down, that will engage the business community with information and assistance to reduce energy usage. Step Up and Power Down will provide businesses with information on how to adopt energy saving practices and take advantage of rebates for energy efficient technologies, like LED lighting and more energy efficient food service equipment. This program is unique in that PG&E and the City of San José will provide individual support to businesses to best understand what opportunities exist for each establishment, and assist in implementing the best strategies for lowering their energy costs.
The Step Up and Power Down challenge includes both San José and San Francisco, with individual targets set for pledges and energy use reduction in each city. In San José, based on the program objective of targeting the highest energy consumption areas, Step Up and Power Down is focused on businesses across five zip codes: 95134, 95131, 95110, 95113, & 95112.
If San José achieves its target of garnering pledges from 400 downtown businesses and achieving a 5% energy use reduction in the program area by December 2016, PG&E will give San José $1 million for energy and other sustainability programs that will benefit its residents and businesses. Additionally, individual businesses that sign up will not only benefit from energy cost savings but will also be recognized for their efforts and will receive premium program benefits.
Whether you run the corner market or manage a large enterprise, our plan for success is to reach out to every business in the downtown. Working together, businesses in Downtown and North San José can help the City successfully achieve its goals. The Step Up and Power Down Community Engagement Team has already started reaching out to businesses in Japantown and Luna Park and will soon be in your area.