November 2018
Save Water, Energy, Money, & the Environment
Microgrids: Grid Modernization Planning

Southern California Edison supports customers in achieving their energy goals and clean energy solutions, and is engaged in research to understand whether microgrids could be a cost-effective alternative to other technologies. Microgrid components that incorporate clean energy solutions like solar power and energy storage can improve air
quality and reduce GHG emissions. SCE is engaged in research and demonstration projects to better understand whether combining these components into microgrids could improve grid resiliency, address specific power intermittency issues and help customers increase efficiency or reduce costs.

So, what is a microgrid? A microgrid is a system that has its own source or sources of power (renewable, traditional or a combination of both) and has the ability to serve the energy needs of a defined and limited number of customers. Microgrids have a traditional grid connection and can function either connected to or islanded (untied) from the grid. When they are islanded, they can operate autonomously to support specific power needs in unique situations. 
FREE California Friendly Landscape Training Class in Torrance: Saturday, December 1st
Become a water-wise gardener and learn how to make your garden "California Friendly":
  • using a holistic approach
  • building a living soil sponge
  • rethinking elements of your site
  • right plant, right place
  • using rainwater resource
  • managing irrigation
SoCalGas Announces New Truck Loan Program for Fleets Interested in Switching from Diesel to Natural Gas Trucks
The program allows qualified fleet owners the opportunity to try out the latest in heavy-duty natural gas truck technology by test driving a 12-Liter near-zero truck. This "try before you buy" program provides fleet owners with the opportunity to haul loads with the new truck for up to two weeks. Operators will experience the similarities between natural gas trucks and diesel trucks with respect to power, drivability, fuel range and fuel availability.
Rain Barrel Distributions 2019

Must be a resident in West Basin Municipal Water District's service area to participate.

Each rain barrel includes a 2-3’ flexible downspout, water hose connector, overflow fitting, and built-in mosquito screen. Barrels are made from recycled food barrels, and may be available in black or terra cotta colors. Product Dimensions (approximate): 24 inches wide x 40 inches tall; 16 pounds; 55 gallon capacity.

Register for one of the dates and locations below:
Consumer Rebate Program
LADWP offers the Consumer Rebate Program (CRP) to our residential customers to promote the use of energy-efficient products. This program is designed to both educate and encourage LADWP residential customers to purchase and install qualifying products in their home. 
Peruse through a list of commonly used terms in the water industry, divided into categories. WRD also offers two pdf documents with a compiled list of glossary terms perfect for classrooms (both lower and upper grades).
Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Collection Events

The Household Hazardous Waste and Electronic Waste Collection Program (HHW) gives Los Angeles County residents a legal and cost-free way to dispose of unwanted household chemicals that cannot be disposed of in the regular trash. Click on date(s) below for more information about the next event taking place in the South Bay:

Holiday Light Exchange: December 3rd & 4th

Trade in one working string of old, electricity -guzzling incandescent holiday lights, for one new, energy efficient LED string. Click flyer below for more details!
Metro Bike Share Adding Electric Bikes to Downtown Fleet as Part of Test Program
In order to make biking easier for some customers, Metro Bike Share is adding 10 electric bikes to its fleet — with those bikes mixed into the Metro Bike Share network in downtown Los Angeles.

This is a pilot program for the next three months. If the bikes prove popular, more electric bikes could be added to the system.

Also, learn about other Metro programs such as Vanpool and ExpressLanes .
Guest Speaker for Meeting or Event?
The Sanitation Districts' Speakers Bureau provides speakers, at no cost, to go to your organization, business, or school and give presentations on our agency and the issues we face. Their most popular presentation is an overview of the Sanitation Districts, but they also provide more specific presentations on our wastewater, solid waste, and energy recovery programs as well as other topics.
Contact Grace Farwell for more information: (310) 371-7222
Interesting Headlines
Report: Clean, Cost-Effective Heating Technologies Critical to Meeting California’s Climate Goals

Californians can save as much as $1,500 in installation costs, plus hundreds of dollars on their utility bills, by switching to clean space- and water-heating technologies now but super-high-efficiency electric heat pumps must become mainstream over the next 12 years to meet the state’s clean energy goals, according to a report published today.
Learn more about South Bay sub-region & its member cities/areas here
Interested becoming a volunteer at SBESC? Fill out an application here
Where Does Your City Rank
in the SCE Energy Leader Partnership Program?

Platinum Tier: 20% Energy Reduction
Hawthorne, Hermosa Beach, Inglewood, Lawndale, Lomita, Manhattan Beach, Palos Verdes Estates, Rancho Palos Verdes, Rolling Hills Estates

Gold Tier: 10% Energy Reduction
Carson, El Segundo, Gardena, Redondo Beach, Rolling Hills, Torrance