Office of Sustainability: Energy and Water (4040P)

Program Outcome Statement

Promote resource conservation, planning, and outreach to support the implementation of sustainability, resiliency, and an environmentally conscious community.


The Energy and Water Section implements two energy efficiency programs: the San Mateo County Energy Watch and the BayREN energy upgrade program, which serve the municipal-commercial and residential sectors respectively. The Section also develops water conservation and reuse programs and supports groundwater assessment and stormwater program implementation and reporting.

San Mateo County Energy Watch Program Cost Per Kilowatt Hour Saved

Number of Energy and Water Saving Library Kits Borrowed from Libraries Countywide

Percent of kWh Goal

Story Behind Performance FY 2017-18 Mid-Year Update 

The San Mateo County Energy Watch is a grant-funded program that operates under a staff services contract between the County and the City/County Association of Governments (C/CAG). The program targets buildings and operations with inefficient energy use in predefined sectors, including municipalities, schools, non-profits, farms, and certain sections of low-income residential homes. The program identifies energy-efficiency installations and retrofit projects within these targeted sectors that will favorably result in maximum energy savings and rebates for the rate payers. Program challenges include: changes in legislation, changes in goals by the California Public Utility Commission, changes in program structure, program partners, or that remaining energy savings projects are too costly to justify relative to energy savings achieved. Program performance is expressed in San Mateo County Energy Watch Program Cost per Kilowatt hours saved. In calendar year 2016, the San Mateo County Energy Watch Program is on target to double its energy savings goals, reducing Countywide peak energy use by 813 kilowatts and 7.6 million kilowatt hours through energy efficiency projects.

FY 2017-18 Priorities

  • Collaborate with other County Departments to address sustainable management of stormwater, finish a groundwater assessment, explore the use of recycled water, and develop new water conservation programs
  • Meet the energy-saving and dwelling unit goals of the SMCEW and BayREN programs, and ensure a smooth transition to a new program cycle that begins calendar year 2019.

Author: Kim Springer, Resource Conservation Program Manager  Contact Email:  Last Updated: 01/26/18