Local Government Program

Cities, counties, and special districts (such as school, fire, and regional transit districts) are major retail purchasers of gasoline, diesel, electricity, and natural gas. As such, these local governments are often the first to feel the impact of an energy supply disruption.

If your agency is a local government attempting to obtain fuel to respond to an on-going emergency, contact your local Operational Area Emergency Operations Center immediately.

The purpose of the Local Government Program is to help local governments deal effectively with energy supply issues during an emergency.

Local governments are the first line of defense when it comes to emergency response. Local governments have devoted significant time and effort planning for emergencies, but have spent very little time specifically addressing the loss of energy and energy interdependencies. Local governments can benefit from: a better understanding of their existing energy conditions, analyzing potential energy impacts, and identifying potential solutions to reduce or eliminate the impact from the loss of energy.

The purpose of the California Local Energy Assurance Plan (CaLEAP) program is to assist local governments in developing plans to become more energy resilient; ensuring energy supply to “key assets.” The emphasis of “key assets” is to ensure functionality of essential services, thus protecting safety and public health, and minimizing economic loss. Meeting this goal will help local governments prepare for, respond to, recover from and mitigate against potential emergencies that impact energy.

CaLEAP provides a planning process, offers technical assistance and a web tool, to assist local governments in building local energy expertise and awareness of impacts and interdependencies; help them identify deficiencies and vulnerabilities, and explore energy choices, including alternative energy resources that are reliable, safe, diverse, affordable and environmentally acceptable.

Additional information on the CaLEAP program can be found at:

For more information, contact:

David Michel
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-23
Sacramento, CA 95814-5512

Or call: 916-651-3747
E-mail: David.Michel@energy.ca.gov

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