Learn why this innovative study is so important for all communities.

 

Every person deserves to breathe clean air, regardless of their zip code.

WHY IS CLEANER AIR IMPORTANT?

Air quality varies dramatically across our state. Some zip codes have higher levels of pollution than others. Asthma and other pollution-related illnesses, such as heart disease, are much higher in zip codes with greater levels of pollution. Cleaning the air by lowering pollution will help to reduce this disparity and improve the health and lives of all Californians.

HOW DOES THIS PROJECT LEAD TO CLEANER AIR?

Pollution comes from many different sources. Some pollution is created by cars and trucks, and some is created through the operation of certain kinds of gas powered electricity plants. These higher polluting plants are often required to produce more electricity between the hours of 5 pm and 9 pm. Reducing the need for energy during those times means using those plants less, leading to less pollution.

HOW DOES THE HOME ENERGY STUDY WORK?

Through your participation in the Home Energy Study, we will learn about your household’s need for, and use of, energy during the critical time window of 5 pm to 9 pm. As part of the Study, you will be sent requests to reduce your energy usage at particular times. Your response to these requests and your general use of energy will allow us to understand how different types of households can participate in, and benefit from, such programs.

WHAT ABOUT MY INFORMATION PRIVACY?

In order to understand how your household uses energy we will need to collect information about your household and your energy consumption. We collect this information through your completed surveys and your electricity usage data, which we are able to receive once you are enrolled. All of this information is compiled and analyzed at an aggregate level, meaning that no one will ever be able to identify you from the data we collect. Your privacy is important to us, and we will protect your data and keep it confidential. For more information, please see our full privacy policy.

WHO IS OLIVINE AND WHY ARE WE INVOLVED?

Olivine is a company that runs innovative programs for cities, counties, utilities, and community choice energy providers to help their residents have access to cost and energy saving programs.  These customers receive incentives to either reduce or increase their energy use, depending on energy needs.  We want to make cost and energy savings available to all; this study will help us to design programs to accomplish this objective.

California has set forth ambitious renewable energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. Olivine is a part of that effort, which includes bringing the cost saving and air clearing benefits to all communities, including yours. We strongly believe every community in California should have clean air and quality of life.

Please visit the Olivine web page for more information.

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