Renewable Resource Potential Study


Contra Costa County, through a grant from the California Strategic Growth Council, in 2018 conducted a study of the potential in the County for renewable energy, particularly wind, solar, biomass, and biogas.

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The Renewable Resource Potential Study assesses opportunities for solar, wind, biomass, and biogas resources in the unincorporated County and on facilities owned or leased by the County. It identifies changes to County zoning ordinances that would be helpful to accommodate deployment of renewable resources while prioritizing the highest and best use of land, particularly areas that are used for agriculture or parks, or identified as habitat conservation areas.

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Community Input

We hosted several stakeholder meetings for this project.

Final Report
The final report was released on December 13, 2018. Staff presented the report findings to the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, December 19, 9:30 a.m., 651 Pine Street, Martinez. You can find the staff report and recommendations Contra Costa County Renewable Resource Potential Study (PDF).

Final Contra Costa Renewable Resources Potential Study (PDF)
Staff Report to the Board of Supervisors (PDF)
Presentation to the Board of Supervisors (PDF)
Final Report to Strategic Growth Council

Preliminary Draft Report
On October 26, the Preliminary Draft Report was made available for public review. We will discuss the Preliminary Draft Report at Stakeholder Meeting #4 on October 29. We will accept written comments on the Preliminary Draft Report until 5 p.m. on Monday, November 12. Please send written comments via email to Jody London.

DRAFT Contra Costa CountyRenewable Resource Assessment October 25, 2018 (PDF)

Stakeholder Meeting #4
Monday, October 29, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
2500 Bates Avenue, Suite B - Yellowstone Room, Concord, CA 94520

Stakeholder Meeting #3
Thursday, September 27, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
50 Douglas Drive, Martinez

Stakeholder Meeting #3 Notes (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Stakeholder Meeting #2
Wednesday, July 25, 1:00 - 2:30
50 Douglas Drive, Martinez

This meeting provided an overview of the initial findings on resource potential and considerations for zoning.

Stakeholder Meeting #2 Notes (PDF)
Presentation (PDF)

Stakeholder Meeting #1
Thursday, May 24, 10:30 – 12:00
651 Pine Street, Room 101, Martinez

This meeting allowed stakeholders to provide input on the methodology we will use to assess renewable energy opportunities.

Stakeholder Meeting #1 Notes (PDF)
Final Methodology (PDF)

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