CDCR is on track to exceed the State of California’s greenhouse gas emission reduction requirements


Since 2008, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) has engaged in a collaborative effort through the California Investor Owned Utilities (IOU)/CDCR Energy Efficiency Partnership Program to improve energy efficiency. To date, CDCR has completed over one hundred energy efficiency projects that have yielded an annual cost savings of approximately $9 million. CDCR has been a leader within State government accomplishing the objectives set forth in Executive Order B-18-12 for State buildings using clean on-site power generation, such as solar photovoltaic and wind power generation. Through third-party Solar Power Purchase Agreements, CDCR has completed 21 on-site renewable solar generation projects at 17 institutions totaling over 55 megawatts (MW) and three wind turbine projects totaling 5.5 MW. CDCR has managed the design and construction of 63 new buildings that have achieved U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification of a Silver level or higher. In addition, CDCR occupies eight LEED-certified leased buildings. 

Chapter 3: Energy of CDCR’s Sustainability Roadmap

Our Goals

  • Continue to leverage the Department’s strategic partnership with California’s IOUs to assess and implement energy efficiency projects, utilize rebates, and obtain zero-percent loans through the partnership. Reduce grid-based purchased energy in 2021 and beyond.
  • Exceed 100 MW of renewable power 2022-23.
  • Increase CDCR’s renewable power usage so that 40-50% of CDCR’s total power is provided by renewable energy.
  • Ensure 50% of new construction and major renovations achieve Zero Net Energy by reducing energy demand and maximizing on-site energy generation, where feasible, without jeopardizing CDCR’s Mission.
  • Meet or exceed LEED Silver certification standards for projects currently in design or construction.

Wind Turbine Projects

State Resources and Guidance Documents