Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW)

The SNEW no-cost program expands energy efficiency and renewable energy use in the Sierra, empowering local action, eliminating barriers to a clean energy future, establishing climate resiliency, and saving communities money.

SNEW serves Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, El Dorado, Lassen, Mariposa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sierra, Sutter, Tuolumne, and Yuba counties. Click here for a map of our service territory. 

Energy Efficiency in the Sierra Nevada

The SNEW team works closely with local governments, school districts, public agencies, and small businesses, helping them achieve their energy goals wherever they are on their path to sustainability. Our team offers no-cost services that range from conducting energy use analysis and audits, helping link to resources, providing project management support, and finding funding and financing solutions. We also conduct greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories, develop and implement emissions reduction plans, and execute energy projects that make communities more resilient, efficient, and vibrant.


The SNEW program is funded through the CPUC public purchase program charge on your PG&E bills, therefore our services are provided at no-cost.

For immediate assistance, please email us at:

Who does SNEW serve?

Public Sector

Local Governments, Special Districts,
K-12 Schools, Tribes


Small and medium sized businesses, Religious Institutions, & Community Based Organizations

What our clients say:

"Sierra Business Council’s Energy Use Benchmarking analysis provided our District targeted cost savings and energy efficiency solutions to help us reduce greenhouse gas emissions and become more energy independent.”
Jeff Gouveia
General Manager, Bear Valley Water District
“Without the help we got this year from the Sierra Business Council’s SNEW team, we wouldn’t have undertaken our first energy audit or benchmarking analysis, and we certainly wouldn’t have had the opportunity to complete a facility lighting retrofit that not only makes us more energy efficient, but significantly lowers our operational costs.”
Matt Mauk
Executive Director, El Dorado County Transit Authority

Blog Updates from the SNEW Team:

Join Us In Creating A More Resilient Sierra.

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by PG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

To learn more about SNEW and how you can take advantage of our services, contact: