High Sierra Energy Initiative

On January 18, 2005, the Town Council of Mammoth Lakes passed a resolution supporting an energy partnership between Southern California Edison and the Town of Mammoth Lakes. The resolution designates the local nonprofit High Sierra Energy Foundation to implement the mission of the High Sierra Energy Initiative.

The mission of the High Sierra Energy Initiative, through the partnership between the Town of Mammoth Lakes and Southern California Edison, “supports a commitment to sustainable practices through energy efficiency, and will provide leadership and guidance in promoting, facilitating, and instituting such practices in the community.” This partnership is part of $675 million in Southern California Edison energy efficiency programs authorized by t he California Public Utilities Commission.

For more information about Southern California Edison's Energy Efficiency Partnership Program, please visit www.sce.com.


Accomplishments: The Foundation’s accomplishments with the HSEI partnership include outreach and efficiency programs. The Foundation also works with renewable projects outside of the partnership.

Outreach: Activities developed through the HSEI partnership include, among others:

  • Developing the “Did You Know” advertising campaign in the weekly papers and local radio that addresses a different energy fact in each ad to promote ways to save energy in your home and daily life
  • Implementing the LivingWise® energy/water conservation program in the local sixth grade earth science class, including obtaining supplemental funding from the Mammoth Community Water District for field trips and special projects
  • Co-Sponsoring the High Sierra Energy Summit with Cerro Coso Community College – a weeklong symposium on energy efficiency, green building, and renewables
  • Publishing Mammoth Energy Smart – a 24 page bound booklet that provides guidance on saving energy in the high alpine environment of Mammoth Lakes. Please see the homepage to order a booklet.
  • Sponsoring an annual High Energy Party to promote progress and distribute efficiency information and compact fluorescent lamps (“CFLs”).