Renewable Natural Gas Now Flows into SoCalGas Pipelines from Calgren Dairy

LOS ANGELES, February 14, 2019 – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and biogas producer Calgren Dairy Fuels (Calgren) today announced that renewable natural gas produced at Calgren’s dairy digester facility in Pixley, California is being injected into SoCalGas pipelines. The project marks the first time that carbon-

negative renewable natural gas produced from cow manure has been injected directly into SoCalGas’ natural gas system. In August 2018, SoCalGas began receiving renewable natural gas into its system from CR&R, Inc.’s anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, California. The renewable natural gas from that digestion facility is already being used to fuel about 400 waste hauling trucks. Renewable natural gas is a carbon-negative fuel produced from waste and agriculture that can be used in trucks and buses, to generate electricity, fuel heating systems in homes and businesses, and for cooking.

 “Developing renewable natural gas is a smart and cost-effective solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and building sectors,” said Sharon Tomkins SoCalGas vice president for customer solutions and strategy. “Replacing just 16 to 20 percent of our traditional natural gas with renewable natural gas would reduce emissions equal to electrifying 100 percent of buildings in the state, but it would be two to three times more cost-effective. Moreover, the renewable natural gas solution does not require expensive appliance change outs or costly new mandates.”

Fund-It Fast Chat: What is OBF?

Fund-It Fast Chat: What is OBF?

In this week’s Fund-It Fast Chat* SJVCEO dove into on-bill financing and how your pocketbook can benefit from the program.

Our team here at SJVCEO is guilty of playing the acronym game with many of the programs and financing opportunities that are open to customers. One such example is OBF…meaning on-bill financing. This funding mechanism is one that is very easy to understand and one we hope our customers ask to understand.

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February 11, 2019
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 DOE move to weaken light bulb efficiency standards could cost consumers $12B
Utility Dive - DOE proposes to roll back efficiency standards established through bipartisan comprehensive energy legislation which could result in consumers losing out on $12 billion a year in electricity savings.

Annual SEEC stakeholder survey in progress
SEEC - This 10-minute survey is intended to provide a better understanding of stakeholder needs to inform activities undertaken by the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) and to help shape the 2019 SEEC Forum. Deadline to complete is this Friday (2/15).

California’s new air pollution solution
Governing - In an unprecedented move that will cut costs for low-income households and cut emissions for everyone, the state is paying for some homes to install energy-efficient appliances.

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February 04, 2019
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 Brighter, safer, more efficient: How LEDs are changing public spaces
ACEEE - Washington, D.C.’s commute just got brighter—and possibly safer. In late 2018,the city’s Metro made a $50 million dollar commitment to install LED lights in its subway stations.

People use less energy when they think their neighbors care about the environment
Harvard Business Review - New research suggests that whether you believe your neighbors care about energy conservation is an important motivator for how you consume energy.

CPUC Agrees: A skilled, trained, and diverse workforce is the key to achieving efficiency goals
BlueGreen AllianceNew rules adopted by the CPUC will ensure that when utility incentives are used for certain efficiency upgrades, the workers installing the equipment must be properly trained, and that efficiency programs create pathways to employment for disadvantaged workers.

How to be an eco-friendly pet owner

Being a dog-mom is one of my favorite things, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. When I got my pup, however, many of my environmentally-conscious friends and families made sure to let me know that having a pet isn’t a very eco-friendly choice.  

 Why you ask? Well, to start, pets consume a lot of resources and they produce massive amounts of noxious waste. UCLA published a study on the amount of meat consumed and carbon dioxide produced by cats and dogs, and it’s all pretty astonishing.  

 So, I decided it was important to figure out how to be more eco-friendly with my dog-related purchases and activities. Here are a few tips that I try to follow: 

Sustaining a Super Bowl

Every year there is such buzz over what some call the granddaddy of them all…the Super Bowl. With over 75,000 people filling the street of this year’s site along with endless numbers of media and celebrities how does the NFL claim to make the event “sustainable”? With that question in mind I did some digging and am glad to say that the NFL proved my skepticism wrong.

San Luis Obispo County Banking on Energy Efficiency

The San Luis Obispo County government reduced its energy use by 15 percent since 2010 in its efforts to save money and reduce environmental impacts — leading to big savings.

The county currently spends about $4.5 million on electricity and natural gas every year. By taking on some simple and more complex projects to retrofit buildings, staff estimate the county is saving $600,000 to $700,000 annually in energy and maintenance costs.

Savings will likely continue to grow as the county approaches its goal to reduce energy at county facilities by 20 percent by 2020.

“Through the collection of data from our new energy management software and having the right team in place, we are in a position to recommend and implement future energy efficient projects which make the best use of our taxpayer’s money,” Colt Esenwein, county Public Works director, said in a news release.

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 January 22, 2019
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 SLO County is saving $600,000 a year with energy efficiency — and you can save, too
The Tribune - The County of San Luis Obispo reduced its energy use by 15 percent since 2010 in its efforts to save money and reduce environmental impacts — leading to big savings.

LGP/REN/CCA Evaluation Workplan Ready for Review
CPUC - The proposed workplan for the non-resource evaluations of LGPs, RENs and CCAs is available for review. Deadline for comments is February 4, 2019.

 Energy Efficiency and Health Guide Released
RAMP/CCHS This guide assists public health and health care professionals with connecting medically vulnerable residents with energy efficiency services.

 The New Leaders of the Pack: ACEEE’s Fourth National Review of Exemplary Energy Efficiency Programs
ACEEEThis extensive review identifies and promulgates successful approaches that might help others improve their program designs.

Technology Tuesdays

Let’s talk steam traps. What are they?

A steam trap is not, technically, new technology. They have been around since the 1970’s. They have also been gaining much more “steam” in recent years in the realm of energy efficiency. Steam traps allow systems to work much more efficiently, they help to dramatically reduce corrosion in pipes by removing water (condensate) from steam systems, and have a return on investment of less than 1 year

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January 14, 2019
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 Happy New Year! We look back at 2018’s progress and challenges and forward to 2019’s potential 
ACEEEPublic and private sectors have made great progress in energy efficiency and plan to continue to do so through 2019.

How we can combat climate change
The Washington Post This opinion piece describes promising climate policy ideas that can help start the planet down a path toward a better future, including local government and energy efficiency initiatives.

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update