Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Investing in Renewables

Whether or not you can install solar panels, a wind turbine, or a geothermal system, you can still make a difference with renewable energy investments and fossil fuel divestment’s.

In order to meet climate change goals, we have to keep fossil fuels in the ground. Studies have shown that 80% of the world’s fossil fuels must remain underground in order to ensure we can still mitigate climate change impacts. To make matters a bit more challenging, the UN recently reported that we have little more than a decade to curb our emissions in order to minimize risks of catastrophic drought, famine, poverty, and uninhabitable regions.

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

 October 29, 2018
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Energy Code Ace Conference

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018,  8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Where: SoCalGas® Energy Resource Center,  9240 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA, 90241

Cost: No Cost!

Breakfast, lunch and afternoon refreshments will be provided to attendees.



Best Practices Coordinator Survey

In order to keep up with the changing energy efficiency landscape and the evolving needs of local governments, we are updating the Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator's (BPC) scope of work. Please help us by taking this short survey that will allow us to better serve the energy efficiency needs of local governments across the state. Deadline: October 31, 2018

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 October 22, 2018
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 How reliable is the electricity source in your community? With the increasing severity of natural disasters, we must be prepared to protect ourselves, our neighbors, and our community when the next wildfire, storm, or earthquake strikes! Join LGSEC on Thursday October 25th in Santa Rosa to learn how residents, local governments, and utilities can prepare for and recover from the next natural disaster. 

Electricity must be at its most reliable state as cities and counties across the U.S experience climate uncertainty. The total cost of sustained power interruptions for the United States is $44 billion per year, a 25% increase since 2002. Addressing the costs, planning, and solutions of power interruptions is a shared responsibility across multiple entities and all levels of government. 

Learn about local energy resilience, disaster response, and recovery solutions, along with recounts of the 2017 firestorms from our expert panel of local leaders and utility representatives. 

Continue the conversation on Friday October 26th at our free tour exploring local microgrid structures and storage systems at Santa Rosa Junior College. 



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October 08, 2018
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Request for Energy Reach Code Cost Effectiveness Study for T24 2019 - Due October 22

Energy “reach codes” are local ordinances that support energy efficiency and Climate Action Plans by strengthening building energy requirements. Many cities are researching options to better encourage electrification, efficiency, and renewable energy. Prior to adopting local energy requirements, state law requires a public finding that the proposal is cost-effective. Staff from San Francisco, Marin County, Sonoma County, Santa Monica, and Berkeley – with input from BayREN and NRDC – have developed a joint request for the Statewide Codes and Standards program to develop provide a Title 24 2019 Reach Code Cost Effectiveness Report. 

The requested study could be referenced to support the adoption of a range of reach codes under T24 2019, such as: 

  • A reach code that provides a choice between all-electric or very-efficient mixed fuel – similar to reach codes adopted by Palo Alto and Marin County under T24 2016. 

  • All-electric only, an option that several city councils have requested information about.


The analysis would be completed at no cost or obligation to local governments; utility ratepayer funds are available for this purpose – they just need a clear request. The more local governments support the request, the clearer the case for investing in the study. 

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October 01, 2018
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Webinar: Preparing for the Storm: Minimizing Risk through Resilience

As the frequency of extreme weather events is on the rise, existing buildings are vulnerable to power disruption, equipment failures, displacement of residents, and other costly damages. This webinar will feature tools and strategies to improve the resilience of existing buildings and community assets through building upgrades and microgrids.

The webinar will include an overview of DNV GL’s B-READY building resilience tool, which helps building owners and managers translate climate-related, site-specific risks into actionable resilience strategies. DNV GL will share findings from real-world projects to demonstrate resilience in action, including Seattle City Light’s development of a microgrid at the urban Miller Community Center, designed to serve as a community hub during a grid outage.

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 September 24, 2018
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Rental Housing Program Survey

Does your jurisdiction have an existing rental housing program/policy? Let us know here!

Build It Green and StopWaste, an Alameda County public agency aimed at reducing waste, invite you to participate in a California rental housing program survey. The purpose of this survey is to gather information about rental housing programs in California to evaluate the potential for a rental policy to drive energy efficiency improvements. By completing this survey, you will help us understand the opportunity to support local governments to increase energy efficiency upgrades across the state. 

We expect this survey to take about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your participation!



Sacramento, West Sacramento aim to eliminate carbon emissions by 2045

Sunrun is bringing 100 megawatts of rooftop solar to low-income communities

Anger in California's carpool lanes as more than 200,000 drivers are set to lose decals 

California becomes first state to regulate environmental impacts of ridesharing companies

California promises space monitoring of climate-changing emissions

California PUC unveils proposed fix to storage incentive program, quantifying GHG reductions

Shell and Exxon's secret 1980s climate change warnings

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 September 17, 2018
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Webinar tomorrow!

Microgrids, Resiliency and PERCs

EcoMotion’s leadership team will be “Live”, Tuesday, September 18th, giving the most comprehensive webinar yet on planning, financing, installing, and managing microgrids at campuses, cities, and multi-complex sites. EcoMotion has implemented its unique design for Powered Emergency Response Centers (PERCs) that can supply electricity indefinitely, even when the grid is down by coupling battery storage with a solar system. 

Ted Flanigan, founder of EcoMotion, and Michael Ware, Senior Energy Executive, will lead this webinar and take participants through the actionable steps they used to bring six installed PERCs to campuses in California. 

You will leave knowing: 

  • Buildings, campuses, and communities that are ideal candidates for PERCs and microgrids 

  • How to design a carbon-free microgrid (PERC) 

  • Financing options for microgrids, program funding, and incentives 

  • Engaging the community and promoting resiliency leadership 

  • Managing, maintaining, and making the most of your microgrid environment 

  • Timeline from great idea to great installation 

Join LGSEC and EcoMotion to power your future! 



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 September 10, 2018
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Navy now considering plans for ocean wind farms — and Morro Bay is a top prospect

Sonoma Clean Power partners with Stem to provide smart batteries for large businesses

University of California commits to 100 percent clean energy by 2025

Sea level rise could put some SDG&E substations at risk

California legislative roundup: what passed, and what didn’t

California’s energy storage rebate approval a ‘bipartisan victory for local clean energy’

California lawmakers approve bill to bolster microgrid development, end lengthy wait

California approves bill to limit utility liability for wildfires, but not CAISO expansion

A ‘jaw-dropping’ 15 million super-environmentalists don’t vote in the midterms
Opinion: Next California governor must focus on climate adaptation

Opinion: California must go big on energy efficiency to be carbon-free by 2045

Opinion: An all-renewable energy grid ‘definitely feasible’ for California. But at what cost?

Mapping fire risk and planning for recovery in Sonoma County

Enormous wildfires spark scramble to improve fire models

E-buses to surge even faster than EVs as conventional vehicles fade

Cities reconsider use of e-scooters

Two reasons Tesla may not be to blame for California's solar slowdown

California is drilling for negative-carbon oil

Utility union benefits from California wildfire legislation

When key committee weighed energy grid bill, Department of Finance report wasn't ready

Scientists pioneer a new way to turn sunlight into fuel

How China took charge of the electric bus revolution

Swell Energy picks autogrid to optimize thousands of home batteries

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SJVCEO appoints new Associate ED

San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization Appoints New Associate Executive Director

Improving the Quality of Life by Increasing Clean Energy Resources


Fresno, CA - SJVCEO ( named Samantha Dodero the Associate Executive Director of the Organization.  In four years with the Organization Samantha has shown leadership and innovation in energy efficiency program delivery and a commitment to reaching the regions most disadvantaged utility customers through targeted community campaigns.  Samantha graduated from California State University, Fresno with a degree in business marketing and came to the SJVCEO with experience in non-profit client management and events. In 2016 Samantha oversaw the expansion of the SJVCEO into the High Desert Region of California, allowing the Organization to increase services to rural utility customers. 

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Four major California cities commit to dramatically reducing pollution from buildings by 2030

Costa Rica has just run on 100 percent renewable energy for 300 days

Efficiency leads projected 10% job growth for California's advanced energy sector: AEE

California embraces renewables despite resistance from White House

Will Trump’s rollback of auto standards hurt electric cars? Experts offer mixed takes

PG&E legislative effort to ease its wildfire liability dies, other wildfire measures still on table

California paradox: SUVs sell briskly, but so do electric cars

EV sales grow to 6.2% in California, as hybrid sales decline

Startup aims to prevent EV charging from overloading the grid

Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy

U.S. Wind power is ‘going all out’ with bigger tech, falling prices, reports show

Why businesses should care about energy efficiency

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METU Project Update!

The Municipal Energy Tune Up (METU) Program, in partnership with the POM Wonderful Philanthropy grant program, leveraged funding to complete an insulation project at the Veterans’ Memorial Hall in Avenal in December 2017.

Avenal is a rural, hard-to-reach community as well as a disadvantaged community (DAC) and their Veterans’ Memorial Hall serves many facets of the community.  The hall is used as a cooling and activity center for the elderly, an after-school program for children, a community theater, and to distribute meals to those in need.

Measures installed for energy savings were: attic insulation, floor insulation, radiant barrier foil at the roof deck, and sealing of the duct work and penetrations in the attic.

Original estimated savings for the work was a 30% reduction in the building’s heating and cooling expenses.  But once the post-project summer months of 2018 were compared to the summer months in previous years, 2018 consumption is 40% less than that of previous years. The savings from this project is significant to the city and will be used to continue and expand much needed services to the community.

After such a successful project in Avenal, we are seeking to expand this project to various veterans community facilities throughout the rest of the WONDERFUL territory: Wasco, McFarland and Sanger/Del Rey.

Look out for METU near you!

METU is continually looking to assist municipal partners in the San Joaquin Valley.  If you are in any of the following counties and have PG&E gas or electric service, call us today!

Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare counties.

Connect with us:
T: (877) 748-0841

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