Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

For those of you who know who Joseph Oldham is you likely are on his email distribution list and receive this update each week.  We are grateful that Joseph has agreed to allow our little blog to re-post his weekly update.  If you have an interest in the happenings of energy efficiency and local government throughout California this is the update for you! If you love the information here, but want more in depth features be sure to check out Joseph's quarterly newsletter, CURRENTS.

1.     Energy efficiency and community resilience: making the connection to keep the lights on and our homes warm

The following information is from ACEEE.  “ACEEE is kicking off a new research project this year to identify the connection between efficiency and resilience, and to identify opportunities for integrating energy efficiency into resilience strategies. As part of our research report, we’ll explore how efficiency can be specifically implemented to enhance resilience and which specific efficiency measures result in what resilience benefits. For example, what do investments in improved public transit systems mean for community resilience? Or which specific efficiency measures implemented by water utilities result in which resilience benefits? We’ll also work to determine which metrics are appropriate to measure efficiency-related resilience, and explore the opportunities in policy and program development to integrate efficiency into resilience efforts and vice versa.

We anticipate releasing our research report this coming summer. We are very interested in your thoughts, as members of the energy efficiency and resilience communities, on how you view the efficiency-resilience interconnection. We’re interested to hear your suggestions about valuable literature, case studies, potential metrics, and policy and program opportunities. Those interested should feel free to email David Ribeiro .” 

I encourage everyone that receives the Weekly Updates to send your thoughts and comments on the interconnection to David.


2.     ARB Positions Available

The following positions are available at the Air Resources Board: Help lead our Sustainable Communities Research Program:

Provide technical and policy direction on investments of cap-and-trade revenue in transportation and sustainable land use.

3.     LGC Position Available: Project Manager for Climate and Energy
The Local Government Commission has an immediate full-time position for a project manager.  We are seeking a motivated, committed person with a background in climate change and energy policies or programs with a strong technical underpinning.   Interested parties should review the job specifications at this link: .  Applicants should send their resume with cover letter to, Attn: Erin Hauge.  Position is open until filled.

4.     Postdoctoral Research Awards Open
In order to spur innovation in solar energy, the Energy Department’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) is now accepting applications for postdoctoral researchers in solar energy to participate in the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards. The EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards support research on energy efficiency and renewable energy to help solve our nation’s energy challenges. This year, this exciting program will offer up to five recent Ph.D. recipients the opportunity to conduct applied research projects to advance breakthrough solar energy technologies at universities, national laboratories and other research facilities during the fall of 2015. Former recipients of the EERE Postdoctoral Research Awards are now faculty and staff scientists at major research institutions and national laboratories.
Potential research topics for these awards include behavioral and data science to lower solar electricity cost, systems integration, concentrating solar power, and photovoltaic cells, modules, and materials. The awards will provide a highly competitive two-year stipend with health insurance as well as allowance for travel, relocation, and research expenses. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, complete all requirements for their Ph.D. by May 31, 2015, and have a Ph.D. for no more than five years. Applications are due May 7, 2015. Apply today and learn more about former awardees.

5.     The Energy Coalition is hiring
The Energy Coalition is seeking a Project Coordinator to help support Local Government Partnerships. To learn more, visit their website Application deadline: 2/27/15

6.     R.13-11-005: Notice of 2013-2014 Spillover Evaluation Plan Webinar
CPUC staff, DNV-GL, and Itron will host a one-hour public webinar on Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 10-11am PST to present and solicit comments on the draft spillover evaluation plans. The plans outline the research strategies and methods that will be used for identifying and quantifying the energy efficiency savings from spillover attributable to the 2013-2014 portfolio of residential and non-residential programs..  Detailed webinar information, including call-in numbers and webinar link, are below:

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Participant code: 8587242671

The draft evaluation plans are posted on the CPUC’s Public Document Area ( and will be open for comment until February 24, 2015. Documents and comment links can be found by searching for the term ‘spillover.’

For convenience, below are direct links to the plan documents:

If you have any questions about the plans or webinar, please contact Dan Buch (; Vincent Greco (; or Jean Shelton (

That is all for this week!