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.  Ruling Regarding Post-2015 Energy Efficiency Potential and Goals, and Database for Energy Efficient Resources Updates

CPUC Administrative Law Judge Edmister’ s Ruling Regarding Post-2015 Energy Efficiency Potential and Goals, and Database for Energy Efficient Resources Updates has been posted.  The full text of this ruling is made available through the link provided below on May 15, 2015.

In the event of problems with the e-mail or the internet link, please contact Elizabeth Kiss at, telephone #(415) 703-2547.

2.  5 Tips to Get Your CFO to Buy into Energy Management
Good article on strategies to engage internal financial management staff on the value of energy management systems.  To read the full article, go here:

3.  Free Title 24, Part 6 Training for Plans Examiners and Building Inspectors!

Energy Code Ace is offering free hands-on courses that are designed to provide plans examiners and building inspectors with the knowledge and skills needed to more quickly and effectively enforce the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.

All participants receive a comprehensive workbook and tools they can use on the job.

All classes are held 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

Register for a scheduled class below or contact Energy Code Ace at to bring training to a location of your choice!

Nonresidential Courses

Date                      Location       Registration Link

June 3, 2015        Simi Valley
June 4, 2015        El Centro
June 9, 2015        San Diego
June 25, 2015      Santa Barbara
July 8, 2015          Monrovia
July 10, 2015        Palm Desert

Residential Courses

Date                      Location       Registration Link

May 27, 2015        Simi Valley
June 10, 2015       Stockton
June 17, 2015       San Diego
June 23, 2015       Glendale
June 24, 2015       Monrovia
July 24, 2015        Palm Desert

For more information on courses offered by Energy Code Ace, please e-mail

4.  ZNE Workshops in Bay Area

Zero Energy Regional Workshops -  May 28 & 29 

May 28 is for local government staff. 

The following jurisdictions have already RSVP'd: Alameda County, Angels Camp, Atherton, Burlingame, Daly City, Fremont, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Oakland, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Pleasanton, Portola Valley, Sacramento (State of California), San Mateo, San Jose, Santa Cruz, and Walnut Creek. We're recommending that each jurisdiction bring a group of 3 to 5 people, including planning, building, and sustainability staff, although it's fine if just one can attend. The optional tour of the David and Lucile Packard Building is filling up quickly, so register as soon as possible to reserve your space!  The agenda and more information is posted here. 

May 29 is for homeowners, real estate professionals, and building professionals. 

We'd especially like to request your help getting the word out to residents who may be considering remodeling or rebuilding their home. Sample promotional text that could go on NextDoor (very effective), Facebook, your city website, or your city email newsletter is below. Flyers are posted online. 2 Preview webinars on our website introduce the concept of zero energy to builders and homeowners/real estate professionals.

Promotional text for residents:Thinking about remodeling or rebuilding your home? You’ll want to consider building it to Zero Energy standards, which will be required by California building code starting in 2020. Because Zero Energy homes are extremely energy efficient (with minimal cost to operate), they can be a great investment and create a more comfortable, healthy environment for your family.  To learn about this new home trend and network with Zero Energy building experts, please attend the upcoming Zero Energy Workshop and Resource Fair on May 29.

Creating a Zero Energy Home – May 29 in Portola Valley
11:30am-1:30pm Networking Lunch and Resource Fair
1:30pm-3:30pm Workshop
3:30pm Tour of a Zero Energy home in Palo Alto (optional)

Sponsored by the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, PG&E, and the San Mateo County Association of REALTORS. For more information and to register, visit

Want a sneak peak? Watch this one-hour webinar: “Beautiful, Comfortable Zero Energy Homes

And that is all for this week!