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! 

1.  Notice of Staff Workshop on Existing Building Energy Efficiency Standards

The California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to explore the ways in which the Building Energy Efficiency Standards can support California's goals and efforts for improving the efficiency of existing buildings. Commissioner Andrew McAllister is the Lead Commissioner for the 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report (2015 IEPR). Commissioner McAllister and other Commissioners at the Energy Commission may attend and participate in the workshop. The workshop will be held:

MONDAY, JULY 27, 2015 1:00 P.M.

1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

This workshop will consider the ways in which implementation and development of the Standards can support California's existing buildings programs, including, but not limited to:
- Standards Implementation
-- How can compliance be assessed and improved?
-- Why are compliance documents required and how can they be improved?
-- What can be done to reduce the transactional cost of compliance?
- Standards Development
-- What needs to change for the Standards to better address the existing building market and the constraints of working within an existing building?
-- Is the current cost-effectiveness model satisfactory for changes to existing buildings as well as newly constructed buildings?
-- What is the appropriate baseline for existing building upgrades?

Remote Access Available by Computer or Phone via WebEx
Presentations and audio from the meeting will be broadcast via our
WebEx web meeting service. For additional details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the notice at:
Computer Log on with a Direct Phone Number:
Please go to and enter the unique meeting number 926 951 663.
When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password meeting@1 . (Please note that password is case sensitive.)

- Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Public Workshops on Investment Plan Concepts and Draft Funding Guidelines

The State of California invites you to participate in a series of public workshops to provide input on the Draft Concept Paper for the Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Second Investment Plan and Draft Funding Guidelines for Agencies Administering California Climate Investments (Greenhouse Gas Reduction Funds). The series of public workshops will be held August 3-14, 2015, at seven locations across the State (shown below).  In each location, representatives from the Administration will provide an overview of our early thoughts for investment priorities and will hear public suggestions.

Monday, August 3, 2015 (Afternoon)
*also webcast

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 (Evening)

Thursday, August 6, 2015 (Evening)

Monday, August 10, 2015 (Evening)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 (Morning)

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 (Evening)

Thursday, August 13, 2015 (Evening)

Specific times and locations will be posted on the Air Resources
Board’s Auction Proceeds website on July 20th at:
The Draft Concept Paper for the Second Investment Plan will be posted at: by July 24th. At the series of public workshops, Air Resources Board staff will introduce the Draft Concept Paper to aid stakeholders in developing written comments.  Written comments will be due September 1, 2015.  Public feedback received at the workshops and in writing will inform the preparation of a Draft Second Investment Plan, which will be presented at a second series of workshops and a public hearing later this year.  The Final Second Investment Plan is due from the Department of Finance to the Legislature in January 2016.

The Draft Funding Guidelines and a short supplement are available
At the series of public workshops, Air Resources Board staff will discuss the Draft Funding Guidelines.  Public feedback received will inform the preparation of the proposed Funding Guidelines, which will be presented at an Air Resources Board public hearing on September 24-25, 2015.

3.  Portable EV Charging Technology Used by California Government

Good news for local governments interested in deploying EV charging at remote locations or places where developing permanent charging would be very time consuming.  To read the full article, go here:

And that is all for this week!