Here are your WEEkly Updates:
1. Save the Date! The 7th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum will take place June 15th-16th, 2016 in Riverside, CA. Planning for the topics and structure of the Forum is underway - you are invited to help shape the Forum by taking a few minutes to complete this survey. If you are new to the Forum, information on past Forums is available here.
2. The new EE Coordinating Committee will be holding its second set of planning meetings at SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center 2/22-2/23 with webinar access for remote attendees. The first public meeting was held on 1/15 and discussed steps in launching a stakeholder engagement process to vet the Program Administrator EE business plans forthcoming under CPUC proceedings. For more information on participation, please look for updates on http://eecoordinator.info or contact Lara Ettenson at NRDC (firstname.lastname@example.org).
3. On Wednesday Feb. 10th, the CEC adopted the final 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report. This report not only provides a 10-year forecast of electricity consumption and peak demand and natural gas demand throughout California, but also provides energy plant and infrastructure updates, and discusses building efficiency, appliance efficiency and decarbonization toward the 40% GHG reduction by 2030 goal. The full report is available here.
In the same meeting, more than $2 million was awarded to the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for development of a behavior-learning smart thermostat that operates without broadband technology for easier adoption by senior and low-income residences. $1.5 million was also awarded to UC Berkeley for development of advanced smart-charging software to support the increasing number of electric vehicles. Learn more in the CEC’s release.
4. A short article, EPA Undeterred by Supreme Court's Delay of Clean Power Plan, covers this week's status on the Federal Clean Power Plan, and the U.S. EPA's response.
5. PG&E has launched a new Community Solar Program that will enable customers to choose getting either 50% or 100% of their electricity from solar. Read an overview from Greentech Media, here.
6. Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Title 24 Energy Code In-Person and Web Trainings. Looking for training resources on California’s current 2013 energy code? Looking ahead to educate yourself on the coming 2016 code? Numerous in-person and web-based trainings will be held around the state by Energy Code Ace are going on now and continue throughout the winter/spring. Visit Energy Code Ace's trainings webpage for more information.
(For reference, the Energy Code Ace Web site is developed and provided by the California Statewide Codes & Standards Program, which offers free energy code training, tools and resources for those who need to understand and meet the requirements of Title 24, Part 6 and Title 20.)
7. The Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has completed a draft list of plans and initiatives adopted by California jurisdictions to address climate change. Any changes to the list received by 2/19/16 will be incorporated.
8. The CEC’s Blueprint newsletter for Nov 2015-Feb 2016 is now available on the CEC's website. Highlights include a change in HERS providers, a new computer compliance software system, funding for workforce training through the EPIC program, guidance on radiant barriers, and more.
9. Interested in Energy Performance Contracting? Learn from the City of Dover, NH about their contract for energy efficiency and electrical and mechanical system improvements, through which they are saving approx. $350,000 annually.
10. The tremendous value of using energy data to uncover efficiency opportunities is discussed in Efficiency is a Resource, Data is the Fuel. Energy data developments by the White House, and by PG&E, are highlighted.
11. A legislative California's Clean Economy hearing on Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings was held yesterday at 1pm. Speakers discussed how far EE has come in California buildings, but also some opportunities for improvement: which translate to opportunities for energy and financial savings. Key areas were: smart plug load management, LEDs and lighting controls, retro-commissioning, and building EE in low-income communities. The program will be archived and available for on- demand-viewing and/or download at calchannel.com
12. Navigant's new Smart Energy, Smart Cities report describes how cities are leading key energy transitions, including energy efficiency projects, smart meters, and partnering with utilities on smart grid developments. Read a summary of the report here.
13. Value of the RPS: a new report estimates that Renewable Portfolio Standard implementation nationwide to-date has produced $2.2B in greenhouse gas reduction benefits.
14. Job announcement: UC Davis is seeking a Sr. Director of Development for Energy Programs. Learn more in the job announcement, posted on SJVCEO's website.
15. And, finally, a note from your Statewide Coordinator: an overhaul of the information available at http://eecoordinator.info is underway! New developments include addition of the EE Events Calendar, addition of past WEEkly Updates and more news in the EE News tab, a Tag Cloud for searching for information by key word, and featured news and videos. More information is also coming to the Legislative/Proceedings and Resources pages. Best practices being implemented by local governments (Climate Action Plans, EE community programs, municipal projects, etc.) are also being added, and will be searchable via the "Local Governments in Action" tag.