Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

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LG Input Requested: Staff Engagement Information and Strategies
Request for information from local government agencies regarding staff engagement practices as they pertain to energy efficiency, sustainability, climate change, climate adaptation etc. efforts and initiatives. We’d like to hear about how you garner support for your projects/initiatives from decision makers, city council/board of supervisors, your staff, and your community. We also want to hear about what are some of the obstacles you face in moving projects forward from conception to implementation. If your organization has rolled out an engagement strategy that was successful in changing the culture in your organization to be supportive of your initiatives we’d love to hear about it.  This information will help guide the development of a staff engagement plan for a fellow local government

Please contact Rosie Kang, Willdan Energy Solutions at or (626) 633-6218 to provide your input.

News and Opportunities

REEL Regulations Modifications Workshop: July 19, 2017
The Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) Assistance Program is the first of the California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing (CHEEF) Pilot Programs to launch. It offers a loan loss reserve to mitigate lender risk in providing access to financing for residential energy efficiency projects in investor-owned utility territories.

California Assembly Yanks Major Storage Bill, Pushing It to 2018
Greentech Media reports on SB 700 that would have funded storage incentives over 10 years.

Corrected Link: Energy Standards Outreach & Education Schedule - July
The July schedule for the CEC Energy Standards Outreach & Education Schedule is now available. Locations of scheduled meetings include Marina, Modesto, Los Angeles, and Orange.

The Inconvenient Truth About City Climate Goals: ‘There’s No Data. We’re Not Looking at Results
The Energy Gang brings in Sam Brooks, the former director of the District of Columbia's sustainability division to discuss the data issue for cities that want take the lead on climate change.

Resources and Publications

7/26-7/28 - Energy Auditing Techniques for Small & Medium Commercial Facilities (3 Day Class)
The intention of this three-day workshop is to develop the energy auditing skills of individuals associated with small-and medium-sized (under 500 kW) commercial facilities.

New Energy Newsletters Are Available
Newsletters from the Energy Commission and the California ISO are available. The Spark, the Blueprint, and Energy Matters are available now.

Climate Action Resource Guide
CoolCalifornia has published an interactive webpage that catalogs the latest resources for local government climate action planning, including templates, calculators, and strategy implementation guides.

Low-Income EE Programs: A Baseline Assessment of Programs Serving the 51 Largest Cities
ACEEE addresses the key questions and challenges around low-income programs for single-family homes.

Career Opportunities

Click here to find previous job announcements

SEEC Calendar 
Click the SEEC Calendar link to view all upcoming events.

7/19 - Webinar: Communicating Climate Change as Public Health Issue
Join internationally-recognized specialist Susan Joy Hassol for a dynamic conversation on best practices for climate communications.

7/25 - Webinar: Microgrid Regulatory & Finance Strategies with Case Studies
Proposed microgrids reflect the needs and character of the developers and accordingly emphasize different benefits. Regulatory and finance strategies for microgrids in turn must respond to the varied purposes for their development.

7/28-7/29 - Zero Carbon Zero Net Energy Redwood Retreat
Join Industry Leaders As they present case studies and technical deep dives on ZNE and Zero Carbon strategies.

10/15-10/18 Behavior, Energy & Climate Change Conference
A conference focused on understanding the behavior and decision-making of individuals and organizations and using that knowledge to accelerate our transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon future.

That's all for this week.

Cary Garcia Jr.
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator