Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

wEEkly update


New! - EE Coordinator Resources PageCAISO Today's Outlook

Local Government Request:
Has anyone implemented a mandatory or incentive-based SOLAR + STORAGE program/ordinance? We’re considering implementing an ordinance mandating solar PV for residential and non-residential new construction. For a more complete 24-hour-a-day solution, which also increases our resilience, we’re contemplating adding energy storage, either as mandatory installed or wired storage-ready. We’d love to hear from others who have implemented this or have considered doing so. Please reply to Steve Attinger (

Here are your wEEkly updates:

News and Opportunities

Congratulations to Beacon and Spotlight Award Winners for 2017!
Congratulations to cities, counties, and other local agencies improving sustainability in their communities! Palo Alto, San Carlos, Claremont, Hayward, Foster City, Sacramento, Fremont, Scotts Valley and Alpine County all received Beacon Awards this year.

CEC, CPUCand California ISO - California Microgrid Roadmap Joint Workshop
As part of an ongoing workshop series discussing the opportunities and challenges associated with the creation of a microgrid in California, the CEC, CPUC, ISO will be hosting the final joint workshop with stakeholders at the ISO on October 2, 2017.

Regional Forum - Municipal Buildings Leading by Example
This BayREN forum will focus on how local governments are setting and meeting ambitious targets aimed at improving energy efficiency in public buildings while encouraging the private sector to do the same.

Winter is coming, but 1 idea may help save Planet Earth
California Treasurer John Chiang is partnering with the Milken Institute and Environmental Finance to host a symposium on green bonds for institutional investors in Los Angeles, Feb. 27-28

California Clean Energy Proposals Face Demise As Opposition Fails to Yield
California has grown accustomed to setting benchmark after benchmark on environmental policies, but ambitious efforts to spread renewable energy around the state and the region could grind to a halt this week.

Free Webinar - Achieving Zero Net Energy for Multifamily Housing
The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) invites city officials, multifamily building owners, facility managers and contractors to attend a free webinar, Tuesday, Sept. 26, that will showcase start-to-finish resources for reaching zero net energy (ZNE) in the multifamily building sector.

Resources and Publications

FAQ resource on California's state-regulated light-emitting-diode standards
A new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) resource on California’s state-regulated light-emitting-diode standards has been posted to the Title 20 Appliance Efficiency Program’s website.

Local Policy Benchmarking Toolkit from ACEEE
Many cities have started benchmarking initiatives to reduce citywide energy consumption. This could be good news for people living in apartments and condominiums, because many are renters and low-income residents who would benefit from lower energy bills.

Low-Interest Loans for Energy Efficiency Projects Applications are Now Available!
Notices and applications are now available on the CEC website for financing of energy efficiency & renewable energy generation projects

Career Opportunities

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

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. Have a great weekend!

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