Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

April 01, 2019
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Administrative law judge's ruling seeks comment on future of Regional Energy Networks (RENs)
CPUC - The CPUC is seeking comments from parties on future policy on existing and newly-proposed RENs. The Commission has several times expressed an intention to evaluate whether to continue RENs and/or allow the formation of new RENs, but no overall policy or framework has yet been adopted for how to approach these questions. Deadline for submitting initial comments is April 16. 

In Kansas City, building owners slow to comply with energy benchmarking rule
Energy News Network - Kansas City’s city council adopted the Energy Empowerment Ordinance in June 2015, however, almost half of the City’s large, privately owned buildings are currently not in compliance with this municipal energy benchmarking requirement.

Making energy upgrades healthier for residents, workers, and neighbors
NRDC - This report recommends the adoption of healthier insulation and air-sealing products and identifies policy changes at the state, federal, and local levels that can drive on-the-ground decisions to use healthier products to upgrade affordable multifamily properties in the U.S.

Energy efficiency: A clue to politically feasible climate policy
Earth Institute - Our federal government and many state and local governments have been promoting energy efficiency for decades. It is hard to argue against efficiency. Why would anyone want to waste something that costs money, like energy? 



2019 SEEC Forum Call for Proposals - Submittal Deadline Extended to April 4th
The Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum is an opportunity to showcase best practices, local projects, and innovative strategies for energy efficiency and sustainability.  If you have something of interest to share, you are encouraged to submit a session or poster proposal by this Thursday, 4/4.

2019 SEEC Forum Seeking Sponsors
In an effort to diversify funding, the SEEC Forum is seeking event sponsors for the first time. Sponsoring the SEEC Forum highlights your organization's commitment to energy efficiency, and increases the impact of this important event attended by more than 350 local government energy efficiency champions. For more info, please contact Margaret Bruce at or 408-605-2761.

SoCalREN Requests Input on Draft Implementation Plans for Public Sector EE Programs - Webinar April 4th
The Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) will be hosting a webinar to present draft implementation plans for SoCalREN’s (1) Public Agency Revolving Loan Fund, (2) Public Agency Distributed Energy Resource DAC Project Delivery Program, (3) Public Agency Normalized Metered Energy Consumption Program, and (4) Residential Community Coordinator Program. Deadline for comments on draft plans is April 15.

Cal-OP ACE Program Buyer Survey
You are invited to participate in a research survey to better understand how government and other organizations are purchasing cost-effective energy related products. This research, funded by the California Energy Commission, is part of the California Opportunities for Accelerating Clean Energy (Cal-OP ACE) Program, an effort seeking to increase the uptake of distributed energy resources (DER) technologies among California institutions.

Civic Spark Partner Recruitment - Second Priority Deadline May 3rd

CivicSpark, a Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local public agencies to address emerging environmental and social equity resilience challenges, is now accepting partner applications for the 2019-2020 Service Year.


Top Resources:

  1. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

  2. Reducing Energy Waste through Municipally Led Behavior Change Programs (ACEEE)

  3. 2018 California Legislative Update: Energy (SEEC)

  4. CAISO Today's Outlook (CAISO)

  5. Energy efficiency over time: Measuring and valuing lifetime energy savings in policy and planning (ACEEE)

  6. Energy Efficiency 2018: Analysis and outlooks to 2040 (IEA)

  7. How Big is the Energy Efficiency Resource? (IOP Science)


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