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Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

wEEkly update

06/23/2017


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News and Opportunities

Save the date: July 6 CPUC EJ & Disadvantaged Community En Banc
The CPUC will hold an Environmental Justice and Disadvantaged Communities En Banc

Petaluma leads on climate
Petaluma and Sonoma County continue to lead on climate despite shortfalls from the federal administration.

Call for Proposals Closes July 3rd: 7th Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit
UC, Santa Barbara, in partnership with the cities of Goleta, Santa Barbara, Carpinteria, the County of Santa Barbara, and the Community Environmental Council, will be hosting the 6th Annual Central Coast Sustainability Summit on Wednesday, October 11th, 2017.

Seventh Annual Zero Net Energy Design Competition
PG&E and the American Institute of Architects, California Council announced the seventh annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy building designs.


Utilities in hot water: Realizing the benefits of grid-integrated water heaters
Utility Dive investigates grid-integrated water heating (GIWH) as a way to store energy and build grid flexibility.

California grid operator agrees to study clean alternatives to Oxnard gas plant
The Los Angeles Times reports on the future of a natural gas power plant in Oxnard.

Publications and Resources

2015 Multifamily Focused Impact Evaluation
Savings evaluation of the Multifamily Energy Efficiency Rebate and Multifamily Whole Building IOU programs.

Career Opportunities

Multiple Positions - Redwood Coast Energy Authority

Senior Energy Programs Coordinator Position - County of SLO

Click here to find previous job announcements
 



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6/26 & 7/7 - Demonstration of San Francisco's Solar + Storage Sizing Tool
Through a Department of Energy "SunShot" grant, the City and County of San Francisco has developed a publicly available tool for sizing and rating PV solar and battery storage to provide extended back-up power.

6/27 - BayREN Forum: Local Model Solar Ordinance
The forum will provide local government staff, building professionals, and solar industry representatives an opportunity to surface concerns and challenges regarding the Energy Commission's Model Solar Ordinance and local adoption process.

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
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Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

wEEkly Update

06/02/2017


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News and Opportunities

Monday June 5th - CPUC ZNE Action Plans Residential/Commercial
The workshop will discuss how Program Administrator Business Plans will connect with Residential and Commercial ZNE Action Plans.

A Deep Look at Sacramento’s Groundbreaking Use of Distributed Energy and Customer Data
Greentech Media dives into SMUD's effort to integrated DER with the help of Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) and engineering firm Black & Veatch.

Assembly Passes Clean Energy for Renters Bill
NRDC highlights AB 1088 as it passes the Assembly and moves on to the Senate. The bill would help improve access to clean energy programs in multi-family housing.

Energy Standards Outreach & Education Schedule for June
The schedule will include events in Fairfield, Chico, Modesto, and Petaluma.

Vehicle-Grid Integration Communications Protocol Working Group
The CPUC, in collaboration with other state agencies, is developing policies that support vehicle-grid integration (VGI) .The next scheduled meeting is June 12.

Publications and Resources

New standard practice manual for cost-effectiveness is an indispensable resource
National Efficiency Screening Project has released a comprehensive manual on cost-effectiveness evaluation for energy efficiency resources as an update to the California Standard Practice Manual.

CFCC Funding Fairs
Remaining event locations for the year include Monterey, San Bernardino, and San Diego.

Career Opportunities

Energy Council Program Manager - StopWaste

Resource Conservation Specialist - County of San Mateo
 



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6/5 - CALSLA Streetlight/Traffic Signal Efficiency Conference
The California Street Light Association will be hosting a Southern California conference on streetlight and traffic signal energy efficiency in the City of San Diego.

6/20 - Webinar: Achieving ZNE Goals with Energy Storage
The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) invites city officials, contractors, and commercial building owners to attend a free webinar on the benefits of on-site energy storage technologies and its impact on zero net energy (ZNE) goals.

6/21 - Pathway to 2050
Advanced Energy Economy's annual California energy policy event brings together an influential group of advanced energy business leaders and state policy-makers to discuss opportunities to accelerate California's economy through the growth of advanced energy.

6/27 - BayREN Forum: Local Model Solar Ordinance
The forum will provide local government staff, building professionals, and solar industry representatives an opportunity to surface concerns and challenges regarding the Energy Commission's Model Solar Ordinance and local adoption process.

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. Have a great weekend!

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

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

wEEkly update

05/26/2017


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An new issues of LGC's CURRENTS Newsletter for Local Governments is now available. Currents is the Local Government Commission’s free quarterly newsletter providing local elected officials and staff with current information on energy issues affecting California local governments. Click here to read Spring 2017 Edition

News and Opportunities

Energy Commission Staff Workshop for the 2019 Residential Standards
The next staff workshop for the development of the 2019 Building Energy Efficiency Standards will be held June 1. The workshop will focus on high-performance envelope and domestic hot water measures.

Renewable Water Heating Promises Even Bigger Savings for CA
Pierre Delforge, Director of High Tech Sector Energy Efficiency, Energy & Transportation program for NRDC, discusses the benefits that solar water heating can provide to California homes and offices.

Berkeley Lab Helps California Get to Zero Net Energy Homes
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory will have two projects focused on improving ZNE homes, looking at barriers to ZNE implementation and the mitigating air contamination in the "tighter" ZNE building envelope.

Bolt EV helps boost electric car sales by 91% in California
According to the LA Times, sales of EVs in California rose 91% in the first quarter of 2017 from the same period last year.

Publications and Resources

ACEEE: 2017 City Energy Efficiency Scorecard
The most-improved cities since the last edition were Los Angeles, San Diego, Kansas City, and Phoenix.

Career Opportunities

Intern/Fellow - San Mateo County Office of Sustainability

Project Managers for the Energy Network Program - The Energy Coalition

Interim CEO - Monterey Bay Clean Power

Municipal Energy Engineer - City of Oakland

Building Supervisor - City of San Leandro

Communications Director - Clean Coalition
 



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6/5 - CALSLA Streetlight/Traffic Signal Efficiency Conference
The California Street Light Association will be hosting a Southern California conference on streetlight and traffic signal energy efficiency in the City of San Diego.

6/20 - Webinar: Achieving ZNE Goals with Energy Storage
The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) invites city officials, contractors, and commercial building owners to attend a free webinar on the benefits of on-site energy storage technologies and its impact on zero net energy (ZNE) goals.

6/27 - BayREN Forum: Local Model Solar Ordinance
The forum will provide local government staff, building professionals, and solar industry representatives an opportunity to surface concerns and challenges regarding the Energy Commission's Model Solar Ordinance and local adoption process.

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. Have a great weekend!

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

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

wEEkly Update

04/07/2017


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8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum Call for Proposals

The deadline to submit a proposal for the forum is Monday, April 10th. Click here to submit a proposal!

News and Opportunities

Prop 39: 2016 Citizens Oversight Board Reports are now available
The Citizens Oversight Board has released their report on Prop 39, the California Clean Energy Jobs Act.

PG&E Step Up Power Down Surpasses Goals
PG&E partnered with San Francisco, San Jose, Redwood City, San Carlos, and Woodland to reduce energy usage in over 1,200 businesses and 3,100 households.

BayREN Forum: Household Electrification as a Pathway to On-Site ZNE
The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) hosted their first quarter regional forum focusing on ZNE standards and household electrification.

Lead Commissioner Workshop: Customers of Climate Science Research
A workshop to strengthen coordination with investor-owned electric utilities, local governments, and others to ensure Energy Commission funding for energy-related climate science research provides actionable results.

2017 Stakeholder Symposium and California-Germany Bilateral Energy Conference
Save the date for the California ISO and Energy Commission events October 18-20 at the Sacramento Convention Center.

Joint Agency Workshop on Methodologies to Establish POU GHG Reduction Targets
The California Energy Commission and CARB will jointly conduct a workshop to discuss potential methodologies to establish GHG reduction targets for publicly owned utilities.

Tracking Sustainability with Data, not Anecdotes
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) discusses their sustainability tracking tool developed to help utilities track progress on sustainability goals.

Publications and Resources

CAISO Energy Matters
The California ISO has released a new issue of their Energy Matters newsletter. Topics include an ISO study with NREL on flexible renewables,  Energy Imbalance Market cost benefits, ISO GHG emissions reductions, and renewables growing in the ISO's energy mix.
 


SEEC Calendar 
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4/13 Demystifying Energy Benchmarking in the Age of AB 802 Workshop (Brea)
This workshop will help lay a foundational understanding of benchmarking and best practices, AB 802 requirements, and strategic planning resources for cities in Local Government Partnerships.

4/20 Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (Downey)
The U.S Green Building Council-Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (MGBCE) is the longest running annual green building event in Southern California.

4/26-4/27 Green California Summit (Sacramento)
The Summit provides a forum where innovations in policy, technology, and practice can be showcased and shared.
 


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

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

wEEkly Update

3/10/2017


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SEEC Local Government Roundtable
You can find more information and join a Local Government Roundtable using the link above. The current street lighting roundtable is scheduled for March 27th. The next roundtable for Codes and Standards will be scheduled soon.

News and Opportunities

PG&E Resilient Communities Grant Program
PG&E is currently requesting grant proposals that will build healthy and resilient forests and watersheds to help communities prevent and prepare for increasing wildfire risk. Eligible projects include research, planning or demonstration projects that support local climate resilience initiatives.

BayREN Forum: Household Electrification as a Pathway to On-Site ZNE
The BayREN Codes & Standards (C&S) team invites you to register for their upcoming regional forum on March 30th. The focus of this workshop is to help local governments address misconceptions and questions about 2016 Title 24 Energy Codes when designing new, or applying deep energy retrofits for, all-electric low-rise residential buildings.

New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook
The California Energy Commission adopted the New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook, Tenth Edition (NSHP Guidebook) at its March 8, 2017, Business Meeting.

Electric Vehicle Readiness Ordinance Introduced in SF
The EV Readiness Ordinance strives to eliminate cost barriers to EV charging deployment in existing construction by requiring electrical capacity and supporting infrastructure to be in place at time of new construction or major renovation in order to meet the growing demand for EV charging.

CAEECC Adhoc Working Group Meeting 3/17 
The California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (CAEECC) will be hosting an Ad hoc working group meeting in San Francisco to discuss the year 2 planning process and prepare for the formal CAEECC meeting on April 19.

Community Focused Equity in Research Funding 3/20
California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to discuss energy research and development needs of disadvantaged communities for inclusion in future funding initiatives.

LGSEC Quarterly Energy Networking Meeting 3/29
Dan Sperling, Board Member at the California Air Resources Board and Founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis will be the keynote speaker discussing current implications of federal actions on state policies and goals relating to electric vehicles.


Publications and Resources

California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee
The California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (CAEECC) is a venue for stakeholders to provide input into the development of the Program Administrators' energy efficiency business plans.

Energy Standards Outreach & Education Schedule
The California Energy Commission maintains a calendar of events where Outreach & Education staff will be sharing information on energy efficiency and Title 24 Building Standards across the state.

Career Opportunities

Project Coordinator: Energize Fresno
The Local Government Commission has an immediate full-time position for a Project Coordinator to support the the Energy and Climate Change sector. In particular, they are looking for someone to support the Energize Fresno  projects.
 



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3/16-3/19 (Yosemite National Park) Yosemite Policymakers Conference
Join mayors, city council members, county supervisors, city managers, and high-level department heads for the 26th Annual Yosemite Policymakers Conference.

4/26-4/27 Green California Summit (Sacramento)
The Summit provides a forum where innovations in policy, technology and practice can be showcased and shared.

5/5/17 (Long Beach) The Business of Local Energy Symposium 2017
Business of Clean Energy Symposium to convening government, business, and community leaders to accelerate California's shift to a clean energy economy and to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs.
 



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


CivicSpark is now recruiting Project Partners for 2017-18
Over the past 3 years, CivicSpark, LGC's Governor's Initiative AmeriCorps program has provided 130,000+ hrs of climate and water capacity-building support to over 100 public agencies. If you are a local government, State agency, or an NGO with a climate or water action project need, visit our website to learn more and apply to receive project support!


Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Here are your wEEkly Updates:
1. The Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee has confirmed that March 16th, 2016 is the date for public sector business plan review. Meeting location is in Northern California, TBD, and can also be attended by WebEx. The meeting will be an unprecedented opportunity for interested parties to review the plans that Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) and other Program Administrators are developing for their public sector energy efficiency programming. For more background information, search “coordinating committee” on the http://eecoordinator.info website. If you would like to receive email updates on this directly, contact Lara Ettenson at lettenson@nrdc.org.
2. This year’s California Adaptation Forum will be held in Long Beach, CA Sept. 7th-8th, and the Call for Session Proposals is now open! The CAF is a place to connect with 1,000+ local government, business and community leaders and explore the diverse adaptation needs and solutions found across California. To submit a proposal or for more information, visit www.californiaadaptationforum.org.
3. Save the Date! A BayREN Forum, “Bridging the Gap: From Efficient Policies to Successful, On-the-Ground Implementation” will take place in Oakland, and by WebEx, on March 29th. For more information, click here.
4. Office hours for support in your use of the ClearPath suite of online tools are available twice monthly: this month’s will be March 10th and March 24th at 11am PST. New to ClearPath? Learn more here.
5. The Air Resources Board will be holding a public workshop on April 4th on the FY 2016-17 Funding Plan for Low Carbon Transportation and Fuels Investments and the Air Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). For more information, click here. The workshop will also be web-broadcast at http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/.
6. For those of you watching the cutting edge of new technologies, an article in Greentech Media covers the U.S. Department of Energy’s research program ARPA-E,’s public investment and the private investment, in technologies on the ARPA-E list. A direct list of the technologies reveals investments to integrate renewables in demand management, ferment methane into natural gas, develop miniature building heat pumps, and look at new energy storage solutions – including iron flow, all-electron, lithium sulfur, and alkaline batteries, high-power zinc-air and compressed air storage.
7. More news on innovations: of the nine teams vying for the U.S. Department of Energy’s $2.25 million Wave Energy Prize, three are from California! Follow the link to learn more about the innovative work in Sacramento, Berkeley, and Redwood City to capture energy from waves.
8. The CEC’s Blueprint Newsletter for March and April is out! The Newsletter covers everything from demand responsive controls and commissioning to small duct high-velocity HVAC systems, to upcoming free trainings. This is a great resource for building department leads and energy efficiency government leads, as well as contractors and other building professionals.  Have a question? Contact the CEC’s Energy Standards Hotline.
9. Using data for building retrofits: an article from Energy Manager covers the value of data analytics in targeting the most cost-effective and beneficial energy-saving improvements.
10. Employee engagement and workplace strategies for EE success: an article in Environmental Leader interviews sustainability leadership at General Motors, and uncovers some great tips for generating support for sustainability initiatives in the workplace – support that has allowed GM to make 130 of their sites waste-free, and generate $1 billion from recycling. I have seen all of the major points made work for energy efficiency programming – definitely worth a read for those working on generating support throughout their government, or working with business or other community programs.
11. Continuing with stakeholder engagement: a reminder that a webinar covering best practices in community engagement via social media for environmental and energy program outreach is on 3/9. More information here.
12. Job announcement: The City of Pleasanton is looking for a Permit Center Manager! Visit the City’s jobs webpage and search “permit” for more information.
As always, you can keep track of relevant events by connecting to the EE Events Calendar, and find more resources on the EECoordinator website

That’s all for today!

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Here are your WEEkly Updates:
1. The CEC will be holding the first Empower California workshop on February 26th at 9am to kick off AB 865, also known as the EmPower California Act, which will boost job creation and business opportunities for minorities, women, LGBT and disabled veteran-owned businesses in the energy industry. Implementation will include establishing an outreach plan to increase participation of diverse business enterprises in Energy Commission funding opportunities and creating a Diversity Task Force. For more information on attending or participating by WebEx, click here.
2. The latest Annual Report is out from the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN). The report builds on the best practice findings from their Permit Resource Opportunity Program, and features case studies including stakeholder engagement for energy code development in Santa Clara, and support offered on reach codes in Marin County, as well as best practices learned from the City of Berkley’s adoption of its new Building Energy Services Ordinance, “BESO” (replacing its prior residential and commercial energy conservation ordinances). Click here to read the report.
3. New DSM technology: Interested in new technologies to optimize demand side management (DSM)? Opower and SDG&E's Supervisor of Residential Programs will discuss the latest energy efficiency and demand response opportunities and reporting tools available through Opower's new Agile EE in a March 10th webinar. Click here to learn more and/or register.
4. Carrying out Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) efficiently can be a challenge. A new EM&V report from the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) explores how IT developments are enhancing EM&V options. Click here to read more.
5. An article on parking garage HVAC energy efficiency provides some interesting findings on opportunities for energy savings through fan controls, featuring four California properties as an example. Read more at Energy Manager Today's website.
6. The CEC is holding a public workshop on March 8th to present a draft of the Natural Gas Vehicle Research Roadmap. This roadmap details the strategic research, development, demonstration, and deployment needed to enhance the viability of the natural gas vehicle market in California. For more information, click here.
7. Registration is open for the Navigating the American Carbon World conference, May 4th-6th in San Diego. Click here to review the program or register.
8. Heavy truck standards moving forward: Those of us with heavy-duty sanitation, parks, or other municipal fleet, or managing public transit fleets may be interested to hear that Phase II of the federal heavy-duty vehicle fuel efficiency standards has been proposed by US DOT and US EPA, and is expected to be adopted this summer. Read more on this and take a look at some helpful graphics at ACEEE’s website, or take a look at the proposed rule in the Federal Register, here. Per ACEEE, the Phase 2 standards would reduce fuel consumption by new heavy-duty vehicles an additional 24%.
9. For some news on energy efficiency efforts across the Pacific, here's a story describing China's new energy efficiency and demand response planning and programs, spurred on by extreme air pollution.
10. Job announcement: Empower Efficiency is hiring for two positions:a Commercial Behavioral Energy Assessor, and a Behavioral Campaign Manager/Facilitator. Both positions can be found on their website.
As always, you can keep track of relevant events by connecting to the EE Events Calendar

That is all for this week!