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

Free Event: Creative Financing Solution For Residential Energy Projects

PACE webinar

Clean Energy Financing Advisory Council:
Creative Financing Solutions For Residential Energy Projects
Free Webinar and Live Event
Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI),
Room 127, The Amphitheatre
525 S Hewitt St. Los Angeles, 90013
Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Webinar: 9.00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (PST)
Live Event: 9:00 a.m.11:00 a.m. (PST)
Complimentary hot breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m.

The Clean Energy Financing Advisory Council (CEFAC) is focused on enhancing awareness of innovative energy project financing to help stimulate the California clean energy marketplace.
This CEFAC webinar will explore unsecured and secured alternative financing products and marketing tools for increasing the volume of residential energy improvement projects. The speakers will introduce new resources available to energy stakeholders that include
  • The Energy Atlas: An interactive marketing research tool that harnesses the largest set of disaggregated energy data in the nation
  • The CHEEF Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) Program: : A new State of California Program offering flexible, unsecured financing for energy efficiency projects at attractive rates for consumers with a broad range of FICO scores.
  • Fannie Mae Green Financing: Fixed rate term financing products for properties undergoing energy and water savings improvements or for properties with existing recognized green certifications.
These events are for energy improvement contractors, local government officials, lending institution reps, financial experts, real estate professionals and others interested in cross-sector collaborations.
Current panelists include
  • Zoe Elizabeth, Associate Director for Special Projects, California Center for Sustainable Communities – Los Angeles Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability
  • Miriam Joffe-Block, Program Manager, California Hub for Energy Efficiency Financing (CHEEF)
  • Katie Plett, Vice President & Relationship Manager, HomeStreet Bank Commercial Real Estate
Contractors will have the opportunity to become a Qualified Contractor in the CHEEF Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) program by attending a REEL compliance training from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at LACI. Light lunch provided. Please email if interested, or visit

For more information, email or call (858) 429-5136.
CEFAC is facilitated by the Center for Sustainable Energy through a partnership with Energy Upgrade California® and the Department of Energy SunShot Initiative.