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Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update


wEEkly update

07/07/2017


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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 rkang@willdan.com or (626) 633-6218 to provide your input.

News and Opportunities

ICLEI USA launching COP23 People's Delegation Essay Contest
As a follow up to the #WeAreStillIn campaign and in leadup to COP23 in Bonn November 6-17, ICLEI USA is in preparations to take a delegation of U.S. local leaders from our network joined by concerned citizens and members of the environmental justice communities.

CEC Workshop: 2019 Standards - Residential Heating Ventilation and Cooling Measures
The Energy Commission will be holding a staff workshop for the development of the 2019 Building Standards on Tuesday, July 18th.

Napa County Planning Commission to consider climate action plan
“There is strong consensus that global climate change is occurring; seasons are shifting, average temperatures are increasing, precipitation levels are changing and sea levels are rising,” the proposed plan said.

PG&E leads California on energy efficiency scorecard
Ranked third in the country, PG&E led California as the top-placed utility in the state for energy efficiency.

Cap-and-trade key to green energy future
Since 2012, California’s economy has grown twice as fast and produced 50 percent more jobs than the rest of the nation, bolstered by clean energy companies and jobs.

Jerry Brown Announces a Climate Summit Meeting in California
The Climate Action Summit will be held in San Francisco September 2018.

Sacramento to Serve as 'Green City' with Massive Electric Vehicle Carsharing Program
Volkswagen will spend $44 million to build out its first “Green City,” or network of electric vehicle charging stations and EV carsharing services.

Calif. Utilities Say Data Bill Poses Security Risk
SB 356 requires the CPUC to make capacity, distribution infrastructure and pricing data available to the public in a machine-readable format on the Internet by Jan. 1, 2019.

Energy Standards Outreach & Education Schedule - July
The Energy Standards Outreach & Education Schedule is available and includes events in Marina, Modesto, Los Angeles, and Orange.

Resources and Publications

CEC Tracking Progress - Energy Efficiency
The Energy Commission has published an updated tracking progress document for statewide energy efficiency.ZNE

Career Opportunities

Sustainability Project Manager - BART

Click here to find previous job announcements
 



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



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
 

The Newest CURRENTS is out!

Issue 96 | Spring 2017




An Energy Newsletter for Local Governments

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.


On the Path to an Advanced Energy Community
Santa Monica has received funding for their Advanced Energy Communities project, focused on turning the “City Yards,” into a microgrid.



The Signs Are Clear: Data is the New Tool for the Energy Efficiency Field
Access to granular data can help California achieve its energy reduction goals and save consumers and business time, energy, and money.

Link to Article


Moving Forward with Electric Vehicles
By 2016 nearly 230,000 Zero Emission Vehicles including fully electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles were registered in California.

Link to Article


Climate Investments Payoff for the San Joaquin Valley
Climate investments benefit the San Joaquin Valley rather than being a detriment to the Valley economy. We review a report released by Next 10.

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Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Here are your wEEkly updates:

1. Coordinator transition (and job announcement!): For those that missed it last week: I will be leaving my position as your Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices next week, and so this is my last set of WEEkly Updates to you. In the interim, the Updates will continue via Julia Kim (jkim@lgc.org). It’s been a real pleasure working to connect you all with best practices, resources – and to each other! LGC is actively recruiting to fill the Coordinator position, posted here – please share widely with friends and colleagues.

2. Joint Agency Microgrid Commercialization Workshop 9/6: The CEC, CPUC, and CAISO will conduct a workshop on September 6th to learn about California customers’ microgrid implementation strategies and challenges with a focus on energy resiliency, renewable integration, costs/benefits performance, lessons learned, how cyber-security is being addressed and efforts to commercialize microgrids in California.

3. Joint IOU Webinar on LGP Project Reporting 9/7: PG&E, SCE, SCG and SDG&E will jointly host a statewide webinar 9/7 to review improvements to semi-annual data reporting and communication related to Local Government Partnership activities supporting the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. Local Government Partnership reporting leads, and Local Governments conducting Strategic Plan support activity as part of a Local Government Partnership, are encouraged to attend.

4. Cap and Trade $$ Deal Passes Legislature: In the final hours of the legislative session, a last minute deal to release cap and trade funding was passed this week for transportation, housing, green space, and low/no-emissions vehicles.
5. New EE Municipal Policy in Santa Barbara County: Congratulations to Santa Barbara County, who has just passed a comprehensive new “County of Santa Barbara Energy Efficiency Standards Policy for County Owned and Leased Facilities” covering staff training, energy metering and reporting, zero net energy requirements for new construction, and more.

6. Updates from the CAEECC: Read the latest updates from the California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee, a committee that engages interested stakeholders in the process that energy efficiency ratepayer funding Program Administrators (PG&E, SCE, SCG, SDG&E, BayREN, SoCalREN, and MCE) are going through to plan energy efficiency goals, strategies, and programming under the new rolling portfolio cycle. (Not familiar with the CAEECC, or need background? FAQs and other resources are available.)

7. EE Compliance Resources: The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released Acceptance Test Technician Certification Provider (ATTCP) and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) reference cards, designed to quickly identify when acceptance testing or verification is required and how to find approved providers.

8. $$ for Air Sensor Best Practices, Tribal Clean Energy, and More: Check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s September newsletter for state and local governments for new funding announcements and climate change resources.

9. CEC Funding Announcement for Existing Building EE Innovations: The California Energy Commission (CEC) has recently released a $20 million solicitation for innovative large-scale development and demonstration projects that reduce electricity consumption in existing buildings. The solicitation is designed to accelerate the adoption of pre-commercial electricity saving technologies for existing government buildings; colleges, universities and K-12 schools; privately owned buildings; and facilities on military installations.

10. Attention emerging tech innovators: Know great cleantech innovators? Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) and its partners are seeking pre-commercial products and solutions from global clean technology innovators for energy efficiency, energy recovery and renewable energy solutions for potential inclusion in two state-funded demonstrations in San Francisco.

11. EE Facility Manager Decision Making: Looking for compelling resources to engage facility managers on energy efficiency? A new report from Ecova’s 2016 Energy and Sustainability Outlook Survey offers insight into how Facility Managers are prioritizing energy, water, and waste efficiency initiatives in light of the forces at work in today’s market. Learn how awareness of low/no-cost savings opportunities, and projections of energy pricing, are playing key roles in this article from Environmental Leader.

12. New EV research, news from other states: New studies from Navigant project that light duty plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) will make up half of the global EV market by 2024 – and that pairing deployment with smart grid technologies is critical. Get more coverage of these reports, and EV news from other states from UtilityDive.

13. Job Announcement: The San Diego International Airport is hiring for a highly-motivated individual to join its Environmental Affairs Department as an Environmental Specialist.

As always, you can keep track of relevant events by connecting to the EE Events Calendar, and find more resources being added daily on the EECoordinator website – including past WEEkly Updates.


That’s all for this week!







What Has SJVCEO Been Up To in June

With much of the southwest and California experiencing its first major heat wave of the summer we hope everyone is taking precautions to stay cool as well as save energy. While trying to survive the heat the SJVCEO team has been busy traveling for conferences as well as working to identify new projects that can be completed in 2016.

Some of the SJVCEO staff attended the 7th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum (or SEEC Conference) in Riverside on June 15th and 16th. This year's program was expanded to include four plenary sessions and sixteen different breakout sessions over a two day period.

This year, the forum focused on “taking a holistic approach toward a sustainable future” and how taking a full system approach to climate action and planning by understanding the interconnected and multifaceted nature of energy efficiency will better serve and create a longer term vision for our communities.
Speakers from the Local Government Commission (LGC), the Institute for Local Governments (ILG), the four IOUs (PG&E, SCE, SCG, and SDG&E), Planning and Sustainability departments from various jurisdictions, and many others spoke about current policies and programs in place that demonstrate the importance of a multi-dimensional approach that yields deeper energy savings. They also spoke to local climate actions that have allowed communities to respond to climate change more effectively and increase local and regional climate resiliency.

There were two new sessions at this year’s forum. Attendees could participate in the “Ask the Experts” one-on-one mentoring program. Experts in Finance and Funding, Regulatory Issues and Compliance, Climate Action Planning and Strategic Planning, as well as Engagement and Outreach were available for attendees to address and receive input on specific challenges. Attendees also participated in the poster session which allowed local governments partners, CivicSpark interns and many others to share their unique successes and challenges to a broader audience.

In between traveling the SJVCEO staff was busy looking through potential project listing from our energy champion partners in the cities and counties in the HDR Partnership and VIEW Partnership. We are very excited about some of the work that is being identified as well as in the works. As we say here in the office," keep the energy projects coming!" We currently do not have a lot to report in the way of projects and numbers since much of the summer is a down time for our local governments as well as our IOU partners. 

We hope to share much more exciting items with you as we make our way through the summer months. 


Stay tuned for next months update!




What Was Learned at the SEEC Conference

Over the past week the SJVCEO team attended the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) in Sacramento. The SEEC Conference is put on by the Local Government Commission (LGC), Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), the Institute for Local Governments (ILG) and the three California IOU's once a year. SEEC provides education and tools on climate action planning, energy reduction as well as peer-to-peer networking and technical assistance. By attending the conference our team was able to gain insight into what the state of California's energy efficiency industry is as well as what the future holds. Speakers for the conference ranged from CPUC commissioners all the way to energy managers from Washington D.C.

During the course of the SEEC Conference our team was able to hear panel discussions as well as have interactive training sessions. Topics for the sessions ranged from legislative updates to how to frame your conservation message to fit your market. Each training session covered either a tool to complete energy efficiency projects or how to market your energy efficiency programs or projects. Which ever break out sessions our team attended they walked away with another bit of knowledge or were reinvigorated about the work the work that they do.

We here at SJVCEO look forward to the SEEC conference each year so that we can sit down and meet with our peers along with learning. There is something to be said about face to face conversation and networking. While at the SEEC conference we are able to put a face with a name that we may have had a conference call with. Having a place where partnerships can go and connect will only help energy partnerships and IOU partnerships to grow in the future.



See you next year SEEC!