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Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

The wEEkly Update

For Local Governments and their partners

January 29, 2018


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Webinar: Creating EE Programs that Better Serve Hispanic Households - Jan 30
17th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference - Feb. 1-3
2018 National Association of State Energy Officials Energy Policy Outlook Conference - Feb 6-9
2018 EPIC Symposium: Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation - Feb 7
Webinar: Using Data to Drive Low Income Energy Solutions: DOE Tool Demo and Case Studies - Feb 8
2nd Annual San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Summit - Mar 14-15
Yosemite Policymakers Conference - Mar 15-18
2018 Business of Clean Energy Symposium - June 4-5
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Copyright © 2018 Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator, All rights reserved.
The wEEkly update for Local Governments and their partners.

Our mailing address is:
Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
980 9th St., Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814

SJV Clean Transportation: January Update

Welcome to the January 2018 San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center Newsletter. With funding from the California Energy Commission, CALSTART opened the Center with the goal to accelerate the use of clean vehicles and fuels and help the region more quickly meet air quality targets.

Register Now for 'EVs Made EZ Workshop' in Stockton Next Tuesday, Jan. 23

California now has more than 350,000 electric vehicles (EVs) on the road as of the end of 2017. With battery prices coming down and charging ranges increasing, EVs increasingly play a key role to help improve our region’s poor air quality – especially since up to 80 percent of ozone pollution is caused by emissions from cars, trucks and other mobile sources.   

Find out about EVs, charging and current incentive funding programs for both vehicles and infrastructure at the "EVs Made EZ Workshop" on Jan. 23 in Stockton. The event will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the PG&E Stockton Energy Education Center, 3136 Boeing Way. Large and small employers, including hospitals, school districts, public agencies, and eTRIP employers in particular, along with developers and owners of multi-unit dwellings, are encouraged to attend the workshop.

Panels and speakers include:
  • Introduction to Electric Vehicles and Charging Stations: San Joaquin Valley Electric Vehicle Partnership (SJVEVP), which is hosting the workshop
  • Electric Vehicles Panel: HUMMINGBIRDEV, First Priority GreenFleet, GreenPower Bus, Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE)
  • EV Charging Equipment Panel:  EVBox, Tritium, Envision Solar, ChargePoint
  • EV Incentives Panel: PG&E, Southern California Edison, San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District (SJVAPCD), California Capital Access Program (CalCAP)
Vehicles also will be on display. A-Z Bus Sales, CSE, EVBox, First Priority GreenFleet, HUMMINGBIRDEV, PG&E, SJVAPCD and Tritium are sponsors for the event. 

Cost for the workshop is $20, which includes continental breakfast and lunch. Click the link below to register. For more information, contact Project Clean Air (PCA) at (661) 847-9756. The SJVCTC is a member of the SJVEVP, a business-led regional collaborative that promotes the expansion of EVs in California’s San Joaquin Valley. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Clean Cities program provides partial funding for PCA and the SJVEVP.

Sonoma County to Offer EV Webinar Jan. 18 from 1-2 p.m. 

The County of Sonoma General Services Department will host a free webinar on Wednesday, Jan. 18, from 1 to 2 p.m. (PST). "EVs and Building a Charging Station Network  Fleet Best Practices and Lessons Learned" is the topic of the webinar.

Sonoma County began integrating electric vehicles into its fleet and developing an EV infrastructure in 2009 to support the growth of this alternative fuel transportation choice. During the last eight years, the county's EV network has expanded to 227 publicly available charging stations at 15 sites in eight cities and towns. 

In 2015, Sonoma County was ranked as the #1 Government Green Fleet in North America and also received a U.S. EPA Clean Air Excellence Award for Transportation Efficiency Innovations. 

“The CALSTART San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Center is a joint project between CALSTART and the California Energy Commission (CEC). It is funded through a grant from the CEC with the mission to assist residents and businesses in the San Joaquin Valley deploy cleaner transportation options to help improve air quality and promote economic prosperity.  For more information about CALSTART, visit”

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Joseph Oldham, Director Thomas Paddon, Regional Project Manager
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Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

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CAISO Today's Outlook

Join the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative for a webinar on local energy codes on Tuesday, August 29th from 1-2:00 pm. On behalf of the IOU Statewide Codes and Standards Program, Misti Bruceri, Principal of Misti Bruceri & Associates, LLC, will be discussing technical assistance services and other resources that are available to local governments when developing local energy ordinances.

News and Opportunities

California Releases $44.7 Million for Microgrid Grants; Applications Due Oct. 20
California has begun offering microgrid grants totaling $44.7 million to woo projects that will help it achieve its clean energy goals.

“Take the Pledge” to reduce energy usage during the Solar Eclipse on Monday, August 21
On August 21st a partial solar eclipse will occur over the Pacific Northwest that will impact energy production from solar resources in California.

IEPR Workshop on Climate Adaptation and Resilience for the Energy System
The California Energy Commission will jointly conduct a workshop with the CPUC to discuss new scientific and policy advances on climate adaptation and resilience for the energy system.

Small Changes Add Up to Big Savings for Diverse Sonoma County Businesses
A range of businesses in Sonoma County, California, are benefitting from implementing seemingly small changes to their sustainability practices.

Two Great Workshops for Local Governments - Sept. 19-20
The first workshop on Sept. 19 will focus on the transition to renewable heating and cooling systems. The Sept. 20 workshop will provide peer-to-peer learning for local government sustainability directors.


AHSC Technical Assistance is Available
The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) has announced the availability of State-funded Technical Assistance for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program.

Utility Marketplaces for Energy Efficient Products
Local governments can leverage existing marketplaces to help engage their citizens. As part of the implementation of AB793, all regulated utilities to have energy management technology marketplaces online for their customers by the end of 2017.

ZNE Support for Local Governments from NBI
The New Buildings Institute will be offering a variety of customized services to assist jurisdictions on their way to Z NE.

Career Opportunities

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

8/24 - Net Zero 2017 in Commerce, CA
The Net Zero Conference, Energy + Water + Waste, is the nation’s largest event dedicated to net zero building design

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

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Here are your wEEkly updates:

1. Cap and trade news: On Tuesday, Governor Brown announced a plan led by the California Air Resources Board (ARB) to extend cap-and-trade beyond its current expiration in 2020, to 2050. Read the plan, or get overviews from Utility Dive and the Los Angeles Times.

2. AB 802/Benchmarking Developments: California Energy Commission (CEC) staff will conduct a public workshop to seek input on staff’s proposed draft regulations to implement the building energy use data access, benchmarking, and public disclosure provisions of Assembly Bill 802.

3. AB 802 Background: A prior CEC workshop on this was March 25th; a partial recap is available here. (Refresher on AB 802 available here.)

4. NBI’s October ZNE Forum: the New Buildings Institute’s “Getting to Zero” Zero Net Energy Forum this October 12th-14th. Click to learn more about topics and speakers, and register.

5. EE Coordinating Committee Updates: The CA EE Coordinating Committee (CAEECC) had their 7th meeting this week. The agenda, meeting documents, and how to participate in future meetings is available in this CAEECC Update summary.

6. $20M Available from Federal AgenciesLooking for funding? More than $20 million is available to state, local and tribal governments for climate change health impacts, coastal ecosystem resiliency, clean diesel, and climate and agriculture projects.

7. EE management motivators for business: Promoting energy management to your business community? This Environmental Leader article shares some leading reasons that the private sector is deepening their engagement in energy management - including market volatility, cost savings and public interest in sound climate and energy policies.

8. New technologies for ZNE: The California Energy Commission approved six grants July 13th focused on energy efficiency with $8 million awarded for technologies and measures designed to achieve zero net energy (ZNE) in new affordable housing and multifamily and commercial buildings.

9. More on zero net energy: At this year’s SEEC Forum, we asked California’s cities and counties to share with us how they are using innovative technologies to find deep energy savings in their buildings – and it turned out speakers wanted to speak to using technology and design to push toward a zero net energy goal. Learn more about their best practices shared in this CURRENTS article (and get a link to watch their Forum presentations online!).

10. Reaching the EJ Community: A number of cities are deepening their focus on environmental justice issues through the use of target “green zone” neighborhoods. Learn more about best practices in the use of green zones at this Statewide Green Zones Convening event July 28th in Los Angeles.

11. More on environmental justice and EE: For more on environmental justice best practices, see this recent CURRENTS article highlighting best practices shared by California EJ leaders (including why EE is a foundational EJ community engagement resource).

12. Sonoma and Woodlake Solar: Congratulations to Sonoma County and Tulare County’s Woodlake Unified School District for the approval of California Energy Commission (CEC) loans to install solar photovoltaics (PV) in their buildings.

13. Benefits from DERs: A new study overseen by the CEC in partnership with Southern California Edison finds over $300 million in benefits from distributed energy resources (DERs) in the San Joaquin Valley.

14. Job announcement: The San Luis Obispo County Department of Planning & Building is offering an exciting career opportunity for Senior Planner in the Energy unit. Learn more here.

15. Job announcements: The City of Chula Vista is inviting applications for the positions of Senior Conservation Specialist and Recycling Specialist I. Get descriptions, and links to apply here.

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!