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UPDATE for JULY 10, 2013
LEAD CEC COMMISSIONER WORKSHOP ON THE DEFINITION OF ZERO
NET ENERGY IN NEWLY CONSTRUCTED BUILDINGS IN CALIFORNIA
The California Energy Commission Lead Commissioner on the Integrated Energy
Policy Report (IEPR) will conduct a workshop to discuss the definition of
"Zero Net Energy" as it relates to newly constructed buildings in
Commissioner Andrew McAllister is the Lead Commissioner for the 2013 IEPR.
Other commissioners may attend and participate in this workshop. Commissioners
and staff from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) may also
attend and participate.
In Person Attendance
Thursday, July 18, 2013, 9:00 a.m.
CALIFORNIA ENERGY COMMISSION
1516 Ninth Street, First Floor, Hearing Room A
You may participate in this meeting through WebEx, the Energy Commission's
online meeting service. Presentations will appear on your computer screen, and
you may listen to the audio via your computer or telephone. Please be aware
that the meeting may be recorded.
To join a meeting:
VIA COMPUTER: Go to https://energy.webex.com
and enter the unique meeting number: 923 288 296. When prompted, enter your
information and the following meeting password: cec@0718
The "Join Conference" menu will offer you a choice of audio
1. To call into the meeting: Select "I will call
in" and follow the on-screen directions.
2. International Attendees: Click on the "Global
call-in number" link.
3. To have WebEx call you: Enter your phone number and
click "Call Me."
4. To listen over the computer: If you have a broadband
connection, and a headset or a computer microphone and speakers, you may use
VolP (Internet audio) by going to the Audio menu, clicking on "Use
Computer Headset," then "Call Using Computer."
VIA TELEPHONE ONLY (no visual presentation): Call 1-866-469-3239
(toll-free in the U.S. and Canada). When
prompted, enter the unique meeting number: 923 288 296. International callers
may select their number from https://energy.webex.com/energy/globalcallin.php
VIA MOBILE ACCESS: Access to WebEx meetings is now available from your mobile
device. To download an app, go to www.webex.com/overview/mobile-meetings.html
If you have difficulty joining the meeting, please call the WebEx Technical
Support number at 1-866-229-3239
For more information:
(If link above doesn't work, please copy entire link into your web browser's
EXISTING BUILDINGS DRAFT ACTION PLAN PRESENTATIONS
from June 24, 25 and 28, 2013 Staff Workshops on The Comprehensive Energy
Efficiency Program for Existing Buildings Draft Action Plan
For more information:
WORKSHOP IN WE&T SCOPE OF WORK, JULY 29
Per Decision 12-011-015, the “Decision Approving 2013-14
Energy Efficiency Programs and Budgets,” the Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs)
were directed to hire an expert entity to help design a comprehensive approach
to the Workforce Education and Training issues (WE&T) inherent in their
energy efficiency (EE) portfolios. The IOUs are pleased to announce that
the UC Berkeley Donald Vial Center was selected after a formal solicitation
The statewide IOU team invites all interested stakeholders
to a public workshop during which the UC Berkeley team will present their work
plan, in response to the IOU’s requested scope of work. Questions will
also be welcomed.
Public Workshop: WE&T Consultant Contract – July
29, 2013, 10:00 am – Noon
California Public Utilities Commission (Room TBD)
505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco 94102
Call-in/Webinar Details Will Be Provided
FREE WEBINAR: ADDRESSING CLIMATE CHANGE THROUGH COMMUNITY
ENGAGEMENT AND BEHAVIOR CHANGE
There will be a free one-hour webinar on Tuesday, July 16.
It will feature best-selling author David Gershon who will share recent
research and case studies on Addressing Climate Change through Community
Engagement and Behavior Change
Please note the start time in your time zone: 9 a.m. Pacific.
David Gershon, co-founder and CEO of Empowerment Institute, is one of the
world's foremost authorities on behavior-change, community engagement and
large-system transformation. He is the author of 11 books, including "Social
Change 2.0: A Blueprint for Reinventing Our World
," and the
best-selling "Low Carbon Diet: A 30 Day Program to Lose 5,000 Pounds
He co-directs Empowerment Institute's School for Transformative Social Change,
which teaches change agents to design and implement stakeholder engagement and
behavior change initiatives.
The California Sustainability Alliance has released a Water-Energy Toolkit for Sustainable Development
practical guide to implementing water-energy conservation policies and projects
for local government, developers, water agencies and supporting parties.
The Alliance’s Toolkit is designed to provide four important
stakeholder groups (water agency staff, policy makers, developers and
water-energy conservation advocates) with the basic knowledge and resources
needed to enable consideration of water-energy savings solutions in the
community development process. Structured as an action-oriented and practical
guidebook, the Toolkit offers simple steps, example roadmaps, and exemplary
California case study examples of working projects to guide stakeholders
through the key components of the water-energy sustainability decision-making
OPR'S NEW CLIMATE CHANGERS VIDEO
Check out OPR’s
newest Climate Changers video: Crossing 400: The Keeling Curve Reaches a Historic Milestone.
Ralph Keeling, geochemistry professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography,
UC San Diego, talks about the @keeling_curve and a historic climate milestone:
the carbon dioxide concentration in our atmosphere recently exceeded 400 ppm
for the first time in human history. Dr. Keeling explains the consequences of
this, outlines solutions, and addresses why time is of the essence.
OPR has also
recently uploaded several other new videos to our Climate Changers YouTube Site, an innovative video
initiative to share hot lessons and cool solutions. We invite you to browse
through our video library and to become a "climate changer" by
joining us in working toward a more resilient California.
"BAD INCENTIVES FOR GREEN CHOICES"
A new post by Severin Borenstein
Sure, I'd like to see a tax on gasoline that reflects its
greenhouse gases emissions. If we can't or won't do that, then maybe subsidies
for electric vehicles can imperfectly address some of the same goals. If not
that, how about free EV charging? Free parking? Higher speed limits for EVs?
Discount air travel for EV owners? Complimentary massages? By the time you got
to the last couple ideas, you probably said "well that's
ridiculous." At least I hope so. But where do you draw the
"ridiculous" line? Click here for the whole post.