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Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

The wEEkly Update

For Local Governments and their partners

February 12, 2018


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Resources and Opportunities
City Energy Efficiency Resources
Interactive State Project Map
Report: Inclusion of Water Efficiency in Energy Efficiency Programs
Low-income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool
Baseline Assessment Guide
Program Funding Catalog
Study: End-Use Technology Cost and Performance Projections through 2050
SEE Action Guide for States: Evaluation, Measurement, and Verification Frameworks
2017 Grid Modernization Initiative Peer Review Report
Find more resources and opportunities

Job Announcements

Upcoming events
Webinar: The Next Step in The Clean Energy Transition – Decarbonizing Heating Energy in Buildings - Feb. 12
Webinar: New Tools in the Toolbox: A Fresh Take on Financing – Feb. 15
California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee Meeting: Feb. 15
Grid Modernization Webinar Series: Feb. 20 & Mar. 20

Webinar: Kick the Cold: The Intersection of Healthy Homes and Energy Efficiency – Feb. 22
Advanced Energy Community Workshop – Feb. 28
2nd Annual San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Summit - Mar 14-15
Yosemite Policymakers Conference - Mar 15-18
ICEPAG 2018: Microgrid Global Summit - Mar. 27-29
Green California Summit & Exposition - Apr. 9-10
2018 Business of Clean Energy Symposium - June 4-5 2018 Business of Clean Energy Symposium - June 4-5
9th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum - June 20-21
Find more events

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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

Save the Date - Sept. 19-20 GCC Fall Workshop
The Green Cities Council invites you to join its Fall 2017 workshop in Oakland, California on Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19 and 20.

Stop, collaborate and listen: California stakeholders want to open electric system communications
As Distributed Energy Resources (DER) proliferate, efficient dispatch of those resources in wholesale power markets will require communication between DER providers, distribution operators, and the transmission operators.

Building Codes Don’t Save Electricity … or Do They?
New evidence suggests that California’s original Title 24 building codes delivered more savings than prior research had found (although not as much as the program architects had originally envisioned).

San Juan Capistrano sues state regulators to block $350-million power line project
In a 35-page lawsuit filed late Friday in U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, the Orange County municipality asked the court to stop the project, citing reports of excess power on the state’s electric grid.

California Lawmakers Model an Electric Car Program After the State’s Successful Solar Initiative
AB 1185 seeks to use up to $3 billion in funds to offer larger rebates to California electric car buyers.

Why Don’t Green Buildings Live Up to Hype on Energy Efficiency?
“The performance gap is real, and we must be aware of models not properly capturing things. We have cases where modelers will come up with a savings measure that is more than the energy use of the house, because they are just working with the model."

Open Call for Ideas - Resilient by Design
Resilient by Design | Bay Area Challenge is an exciting new research and design initiative hosting an open call for ideas to identify sites vulnerable to the impacts climate change.

Career Opportunities

Multiple Positions - Redwood Coast Energy Authority

Senior Energy Programs Coordinator Position - County of SLO

StopWaste Energy Council Program Manager

Sustainability Project Manager - BART

Click here to find previous job announcements

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

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.

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

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Here are your WEEkly Updates:
  1. New Building Codes Study Shares Important Lessons for Research and Evaluation
    A recent paper from the Florida Solar Energy Center, "Why Doesn't 25 Years of an Evolving Energy Code Make More of a Difference," presents a fascinating story about the impacts of the Florida new home building energy code. They found a number of key factors that helped explain the lower-than-expected energy savings.
  2. Lower Savings Than Predicted? Try Calibration
    This study, funded by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and performed by Performance Systems Development, identified the underlying causes for over-estimation of contractor-reported energy savings and assessed the potential impacts on savings prediction accurately.
  3. 11/16 ARCCA Learning Session: The Ins and Outs of the LA Energy Atlas
    Join the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) and Dr. Stephanie Pincetl and Zoe Elizabeth from the California Center for Sustainable Communities (CCSC) to learn about what it took to get the LA Energy Atlas project started, challenges the project faced when developing this tool, how to navigate and utilize the Atlas, and what it will take for an atlas to be developed for your community.
  4. 11/18 CPUC EM&V Studies Workshop to Vet the Update of the REN and LGP Chapters of the EM&V Roadmap
    Join the CPUC Energy Division and the CPUC EM&V Studies Stakeholder Advisory Group for a public "twork"shop on identifying the most urgent and appropriate next studies in the LGP and REN-CCA EM&V Roadmaps. The call will take place from 10-11am at 886-630-5989 PIN 336 2110#. A presentation will be posted soon on for you to follow along on the call.
  5. Job Opportunity: Energy and Sustainability Project Manager, County of Santa Barbara
    The County of Santa Barbara's Energy and Sustainability Initiatives Division (housed in the Community Services Department) is seeking exceptional candidates for Project Supervisor (a management level position) to provide analytical support and development for multi-jurisdictional energy and sustainability projects such as Community Choice Energy and community efficiency and clean energy programs. Application and supplemental questionnaire deadline is 11/30/15.
  6. Job Opportunity: Senior Project Manager, County of Orange
    The County of Orange Facilities Maintenance and Central Utility Facility has an exciting opportunity for a Senior Project Manager in the Utility/Energy Unit. The incumbent will serve as a subject matter expert for programs and issues associated with all County utilities, including power, water, gas, trash, and sewer. The position is open until Friday 11/13/15 at 11:59PM Pacific Time.
  7. Job Opportunity: Energy Technician, Sierra Nevada Energy Watch
    The Sierra Nevada Energy Watch (SNEW) Energy Technician is responsible for working in collaboration with the SNEW team to achieve energy savings goal, supporting Project Managers from the sales phase through the inspection of the completed project. This position is open until filled with a start date between December 2015 and January 2016.
  8. Energy Calendar
    If you have any events you would like to see added to this calendar, please send details to

And that is all for this week!