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Solar Asset Management Webinar Series Starts Tomorrow!

Join the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) and TerraVerde Energy in a webinar series on Solar Asset Management!

In this webinar series, the LGSEC is teaming up with Terraverde Energy to explore some of the essential best practices in managing these systems, along with addressing the now emerging questions around strategies for buying out Power Purchase Agreements.

Best Practices in Asset Management for Solar (Photovoltaic) Energy Systems (1/2)

Date: July 24
Time:10:00-11:00am



How to Assess & Execute a PPA Buyout (2/2)

Date: August 22
Time:10:00-11:00am




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Exciting Announcements



9th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum

The Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum will be offered at no-cost for local government staff and officials, and will provides over 300 participants with the opportunity to connect with state leaders, learn about new strategies and best practices, and network with peers from across the state.




POWER WITH PURPOSE: Community Choice Energy Best Practices Symposium
June 4-5 in Sacramento!
The Business of Local Energy Symposium will be the premier convening of innovative leaders and experts to discuss, debate, and consider how we can most effectively contribute to Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) adoption. This is the place for local government policy makers, program leaders, and community advocates to inspire others and be inspired.

On June 5th, CCA experts and leaders will come together for a day-long event. On June 4th, there will be a pre-symposium workshop in the afternoon on distributed energy resource projects that build local resiliency, provide unique customer services and contribute to local economic development. More information about the Pre-Symposium workshop and the Symposium is available here: https://climateprotection.org/business-local-energy-symposium-2018/



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Announcements


SEEC Forum 2018
Registration for the 9th Annual SEEC Forum in Sacramento, June 20-21 has opened. Click here to register!

CALSLA Street Light and Traffic Signal/Energy Efficiency Conference
The conference scheduled for May 7th in Southern California and May 14th in Northern California provides an excellent opportunity for networking and discussion of issues related to street lights and traffic signals. Attendance is limited, and registration is on a first come, first served basis. A detailed agenda will be provided to registrants. Click here to learn more!

Upcoming Building Operator Certification Courses
Building Operator Certification Level I begins on May 8th in San Diego and May 15th in Los Angeles. To learn more about how the BOC program can save your organization money and meet energy use reduction goals and register visit www.theboc.info/ca.
 

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For Local Governments and their partners

March 05, 2018

CivicSpark is Recruiting Project Partners!
 
CivicSpark - a federally-funded Governor's Initiative AmeriCorps program that uses national service to build local climate, water, and community resilience - is now accepting project applications for the 2018-19 service year! The program offers three thematic tracks: Climate (50 openings), Water (20 openings), and a new Opportunity Access track (20 openings) that will focus on affordable housing, alternative transportation, and rural broadband.

Learn more about CivicSpark by attending a Project Partner Informational Webinar. Applications will be accepted in waves, with the first priority deadline on March 16th, and the second on May 1st. CivicSpark is implemented by the Local Government Commission in partnership with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research. Informational flyer.

Central Valley Grant Technical Assistance Cohort
 
In partnership with the Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator (BPC), Local Government Commission (LGC), and Institute for Local Governments (ILG), ICLEI will be hosting a structured technical assistance program in June for 5-8 local governments in the Central Valley on energy and grants. Aimed at local governments in the Central Valley with high proportions of DACs, the program will help build capacity for agencies through planning an energy project and coaching them through completing funding applications. The program will guide agencies through resources provided by the state and the public utilities, best practices on community engagement, case studies on successful collaborative community and local government projects, and grant writing. 

See more details here and sign up here.


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Resources and Opportunities 

·         Better Together: Linking and Leveraging Energy Programs for Low-Income Households

·         Report: The Role of Energy Efficiency in a Distributed Energy Future

·         REopt Lite Tool for Commercial Building Managers

·         Study: Valuing the Resilience Provided by Solar and Battery Energy Storage Systems

·         BayREN Energy Efficiency Business Plan 2018­-2025

·         Social Media Toolkit

·         Evaluate and Learn As You Go to Strengthen Performance Toolkit

·         ISO monthly renewable report

·         ISO offers training on the electric grid and markets

·         ISO’s new webpage tracks emissions

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February 20, 2018


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Resources and Opportunities
Chilled Water System Optimization Project
Integrated Renewable Energy Advisory Committee Description and Invitation
Implementation Model: Skilled Trades Apprenticeship Program
The Integrated Renewable Energy System Network Advisory Committee

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Upcoming events
Webinar Series: Grid Modernization: Feb. 20 & Mar. 20
Webinar: Advancing DER in a Community Choice Context - Feb 21
Webinar: Roadmap to 20% Energy Savings – A Quantitative Tool to Plan Your Strategy - Feb 21
BERC Energy Summit: Bridging Divides & Building A New Energy Paradigm - Feb 22-23
Call: Kick the Cold: The Intersection of Healthy Homes & Energy Efficiency – Feb. 22
Advanced Energy Community Workshop – Feb. 28
Webinar: Cutting Water Waste: DOE and EPA Resources to Advance Water Efficiency - Mar 6
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
Webinar: Taking Control: Best Practices in Energy Data Management and Tools for Success - Apr 3
Green California Summit & Exposition - Apr. 9-10
Webinar: Financing 2.0: Navigating 3rd-Party Financing for Efficiency and Renewables - May 1
On the Market: Connecting Energy Efficiency to Real Estate Transactions - Mar 22
Business of Local Energy Symposium (CCA Symposium) - June 4-5
9th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum - June 20-21
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The wEEkly Update

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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
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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
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February 05, 2018


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Resources and Opportunities
SEEC GHG Inventory Cohort Training for Local Governments
Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 Schools Pursuing Zero Energy
Report: Using Intelligent Efficiency to Collect and Analyze Non-energy Benefits Information
NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
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Upcoming events
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
California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee Meeting: Feb. 15-1
Grid Modernization Webinar Series: Feb. 20 & Mar. 20

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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January 08, 2018


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Resources and Opportunities
Updated energy saver guide covers new technologies
California ISO launches renewable energy market report
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Upcoming events
Webinar: California legislative outlook 2018 - Jan 24
Forum: The Promise of Microgrids - Jan 25
Webinar: Creating EE Programs that Better Serve Hispanic Households - Jan 30
17th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference - Feb. 1-3
2018 EPIC Sym posium: Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation - Feb 7
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Resources and Opportunities
Report: How to Talk about Home Energy Upgrades
Report: Transportation Energy Demand Forecast, 2018-2030
Report: Strategies for Successful Low-Income Energy Efficiency Programs
Draft Research Investment Plan: Climate Change Research Program
Tool: State Energy Analysis
Toolkit: Energy Management Information Systems (EMIS) in Building Portfolio
Funding: Prop 39 – Deadline Feb 26
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Upcoming events
Free Calif. Energy Efficiency Standards Trainings for Building Inspectors - Nov-Feb
State Meeting: EM&V Stakeholder meeting - Dec 12
State Meeting: Energy Standards Outreach & Education - Dec 12 & 21
State Meeting: December Commission Business Meeting - Dec 13
Webinar: Energy Efficiency Regulations for Computers - Dec 13
Webinar: Climate Action Portal Map (CAP-Map) Launch and Demo - Dec 14
State Workshop: CA Energy Demand 2018-2030 Revised Forecast - Dec 15
Forum: The Promise of Microgrids - Jan 25
17th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference - Feb. 1-3
2018 EPIC Symposium: Accelerating Clean Energy Innovation - Feb 7
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Practical Guidance for Local Climate Engagement - Oct. 31 & Nov. 21
In this two-part webinar series, participants will be equipped to communicate effectively on climate change, empowering you to create and deliver compelling messages that engage and motivate a diversity of Americans in the issue.

Community Solar Pilot Workshops in California - Nov. 1, 6, and 8 (New LA Location) 
The California Department of Community Services and Development is inviting individuals from many pertinent areas of community solar, including solar project developers, local governments, community organizations, utility companies, affordable housing developers, investors, and others.

Solar for Apartment Buildings, Addressing Rent Control Issues - Nov. 8
While focused on California’s virtual net metering (VNM or NEM-V) tariffs and rent control policies, this discussion is applicable to any jurisdiction with rent control and to program enabling multifamily solar, including states with community solar programs

Building Operator Certification – Nov. 9
Learn how the training program benefits building personnel, facility departments, building owners, the environment, and bottom lines. 




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Resources and Opportunities
Significant Opportunity for Local Govs to Grandfather on Solar-Friendly Rates
Emerging Best Practices for Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure
Senate Bill 350 Disadvantaged Communities Advisory Group Call for Applicants
Center for Climate and Energy Solutions
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Job Announcements
Business Analyst (Energy Efficiency) - City of Santa Clara
Zero Waste Program Coordinator - Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo



Upcoming events
Practical Guidance for Local Climate Engagement - Oct. 31 & Nov. 21
Webinar: BayREN - PACE and Financing - Nov. 7
Affordable Multifamily Financing Pilot Workshop - Nov. 7
Community Solar Pilot Workshops in California - Nov. 1, 6, and 8
Bay Area Energy Storage Fire Safety & Code Symposium - Nov. 8
Solar for Apartment Buildings, Addressing Rent Control Issues - Nov. 8
Webinar: Building Operator Certification – Nov. 9
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Copyright © 2017 Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator, All rights reserved.
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Sacramento, CA 95814

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08/18/2017


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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.

Resources

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 
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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
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08/11/2017


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A great new resource for local governments has launched!

LocalEnergyCodes.com offers tools and resources to support local energy efficiency and renewable energy ordinances. The site will serve as a repository for tools and resources to support local energy efficiency and renewable energy ordinances. Key resources available on the site include cost-effectiveness studies, ordinance summaries for internal communications, model language, and document templates. More resources will be included in the future as the site continues to be updated.

Click here for information on this new valuable resource for local governments.

News and Opportunities

Tai Initiative: Mayoral Delegation to China
The Tai Initiative is cooperating with the Chinese Academy of Sciences for ICLEI's upcoming November 2017 U.S. Mayoral Delegation to China. One of the initiative's function is to bolster the work of existing global city networks operating between China and the U.S. Please share with your local leaders!

NBI Survey: Zero Energy Technology Gaps to Drive Future Research
Exciting new research is underway to identify technology gaps and tools needed to meet California's bold goals for zero energy (ZE) buildings. Provide your feedback with a short, 10-minute survey.

Will Other States Join California's International Climate Pact?
The same day President Trump withdrew the United States from the Paris climate agreement, the governors of New York, California, and Washington announced a domestic effort to combat global warming, the U.S. Climate Alliance.

Microgrids-as-a-Service: A New Approach to Solve Resiliency, Efficiency, Sustainability Challenges
This webinar from Greentech Media will discuss how municipal, district, institutional, commercial campus or large buildings can benefit from a “Microgrid-as-a-Service” business model approach to stabilize their long-term energy costs and upgrade critical energy infrastructure without up-front capital.

How Effective IoT Strategies Can Save Energy
IoT (Internet of Things) essentially is the networking of smart devices, buildings and other items with electronics, which enable the collection and exchange of data.

An Hour’s Difference Triggers Pushback Over California’s Time-of-Use Rates
When it comes to California’s time-of-use rates and the effect they'll have on solar power, a single hour can make a huge difference

San Diego County Draft Climate Action Plan Available For Public Comment
The draft plan seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from 2014 levels by 2 percent in 2020, 40 percent in 2030 and 77 percent in 2050.

Training

PG&E Training on Title 24 Part 6 - August 17th in Jackson, CA
If there are not enough registrants, the training will be canceled so please take advantage of this valuable opportunity for local governments building inspectors and plan examiners.

Career Opportunities

Resource Planner - City of Palo Alto

Energy Planner/Analyst - Humboldt State University

New Senior Manager, Communications  - Energy Foundation

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SEEC Calendar 
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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
eecoordinator.info
 

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07/21/2017


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CAISO Today's Outlook


A great new resource for local governments has launched!

LocalEnergyCodes.com offers tools and resources to support local energy efficiency and renewable energy ordinances. The site will serve as a repository for tools and resources to support local energy efficiency and renewable energy ordinances. Key resources available on the site include cost-effectiveness studies, ordinance summaries for internal communications, model language, and document templates. More resources will be included in the future as the site continues to be updated.

Click here for information on this new valuable resource for local governments.

News and Opportunities

Joint Agency Workshop on Senate Bill 350 Low-Income Barriers Study Implementation - Aug. 1st
The Commission and CPUC will jointly conduct a workshop to discuss the implementation of the Low-Income Barriers Study.

California Microgrid Roadmap Scoping Workshop - July 26th
Energy Commission staff will conduct a public workshop with staff from the CPUC and the California California ISO on the California Microgrid Roadmap to develop a plan to accelerate the adoption of microgrids in the state.

San Benito High School to implement energy efficiency program
The project, which includes new light fixtures, "smart" heating and cooling systems, and the installation of solar panels, is expected to save the district $13 million.

California sets the gold standard on good energy policy
"California’s example of self-sufficiency and dedication to producing sound policy can be replicated nationwide. "

Virtual Power Plants: Ready to Serve a Grid Near You
To provide Virtual Power Plant services to the transmission grid, aggregators now draw on a diverse mix of distributed energy resources -- storage, demand response, renewables, microgrids -- from various commercial and residential services.

Water Authority Solicits Proposals for Potential Joint Energy Storage Facility with City of San Diego
“This potential project is an exciting and innovative opportunity to optimize our water facilities to benefit our ratepayers while helping the region as a whole meet its energy needs,” said Mark Muir, chair of the Water Authority’s Board of Directors.

California to Receive $153M in Final Settlement with Volkswagen
The California Air Resources Board announced that it filed a consent decree for its final settlement with the Volkswagen Group of America.

Energy Commission Chair Releases Letter Urging the Future Closure of Aliso Canyon
California Energy Commission Chair Robert B. Weisenmiller released a letter urging the California Public Utilities Commission to plan for the future closure of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility.

Resources and Publications

Grant: Advancing the Resilience and Environmental Performance of California's Electricity System
The purpose of this solicitation is to fund Applied Research and Development projects that reduce the environmental and public health impacts of electricity generation and make the electricity system less vulnerable to climate impacts. The deadline to submit applications is October 9th, 2017.

Center for Climate Protection: Climate Action Training
The Center for Climate Protection is offering training for Climate Action on several dates in August. The training will be held at the Sonoma Land Trust in Santa Rosa.

Public Agency Energy Strategies Workshop  - July 27th
The Energy Network (SoCal REN) is hosting another public agency workshop next week

Career Opportunities

Energy Planner/Analyst - Humboldt State University

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SEEC Calendar 
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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. Have a great weekend!

Cary Garcia Jr.
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
eecoordinator.info
 

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

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07/14/2017


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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

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

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SEEC Calendar 
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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
eecoordinator.info

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

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Triple-Bottom-Line Accounting
A local government agency has requested information on cities and counties that practice triple-bottom-line or sustainable accounting. If your city or county has implemented triple-bottom-line accounting, or if you have any related resources, please let me know and I will get you in contact with this agency.

News and Opportunities

California Approves First US Energy Efficiency Standards for Computers
The new standards, approved by California's Energy Commission, requires most computers to draw less power while idle. Laptops are only required to see a slight reduction in power draw since they're already designed to be energy efficient. But only 6% of desktops currently meet the commission's standards. On average, noncompliant desktops will have to reduce their idle power draw by about 30% by 2019 and by about 50% by 2021, the commission says.

An Update on California's Distributed Energy Leadership
In a unanimous decision yesterday, California regulators created a new financial incentive pilot that encourages utilities to invest in DERs instead of more expensive traditional grid investments.

Microgrids Continue to Progress - With Some Bumps in the Road
Microgrids increasingly are being seen as a hedge against grid failure and as a way to more efficiently harness renewable resources. However, there is uncertainty for the future of microgrids as they grow at different rates in different areas and with potential decreases in research and development with the new Administration.
NYC Hospitals Reduce Energy Use by 10%
Transitioning to LEDs, solar panels, upgrading air handling units, replacing boilers, and steam trap replacement have been the common projects that enabled hospitals to reduce energy use.

RFP: Sustainable Communities Planning Grant and Incentives Program: Best Practices Pilot
The Strategic Growth Council in partnership with the Office of Planning and Research is soliciting proposals for an effort to support local land use planning related to climate and the State's statutory planning priorities. The program funding in the amount of $250,000 will be available for applicants to apply for up to $50,000. These grants will support the development and/or implementation of a specific portion of a land use plan, land protection or management practice, or development project. Proposals due January 11, 2017.

Job Opportunity: Energy and Water Coordinator, County of San Luis Obispo
The County of San Luis Obispo Department of Public Works is seeking an innovative and experienced individual who is committed to work as part of a team in delivering a broad range of energy-related projects at County facilities. The position covers a wide range of duties, such as energy monitoring and reporting to researching and implementing program/projects in the County's EnergyWise Plan. Applications due December 29, 2016.
Calendar
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1/25-1/26 (Sacramento) California Climate Change Symposium 2017
This forum aims to share cutting-edge research addressing the impacts of climate change on the state to inform the state's strategies and policies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to develop programs to safeguard California from a changing climate. Early-bird registration ends today, December 16th.

2/2/17 (St. Louis, MO) New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
Early-bird registration has been extended to December 16th  for the 2017 New Partners for Smart Growth Conference. This conference is the nation's largest smart growth and sustainability event and has been named one of 12 conferences not to miss by Planetizen. Early Bird registration ends today, December 16th.

3/16-3/19 (Yosemite National Park) Yosemite Policymakers Conference
Join mayors, city council members, county supervisors, city managers, and high-level department heads for the 26th Annual Yosemite Policymakers Conference. This popular conference always features a timely and inspirational program designed to provide the tools and support policymakers need to implement innovative solutions to address society's most pressing challenges. This year's conference will be no different with its focus on sustaining our progress and protecting the American dream.

5/5/17 (Long Beach) The Business of Local Energy Symposium 2017
The Center for Climate Protection along with the Local Government Commission and the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition is offering their third Business of Clean Energy Symposium to convene government, business, and community leaders to accelerate California's shift to a clean energy economy and to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs. Save the date - registration will open in January.

Resources and Reports

2017 Building Intelligence Predictions
Podcast on building intelligence to accelerate savings, equity growth, occupant satisfaction and the arrival of smart, connected cities in 2017.

Re-Assessment of Net Energy Production and GHG Emissions Avoidance After 40 Years of Photovoltaics Development
This report shows strong downward trends of environmental impact of photovoltaic production, following the experience of curve law, and shows a break-even between the cumulative disadvantages and benefits of photovoltaics, for both energy use and greenhouse gas emissions, occurs between 1997 and 2018 depending on photovoltaic performance and model uncertainties.

The Benefits of Solar + Storage for Commercial and Public Buildings
A combined solar + storage system can firm and smooth the energy used onsite, reducing demand charge risk due to solar intermittency, and results in more reliable reduction of energy and demand charge-related electricity expenses. Additionally, a combined solution can enhance the resilience of a building's power supply, a key consideration for critical facilities in the face of increasingly common power outages in some areas.

The Challenge of Decarbonizing the U.S. Power Sector: Encouraging Innovation and Aligning Stakeholder Interests
This working paper describes current U.S. power sector trends and relevant environmental goals, ways that technology innovation could proceed or be interrupted, and three emerging low- and zero-carbon technologies generally considered leading options for meeting the decarbonization challenges. It concludes with ideas from a range of experts to meet GHG reduction goals and accelerate innovation to advance low-carbon generation.

 


And that's all for this week! 



Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Here are your wEEkly updates:

Peer-to-Peer Requests

EVSE Installation
If you have any information on vendors that install EV charging stations at no charge, or on any opportunities that can help offset the cost of installation, please get in touch with me at jkim@lgc.org. This particular city is considered a disadvantaged community and is interested in full installation of 22 charging stations.

Community Based Social Marketing Methods
If you have information you can share on community based social marketing methods that a city staff can implement in his offices to help reduce energy use, please contact met at jkim@lgc.org.

News and Opportunities

Governor Jerry Brown Signs Major Climate Bills
Gov. Brown signed into law on Wednesday a sweeping expansion of California's GHG emissions standards, requiring the state to reduce emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.

How Cities and Counties are Showing the Way of Climate Action
This GreenBiz article highlights Climate Leadership Awardees who reflect effective collaboration among cities and counties, which includes WRCOG, SBCCOG and LA County.
Job Opportunity: Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
The Local Government Commission is seeking to fill the Coordinator position with a highly motivated and knowledgeable individual to support local government energy efficiency efforts throughout the state. Please feel free to contact me at jkim@lgc.org if you have any questions.

Job Opportunity: Climate and Energy Manager, University of San Diego
This is a full-time, temporary, benefit based position with an anticipated assignment end date of 12/31/2020. Closing date: 10/2/2016.

Calendar

9/13 (San Francisco/webinar): Quarterly EM&V Stakeholder Meeting
This meeting will include:
CPUC and PA Update on EM&V Budgets and Activities
Waterfall Graphics and New Web-based Tools
Lightning Metering study update
Update on LED Lab Test
CA Comprehensive Analysis - developing an effectiveness metric for nonresidential EE programs
PG&E's Single Family Home Upgrade Program Process Evaluation
SDG&E Cannabis Agriculture Energy Demand Study Final Report
Update on Inclusion (support for disadvantaged workers) Studies

9/21 (webinar): Evaluation of Residential Behavior-Based Programs
This webinar will provide an introduction to documenting the energy savings associated with behavior-based programs and examples of how different jurisdictions are addressing behavior-based program evaluation.

10/12-10/14 (Denver): Getting to Zero National Forum
This event is dedicated to zero net energy (ZNE) buildings where attendees will share perspectives on the growth of ZNE, discuss policies driving new projects, engage in best practices for successful outcomes and collaborate on opportunities for ZNE to transform the built environment.

Resources and Reports

Cool Roofs
The Cost-Effectiveness Study for Cool Roofs FINAL Report for All Climate Zones, prepared by the California Statewide Utility Codes and Standards Program, provides information on product cost, energy savings, cost-effectiveness and urban heat island mitigation to support minimum reach code requirements for residential and nonresidential cool roofs for jurisdictions in all climate zones.

Microgrids
Presentations from the September 6th California Energy Commission Staff Workshop Microgrids - Why are Customers Choosing Microgrids and How are they Working? are now available online.

Green Banks
A new report from ACEEE reviews the progress of 10 green banks and related financing entities to understand how they are working in specific market sectors and to identify strategies and lessons learned, with a special focus on energy efficiency.

Coordinator Resources
Browse the Coordinator website for more resources on a variety of energy efficiency related topics. If there are topics that you would like to see added or further developed, please reach out to me at jkim@lgc.org.


That's all for this week!




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!







Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Here are your wEEkly updates:

1. SB 350 Barriers Study: A California Energy Commission workshop on low-income barriers to accessing the energy efficiency and renewable energy goals of SB 350 is going on this morning!

2. San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Summit 10/19: Save the Date! The San Joaquin Valley Clean Transportation Summit, featuring a full day of speakers and breakout sessions on electric vehicles, natural gas alternatives, and more, will be held October 19th.

3. Joint Agency Workshop 8/23 on 2030 Target Scoping Plan: California Energy Commission (CEC), California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), and California Air Resources Board (ARB) are jointly hosting a public workshop on the process to update the 2030 Target Scoping Plan.

4. Workshop 8/29, Electricity Reliability in SoCal: The California Energy Commission will conduct a workshop to review efforts to ensure electricity reliability in Southern California resulting from the closure of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (San Onofre) and impending retirement of several fossil generating units using once-through cooling (OTC) technologies.
5. Vehicle Technology Program Review 8/22: CEC Commissioner Janea Scott, Lead Commissioner on Transportation of the California Energy Commission, will conduct a workshop to discuss the use of metrics within the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program (ARFVTP).

6. New EPA Portfolio Manager Feature Helps Buildings Save: The EPA has launched a waste and materials tracking feature in its Energy Star Portfolio Manager, which is a free benchmarking and tracking tool for commercial building owners and managers. (New to Portfolio Manager? Check out resources here.)

7. Sustainability, Prosperity, and Security: A new book from United States military leadership, “The New Grand Strategy: Restoring America’s Prosperity, Security and Sustainability in the 21st Century,” tells the story of a grand strategy, born within the Pentagon, to recapture America’s greatness at home and abroad by elevating sustainability as a strategic imperative.

8. USDOE Awards $ for Local Data-Driven Energy Planning: In support of cities’ efforts to reduce energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions and increase the use of energy efficiency technologies, the Energy Department selected three projects this week to help cities integrate energy analysis and data into their strategic decision making across all clean energy sectors. Learn more about the projects and the findings through its “Cities Leading through Energy Analysis and Planning (Cities-LEAP)” program.

9. New Green Leasing and Commercial Real Estate EE Resources: Looking to engage and support the commercial real estate sector in your jurisdiction as they explore the value of energy efficiency in real estate? The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) and Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) are arming the commercial real estate industry with a new set of tools that enable tenants to more effectively seek out and secure high-performance spaces that are in line with the tenant’s organizational goals, objectives, and budgets. (Get more resources on green leasing uncovered through recent local government asks.)

10. New York Joins California’s 50% by ‘30 Goal: Last week saw an order by the New York Public Service Commission requiring that 50 percent of the state’s electricity must from clean, renewable sources like solar and wind power by 2030 – this makes nearly one-fifth of the country’s population in pursuit of a 50% renewable goal.

11. Cities Consider Increasing Renewables: While on renewables: the cities of Solana Beach and La Mesa were in the news this week as they weigh using a community choice aggregation (CCA) model to increase their jurisdictions’ use of renewable energy and lower their carbon footprints. (More on CCAs here.)

12. CEC Blueprint Newsletter: Did you know that the California Energy Commission documents the most common questions to their Energy Code Hotline, and answers them in their Blueprint newsletter? The Blueprint newsletter for July/August is out, and provides guidance on a number of key issues – including new lighting compliance options, pipe insulation, solar ready requirements for single family homes, air-to-water heat pump systems, and more. Share with your building departments and other building efficiency stakeholders in your community!

13. Energy Efficient Codes Make Financial Sense: “Average homeowners are the biggest beneficiaries of more energy efficient building codes, says Daniel Bressett of the Alliance to Save Energy. Homeowners consistently state their preference for energy efficiency features, a point made again in the housing survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders.” Get more coverage and resources for explaining the financial value of energy efficiency in this newsletter piece from Zero Energy Project.

14. Cutting Poverty through EE and More: Addressing income inequality and affordability is a central and growing issue for many local governments. A new policy paper, the “Urban Opportunity Agenda,” from the Center for Neighborhood Technology proposes that poverty can be cut through simply cutting core household expenses – including energy.

15. Model Released to Pursue EE, ZNE: A tool to model the time dependent value (TDV) of energy for use in planning for the 2019 energy code’s steps toward zero net energy is now available on the CEC’s website.

16. Airport Achieves Carbon Neutrality: The Dalllas Fort Worth Airport is the first in the United States to achieve carbon neutrality! Learn how they did it and more here.

17. Microgrid Conference: The Microgrids Convergence Conference will be held October 25th-26th in San Mateo and will consist of two, unique, content-rich days. Learn about conference content, speakers, and more.

18. Microgrid Financing: Microgrids Conference event sponsors are offering a free recording of the webinar "Financing Microgrid Distributed Energy Efficiency Solutions."

19. CEC Workshop on Title 20 Appliance Efficiency: For sharing with your jurisdiction’s retailers and businesses; The California Energy Commission will host a webinar on August 17th, 2016 presenting focused on the needs of retailers, wholesalers, importers, and internet vendors.

20. Vehicle/Grid Demonstration Funding: The Pre–Application Workshop Presentation and WebEx Recording for GFO–16–303, Advanced Vehicle–Grid Integration Research and Demonstration, is now available on the California Energy Commission (CEC)’s website.

21. Job announcement: San Luis Obispo has extended the deadline to apply for its open Senior Energy Planner position! Learn more 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 is all for this week!




Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

Here are your wEEkly updates:

1. Resilience Webinar 8/4: Comprehensive plans and local land use codes and ordinances drive much of the climate resilience related decision making at the local level, and thus is one key target for climate integration. Learn more about tying codes and ordinances to resilience goals in this Climate Solutions University (CSU) webinar.

2. ARB Public Workshops beginning 8/9:  The California Air Resources Board (ARB) invites you to participate in public workshops to discuss updates to ARB’s Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) Policy to benefit disadvantaged communities. (A SEP is an environmentally beneficial project that a person subject to an enforcement action voluntarily agrees to undertake in settlement of the action and to offset a portion of a civil penalty.)

3. CPUC Lighting Research Plan Webinar 8/1: The 2015 Upstream and Residential Downstream Lighting Program Impact Evaluation Research Plan has been posted to the CPUC’s public document site for review and comment, and a webinar to review will be held on August 1st.

4. CPUC Behavioral Program Research Plan Webinar 8/1: The Draft Impact Evaluation Research Plan for the Program Administrators 2015 behavior programs (home energy and home utility reports) has been posted to the CPUC’s public document site for review and comment, and a webinar to review will be held on August 1st.

5. FHA’s PACE Guidance Reviewed: In case you missed this week’s webinar explaining last week’s Federal Housing Administration (FHA) announcement of clear guidance that will expand access to PACE program renewable energy, energy efficiency, and other home resiliency projects, a webinar recording is now available.

6. CPUC EE Program Review: the final version of the “2015 Custom Impact Research Plan Addendum – Sampling – through Q4 2015” has been posted on the CPUC energy efficiency public documents website. The comment period on this document will last until August 8th.

7. Study Reviews EE Behavioral Programs Correcting Market Failure: Energy efficiency—using less energy to provide an equivalent level of service—is part of the climate policy portfolio. Market failures might warrant encouraging energy efficiency, but an important justification comes from the realm of behavioral economics: that people erroneously underinvest in it. This creates difficulties for policy evaluation, which assumes that people’s choices, including energy efficiency investments, reflect actual preferences. Continue reading the abstract (and more) of this new study from Resources for the Future.

8. DR and Storage to Improve Air Quality: A new study proposes storage and demand response to avoid extra air pollution while meeting peak demand – and tests their framework using data from California’s grid.

9. New Los Angeles Microgrid: The Port of Los Angeles will be the site of a $27 million solar+storage pilot program that aims to show how carbon-free energy solutions can help make marine terminal operations more efficient and have less environmental impact.

10. 15-Second “Flash” Charging EV Buses Launched:  In Switzerland, a new line of buses can be topped off in a few seconds and fully charged in minutes.

11. $4.5 Billion for EV Innovation: The White House has also announced $4.5 Billion in loan guarantees for EV charging innovation. Considering electric buses in your own fleet, and want to understand what this would do to your energy efficiency? Learn more about electric vehicle infrastructure deployment planning.

12. Wave Technology Investment: More on new technologies: Oregon State University’s Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center and CalWave are competing to build a wave energy test site – and the US Department of Energy said that it will release up to $40 million for the effort.

13. EE Internationallynew figures from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) show world energy intensity has steadily decreased by nearly 33 percent in the last 15 years – and credits national and subnational energy policies as a major contributing factor.

14. New tool tracks electric supply, demand and recovery: The EIA has also launched its Electric System Operating Data Tool, which provides nearly real-time data, analysis, and visualizations of hourly, daily, and weekly electricity supply and demand on a national and regional level and for all of the 66 electric systems that make up the U.S. electric grid.

15. Job announcement: the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is hiring for a Commercial Development Consultant! Learn more 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!