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March 18, 2019
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First reporting deadline for City of San José’s new Energy and Water Building Performance Ordinance approaching
City of San José - The City's recently adopted ordinance requires commercial and multifamily buildings over 50,000 sq. ft. to benchmark their facilities and report their energy and water performance metrics to the City by May 1st, 2019.

America’s Light Bulb Revolution
New York Times - Solar panels and wind turbines get a lot of attention, but a more inconspicuous instrument is helping to reshape America’s energy economy right now: The humble light bulb.

Report: PACE brought $134M annually to California over last 5 years
Greentech Media - A USC report lays out the macroeconomic benefits associated with one lender’s PACE financing.

Technology Tuesdays

This is no April Fools! 

According to the California Energy Efficiency Standards Code, Title 24, Part 6, LED lights are now the standard.  Scouts Honor! 

For most, this means drastic reductions to available rebates and incentives from your utility provider for the purchase and installation of LED lighting. 

Everything you should know about the "GND"

A few weeks ago, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) released the Green New Deal Resolution.

Many responses hailed this resolution for being the kind of bold policy we need to see. Others said this was not only unattainable policy pushing us towards a utopian and renewable future within only 10 years, but was not detailed enough to get us anywhere. 

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

March 11, 2019
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 NRDC launches City Energy Project Resource Library
NRDC - The City Energy Project partnered with 20 cities and counties across the U.S. to create and implement customized, impactful energy efficiency policies and programs. The lessons learned, and best-in-class practices are now distilled into the City Energy Project Resource Library.

DER integration to fuel energy efficiency growth, reports find
Utility Dive - New analysis from Navigant predicts spending on energy efficiency will grow at a steady pace over the next ten years, driven in part by improvements to the resource alongside business models and technologies that continue to evolve.

Technology Tuesdays

I am sure you are all aware of the California’s push toward 100% renewable energy.  A BIG part of this initiative is building electrification.  Building electrification means, converting from using natural gas appliances to appliances that use electricity.  There are many cost-effective ways to do this.  An excellent solution that can replace your current gas furnace and save you BIG BUCKS is: 

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

March 04, 2019
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Metered Energy Savings Pathways for Public Agencies
SoCalREN - Public Sector Performance-Based Retrofit High Opportunity Projects and Programs (HOPPs) pilot assists local governments with improving their aging buildings and infrastructure, and contributing to statewide efficiency goals.

How energy efficiency delivers green dividends in red and blue states
The Conversation - Although it gets much less attention than other clean-energy industries, like wind and solar power and electric vehicles, efficiency is booming across the nation.

 California funds green HVAC projects
Hydrocarbons 21 - EPRI gets $4.7 million in cap-and-trade dollars to develop and deploy heat pumps using low-Global Warming Potential (GWP) refrigerants, with a focus on serving low-income areas.

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February 25, 2019
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Updated on-line Reach Codes resource launched
BayREN - BayREN recently updated its Reach Code website which provides information and links to help local governments who may be considering or working on a reach code.

2019 SEEC GHG Inventory Cohort Training Session application period open
ICLEI - For assistance completing a greenhouse gas inventory, take advantage of this 20-week technical assistance offering free to CA local governments. Apply by the March 15th deadline.

Technology Tuesdays

Energy efficiency technology has come a very long way in recent years.  Ever heard of window glass that can adjust the amount of sunlight entering a room? 

This is a real thing and groundbreaking technology!  Electrochromic glass, also known as smart glass or electronically switchable glass allows a building occupant to control the amount of sunlight and heat that enters a room with the flick of a switch. 

Renewable Natural Gas Now Flows into SoCalGas Pipelines from Calgren Dairy

LOS ANGELES, February 14, 2019 – Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) and biogas producer Calgren Dairy Fuels (Calgren) today announced that renewable natural gas produced at Calgren’s dairy digester facility in Pixley, California is being injected into SoCalGas pipelines. The project marks the first time that carbon-

negative renewable natural gas produced from cow manure has been injected directly into SoCalGas’ natural gas system. In August 2018, SoCalGas began receiving renewable natural gas into its system from CR&R, Inc.’s anaerobic digestion facility in Perris, California. The renewable natural gas from that digestion facility is already being used to fuel about 400 waste hauling trucks. Renewable natural gas is a carbon-negative fuel produced from waste and agriculture that can be used in trucks and buses, to generate electricity, fuel heating systems in homes and businesses, and for cooking.

 “Developing renewable natural gas is a smart and cost-effective solution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the transportation and building sectors,” said Sharon Tomkins SoCalGas vice president for customer solutions and strategy. “Replacing just 16 to 20 percent of our traditional natural gas with renewable natural gas would reduce emissions equal to electrifying 100 percent of buildings in the state, but it would be two to three times more cost-effective. Moreover, the renewable natural gas solution does not require expensive appliance change outs or costly new mandates.”

Fund-It Fast Chat: What is OBF?

Fund-It Fast Chat: What is OBF?

In this week’s Fund-It Fast Chat* SJVCEO dove into on-bill financing and how your pocketbook can benefit from the program.

Our team here at SJVCEO is guilty of playing the acronym game with many of the programs and financing opportunities that are open to customers. One such example is OBF…meaning on-bill financing. This funding mechanism is one that is very easy to understand and one we hope our customers ask to understand.

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February 11, 2019
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News & Reports

 DOE move to weaken light bulb efficiency standards could cost consumers $12B
Utility Dive - DOE proposes to roll back efficiency standards established through bipartisan comprehensive energy legislation which could result in consumers losing out on $12 billion a year in electricity savings.

Annual SEEC stakeholder survey in progress
SEEC - This 10-minute survey is intended to provide a better understanding of stakeholder needs to inform activities undertaken by the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) and to help shape the 2019 SEEC Forum. Deadline to complete is this Friday (2/15).

California’s new air pollution solution
Governing - In an unprecedented move that will cut costs for low-income households and cut emissions for everyone, the state is paying for some homes to install energy-efficient appliances.

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February 04, 2019
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News & Reports

 Brighter, safer, more efficient: How LEDs are changing public spaces
ACEEE - Washington, D.C.’s commute just got brighter—and possibly safer. In late 2018,the city’s Metro made a $50 million dollar commitment to install LED lights in its subway stations.

People use less energy when they think their neighbors care about the environment
Harvard Business Review - New research suggests that whether you believe your neighbors care about energy conservation is an important motivator for how you consume energy.

CPUC Agrees: A skilled, trained, and diverse workforce is the key to achieving efficiency goals
BlueGreen AllianceNew rules adopted by the CPUC will ensure that when utility incentives are used for certain efficiency upgrades, the workers installing the equipment must be properly trained, and that efficiency programs create pathways to employment for disadvantaged workers.

How to be an eco-friendly pet owner

Being a dog-mom is one of my favorite things, and I wouldn’t give it up for the world. When I got my pup, however, many of my environmentally-conscious friends and families made sure to let me know that having a pet isn’t a very eco-friendly choice.  

 Why you ask? Well, to start, pets consume a lot of resources and they produce massive amounts of noxious waste. UCLA published a study on the amount of meat consumed and carbon dioxide produced by cats and dogs, and it’s all pretty astonishing.  

 So, I decided it was important to figure out how to be more eco-friendly with my dog-related purchases and activities. Here are a few tips that I try to follow: 

Sustaining a Super Bowl

Every year there is such buzz over what some call the granddaddy of them all…the Super Bowl. With over 75,000 people filling the street of this year’s site along with endless numbers of media and celebrities how does the NFL claim to make the event “sustainable”? With that question in mind I did some digging and am glad to say that the NFL proved my skepticism wrong.

San Luis Obispo County Banking on Energy Efficiency

The San Luis Obispo County government reduced its energy use by 15 percent since 2010 in its efforts to save money and reduce environmental impacts — leading to big savings.

The county currently spends about $4.5 million on electricity and natural gas every year. By taking on some simple and more complex projects to retrofit buildings, staff estimate the county is saving $600,000 to $700,000 annually in energy and maintenance costs.

Savings will likely continue to grow as the county approaches its goal to reduce energy at county facilities by 20 percent by 2020.

“Through the collection of data from our new energy management software and having the right team in place, we are in a position to recommend and implement future energy efficient projects which make the best use of our taxpayer’s money,” Colt Esenwein, county Public Works director, said in a news release.

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