Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

April 22, 2019
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Cities hold the keys to greener, more efficient homes
RMI Improving the efficiency of homes is a powerful tool for addressing the energy burden that disproportionately affects our low- and moderate-income communities. Fortunately, cities around the United States are collaborating and taking aggressive action.

Registration opens for the 10th Annual SEEC Forum
LGC Register today for the 10th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum taking place June 26-27 in Long Beach, CA. The Forum focuses on empowering local governments to implement impactful energy efficiency measures locally while helping meet the state’s ambitious energy and climate goals.

 Target to focus on energy efficiency, solar, wind with new climate goals

Utility Dive - Target has released aggressive new climate goals that not only reduce its own carbon emissions targets but also require 80% of the retailer's suppliers set reduction targets by 2023.  This marks the first time Target has taken its entire supply chain, which represents 96% of Target's total GHG emissions, into account when calculating emissions.

Technology Tuesdays

This week, I would like to continue a conversation I began in my last post. As I stated before, according to Southern California Edison, lighting can account for as much as 39% of your electricity load.

SO… it makes sense to be IN CONTROL of your lighting and utilizing lighting controls is the best way to accomplish that.

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

April 15, 2019
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CARB submits annual report to legislature on California's energy efficiency and other climate investments using cap-and-trade auction proceeds
CARB This report provides details on energy efficiency (page 86 of pdf) and other climate investments made through the cap-and-trade program which serves as a model for the transformative change needed to ensure that California thrives on a vibrant, healthy planet for centuries to come.

San Jose Mayor makes case for why California needs to wean buildings off fossil fuels to effectively address climate change
Cal Matters - This commentary focuses on how the urgency of climate change demands growing the market for clean energy appliances and retrofits that support California’s zero-emission future.

Demonstration of a New Ultra-Efficient Water Heater and Space Cooler Could Lead to Net Zero Energy Restaurants
SCG - A new high efficiency, ultra-low emissions commercial water heating and space cooling unit, which just began field demonstrations at two Southern California restaurants, could dish out energy savings, lower operating costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions for food service and hospitality facility operators.

Clean your Easter Egg Dyeing Routine

Easter is right around the corner and if your family makes an activity out of egg dyeing, you’re probably starting to think about your color palate.

 Most artificial dyes you buy at the store are perfectly safe, containing food-grade dyes. However, if you, like me, prefer to know exactly what is going on your eggs, you can make your own beautiful dyes using fruits, vegetables and spices.

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

April 08, 2019
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New resource library gives cities an energy efficiency blueprint for climate action
Institute for Market Transformation - The City Energy Project, a national initiative to create healthier and more prosperous American cities by improving the energy efficiency of buildings, recently distilled their lessons learned and best-in-class practices into the City Energy Project Resource Library.

Beacon Program award application period opens
Institute for Local Government (ILG) - The ILG is inviting cities and counties in various stages of climate action planning and implementation to apply for its Beacon Program, which honors voluntary efforts by local governments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save energy, and adopt policies that promote sustainability.Submission deadline for award applications is June 1, 2019.  

 New report focuses on building climate justice through investing in energy efficiency
Food & Water Watch - This report makes the case for why energy efficiency investments should be part of any national strategy to address the climate crisis as well as to spur job creation to curb America’s growing economic inequality.

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

April 01, 2019
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Administrative law judge's ruling seeks comment on future of Regional Energy Networks (RENs)
CPUC - The CPUC is seeking comments from parties on future policy on existing and newly-proposed RENs. The Commission has several times expressed an intention to evaluate whether to continue RENs and/or allow the formation of new RENs, but no overall policy or framework has yet been adopted for how to approach these questions. Deadline for submitting initial comments is April 16. 

In Kansas City, building owners slow to comply with energy benchmarking rule
Energy News Network - Kansas City’s city council adopted the Energy Empowerment Ordinance in June 2015, however, almost half of the City’s large, privately owned buildings are currently not in compliance with this municipal energy benchmarking requirement.

Making energy upgrades healthier for residents, workers, and neighbors
NRDC - This report recommends the adoption of healthier insulation and air-sealing products and identifies policy changes at the state, federal, and local levels that can drive on-the-ground decisions to use healthier products to upgrade affordable multifamily properties in the U.S.

Time of Use in California

Electricity is more expensive when more of us are using it. This is called peak time and it exists between 4 PM and 9 PM.  

 When we come home from work or school, we turn on the heat or AC, make a snack or dinner, and Netflix and chill. This all takes a lot of energy and when we are all doing it at the same time, we make our energy systems work extra hard and pay for it, too. 

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

March 25, 2019
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City of Fontana receives recognition for energy efficiency efforts
InlandEmpire.US - Representatives from San Bernardino Council of Governments (SBCOG) and Southern California Edison (SCE) presented the City of Fontana with an award for being a local leader in energy efficient efforts through the San Bernardino Regional Energy Partnership.

An important vote for the climate
New York Times Local officials across the country will have a chance to vote on new energy efficiency standards for buildings. But few tend to vote, which could put the outcome in jeopardy.

  Efficiency leads 2019 energy job growth prospects
Utility Dive - The 2019 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) shows traditional energy and energy efficiency sectors continued to outperform the economy as a whole, and added 152,000 new jobs last year.

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

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.

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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.

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

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.”