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Week of March 31, 2017

News and Opportunities


8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum June 14-15
Mark your calendars for June 14-15. The annual SEEC Forum will be in Fresno with two pre-forum workshops on June 13 focusing on Energy Efficiency 101 and Zero Net Energy for Local Governments.

UC and Mexico: $10 million for joint energy efficiency research projects
The UC system is leading by example and partnering with institutions in Mexico and around the world to advance clean energy and energy efficiency.

Light the way you were meant to see it
The California Lighting Technology Center is a not-for-profit research, development and demonstration facility dedicated to accelerating the development and commercialization of next-generation, energy-efficient lighting, and daylighting technologies.

Santa Monica City Council Approves Zero-Net Energy Ordinance
The City of Santa Monica has become the first city in the country to adopt a ZNE ordinance in line with their goal to also be carbon neutral by 2050.

Energy efficiency budget cuts could exact hefty price
Lowell Ungar, senior policy advisor for ACEEE, discusses the far-reaching impacts of reducing funding energy efficiency resources, programs and research.

WRCOG Regional Streetlighting Program
The Western Riverside Council of Governments created the Regional Streetlight Program to provide their member cities with energy efficient streetlighting options.

Publications and Resources

CAISO Today’s Outlook
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) tracks the grid’s daily supply and demand including production from renewable resources

SEEC Calendar


Click the SEEC Calendar link to view all upcoming events

April 26-27 Green California Summit (Sacramento)
The Summit provides a forum where innovations in policy, technology and practice can be showcased and shared.


Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
eecoordinator.info

Week of March 24, 2017

News and Opportunities


8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum June 14-15
Mark your calendars for June 14-15. The annual SEEC Forum will be in Fresno with two pre-forum workshops on June 13 focusing on Energy Efficiency 101 and Zero Net Energy for Local Governments.

BART’s New Sustainability Effort
Holly Gordon, BART’s Sustainability Group Manager discusses the latest effort to make BART more sustainable.

Low-Income Renters Face Barriers to Clean Energy
Maria Stamas of NRDC reviews the SB 350 Barriers Study from the California Energy Commission.

2017 Linda Latham Scholarship
ACEEE has announced that they are accepting applications for the Linda Latham Scholarships to attend their 2017 Summer Study on Energy Efficiency in Industry in Denver, Colorado from August 15-18, 2017.

There’s Vast Untapped Potential for Solar Rooftops in the US, says Google
Greentech Media reviews Google’s Project Sunroof since it’s launch two years ago. The website now includes 60 million rooftops across the country.

Publications and Resources


Let’s Talk Communities & Climate
ICLEI in collaboration with Path to Positive Communities and eco America have developed a guide to help local government and community leaders successfully communicate local climate change solutions to their communities.

Financing Energy Savings Through On-Bill Repayment
Recognizing the potential opportunities for affordable rental owners, the California Housing Partnership Corporation reports on a pilot study of on-bill repayment (OBR) at five affordable rental home properties in the City of Santa Monica.

Rate Design Matters: The Intersection of Residential Rate Design and Energy Efficiency
ACEE explores the relationship between changes in residential rate design and energy efficiency, focusing on how recently proposed rate structures after customer behavior through a review of recent pricing studies across the country.

Career Opportunities


Executive Director/Air Pollution Control Officer – Sacramento
The Sacramento Metropolitan Air Quality Management District is currently offering a unique opportunity for an innovative, energetic leader to lead one of California’s premier Air Quality Management Districts. The final day to apply is Friday, March 31

Management Analyst-City of Palmdale
The City of Palmdale is seeking a Management Analyst that will support environmental and energy efficiency projects. The final date to apply is Thursday, March 30.

Energy Technician-Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Redwood Coast Energy Authority has an immediate full time benefited position for an Energy Technician. The selected Energy Technician will support Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s Energy Watch partnership’s Regional Direct Install program.

SEEC Calendar


Click the SEEC Calendar link to view all upcoming events.

March 30 Webinar: Risks and Rewards in the ZNE Marketplace
Explore and understand the developer and owner perspectives on investor value of zero and take a close look at income, cost, and risk.

March 30 Webinar: State of Advanced Energy: Markets, Trends, Jobs

April 20 Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (Downey)
The U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (MGBCE) is the longest running annual green building event in Southern California.

April 26-27 Green California Summit (Sacramento)
The Summit provides a forum where innovations in policy, technology and practice can be showcased and shared.


Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
eecoordinator.info

CleanTechnica
By Steve Hanley

March 22, 2017

Google has updated its Project Sunroof to include 3-D models of every rooftop in all 50 states. The new software takes into consideration the trees on your property, how much sun or shade hits your rooftop, and figures in the prevailing weather in your area. Then it takes all that data and builds a computer model that tells people how much electricity a rooftop solar system could generate if the homeowner decides to acquire one.

Go to full story at CleanTechnica

Week of March 17, 2017

News and Opportunities


8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum June 14-15
Mark your calendars for June 14-15. The annual SEEC Forum will be in Fresno with two pre-forum workshops on June 13 focusing on Energy Efficiency 101 and Zero Net Energy for Local Governments.

Wet Winter Leads to Potential CAISO Spring Curtailment
The California ISO expects to curtail up to 8,000MW this Spring due to the overabundance of hydro generation.

Apply for a Public Fleet Rebate
The Public Fleet Pilot Project offers up to $15,000 in rebates for the purchase of new, eligible zero-emissions and plug-in hybrid light-duty vehicles for public agencies operating in California’s most vulnerable and pollution-burdened areas.

Can California Go 100% Green?
Anne C. Mulkern digs into the details of latest push to use 100% renewable energy in the California grid.

California Vineyard Reaps Savings From Sustainable Efforts
A California vineyard participated in Southern California Edison’s Savings by Design program saving money and becoming energy efficient and sustainable.

What the Wall Street Journal got wrong about PACE
Jim Barrett Chief Economist for The American Council for Energy-Efficient Economy or ACEEE, challenges the Wall Street Journal on their opinion of PACE programs.

Cannabis Growers Now Eligible for Agriculture Electricity Rate
Once they have a permit from their local jurisdiction and if 70 percent or more of their annual energy usage is ag related cannabis growers can receive a reduced agriculture electricity rate from PG&E.

Publications and Resources


Smart Buildings: Using Smart Technology to Save Energy in Existing Buildings
A report from ACEEE reviews the smart technologies for commercial buildings and estimates how much energy they can save.

The Integrated Energy Network
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) is developing action plans to support the future of an integrated energy network focusing on efficiency, sustainability, connectivity, and customer choice and control.

Jobs and Investment Fact Sheet
At least 2.2 million people work in energy efficiency in the US according to the ACEEE Jobs and Investment Fact Sheet.

Career Opportunities


Management Analyst-City of Palmdale
The City of Palmdale is seeking a Management Analyst that will support environmental and energy efficiency projects. The final date to apply is Thursday, March 30.

Energy Technician-Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Redwood Coast Energy Authority has an immediate full time benefited position for an Energy Technician. The selected Energy Technician will support Redwood Coast Energy Authority’s Energy Watch partnership’s Regional Direct Install program.

Project Coordinator: Energize Fresno
The Local Government Commission has an immediate full-time position for a Project Coordinator to support the Energy and Climate Change sector. In particular, they are looking for someone to support the Energize Fresno projects.

SEE Calendar


Click the SEEC Calendar link to view all upcoming events.

March 23 Peer Exchange Call: Affecting Behavior Change: Energy Report Data Use
Peer Exchange call to discuss best practices for using data from home energy reports to encourage homeowners to change their behaviors and save more money.

March 30 Webinar: Risks and Rewards in the ZNE Marketplace
Explore and understand the developer and owner perspectives on investor value of zero and take a close look at income, cost, and risk.

April 20 Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (Downey)
The U.S. Green Building Council Los Angeles Chapter (USGBC-LA) Municipal Green Building Conference and Expo (MGBCE) is the longest running annual green building event in Southern California.

April 26-27 Green California Summit (Sacramento)
The Summit provides a forum where innovations in policy, technology and practice can be showcased and shared.


Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
eecoordinator.info

Week of March 3, 2017

News and Opportunities


Santa Monica and Marin County Local Ordinances
The City of Santa Monica and Marin County local ordinances that exceeded 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are up for approval at the California Energy Commission’s March 8 Business Meeting.

Urban Green Grant Program
The California Natural Resources Agency is providing funding to projects that reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon, decreasing energy consumption and reducing vehicle miles traveled, while also transforming the built environment into places that are most sustainable, enjoyable, and effective in creating healthy and vibrant communities.

LG Input Requested: Draft Solicitation for EPIC Projects
California Energy Commission staff is developing a competitive Grant Funding Opportunity (GFO) through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) to increase the adoption of emerging clean energy technologies in large-scale procurement processes. Comments are due 5pm on Monday, March 13, 2017.

22nd Annual POWER Conference March 24
The Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business will be hosting the annual POWER Conference on Energy Research and Policy.

Getting to Zero Net Energy Buildings: Present and Future
The California Energy Commission staff will host a one-hour webinar to provide information on innovative projects focusing on zero net energy (ZNE) buildings.

Prop 29 Energy Expenditure Plan Deadline: August 1, 2017
The California Energy Commission would like to remind Local Educational Agencies of this important deadline so they can encumber Proposition 39 K-12 allocations by the statutory required deadline of June 30, 2018.

Publications and Resources


Investing in energy efficiency: Research on when it pays
David Trilling of the Harvard Kennedy School provides a friendly overview of research on the value of energy efficiency across different times of day and seasons.

Career Opportunities


Policy Associate, Berkeley/Sacramento
Rising Sun Energy Center is hiring a mission-driven Policy Associate to work towards our goal of being a catalyst for social and environmental systems change by engaging in a transformative policy platform.

SEEC Calendar


Click the SEEC Calendar link to view all upcoming events.

March 7 Zero Net Energy Buildings: From Dream to Reality in Public and Private Sectors
This webinar will discuss Zero Net Energy Buildings across the public and commercial sectors, and highlight DOEs new Zero Energy focused accelerators.

March 16-19 (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.

April 26-27 Green California Summit (Sacramento)
The Summit provides a forum where innovations in policy, technology and practice can be showcased and shared.

May 5 2017 (Long Beach) The Business of Local Energy Symposium 2017
Business of Clean Energy Symposium to convening government, business, and community leaders to accelerate California’s shift to a clean energy economy and to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs.


Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
eecoordinator.info

Week of February 17, 2017

News and Opportunities


Energy-Efficient Design at MIT
A team of MIT researchers has developed a computer simulation that can optimize building design, balancing the energy use of a building with the energy requirements for making the building materials themselves.

Focus on Energy Efficiency Shifting from Prescription to Performance
Commentary from the FutureBuild Conference highlighting the current and future challenges and opportunities in improving the energy efficiency of buildings and communities

Proposition 39 Progress Report is Now Available
This is the Energy Commission’s second progress report to the Citizens Oversight Board. The report covers the period from December 19, 2013, when the Proposition 39: California Clean Energy Jobs Act-Program Implementation Guidelines were approved, to June 30, 2016.

Mentoring Program – AWWWEE
The Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment (AWWEE) have launched their new mentoring program. Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 3.

LG Input Requested: Energy Impacts of Cannabis Cultivation Workshop
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is holding this workshop (February 28) to examine the increase in electricity demand that may be expected from increased cannabis cultivation in California.

Publications and Resources


Green Bank Accounting
An ACEEE report examining green banks across the country, reporting on progress and best practices for this novel approach to supporting energy efficiency improvements. The review includes California’s version of green banking

Behavior Change Programs: Status and Impact
Behavior programs are based on social science theories of behavior change and excludes those that rely on traditional program strategies such as incentives, rebates, or regulations. This report provides a comprehensive description of behavior based efficiency programs and a review of current progress around the country.

Career Opportunities


Programs Manager, Sonoma County
Sonoma Clean Power has an opening for a programs manager as they expand their service into Mendocino County. The programs manager will be responsible for significant portions of program design and implementation. Open until filled.

Project Manager
The Local Government Commission has an immediate opening for a full-time project manager. They are seeking a mission-driven, detail-oriented person with a background in public affairs, local governance, and/or water policy and management.

SEEC Calendar


Click the Calendar link to view all upcoming events

February 24 Basic Excel for Energy Auditors
A basic excel class for Energy Auditors focusing on the fundamentals of Excel. This training will be offered at a very basic level and is not recommended for anyone proficient with advanced Excel functionality, such as macros. Location: San Francisco, CA.

March 7 Zero Energy Buildings: From Dream to Reality in Public and Private Sectors
This webinar will discuss Zero Energy Buildings across the public and commercial sectors, and highlight DOEs new Zero Energy focused accelerators.

March 16-19 (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.

April 26-27 Green California Summit (Sacramento)
The Summit provides a forum where innovations in policy, technology and practice can be showcased and shared.

May 5 (Long Beach) The Business of Local Energy Symposim 2017
Business of Clean Energy Symposium to convening government, business, and community leaders to accelerate California’s shift to a clean energy economy and to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs.


Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
eecoordinator.info

Week of February 10, 2017

News and Opportunities


The ‘New Normal’ in America
Is sustainable energy the new normal? Julia Pyper, Senior Editor at Greentech Media, reviews the 2017 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook.

Now Pairing With Energy Storage: Smart Thermostats
Ahead of time-of-use utility rates and the advent of residential energy storage options, smart thermostats paired with energy storage present a new opportunity for enhanced customer savings.

LG Input Requested: Energy Impacts of Cannabis Cultivation Workshop
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is holding this workshop on February 28 to examine the increase in electricity demand that may be expected from increased cannabis cultivation in California.

RFP: emPower Central Coast “Energy Coach” Program
The emPower Central Coast program of the Energy and Sustainability Division of the County of Santa Barbara requests proposals from qualified professionals to serve by contract as “Energy Coach” primarily for the San Luis Obispo County area. Final Deadline February 10

Publications and Resources


New Buildings Institute ZNE Webinars
The New Buildings Institute will be hosting two webinars focused on Zero Net Energy (NZE) buildings. The webinars will focus on planning for districts and urban environments and risk and rewards in the ZNE marketplace.


Career Opportunities


Energy & Climate Program Director, Santa Barbara
The Community Environment Council is seeking an experienced individual to become their new Energy & Climate Program Director. First round applications will be reviewed on Monday, February 27, 2017.

Programs Manager, Sonoma County
Sonoma Clean Power has an opening for a programs manager as they expand their service into Mendocino County. The programs manager will be responsible for significant portions of program design and implementation. Open until filled.

Project Manager
The Local Government Commission has an immediate opening for a full-time project manager. They are seeking a mission-driven, detail-oriented person with a background in public affairs, local governance, and/or water policy and management.

SEEC Calendar


Click the Calendar link to view all upcoming events

February 24 (San Francisco) Basic Excel for Energy Auditors
A basic excel class for Energy Auditors focusing on the fundamentals of Excel. This training will be offered at a very basic level and is not recommended for anyone proficient with advanced Excel functionality, such as marcos.

March 16-19 (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.

April 26-27 (Sacramento) Green California Summit
The Summit provides a forum where innovations in policy, technology and practice can be showcased and shared.

May 5 (Long Beach) The Business of Local Energy Symposium 2017
Business of Clean Energy Symposium to convening government, business, and community leaders to accelerate California’s shift to a clean economy and to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs.


Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
eecoordinator.info

The Kingsburg Recorder

February 8, 2017

Kingsburg and Selma are joining forces with the Fresno County Rural Transit Agency to help improve the Valley’s air quality.

The cities have installed new solar-powered electric vehicle charging stations in town that are available to the public. Kingsburg’s is in a parking lot north of the library on Draper St while Selma’s is in a parking lot north of City Hall on Tucker St.

Go to full story at The Kingsburg Recorder

CleanTechnica
By James Ayre

February 8, 2017

The California Air Resources Board will be awarding up to $10 million in grants as part of a new school bus electrification and alternative fuels program known as The Rural School Bus Pilot Project, according to recent reports.

The funding for the new project — which is a partnership between the California Air Resources Board and the North Coast Unified Air Quality Management District — is coming from California’s cap-and-trade program.

Go to full story at CleanTechnica

California Energy Commission

February 7, 2017

A couple of California Energy Commission-funded research projects could help California’s more than 76,000 farms and ranches reduce energy consumption and become advanced energy communities of the future.

In June 2012, Ventura-based Biodico, Inc. received a $1.8 million grant through the Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program to develop a prototype of the world’s first biofuel refinery run entirely on renewable heat and power. The PIER program made state funds available for energy-related, public interest research, development and demonstration programs that advanced science or technology not adequately provided by competitive and regulated markets.

Go to full story at California Energy Commission

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