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Week of June 5, 2015

1. Do Sustainable Building Design Certifications Provide ROI
This article contains a report from Underwriters Lab that provides a frank evaluation of the value of sustainable building certifications. It provides a good reality check. To read the full article, go here.

2. Quarterly Stakeholder Em&V Meeting June 9
The meeting will be held at the CPUC in the Golden Gate Room (directly accessible from Golden Gate Avenue) from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The meeting’s theme will be a special spotlight on Local Government EE program efforts. Included within the program are highlights of recent Energy Division staff efforts to improve EM&V accommodations for and recognition of the Local Government sector along with a sneak preview of the results of recent opinion surveys that gauged satisfaction among customers and stakeholders of the local government partnerships, the Regional Energy Networks, the investor-owned utilities, and the Energy Division. Rounding out the program will be presentations on code compliance efforts, impact studies, a SDG&E Agriculture Sector Market Study, a joint PG&E-SCE LED Midstream Trial Evaluations, and a PG&E Retail Plug Load Evaluation. As is customary, any study plans or reports presented at the workshop will be made available on the CPUC Public Comment due date for submitting comments.

Energy Efficiency Quarterly Stakeholder EM&V Meeting
June 9, 2015 10:00am to 4:00pm
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA
Courtyard Room

Topic: EE Quarterly Stakeholder EM&V Meeting
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Time: 10:00am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Meeting Number: 273-088-144
Meeting Password: !Energy1

To start or join the online meeting, go here.
Call-in: 866-630-5989
Participant passcode: 336 2110#
Please direct any responses or questions to

3. Lighting Reigns as Top Energy Efficiency Upgrade
Good article with interesting statistics on ROI for various EE upgrades in commercial buildings. To read the full article, go here.

4. Public Comment & Webinar: Draft Research Plan for PY 2013-2015 California Statewide Codes and Standards Program Impact Evaluation: Phase One
The draft research plan for PY 2013-2015 California Statewide Codes and Standards Program Impact Evaluation: Phase One is available for public comments. This is the Phase 1 of the evaluation, covering appliance standards (Title 20 and Federal) effective during the program cycle and building codes (Title 24) for nonresidential alterations.

Commission staff and independent consultants Cadmus and DNV-GL will host a webinar on June 10, 2015, 10-11:30am to present the draft research plan. Details of the Webinar will follow. Click here to view the document. Alternatively, the draft research plan may be downloaded here. Any question please contact Paula Gruendling or Dan Groshans.

Joseph Oldham
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
980 9th Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814

Week of May 29, 2015
1. Notice of Hearing for Possible Adoption of 2016 Proposed Building Energy Efficiency Standards and Negative Declaration Based on the Initial Study; Availability and Opportunity for Comment on the 15-Day Language and Additional Documents Relied Upon
The California Energy Commission will conduct a hearing during its regularly scheduled May Business Meeting to consider adopting the proposed update to the Building Energy Efficiency Standards in the California Code of Regulations (collectively also known as the California Energy Code).

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
1st Floor, Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
Sacramento, California

Concurrent with this notice, the Energy Commission has published modifications to the proposed Building Energy Efficiency Standards in Title 24, Parts 1 and 6 and CALGreen. For more information, click here.

2. Zero Net Energy New Residential Action Plan Launch Workshop, June 9, Courtyard Room CPUC (and via webex)
The June 9 workshop will feature several speakers in the morning (starting at 9:40am) including:

  • C.R. Herro, VP of Meritage Homes
  • Bob Raymer, California Building Indsutry Association
  • Ann Edminster, Design AVenues
  • Matt Christie, TRC
  • David Erickson, CPUC
  • Farukh Nasim, California Energy Commission

The afternoon (1-5pm) will:

  • Convene small working groups organized by goal
  • Brainstorm priorities, gaps, new needs and developments
  • Identify leads, where possible
  • Plan bi-annual Action Plan Stakeholder meetings and calls

Webinar details:
TOpic: ZNE Residential Action Plan Launch Workshp
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Time: 9:30am
Meeting Number: 746 156 963
Meeting Password: !Energy1

To start or join the online meeting, click here
For more information on the workshop, click here.

Teleconference information
Call-in telephone: 866-832-9554
Participant passcode: 7429959

3. Scaling of Energy Storage Market Hinges on ESSI Vendors
A new report from Navigant Research points out how getting to scale with energy storage technology depends on companies with expertise as systems integrators. To read the full article, go here.

4. New Navigation Tool Available for Title 24, Part 6
Energy Code Ace is pleased to announce the launch of its for free tools, trainings and resources can help you play your cards right by complying with California’s building energy code.

Joseph Oldham
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
980 9th Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814

Week of May 22, 2015
1. Ruling Regarding Post-2015 Energy Efficiency Potential and Goals, and Database for Energy Efficient Resources Updates
CPUC Administrative Law Judge Edmister’s Ruling Regarding Post-2015 Energy Efficiency Potential and Goals, and Database for Energy Efficient Resources Updates has been posted. The full text of this ruling is made available through the link provided below on May 15, 2015.

In the event of problems with the email or the internet link, please contact Elizabeth Kiss at

2. 5 Tips to Get Your CFO to Buy into Energy Management
Good article on strategies to engage internal financial management staff on the value of energy management systems. To read the full article, go here:

3. Free Title 24, Part 6 Training for Plans Examiners and Building Inspectors!
Energy Code Ace is offering free hands-on courses that are designed to provide plan examiners and building inspectors with the knowledge and skills needed to more quickly and effectively enforce the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards. All participants receive a comprehensive workbook and tools they can use on the job.

All calsses are held 8:30am to 4:30pm
Continental breakfast and lunch provided.
Register for a scheduled class below or contact Energy Code Ace at to bring training to a location of your choice!

Nonresidential Courses
June 3, 2015, Simi Valley www.sce/com/workshops
June 4, 2015, El Centro, www.sce/com/workshops
June 9, 2015, San Diego
June 25, 2015, Santa Barbara www.sce/com/workshops
July 8, 2015, Monrovia www.sce/com/workshops
July 10, 2015, Palm Dessert www.sce/com/workshops

Residential Courses
May 27, 2015, Simi Valley www.sce/com/workshops
June 10, 2015, Stockton
June 17, 2015, San Diego
June 23, 2015, Glendale
June 24, 2015, Monrovia
July 24, 2015 Palm Desert

For more information on the courses offered by Energy Code Ace, please email

4. ZNE Workshops in Bay Area
Zero Energy Regional Workshops-May 28-29
May 28 is for local government staff. May 29 is for homeowners, real estate professionals, and building professionals.
One-hour webinar:”Beautiful, Comfortable Zero Energy Homes

5. May 28 Webinar on Water Appliance and Fixture Rebate Program
Thursday, May 28

Via Computer: go to and enter the unique meeting number: 925 366 747. When prompted, enter your name and the following meeting password: Rebate4$
Via Telephone Only: call 1-866-469-3239 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada.) When prompted, enter the unique meeting number: 925 366 747
Via Mobile Access: Download the app at

If you have difficulty joining the meeting, please call the WebEx Technical Support number at1-866-229-3239.
For more information:

Joseph Oldham
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
980 9th Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814

Week of May 15, 2015
1. LED Market Outlook Is Bright
Good article about the future of LED lighting. To read the full article, go here:

2. CPUC Issues Proposed Decision Modifying Energy Financing Pilots
Administrative Law Judge Todd O. Edmister’s Proposed Decision Partially Modifying Decision 13-09-044 and Resolution E-4680 Implementing Energy Efficiency Financing Pilot Programs is now available. The full text of this decision is made through the link provided below on May 12, 2015.
In the event of problems with the e-mail or the internet link, please contact Andrew J. Rico at, or telephone (415) 703-2588.

3. DEER2016 Update and Uncertain Measures Update Workshop Notice
Commission staff and consultants will be hosting a DEER2016 Update Workshop on May 21, 2015, to discuss and respond to stakeholder questions on the DEER2016 Update draft results and Uncertain Measures Update draft results released via ruling.
Stakeholder comments can be filed formally with the proceeding through the service list by June 8, 2015.
All the draft results and documentation can be found at under the DEER section and at

Workshop Info:
Date and Time: May 21, 2015, 1:00pm-4:00pm
CPUC, Hearing Room D
505 Van Ness Ave, San Francisco
Call in: 866-633-5590, Code: 3535621

WebEx: Click here

Meeting Number:744 839 870 Meeting Password:!Energy1

4. Tool Calculates Building Energy Code Data to Comply with Clean Energy Power Plan
New tool has just been released that could be of interest to those working on energy codes and how they contribute to improving air quality. To read the full article, go here:

5. Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program Certification of Emergency Regulation, 15-OIR-03, Order Adopting Amendment to the Compliance Schedule
The following document submitted to Docket Number 15-)IR-03 has been published:
Title: Order Adopting Amendment to the Compliance Schedule
Document Description: For the Nonresidential Building Energy Use Disclosure Program 6 page(s)

Joseph Oldham
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
980 9th Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814

Week of May 8, 2015
1. WaterSaver Idea Exchange
In April, responding to the continuing drought, Governor Brown announced a series of actions to reduce water use, including the creation of a water appliance rebate program and funding innovative water-energy saving technologies. The Energy Commission has set up a WaterSaver idea exchange docket to record water-energy saving suggestions and to provide a networking opportunity.

For more information, see
Note: the WaterSaver idea exchange docket is for information only and encompasses both Energy Commission programs-the Water Appliance Rebate program and the Water Energy Technology program.

For more information:

2. Demand for Tesla Powerwall Energy Storage Exceeds Expectations
Last week I provided a link to an article in Forbes magazine about Tesla’s announcement of their new Powerwall residential energy storage technology. Following that announcement, I had several conversations with energy stakeholders questioning the market demand for residential energy stoarage. This article in Forbes a week later seems to answer those questions. To read the article, go here:

Joseph Oldham
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
980 9th Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814

Week of May 1, 2015

1. Tesla Unveils Powerall Energy Storage System for Homes and Businesses
For those that missed the announcement last night from Elon Musk, here is an article from Forbes Magazine that provides the detail.

2. One Man’s Experience with Engaging Building Operators
Good article about how to engage facility operators when deploying energy upgrades. Often, these folks are overlooked in the building retrofit process, bu they are key to making the project work. To read the article, go here.

3. California Statewide PACE Symposium-May 28-29, Los Angeles
The California Statewide PACE Symposium will be held in Los Angeles this year on May 28 and 29. To get more details, go to this link.

Here is the link to registration.

Joseph Oldham
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
980 9th Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814

Week of April 24, 2015

1. LGP Value and Effectiveness Survey Launched
Opinion Dynamics has been retained by the California Public Utilities Commission to assess the value and effectiveness of LGPs, particularly in terms of achieving the State of California’s Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan goals. Feedback from local governments is extremely important to the study. If your organization is a part of an LGP-either as an implementer, a member government, or a local government that received funding for Strategic Plan projects-a staff person at your organization may have received this invitation to complete the survey during the week of April 20. The subject line for this invitation is “Local Government Partnerships Value & Effectiveness Survey Initation.”

If you have received an invitation, please complete the survey. As a reminder, responses to this survey will be kept anonymous and the identities of respondents will not be revealed to any organization other than Opinion Dynamics. Should you have any questions, please contact Alan Elliott at

2. R.13-11-005 Workshop on Energy Efficiency Baselines
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) staff will be holding a Workshop on Energy Efficiency Baselines on April 28, 2015, from 9:30am to 4:30pm in the CPUC Auditorium (505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94102). Agenda, call in information, and request for comments are forthcoming.

In D.14-10-046, the Public Utilities Commission directed staff to work with the Energy Commission to increase awareness of how energy efficiency baselines are applied in relation to the volume of deferred retrofits and the ability of program administrators to target and accelerate such upgrades cost-effectively, which were identified in the utilities’ 2015 funding requests. Topics at the April 28 workshop will cover:

(1) The policy framework that establishes energy efficiency baselines;
(2) Input from energy efficiency stakeholders;
(3) The treatment of to-code and above codes savings for procurement planning;
(4) The scope of CPUC/CEC/Navigant’s Existing Baseline Analysis; and
(5) The status of IOU pilots into alternative baselines.

The CPUC must accurately measure savings from energy efficiency in order to forecast energy savings to inform energy procurement planning, with the goal of avoiding construction of new non-renewable power plants. The CPUC has determined that in most cases, the appropriate baseline is to set as the current code or standard applicable to that equipment, as equipment will naturally be upgraded to the code or standard level when it is replaced.The CPUC currently allows exceptions to this policy, such as when the IOU program is shown to influence the “early retirement” of functioning, yet inefficient equipment. However, some stakeholders argue that the existing condition should be the norm, not the exception.

The CPUC, Energy Commission, and Navigant are preparing an Energy Efficiency Baseline Analysis to examine the appropriateness of using the code or existing conditions baseline as the default baseline to estimate energy efficiency program savings for different types of measures, and the implications for future Title 20 and 24 updates, the demand forecast, and ratepayers.

For questions, please contact Dina Mackin at 415-703-2125 or

3. Lead Commissioner Workshop on Strategies Related to Benchmarking and Local Government Challenge in the Draft Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan
The California Energy Commission Lead Commissioner for the 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report (2015IEPR) will conduct a workshop on strategies related to Benchmarking and Local Government Challenge in the draft Existing Buildigs Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

Commissioner Andrew McAllister is the Lead Commissioner. Other Commissioners from the Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission may also attend or participate in the workshop.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Remote access available by computer or phone via WebEx.

Presentations and audio from the meeting will be broadcast via our WebEx web meeting service. For additional details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the notice at:

Computer log on with a direct phone number:
-Please go to
-When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: meeting@9. (Please not that password is case sensitive.)

For more information:
(If link above doesn’t work, please copy entire link into your web browser’s URL)

Joseph Oldham
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
980 9th Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph #: (559)797-6034

Week of April 17, 2015

1. WebEx Recording of the April 7, 2015, Lead Commissioner Workshop on the Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Draft Action Plan
For more information (

2. Healthcare a Slower Market for Energy Management
This is an interesting article about the growth of energy efficiency management in the healthcare market segment. To read the full story, go here:

3. IOU Prop 39 ZNE Pilot Launch
The California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs)-Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), Southern California Edison Company (SCE), and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)-are pleased to announce the launch of the Proposition 39 (Prop 39) Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Schools Pilot.

The Pilot will assist public K-12 schools and community colleges in retrofitting existing facilities to ZNE by leveraging Prop 39 funding. The Pilot will establish “proof of concept” that ZNE retrofits of schools is feasible across California. the IOUs are targeting approximately 13-18 school districts or community colleges for the Pilot.

Interested K-12 public school districts and community colleges are directed to for more information, including an upcoming webinar on May 4 and an Opportunity Announcement. Responses to the Opportunity Announcement are due by May 22. Interested schools are encouraged to revisit the website for Pilot updates.

4. LED Built to Last 37 Years
One of the challenges with new technology is that there is a refinement and improvement process that invariably improves efficiency over time. Early adopters often find that “new” technology they purchased last year is obsolete a year or so late, but they can’t replace what they purchased because they have too much capital tied to the original investment. LED lighting seems to be one of those rapidly improving technologies. Here is the latest development for LED lighting:

5. Energy Efficiency in Food Service Businesses
Good article about how small changes can result in big improvements in energy efficiency in the food service industry. To read the full article, go here:

Joseph Oldham
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
980 9th Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph #: (559)797-6034

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ters Auditorium (Room 182)
Craig School of Business
California State University, Fresno
5245 N. Backer
Fresno, CA 93740


The Business Journal
By Ben Keller, Business Journal staff writer

While not a mecca of energy efficiency and innovation like the San Francisco Bay Area, a new report [shows] the San Joaquin Valley on the forefront of some important clean technology trends.

Now in its sixth year, the 2014 California Green Innovation Index prepared by Next 10 and Collaborative Economics put the state far ahead of the nation in terms of emission reductions, renewable energy, electric cars and other clean technology measures.

California’s per capita emissions, for instance, dropped 14 percent from 1997 to 2011 as the United States without California increased carbon intensity by five percent.

The state also increased its renewable energy resources by 1.3 percentage points in 20 12 compared to a decline of 0.7 percent for the United States, while California also led the way in energy storage deployment at 481 megawatts.

The San Joaquin Valley had its own contributions to the data. From 2011 to 2012, the Valley grew 31 percent in advanced materials jobs, or those involved in processing more efficient metals, ceramics, gels, polymers and composites or bioproducts to replace harsh chemicals.

Out of 11 regions compared that’s behind only the San Diego region, which grew by 84 percent over the same period.

Within the agricultural support sector, including irrigation technology and software companies to make farming more sustainable, the Valley had a majority of the segment at 30 percent, or about 11,500 jobs.

The Valley also was second in total distributed solar installations with nearly 240 megawatts installed from 2007 to 2013, according to the California Solar Initiative.

Only the Bay Area had more, with about 366 megawatts installed over the 6-year period.

Zero-emissions vehicle registrations grew about 30 percent in the Valley from 2011 to 2012 to 1,300 – the highest change in the state over the period.

Energy productivity was one of the most telling indicators of the state’s progress in the clean tech arena. In 2011, California generated $2.52 of gross domestic product for every 10,000 British thermal units (BTU) of energy consumed. That compares to $1.51 for the United States as a whole, meaning California created 1.7 times as much economic activity as the rest of the nation, with the same amount of energy.

Energy efficiency along was much better, with per capita energy consumption in the state decreasing by 24 percent to 0.21 BTUs since 1970, compared to only a 4-percent drop throughout the rest of the nation.

California’s renewable electricity generation surged 56 percent between 2002 and 2012, reaching roughly 46,500 gigawatt-hours, on its way to reaching the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard of 33 percent of electricity generation from renewables by 2020.

In the area of clean transportation, the state’s low carbon fuel standard established in 2007 is poised to reduce the carbon pollution from gasoline and diesel by 10 percent by 2020.

According to the report, Gov. Jerry Brown continues to move the state toward a goal of 1.5 million electric zero-emissions vehicles operating in the state by 2025.

Alternative fuel vehicle registrations increased 16 percent in the state from 2011 to 2012, while zero emissions vehicles increased 62 percent compared to 1.5 percent for all new vehicle registrations.

Total investments in California clean technology companies declined 53 percent in 2013 compared to 2012; but the state continues to comprise the majority of the clean technology venture capital in the nation at 48 percent.

California also had a total of more than 1,434 clean technology patents in the 2012-2013 period, more than twice as many as the next leading state, Michigan.

Energy storage took up several pages of the report, which called California a leader in the largely untapped market.

For one thing, California increased patents in batteries and other storage devices by 220 in 2013, quadrupling 2008 levels.

The state registered more energy storage patents in 2013 that the next four highest states combined, the majority of those registered to private firms like Tesla of Palo Alto and Imergy Power Systems of Fremont.