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Week of January 27, 2017

News and Opportunities


California Clean Energy Jobs Act Citizens Oversight Board Meeting
The California Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop 39) Citizens Oversight Board Meeting will beholding a board meeting on February 9, 2017.

Community Choice Aggregation En Banc Hearing
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will hold a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) En Banc hearing on February 1, 2017.

A Water Sector Energy Hog
Water use accounts for about 20 percent of California’s electricity use and 30 percent of natural gas used by businesses and homes according to Alvar Escriva-Bou at the Public Policy Institute of California.

Art Rosenfeld, California’s Godfather of Energy Efficiency, 90
Art Rosenfeld, known as California’s “godfather” of energy efficiency and who has been credited with being personally responsible for billions of dollars in energy savings, died Friday at his home in Berkeley, California.

Energy Commission Adopts RPS Results for POUs, Energy Demand Forecast Through 2027
The California Energy Commission looked backed during today’s business meeting to see how publicly owned utilities (POUs) did in meeting California’s renewable energy requirements from 2011-2013 and looked ahead to predict how much energy the state will need through 2027.

Weatherization Guide for Local Governments
The Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) released a new fact sheet on weatherization targeted for California local governments.

Publications and Resources


Regulating Energy Efficiency – A Primer on the CPUC’s Energy Efficiency Programs
A short report from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that outlines how they currently regulate energy efficiency.

Career Opportunities


Sustainability Coordinator, San Diego
Reporting to the Directory of Sustainability, this role coordinates the day-to-day operations for the Office of Sustainability. Deadline: February 3, 2017

Senior Regional Planner, San Diego
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is looking for a Senior Regional Planner to support the implementation of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan and the Sustainable Communities Strategy.

Project Manager and Community Strategies Manager, Eureka
Redwood Coast Energy Authority is seeking a Demand Side Management Programs Project Manager and a Community Strategies Manager.

SEEC Calendar


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February 1-3 Energy Auditing Techniques for Small and Medium Commercial Facilities
During this three-day workshop, the instructors will focus on the audit process and foster attendee’s ability to identify energy efficiency, demand response, and operations and maintenance opportunities in existing facilities. (Additional dates available in SEEC Calendar)

March 16-19 (Yosemite National Park) Yosemite Policymakers Conference
Join mayors, city council members, county supervisors, city managers, high-level department heads for the 26th Annual Yosemite Policymakers Conference

April 26-27 (Sacramento) Green California Summit

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 energy economy and to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs.



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Week of January 20, 2017

News and Opportunities


Weatherization Guide for Local Governments
The Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) released a new fact sheet on weatherization targeted for California local governments. The fact sheet highlights key best practices for developing partnerships and programs, demonstrating leadership, and investing in workforce development.

2017 SEEC Participant Survey
SEEC is requesting input from local government staff to get a better understanding of local government needs and interests to inform activities undertaken by SEEC and to help shape the 2017 SEEC Forum. We ask you to complete this quick survey by Friday, January 27 at 5pm

Hayward goes green: City aims to lower energy use by 2025
In 2016, the Hayward city council unanimously adopted a Zero Net Energy goal by 2025 for their municipal facilities. Since January 1, Hayward’s initiative requires that all new city-owned facilities be build to produce ZNE.

The Economic Impacts of California’s Major Climate Programs on the San Joaquin Valley
Comprehensive cost/benefit study of climate policies in San Joaquin Valley finds over $13 billion in economic benefits, mostly in renewable energy.

The Future is California – How the State is Charting a Path Forward on Clean Energy
“California is the sixth largest economy in the world and the most populous state in the nation. What’s more, we’ve shown that strong climate and energy policy is possible while building a dynamic economy. We’ve proved that clean energy creates far more jobs than fossil fuels…”

Reports and Resources


CalEnviroScreen 3.0
The Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) announces the availability of the California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool: CalEnviroScreen 3.0. CalEnviroScreen is a screening methodology that can be used to help identify California communities that are disproportionately burdened by multiple sources of pollution.

Funding Wizard
The wizard combs the internet weekly for funding opportunities to help support a sustainable future. You can set filters by funding type, category, eligible applicants or using keywords. Search for grants, loans, rebates, and more to fund sustainable projects.

2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards Online Resource Center
The 2016 energy standards went into effect January 1, 2017. The Online Resource Center is provided to assist the building community and enforcement agencies with Building Energy Efficiency Standards compliance including publications, tools, training, and a Hotline to help energy-efficient building projects comply with the new Energy Standards.

DOE Releases Second Annual National Energy Employment Analysis
“The 2017 U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) finds that the Traditional Energy and Energy Efficiency sectors today employ approximately 6.4 million Americans. These sectors increased in 2016 by just under 5 percent, adding over 300,000 net new jobs, roughly 14% of all those created in the country.” The full report and state charts are available in the above link.

The Quadrennial Energy Review (QER)-Transforming the Nation’s Electricity System
Task Force released the second installment of the Quadrennial Energy Review report. The task for analyzes trends and issues confronting the Nation’s electricity sector out to 2040, examining the entire electricity system form generation to end use, and within the context of three overarching national goals: (1) enhance economic competitiveness; (2) promote environmental responsibility; and (3) provide the Nation’s security.

Career Opportunities


Project Manager and Community Strategies Manager, Eureka
Redwood Coast Energy Authority is seeking a Demand Side Management Programs Project Manager and a Community Strategies Manager. Please see their employment webpage for additional information on both positions HERE.

Senior Regional Planner, San Diego
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is looking for a Senior Regional Planner to support the implementation of San Diego Forward: The Regional Plan and the Sustainable Communities Strategy.

Project Coordinator, Irvine
The Energy Coalition is seeking a Project Coordinator to provide administrative, planning, coordination, technical and implementation support to other team members to contribute to the success of The Energy Network program.

Principal, Planning & Green Port, San Diego
The Port of San Diego is currently seeking an experienced Principal, Planning & Green Port to lead the Energy & Sustainability team in the Planning and Green Port Department.

SEEC Calendar


Click the Calendar link to view all upcoming events.

February 2 (St. Louis, MO) 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.

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. 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 protection the American dream.

May 5 (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 clean energy economy and to exchange ideas about Community Choice Energy programs.



Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
Local Government Commission
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Week of January 13, 2017

News and Opportunities


2017 Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative Participant Survey
The Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) is requesting your input on the 2017 work plan. We hope you take this short (5-10 min) survey intended to get a better understanding of local government needs and interests to inform activities undertaken by SEEC and to help shape the 2017 SEEC Forum. We ask that you compete this survey by Friday, January 27 at 5pm.

Grant Funding Opportunity – Energy Commission Challenge Program
The Energy Commission released the Grant Funding Opportunity for the Local Government Challenge grant program. All grant documents are included in the above link. Deadline for applications is March 6, 2017.

Low Income Weatherization Program Community Solar Investments Stakeholder Meeting
The California Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) is convening a series of public workshops to obtain stakeholder input on how to develop community solar offerings for low-income and disadvantaged communities. The first of a series of workshops begins January 18.

Notice of Joint Agency Workshop on 2030 Energy Efficiency Targets
The California Energy Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) will jointly conduct a workshop to discuss key questions in the implementation of the energy efficiency portions of Senate Bill 350, the Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015 (de Leon, Chapter 547, Statutes of 2015) (SB350). Monday, January 23, 2017.

Request for Public Comments on the Scoping Order for the 2017 Integrated Energy Policy Report
The Chair of the California Energy Commission is seeking comments on the proposed scope and general schedule for the 2017 Integrated Energy Policy Report (2017 IEPR). Written comments should be submitted to the Dockets Office by close of business on January 25, 2017.

Desert Valleys FCU gets REEL
Desert Valleys became the fourth active lender in California’s Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) Assistance Program. Desert Valleys has made an initial loan commitment of up to $1 million in new lending to projects in the Ridgecrest community. You can learn more about the REEl program HERE.

Career Opportunities


Demand Side Management Programs Project Manager, Eureka
Redwood Coast Energy Authority is recruiting for a Demand Side Management Programs Project Manager.

Project Coordinator, Irvine
The Energy Coalition is seeking a Project Coordinator to provide administrative, planning, coordination, technical and implementation support to other team members to contribute to the success of The Energy Network program.

Principal, Planning & Green Port, San Diego
The Port of San Diego is currently seeking an experienced Principal, Planning & Green Port to lead the Energy & Sustainability team in the Planning and Green Port Department.



Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
Local Government Commission
eecoordinator.info

CleanTechnica
By Joshua S Hill

January 11, 2017

A new study has concluded that states like Iowa, California, & Texas, which have strong clean energy industries, are also attracting businesses and creating jobs in the thousands.

The “groundbreaking study” released this week by the US Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) ranked all 50 US states based on the ease with which some of America’s “most recognizable brands” are able to procure domestic renewable energy. The study — Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index: State Leadership & Rankings, compiled by Clean Edge on behalf of RILA and ITI — concluded that not only is a strong state clean energy program beneficial for creating economic growth and more jobs, but the report also showed that demand for clean energy among retailers and technology companies is expected to skyrocket to 60 gigawatts by 2025.

Go to full story at CleanTechnica

The Modesto Bee
By John Holland, jholland@modbee.com

January 10, 2017

Crystal Creamery received a national award Tuesday for how it handles the sludge left after making ice cream, yogurt and other dairy foods.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored the Modesto-based company for turning the waste into electricity and other byproducts. It presented the annual Food Recovery Challenge National Innovation Award, part of a federal effort to reduce food waste estimated at 37 million tons a year.

Go to full story at The Modesto Bee

Week of January 6, 2017

News and Announcements


Updated Version of the Proposition 39 (K-12) Snapshot is Now Online
Updated version of the Prop 39 K-12 program snapshot is now online measuring expenditures, estimated annual energy savings, and GHG reductions. More information on Prop 30 (California Clean Energy Jobs Act) can be found here.

Multi-Family Solar Development Webinar
Informational webinar which will provide background about the goals of the Virtual Net Metering Market Development Project supported by the Center for Sustainable Energy. Learn more about Virtual Net Metering and Solar for multifamily dwellings here.

RFP: Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP)
Notice of Intent to Award was January 6. The Low-Income Weatherization Program is an energy efficiency program administered by California Department of Community Services and Development to install a variety of energy efficiency measures, solar photovoltaics and solar water heater systems on low-income households located in disadvantaged communities.

Getting to Zero Carbon in Menlo Park: A Northern California Suburb Revamps Its Approach to the Built Environment
“…small cities have an important leadership role to play on climate action, because they account for more emissions and represent a larger sharer of the population than big cities.”

San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Making Progress-And Creating Jobs
Highlighting the impact and progress of the city of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, not only providing environmental benefits but also improving the economy.

Reports and Resources


Integrated Emissions Visualization Tool
ARB has developed an integrated emissions visualization tool (IEVT) that allows users to locate and view emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and criteria pollutants from large facilities in California. ARB is looking for feedback from the public and other users on this initial version of the IEVT.

Updated Cap-and-Trade Funding Guidelines
The Air Resources Board has published the Funding Guidelines Supplement for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 Funds. The Supplement includes updated disadvantaged community investment targets for all FY 2016-17 budget appropriations and also provides criteria to determine whether projects funded by the new FY 2016-17 appropriations will provide benefits to disadvantaged communities.

Draft 2015 SCE Home Energy Efficiency Survey Evaluation Report
The report is posted for public comment and review on the CPUC Public Document Area here. (Search “Draft 2015 SCE HEES”). or you can click the title above the report directly.

Career Opportunities


Energy Specialist, San Francisco
San Francisco State University is seeking an Energy Manager to establish the campus as a national leader in sustainability and energy management. This position will provide a forward thinking energy professional with an opportunity to use the campus as a living laboratory to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote renewable energy.

Chief Executive Officer, Yolo County
The County of Yolo is conducting a recruitment on behalf of The Valley Clean Energy Alliance for the Chief Executive Officer position.


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Government Technology
By Maggie Cabrey

January 5, 2017

The California Natural Resources Agency, in partnership with the California Energy Commission and California Independent System Operator (ISO), hosted a webinar this week to discuss how the state plans to bolster renewable energy.

The webinar presented information to stakeholders on the draft Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI) 2.0 Plenary Report. The RETI 2.0 Plenary Group was created by the Natural Resources Agency, Energy Commission, California ISO and the Bureau of Land Management as a way to support long-range planning related to increasing renewable resources.

Go to full story at Government Technology

Salon
By Diane Stopyra

January 2, 2017

Earlier this year, a video explaining Sweden’s efficient trash burning system made the Facebook rounds, touting a shocking statistic: less than one percent of this country’s household waste ends up in a landfill. Instead, much of it is incinerated and converted into usable electricity and heat via waste-to-energy plants. In the U.S., the clip left the social media community scratching its collective head, and asking: Why aren’t Americans burning more of our own garbage?

Considering we’re in the midst of a trash crisis, it’s a good question. Every year, humans generate more than a billion tons of solid waste, and that number will be closer to 4 billion by 2100. In America, each of us throws away more than seven pounds of garbage a day. In other words: we’re surrounded by rubbish, and because our population is on the rise, the problem is set to get worse.

Go to full story at Salon

Manteca Bulletin
By Dennis Wyatt, dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com

December 28, 2016

Nearly a third of the cost of building a $6 million compressed biogas fueling facility as part of Manteca’s bid to convert food waste into fuel to power municipal garbage trucks won’t be paid by ratepayers.

The City Council has inked a deal that will provide Manteca with a $1.8 million San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District grant to help offset part of the costs once the facility is up and running.

It is one of four capital improvement projects needed to implement the food waste to fuel program. The fueling station is being built at the wastewater treatment plant on West Yosemite Avenue near the Union Pacific tracks.

Go to full story at Manteca Bulletin

Week of December 23, 2016

Currents: Winter 2016


In this issue of Currents, we feature a broad range of articles that highlight local projects, celebrate success, and discuss emergent trends.


News and Opportunities


Bill Gates and Investors Worth $170B Launching a Fund for Energy Innovation
Bill Gates leading a more than $1 billion fund focused on fighting climate change by investing in clean energy innovation. He was among 28 wealthy individuals and families signed on to the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group broadly committed to investing in this area.

CA Agency Recommends Low-Income Energy and Water Legislation and Task Force
On December 14, the CEC approved the SB 350 Barriers Study mandated by SB 350 to address barriers for low-income households and disadvantaged communities to participate in energy efficiency and renewables opportunities. The California Housing Partnership will work with partners on legislative and regulatory efforts to use this study’s findings to advance transformative equity goals and metrics, energy and water program alignment, the availability of one-stop technical services, and effective financing pilots designed for low-income rental housing in California.

Job Opportunities: Redwood Coast Energy Authority
Redwood Coast Energy Authority is recruiting for multiple positions including Director of Finance & HR, Director of Power Resources, and Demand Side Management Programs Project Manager.

Jop Opportunity: Chief Executive Officer, The Valley Clean Energy Alliance
Yolo County is conducting a recruitment on behalf of The Valley Clean Energy Alliance for the Chief Executive Officer position. Applications due January 20, 2017.

Calendar


January 25-26 (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.

February 2 (St. Louis, MO) New Partners for Smart Growth Conference
Early-bird registration has been extended to December 16 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.

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. 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.

Resources and Reports


DOE Better Buildings Financing Navigator
The Navigator is an online tool that helps public and private sector organizations find financing solutions for energy efficiency projects.

A Greater LA: A Framework for Climate Action
This project led by the Los Angeles Regional Collaborative for Climate Action and Sustainability was recently released and provides a set of curated, synthesized, and regionally specific recommendations across five climate impact areas: Energy, Transportation & Land Use, Water, Public Health, and Ocean & Coastal Resources.

The Case for Health Places: Improving Health Outcomes Through Placemaking
This report uses the idea of placemaking as a framework for describing how transforming public spaces can improve health outcomes Even beyond the tangible benefits that placemaking projects can yield, the very process of bringing community members and stakeholders together to shape a place can have powerful social benefits that in turn connect to positive health outcomes.


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