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Week of September 23, 2016

News and Opportunities

City of Carlsbad Climate Action Plan Update
The City of Carlsbad’s newly appointed Climate Action Plan administrator gave an update at a City Council meeting about the city’s current and planned efforts.

Sonoma County to Offer Incentives to Drivers to Switch to Electric Cars
Backed by the County Board of Supervisors, several programs are underway that county officials hope will boost the number of electric vehicles on the road, and develop the public and private charging network to support them.

Low-Income Weatherization Program Guidelines
The Department of Community Services and Development (CSD) is seeking comments on the Draft Low-Income Weatherization Program Guidelines for the FY 2015-16 Appropriation Procurements for the Single-Family Energy Efficiency and Solar PV Program. CSD is hosting a public hearing on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 9am in Sacramento. A copy of the draft will be made available online prior to hearing. Written comments are due Thursday, October 20.


September 27-29 (Webinars) Series on Energy Star Webinars
Several webinars are being hosted next week on Energy Star, including: An Energy Star Success Story: Boston Properties and EnerNOC; Portfolio Manager 101,201, and 301; and Ask The Expert.

September 29 (Webinar) Distributed Energy Resources: Seizing Opportunities While Managing Distribution Grid Impacts
Distributed energy resources (DERs) are reshaping the operation of the electric power system. Join this webinar to learn about how we can coordinate DERs with centralized generation, in economically sustainable ways, to drive savings and enhance efficiency – to the mutual benefit of all entities involved.

December 1 (Sacramento) 2016 EPIC Symposium
Save the Date! The California Energy Commission, in partnership with PG&E, Edison and SDG&E, is hosting a symposium to feature innovative research projects helping California achieve its clean energy future.

Resources and Reports

Green Region Initiative V2.0 – Sustainability Indicators Map
The Green Region Initiative map serves as a resource for jurisdiction to identify current and potential progress areas, replicate best practices, and collaborate to increase sustainability in the SCAG region. The map presents policy and program data for all cities and counties in the region across 25 sustainability topics including climate action planning, greenhouse gas emissions reduction, green infrastructure, waste reduction, water conservation, and active transportation. Please direct any questions to

Energy Efficiency Finance: A Market Reassessment
With the growth and maturation of the energy efficiency finance markets, there are new opportunities and trends that are likely to remain relevant for some time. Among them are the rise of green bonds and interest from new types of investors, a focus on the customer experience, new methods for financing programs, and better integration of efficiency into capital planning.

2016 Energy and Sustainability Predictions: Findings from Facilities Professionals
This report, derived from Ecova’s 2016 survey, offers specific insight into how facilities managers are “prioritizing energy, water, and waste efficiency initiatives in light of the forces at work in today’s market”.

The Emerging Clean Energy Economy: Customer-Driven. Modernized. Reliable. (Southern California Edison)
New white paper released from Southern California Edison indicates that with a modern grid in place, SCE will be capable of delivering a full spectrum of distributed energy resources to customers within a decade.

2016 CALGreen Residential Measures: Changes and Opportunities
If you missed BayREN’s latest regional forum, fear not as all resources and recordings are available online. Resources from their other regional forums are also available on this webpage and many topics will likely spark your interest.

Future Electric Utility Regulation Series
A new series of reports from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory taps leading thinkers to grapple with complex regulatory issues for electricity.

Local Government Commission

The Modesto Bee
By John Holland,

September 21, 2016

ATWATER-The sun does more than grow the feed for the dairy cows supplying Joseph Farms cheese. It provides electricity for pumps, coolers and other equipment at the farm.

The company hosted a tour Wednesday of the 7,840 solar panels, which were installed a year ago and meet about half of the farm’s demand. They do not power the nearby cheese plant – most of that has been done for 13 years by burning methane captured form cattle manure.

Go to full story at The Modesto Bee

Week of September 16, 2016

Responses: EVSE Installation
Information on vendors and opportunities to help offset of installing charging infrastructure for electric vehicles:

  • SCE’s Charge Ready Program partners with local governments and businesses to increase the availability of EV charging stations, providing rebates to cover some or all costs to installation.
  • Green Charge Networks combine EV charging and energy storage to minimize peak hour demand, reduce load on the power grid and minimize peak electricity rates.
  • If you are a city in any of these counties (Kern, Kings, Tulare, Fresno, Madera, Maricopa, Merced, San Joaquin, or Stanislaus) and interested in learning more about opportunities to offset the cost of EVSE installation, please email me so that I can connect with you with the San Joaquin Valley Electric Vehicle Partnership

Responses: Community-Based Social Marketing Methods
Resources on community-based social marketing methods that a city staff can implement in their offices to help reduce energy use:

News and Opportunities

New PACE “Guidance” Takes Effect Tomorrow
In July, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Federal Housing Administration (HUD and FHA) issued guidance under which the FHA would back properties using PACE financing. The rules take effect tomorrow. The FHA guidance stresses that PACE obligations must be treated and follow the same rules as other special tax assessments leveled by municipalities.

Seeking Comments: SB 350 Barriers Report
The CEC is now accepting comments on their SB 350 barriers study: A Study of Barriers and Solutions to Energy Efficiency, Renewables and Contracting Opportunities Among Low-Income Customers and Disadvantaged Communities (Draft Staff Report). Comments are due Thursday, September 29 by 4pm.

Seeking Comments: Vibrant Communities & Landscapes
The draft vision for comment and discussion is intended to consider land use in the context of California’s climate change policy and begin to explore how the State can support actions, at all levels of government, to facilitate development and conservation patterns that help to achieve the state’s climate mitigation and adaptation goals. Comments are due to by September 28.

Job Opportunity: Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
The Local Government Commission is seeking to fill the Coordinator position with a highly motivated and knowledgeable individual to support local government energy efficiency efforts throughout the state. Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

Job Opportunity: Senior Project Manager, South Bay Cities COG
SBCCOG is seeking a senior project manager for energy efficiency and environmental programs to manage the development of strategies, standards, and processes for the implementation of programs, activities, and events related to the environment, water, energy and transportation. This position is open until filled

Job Opportunity: Air Pollution Specialist, California Air Resources Board (ARB)
ARB is seeking two Air Pollution Specialist for its Sacramento office with the necessary skills and expertise to contribute to the implementation of SB 375 in a strong team environment within the Sustainable Communities Policy and Planning Section of the Transportation Planning Branch. Applications are due by September 28.


September 20 (Oakland/Webcast) 2016 CALGreen Residential Measures: Changes and Opportunities September 21 (Irwindale/webcast) Energy Data Access Committee (EDAC) Q3 2016 Meeting
The EDAC, a forum established by the CPUC for discussing changes in data access and CPUC Privacy Rules as technology and stakeholder data needs change, will be meeting September 21. Agenda items include a discussion of how the 2013 decision that formalized CPUC’s Privacy Rules has increased the inconsistency in municipal GHG inventories and a presentation by CEC staff on AB 802 requirements for utilities to provide access to whole building monthly energy usage data, which will phase in January 2017.

September 21 (San Francisco/webcast) Coordinating Committee Meeting #9
The California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee is meeting next week to review the Voluntary DRAFT Business Plan Sector Chapters, which are now open for comments, and to discuss a number of other important local government energy efficiency topics.

October 27 (Webinar): LGP + REN EM&V Roadmaps Update
This webinar will present the proposed update to the CPUC EE EM&V Master Plan, LGP and REN-CCA Chapters (“roadmaps”)

Resources and Reports

10 Tactics of Successful Energy Managers
This eBook discusses the role of energy manager in an organization and provides 10 guidelines for enhancing energy management effectiveness. It is intended for use by energy management professionals and other energy stakeholders seeking to implement positive organizational change.

How the IoT is Reshaping Building Automation
This white paper defines the Internet of Things (IoT) for the building automation industry as an integrated ecosystem.

Coordinator Resources
Browse the Coordinator website for more resources on a variety of energy efficiency related topics. If there are topics that you would like to see added or further developed, please reach out to me at

Local Government Commission

The Business Journal
By Business Journal Staff

September 16, 2016

Fresno County Assessor Paul Dictos announced today that a record number of acres in Fresno County are producing solar energy.

More than 3,800 acres in Fresno County are currently producing electricity and adding over $52 million of value to the county’s tax roll, according to Dictos.

Go to full story at The Business Journal

Central Valley Business Journal
By Elizabeth Stevens,

September 12, 2016

STOCKTON — First Priority GreenFleet has announced a new partnership with Efficient Drivetrains. The collaboration will provide clean transportation solutions to public and private commercial fleet operations.

Go to full story at Central Valley Business Journal

By James Ayre

September 10, 2016

As part of a last-minute $900 million cap-and-trade revenue allocation deal, $133 million in new funding for the state’s clean energy vehicle program has been approved by the Californian legislature and Governor Jerry Brown, according to recent reports.

Go to full story at CleanTechnica

Week of September 9, 2016

Peer-to-Peer Requests
EVSE Installation
If you have any information on vendors that install EV charging stations at no charge, or on any opportunities that can help offset the cost of installation, please get in touch with me at This particular city is considered a disadvantaged community and is interested in full installation of 22 charging stations.

Community Based Social Marketing Methods
If you have any information you can share on community based social marketing methods that a city staff can implement in his offices to help reduce energy use, please contact me at

News and Opportunities
Governor Jerry Brown Signs Major Climate Bills
Gov. Brown signed into law on Wednesday a sweeping expansion of California’s GHG emissions standards, requiring the state to reduce emissions to 40% below 1990 levels by 2030.
How Cities and Counties are Showing the Way of Climate Action
This GreenBiz article highlights Climate Leadership Awardees who reflect effective collaboration among cities and counties, which includes WRCOG, SBCCOG and LA County.
Job Opportunity: Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
The Local Government Commission is seeking to fill the Coordinator position with a highly motivated and knowledgeable individual to support local government energy efficiency efforts throughout the state. Please feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.
Job Opportunity: Climate and Energy Manager, University of San Diego

September 13 (San Francisco Webinar: Quarterly EM&V Stakeholder Meeting
This meeting will include:

  • CPUC and PA Update on EM&V Budgets and Activities
  • Waterfall Graphics and New Web-based Tools
  • Update on LED Lab Test
  • CA Comprehensive Analysis-Developing an Effectiveness Metric for Nonresidential EE Programs
  • PG&E’s Single Family Home Upgrade Program Process Evaluation
  • SDG&E Cannabis Agriculture Energy Demand Study Final Report
  • Update on Inclusion (Support for Disadvantaged Workers) Studies

September 21 (Webinar): Evaluation of Residential Behavior-Based Programs
This webinar will provide an introduction to documenting the energy savings associated with behavior-based programs and examples of how different jurisdictions are addressing behavior-based program evaluation.

October 12-14 (Denver): Getting to Zero National Forum
This event is dedicated to zero net energy (ZNE) buildings where attendees will share perspectives on the growth of ZNE, discuss policies driving new projects, engage in best practices for successful outcomes and collaborate on opportunities for ZNE to transform the built environment.

Resources and Reports
Cool Roofs
The Cost-Effectiveness Study for Cool Roofs Final Report for All Climate Zones, prepared by the California Statewide Utility Codes and Standards Program, provides information on product cost, energy savings, cost-effectiveness and urban heat island mitigation to support minimum reach code requirements for residential and nonresidential cool roofs for jurisdictions in all climate zones.
Presentations form the September 6 California Energy Commission Staff Workshop Microgrids – Why are Customers Choosing Microgrids and How are they Working? are now available online.
Green Banks
A new report from ACEEE reviews the progress of 10 green banks and related financing entities to understand how they are working in specific market sectors and to identify strategies and lessons learned, with a special focus on energy efficiency.
Coordinator Resources
Browse the Coordinator website for more resources on a variety of energy efficiency related topics. If there are topics that you would like to see added or further developed, please reach out to me at

Local Government Commission

Week of September 2, 2016

1. Coordinator transition and (job announcement!): For those that missed it last week: I will be leaving my position as your Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices next week, and so this is my last set of WEEkly Updates to you. In the interim, the updates will continue via Julia Kim ( It’s been a real pleasure working to connect you all with best practices, resources – and to each other! LGC is actively recruiting to fill the Coordinator position, posted here – please share widely with friends and colleagues.

2. Join Agency Microgrid Commercialization Workshop September 6: The CEC, CPUC, and CAISO will conduct a workshop on September 6 to learn about California customers’ microgrid implementation strategies and challenges with a focus on energy resiliency, renewable integration, costs/benefits performance, lessons learned, how cyber-security is being addressed and efforts to commercialize microgrids in California.

3. Joint IOU Webinar on LGP Project Reporting September 7: PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E will jointly host a statewide webinar September 7 to review improvements to semi-annual data reporting and communication related to Local Government Partnership activities supporting the California Long Term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. Local Government Partnership reporting leads, and Local Governments conducting Strategic Plan support activity as part of a Local Government Partnership, are encouraged to attend.

4. Cap and Trade $$ Deal Passes Legislature: In the final hours of the legislative session, a last minute deal to release cap and trade funding was passed this week for transportation, housing, green space, and low/no-emissions vehicles.

5. New EE Municipal Policy in Santa Barbara County: Congratulations to Santa County, who has just passed a comprehensive new “County of Santa Barbara Energy Efficiency Standards Policy for County Owned and Leased Facilities” covering staff training, energy metering and reporting, zero net energy requirements for new construction, and more.

6. Updates from the CAEECC: Read the latest updates from the California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee, a committee that engages interested stakeholders in the proces that energy efficiency ratepayer funding Program Administrators (PG&E), SCE, SCG, SDG&E, BayREN, SoCalREN, and MCE) are going through to plan energy efficiency goals, strategies, and programming under the new rolling portfolio cycle. (Not familiar with the CAEECC, or need background? FAQs and other resources are available.)

7. EE Compliance Resources: The California Energy Commission (CEC) has released Acceptance Test Technician Certification Provider (ATTCP) and Home Energy Rating System (HERS) reference cards, designed to quickly identify when acceptance testing or verification is required and how to find approved providers.

8. $$ for Air Sensor Best Practices, Tribal Clean Energy, and More: Check out the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s September newsletter for state and local governments for new funding announcements and climate change resources.

9. CEC Funding Announcement for Existing Building EE Innovation: The California Energy Commission (CEC) has recently released a $20 million solicitation for innovative large-scale development and demonstration projects that reduce electricity consumption in existing buildings. The solicitation is designed to accelerate the adoption of pre-commercial electricity saving technologies for existing government buildings; colleges, universities and k-12 schools; privately owned buildings; and facilities on military installations.

10. Attention emerging tech innovators: Know great cleantech innovators? Prospect Silicon Valley (ProspectSV) and its partners are seeking pre-commercial products and solutions from global clean technology innovators for energy efficiency, energy recovery and renewable energy solutions for potential inclusion in two state-funded demonstrations in San Francisco.

11. EE Facility Manager Decision Making: Looking for compelling resources to engage facility managers on energy efficiency? A new report from Ecova’s 2016 Energy and Sustainability Outlook Survey offers insight into how Facility Managers are prioritizing energy, water, and waste efficiency initiatives in light of the forces at work in today’s market. Learn how awareness of low/no-cost savings opportunities, and projections of energy pricing are playing key roles in this article from Environmental Leader.

12. New EV research, news from other states: New studies from Navigant project that light duty plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) will make up half of the global EV market by 2024 – and that pairing deployment with smart grid technologies is critical. Get more coverage of these reports, and EV news from other state from UtilityDrive.

13. Job Announcement: The San Diego International Airport is hiring for a highly-motivated individual to join its Environmental Affairs Department as an Environmental Specialist.

Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
Local Government Commission

Visalia Times-Delta
By Luis Hernandez,

August 26, 2016

A survey commissioned by a Santa Rosa-based nonprofit organization found residents in three Central Valley counties want a choice on their electricity service provider.

The survey, which questioned residents in Tulare, Fresno and San Joaquin counties, also found residents want energy from clean sources and reduction of greenhouse gasses. The same survey found 30 percent of residents won’t pay for more clean power and about just as many, 28 percent of those questioned, are unhappy with their energy bill.

Go to full story at Visalia Times-Delta

Week of August 26, 2016

1. Coordinator Transition (and Job Announcement!): I will be leaving my position as your Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator in early September. It’s been a real pleasure working to connect you you all with best practices, resources – and to teach each other! LGC is actively recruiting to fill the Coordinator position, posted here – please share widely with friends and colleagues.

2. New from ACEEE: The updates will be kept short this week, as I am offsite at the ACEEE Summer Buildings Study. Great new research and experience is being shared on everything from opportunities for rural small business programs, to energy code structures to increase compliance paths, to low-income energy efficiency program penetration, to updates on the City Energy Project, to successes in data quality management in Prop 39 rollout (and what this can mean for other programs). If you are interested in any of these topics please contact me – I will also be sharing out more next week and through the upcoming Fall edition of CURRENTS. (?Miss the Summer Edition? Click here)

3. New Window Film Calculator: The California Energy Commission (CEC) recently approved a new Window Film Savings Calculator designed by the International Window Film Association for use by local educational agencies to determine whether a window film installation project qualifies for funding under Proposition 39 for energy efficiency upgrades to educational facilities.

4. Federal Funding Opportunities: Get access to new funding opportunities in climate change mitigation and adaptation modeling, environmental health and water quality technical assistance have been released by the USEPA and the NIH.

5. Codes & Standards Team Call for Local Governments: A call between the IOU Codes and Standards team and local governments interested in resources for going beyond the energy code in their jurisdictions will take place next Tuesday, August 30. If you are a local government and would like to join this call please contact me (

6. ZNE/Geothermal Building Performance: We heard from several local governments at the SEEC Forum about the importance of not just design, but performance, in zero net energy buildings. (Learn from Berkeley, Santa Monica, SMUD, and San Diego County here). A geothermal zero net energy commercial office building in Florida has turned 4 years old, and operators and tenants have shared their experience – and the building’s performance – with the Sierra Club.

7. Support the International Energy Code: The Energy Efficiency Codes Coalition has mounted a national campaign to help support the latest update to the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), and is looking for help from local governments that vote in their International Code Council (ICC) chapters! Learn why this is so important and access fact sheets here.

8. Cap and Trade Review: As California legislators approve Senate Bill 32, which would extend the emissions-reductions targets under the state’s existing Global Warming Solutions Act, LGC Executive Director Kate Meis reviews the benefits that have been realized by the landmark legislation and its revenue-generating companion cap-and-trade program. (View investments by region released from ARB, or more on cap and trade)

9. Job Announcement: The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is hiring a City Engagement Manager with the City Energy Project (CEP) in the Urban Solutions program.

Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator