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Week of March 10, 2017

News and Opportunities

SEEC Local Government Roundtable
You can find more information and join a Local Government Roundtable using the link above. The current streetlightning roundtable is scheduled for March 27. The next roundtable for Codes and Standards will be scheduled soon.

PG&E Resilient Communities Grant Program
PG&E is currently requesting grant proposals that will build healthy and resilient forests and watersheds to help communities prevent and prepare for increasing wildfire risk. Eligible projects include research, planning or demonstration projects that support local climate resilience initiatives.

BayREN Forum: Household Electrification as a Pathway to On-Site ZNE
The BayREN Codes & Standards (C&S) team invites you to register for their upcoming regional forum on March 30. The focus of this workshop is to help local governments address misconceptions and questions about 2016 Title 24 Energy Codes when designing new, or applying deep energy retrofits for, all-electric low-rise residential buildings.

New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook
The California Energy Commission adopted the New Solar Homes Partnership Guidebook Tenth Edition (NSHP Guidebook) at its March 8, 2017, Business Meeting.

Electric Vehicle Readiness Ordinance Introduced in SF
The EV Readiness Ordinance strives to eliminate cost barriers to EV charging deployment in existing construction by requiring electrical capacity and supporting infrastructure to be in place at time of new construction or major renovation in order to meet the growing demand for EV charging.

CAEECC Adhoc Working Group Meeting March 17
The California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (CAEECC) will be hosting an Ad hoc working group meeting in San Francisco to discuss the year 2 planning process and prepare for the formal CAEECC meeting on April 19.

Community Focused Equity in Research Funding March 20
California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to discuss energy research and development needs of disadvantaged communities for inclusion in future funding initiatives.

LGSEC Quarterly Energy Networking Meeting March 29
Dan Sperling, Board Member at the California Air Resources Board and Founding Director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis will be the keynote speaker discussing current implications of federal actions on state policies and goals relating to electric vehicles.

Publications and Resources

California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee
The California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (CAEECC) is a venue for stakeholders to provide input into the development of the Program Administrators’ energy efficiency business plans.

Energy Standards Outreach & Education Schedule
The California Energy Commission maintains a calendar of events where Outreach & Education staff will be sharing information on energy efficiency and Title 24 Building Standards across the state.

Career Opportunities

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.

SEEC Calendar

Click the SEEC Calendar link to view all upcoming events

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

The Collegian
By Thea Napolitano

November 17, 2015

Students showed off their tiny house frame at a launch party held at Fresno State on Monday.
Fresno State’s Lyles College of Engineering students hosted a launch party for their Tiny House Project on Monday. The construction management department has teamed up with Fresno State’s public relations department to present the tiny house competition.

Go to full story at The Collegian

Week of July 2, 2015
1. Ruling Noticing Joint Agency Symposium on the Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals
On July 9, 2015, from 9am to 5pm, the California Public Utlitites Commission (CPUC), California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Air Resources Board (ARB), and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) will conduct a symposium to discuss the development of strategies to achieve Governor Edmund G. Brown Jor’s 2030 greenhouse gas reduction goals.

The symposium will be held at Byron Sher Auditorium, Cal/EPA Headquarters, 10001 | St., Sacramento, CA 95814. Further information on the Symposium, including the Agenda, may be found in the CPUC Daily Calendar.

The Symposium will discuss electricity sector policies to achieve greenhouse gas reductions of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. Topics will include integrated long-term planning to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals, procurement to achieve greenhouse gas reduction goals, and western regional cooperation. It is reasonably foreseeable that this Symposium will include discussion of issues before the Commission in this proceeding. Further, one or more Commissioners or advisers (but not a quorum of Commissioners) may attend the Symposium.

For your general information, Rule 8.1(c) states that an ex parte communication means a written or oral communication that “does not occur in a public hearing, workshop, or other public forum noticed by ruling or order in the proceeding, or in the record of the proceeding.” The July 9 Symposium is a public form that has been noticed by the CEC, ARB, and CAISO. This ruling now provides notice in this proceeding as well. As a result of this ruling, any discussion regarding this proceeding at the July 9, 2015 Symposium are not subject to ex parte reporting requirements. Per Discussion (D.) 14-11-041, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is subject to certain special restrictions and requirments regarding ex parte communications and contacts with certain Commission staff until November 20, 2015. By providing notice of this workshop through a ruling in this proceeding, PG&E is not subject to the ex parte restrictions and requirments of D.14-11-041 for the Symposium with regard to issues in this proceeding.

Other related proceedings will receive this notice.
IT IS RULED that the July 8, 2015 Joint Agency Symposium on the Governor’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Goals is noticed in this proceeding.

Thank you.
Regina M. DeAngelis
Administrative Law Judge
California Public Utilities

2. HVAC1 Upstream Draft Research Plan
Commission staff is seeking comments on the plan listed below by Wednesday, July 15 at 5pm

HVAC1 Upstream Draft Research Plan
To help inform comments Commission staff and its consultants DNV-GL will be hosting a webinar to present the draft plans and address questions on July 9 between 11am to 1pm.

HVAC1 Upstream Draft Research Plan: The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has engaged DNV GL under the CPUC 2013-14 HVAC Research Roadmap to evaluate California investor-owned utility (IOU) heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) program activity. As part of this work, this study will investigate the energy impact of 2013-14 IOU Upstream HVAC programs in California. DNV GL’s research will include onsite surveys and engineering analysis of chillers and packaged HVAC/heat pump systems. The evaluation team will also characterize the commercial use of ductless mini-split systems. In addition, the study will look at the efficacy of remotely-monitored metering equipment with an eye on increasing data collection efficiency and reducing costs for future evaluations. DNV will also investigate market shares to compare the quantity of high efficiency units that were sold without program influence versus the quantity of those attributed to the upstream program. The primary goal of this research is to determine the best estimate of actual energy and demand savings achieved by rebated upstream HVAC measures during the 2013-14 program cycle.

The draft plan can be downloaded here. Select the search tab and select Portfolio Cycle 2013-2014 and search text ‘HVAC1′ (no quotes).

Comments should be uploaded to the website by clicking “comment” on the plan by 5pm on July 15, 2015. In order to post comments, you will need to register on the site with an ID and password.

Details of the webinar:
July, 9 11am-1pm

You are invtied to a meeting using Unified Meeting 5. This webinar will be recorded.
To join the meeting, click here
Unites States
Toll free: (877) 715-1531
Standard International Dial-in: (706) 679-1947
Conference code: 6254786853#
In the event of any problems or questions, contact Lola Odunlami at, telephone (415) 703-1893 and/or Jason Meyer at

3. Register now for the 2015/2016 CoolCalifornia Challenge!
Energy Upgrade California’s CoolCalifornia Challenge is a statewide competition engaging thousands of households in cities across California to save energy, conserve water, reduce their carbon footprints, and help build more vibrant and sustainable communities. For more information about how your city can register and participate, click here.

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