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

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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


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


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


The Mercury News
By Louis Hansen,

February 7, 2017

The sun continues to shine on the solar industry.

Employment in the solar sector grew by 25 percent last year, with California leading the way with nearly 25,000 new jobs, according to a census published Tuesday by The Solar Foundation.

The industry grew at 17 times the pace of the rest of the economy, adding more than 51,000 jobs nationwide. The sector accounted for about 2 percent of all new U.S. employment, the report said.

Go to full story at The Mercury News