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Week of March 3, 2017

News and Opportunities


Santa Monica and Marin County Local Ordinances
The City of Santa Monica and Marin County local ordinances that exceeded 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards are up for approval at the California Energy Commission’s March 8 Business Meeting.

Urban Green Grant Program
The California Natural Resources Agency is providing funding to projects that reduce greenhouse gases by sequestering carbon, decreasing energy consumption and reducing vehicle miles traveled, while also transforming the built environment into places that are most sustainable, enjoyable, and effective in creating healthy and vibrant communities.

LG Input Requested: Draft Solicitation for EPIC Projects
California Energy Commission staff is developing a competitive Grant Funding Opportunity (GFO) through the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) to increase the adoption of emerging clean energy technologies in large-scale procurement processes. Comments are due 5pm on Monday, March 13, 2017.

22nd Annual POWER Conference March 24
The Energy Institute at the Haas School of Business will be hosting the annual POWER Conference on Energy Research and Policy.

Getting to Zero Net Energy Buildings: Present and Future
The California Energy Commission staff will host a one-hour webinar to provide information on innovative projects focusing on zero net energy (ZNE) buildings.

Prop 29 Energy Expenditure Plan Deadline: August 1, 2017
The California Energy Commission would like to remind Local Educational Agencies of this important deadline so they can encumber Proposition 39 K-12 allocations by the statutory required deadline of June 30, 2018.

Publications and Resources


Investing in energy efficiency: Research on when it pays
David Trilling of the Harvard Kennedy School provides a friendly overview of research on the value of energy efficiency across different times of day and seasons.

Career Opportunities


Policy Associate, Berkeley/Sacramento
Rising Sun Energy Center is hiring a mission-driven Policy Associate to work towards our goal of being a catalyst for social and environmental systems change by engaging in a transformative policy platform.

SEEC Calendar


Click the SEEC Calendar link to view all upcoming events.

March 7 Zero Net Energy Buildings: From Dream to Reality in Public and Private Sectors
This webinar will discuss Zero Net Energy Buildings across the public and commercial sectors, and highlight DOEs new Zero Energy focused accelerators.

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
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Week of February 17, 2017

News and Opportunities


Energy-Efficient Design at MIT
A team of MIT researchers has developed a computer simulation that can optimize building design, balancing the energy use of a building with the energy requirements for making the building materials themselves.

Focus on Energy Efficiency Shifting from Prescription to Performance
Commentary from the FutureBuild Conference highlighting the current and future challenges and opportunities in improving the energy efficiency of buildings and communities

Proposition 39 Progress Report is Now Available
This is the Energy Commission’s second progress report to the Citizens Oversight Board. The report covers the period from December 19, 2013, when the Proposition 39: California Clean Energy Jobs Act-Program Implementation Guidelines were approved, to June 30, 2016.

Mentoring Program – AWWWEE
The Association of Women in Water, Energy and Environment (AWWEE) have launched their new mentoring program. Applications will be accepted through Friday, March 3.

LG Input Requested: Energy Impacts of Cannabis Cultivation Workshop
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is holding this workshop (February 28) to examine the increase in electricity demand that may be expected from increased cannabis cultivation in California.

Publications and Resources


Green Bank Accounting
An ACEEE report examining green banks across the country, reporting on progress and best practices for this novel approach to supporting energy efficiency improvements. The review includes California’s version of green banking

Behavior Change Programs: Status and Impact
Behavior programs are based on social science theories of behavior change and excludes those that rely on traditional program strategies such as incentives, rebates, or regulations. This report provides a comprehensive description of behavior based efficiency programs and a review of current progress around the country.

Career Opportunities


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


Click the Calendar link to view all upcoming events

February 24 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 macros. Location: San Francisco, CA.

March 7 Zero Energy Buildings: From Dream to Reality in Public and Private Sectors
This webinar will discuss Zero Energy Buildings across the public and commercial sectors, and highlight DOEs new Zero Energy focused accelerators.

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 (Long Beach) The Business of Local Energy Symposim 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
eecoordinator.info

 

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


Click the Calendar link to view all upcoming events

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
eecoordinator.info

 

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

 

CleanTechnica
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

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