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Week of February 3, 2017

News and Opportunities


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 form 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.

Joint CEC-CPUC Workshop to support the 2017 Integrated Energy Policy Report
Save the date for a joint California Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Workshop on Greenhouse Gas Target Setting for the Integrated Resource Planning (IRP) Process on February 23, 2017

Edison and Tesla Unveil Giant Energy Storage System
Southern California Edison and Tesla Motors Inc., installed 400 Tesla PowerPacks in the Mira Loma substation in Ontario, CA. The substation will now add nearly 80 megawatts of energy storage to the state’ electricity grid.

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.

The Growth of America’s Clean Energy & Sustainability Jobs
The addition to the DOE report released earlier this year. The Environmental Defense Fund has released their own report discussing the growth of clean energy and sustainability jobs in the United States.

The Third Wave of Energy Efficiency
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) released a report late last year on the “Third Wave of Energy Efficiency.” Advances in consumer electronics can help consumers to be more energy efficient.

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.

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.


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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.



Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
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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


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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.

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