Week of May 1, 2015

1. Tesla Unveils Powerall Energy Storage System for Homes and Businesses
For those that missed the announcement last night from Elon Musk, here is an article from Forbes Magazine that provides the detail.

2. One Man’s Experience with Engaging Building Operators
Good article about how to engage facility operators when deploying energy upgrades. Often, these folks are overlooked in the building retrofit process, bu they are key to making the project work. To read the article, go here.

3. California Statewide PACE Symposium-May 28-29, Los Angeles
The California Statewide PACE Symposium will be held in Los Angeles this year on May 28 and 29. To get more details, go to this link.

Here is the link to registration.

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


Week of April 24, 2015

1. LGP Value and Effectiveness Survey Launched
Opinion Dynamics has been retained by the California Public Utilities Commission to assess the value and effectiveness of LGPs, particularly in terms of achieving the State of California’s Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan goals. Feedback from local governments is extremely important to the study. If your organization is a part of an LGP-either as an implementer, a member government, or a local government that received funding for Strategic Plan projects-a staff person at your organization may have received this invitation to complete the survey during the week of April 20. The subject line for this invitation is “Local Government Partnerships Value & Effectiveness Survey Initation.”

If you have received an invitation, please complete the survey. As a reminder, responses to this survey will be kept anonymous and the identities of respondents will not be revealed to any organization other than Opinion Dynamics. Should you have any questions, please contact Alan Elliott at

2. R.13-11-005 Workshop on Energy Efficiency Baselines
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) staff will be holding a Workshop on Energy Efficiency Baselines on April 28, 2015, from 9:30am to 4:30pm in the CPUC Auditorium (505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94102). Agenda, call in information, and request for comments are forthcoming.

In D.14-10-046, the Public Utilities Commission directed staff to work with the Energy Commission to increase awareness of how energy efficiency baselines are applied in relation to the volume of deferred retrofits and the ability of program administrators to target and accelerate such upgrades cost-effectively, which were identified in the utilities’ 2015 funding requests. Topics at the April 28 workshop will cover:

(1) The policy framework that establishes energy efficiency baselines;
(2) Input from energy efficiency stakeholders;
(3) The treatment of to-code and above codes savings for procurement planning;
(4) The scope of CPUC/CEC/Navigant’s Existing Baseline Analysis; and
(5) The status of IOU pilots into alternative baselines.

The CPUC must accurately measure savings from energy efficiency in order to forecast energy savings to inform energy procurement planning, with the goal of avoiding construction of new non-renewable power plants. The CPUC has determined that in most cases, the appropriate baseline is to set as the current code or standard applicable to that equipment, as equipment will naturally be upgraded to the code or standard level when it is replaced.The CPUC currently allows exceptions to this policy, such as when the IOU program is shown to influence the “early retirement” of functioning, yet inefficient equipment. However, some stakeholders argue that the existing condition should be the norm, not the exception.

The CPUC, Energy Commission, and Navigant are preparing an Energy Efficiency Baseline Analysis to examine the appropriateness of using the code or existing conditions baseline as the default baseline to estimate energy efficiency program savings for different types of measures, and the implications for future Title 20 and 24 updates, the demand forecast, and ratepayers.

For questions, please contact Dina Mackin at 415-703-2125 or

3. Lead Commissioner Workshop on Strategies Related to Benchmarking and Local Government Challenge in the Draft Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan
The California Energy Commission Lead Commissioner for the 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report (2015IEPR) will conduct a workshop on strategies related to Benchmarking and Local Government Challenge in the draft Existing Buildigs Energy Efficiency Action Plan.

Commissioner Andrew McAllister is the Lead Commissioner. Other Commissioners from the Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission may also attend or participate in the workshop.

Thursday, May 7, 2015
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street
First Floor, Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
Sacramento, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)

Remote access available by computer or phone via WebEx.

Presentations and audio from the meeting will be broadcast via our WebEx web meeting service. For additional details on how to participate via WebEx, please see the notice at:

Computer log on with a direct phone number:
-Please go to
-When prompted, enter your information and the following meeting password: meeting@9. (Please not that password is case sensitive.)

For more information:
(If link above doesn’t work, please copy entire link into your web browser’s URL)

Joseph Oldham
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
980 9th Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph #: (559)797-6034


Week of April 17, 2015

1. WebEx Recording of the April 7, 2015, Lead Commissioner Workshop on the Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Draft Action Plan
For more information (

2. Healthcare a Slower Market for Energy Management
This is an interesting article about the growth of energy efficiency management in the healthcare market segment. To read the full story, go here:

3. IOU Prop 39 ZNE Pilot Launch
The California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs)-Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), Southern California Edison Company (SCE), and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas)-are pleased to announce the launch of the Proposition 39 (Prop 39) Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Schools Pilot.

The Pilot will assist public K-12 schools and community colleges in retrofitting existing facilities to ZNE by leveraging Prop 39 funding. The Pilot will establish “proof of concept” that ZNE retrofits of schools is feasible across California. the IOUs are targeting approximately 13-18 school districts or community colleges for the Pilot.

Interested K-12 public school districts and community colleges are directed to for more information, including an upcoming webinar on May 4 and an Opportunity Announcement. Responses to the Opportunity Announcement are due by May 22. Interested schools are encouraged to revisit the website for Pilot updates.

4. LED Built to Last 37 Years
One of the challenges with new technology is that there is a refinement and improvement process that invariably improves efficiency over time. Early adopters often find that “new” technology they purchased last year is obsolete a year or so late, but they can’t replace what they purchased because they have too much capital tied to the original investment. LED lighting seems to be one of those rapidly improving technologies. Here is the latest development for LED lighting:

5. Energy Efficiency in Food Service Businesses
Good article about how small changes can result in big improvements in energy efficiency in the food service industry. To read the full article, go here:

Joseph Oldham
Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
980 9th Street, Suite 1700
Sacramento, CA 95814
Ph #: (559)797-6034


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By Ben Keller, Business Journal staff writer

While not a mecca of energy efficiency and innovation like the San Francisco Bay Area, a new report [shows] the San Joaquin Valley on the forefront of some important clean technology trends.

Now in its sixth year, the 2014 California Green Innovation Index prepared by Next 10 and Collaborative Economics put the state far ahead of the nation in terms of emission reductions, renewable energy, electric cars and other clean technology measures.

California’s per capita emissions, for instance, dropped 14 percent from 1997 to 2011 as the United States without California increased carbon intensity by five percent.

The state also increased its renewable energy resources by 1.3 percentage points in 20 12 compared to a decline of 0.7 percent for the United States, while California also led the way in energy storage deployment at 481 megawatts.

The San Joaquin Valley had its own contributions to the data. From 2011 to 2012, the Valley grew 31 percent in advanced materials jobs, or those involved in processing more efficient metals, ceramics, gels, polymers and composites or bioproducts to replace harsh chemicals.

Out of 11 regions compared that’s behind only the San Diego region, which grew by 84 percent over the same period.

Within the agricultural support sector, including irrigation technology and software companies to make farming more sustainable, the Valley had a majority of the segment at 30 percent, or about 11,500 jobs.

The Valley also was second in total distributed solar installations with nearly 240 megawatts installed from 2007 to 2013, according to the California Solar Initiative.

Only the Bay Area had more, with about 366 megawatts installed over the 6-year period.

Zero-emissions vehicle registrations grew about 30 percent in the Valley from 2011 to 2012 to 1,300 – the highest change in the state over the period.

Energy productivity was one of the most telling indicators of the state’s progress in the clean tech arena. In 2011, California generated $2.52 of gross domestic product for every 10,000 British thermal units (BTU) of energy consumed. That compares to $1.51 for the United States as a whole, meaning California created 1.7 times as much economic activity as the rest of the nation, with the same amount of energy.

Energy efficiency along was much better, with per capita energy consumption in the state decreasing by 24 percent to 0.21 BTUs since 1970, compared to only a 4-percent drop throughout the rest of the nation.

California’s renewable electricity generation surged 56 percent between 2002 and 2012, reaching roughly 46,500 gigawatt-hours, on its way to reaching the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard of 33 percent of electricity generation from renewables by 2020.

In the area of clean transportation, the state’s low carbon fuel standard established in 2007 is poised to reduce the carbon pollution from gasoline and diesel by 10 percent by 2020.

According to the report, Gov. Jerry Brown continues to move the state toward a goal of 1.5 million electric zero-emissions vehicles operating in the state by 2025.

Alternative fuel vehicle registrations increased 16 percent in the state from 2011 to 2012, while zero emissions vehicles increased 62 percent compared to 1.5 percent for all new vehicle registrations.

Total investments in California clean technology companies declined 53 percent in 2013 compared to 2012; but the state continues to comprise the majority of the clean technology venture capital in the nation at 48 percent.

California also had a total of more than 1,434 clean technology patents in the 2012-2013 period, more than twice as many as the next leading state, Michigan.

Energy storage took up several pages of the report, which called California a leader in the largely untapped market.

For one thing, California increased patents in batteries and other storage devices by 220 in 2013, quadrupling 2008 levels.

The state registered more energy storage patents in 2013 that the next four highest states combined, the majority of those registered to private firms like Tesla of Palo Alto and Imergy Power Systems of Fremont.