The Modesto Bee
By John Holland,

January 10, 2017

Crystal Creamery received a national award Tuesday for how it handles the sludge left after making ice cream, yogurt and other dairy foods.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency honored the Modesto-based company for turning the waste into electricity and other byproducts. It presented the annual Food Recovery Challenge National Innovation Award, part of a federal effort to reduce food waste estimated at 37 million tons a year.

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Week of January 6, 2017

News and Announcements

Updated Version of the Proposition 39 (K-12) Snapshot is Now Online
Updated version of the Prop 39 K-12 program snapshot is now online measuring expenditures, estimated annual energy savings, and GHG reductions. More information on Prop 30 (California Clean Energy Jobs Act) can be found here.

Multi-Family Solar Development Webinar
Informational webinar which will provide background about the goals of the Virtual Net Metering Market Development Project supported by the Center for Sustainable Energy. Learn more about Virtual Net Metering and Solar for multifamily dwellings here.

RFP: Low-Income Weatherization Program (LIWP)
Notice of Intent to Award was January 6. The Low-Income Weatherization Program is an energy efficiency program administered by California Department of Community Services and Development to install a variety of energy efficiency measures, solar photovoltaics and solar water heater systems on low-income households located in disadvantaged communities.

Getting to Zero Carbon in Menlo Park: A Northern California Suburb Revamps Its Approach to the Built Environment
“…small cities have an important leadership role to play on climate action, because they account for more emissions and represent a larger sharer of the population than big cities.”

San Diego’s Climate Action Plan Making Progress-And Creating Jobs
Highlighting the impact and progress of the city of San Diego’s Climate Action Plan, not only providing environmental benefits but also improving the economy.

Reports and Resources

Integrated Emissions Visualization Tool
ARB has developed an integrated emissions visualization tool (IEVT) that allows users to locate and view emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) and criteria pollutants from large facilities in California. ARB is looking for feedback from the public and other users on this initial version of the IEVT.

Updated Cap-and-Trade Funding Guidelines
The Air Resources Board has published the Funding Guidelines Supplement for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 Funds. The Supplement includes updated disadvantaged community investment targets for all FY 2016-17 budget appropriations and also provides criteria to determine whether projects funded by the new FY 2016-17 appropriations will provide benefits to disadvantaged communities.

Draft 2015 SCE Home Energy Efficiency Survey Evaluation Report
The report is posted for public comment and review on the CPUC Public Document Area here. (Search “Draft 2015 SCE HEES”). or you can click the title above the report directly.

Career Opportunities

Energy Specialist, San Francisco
San Francisco State University is seeking an Energy Manager to establish the campus as a national leader in sustainability and energy management. This position will provide a forward thinking energy professional with an opportunity to use the campus as a living laboratory to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and promote renewable energy.

Chief Executive Officer, Yolo County
The County of Yolo is conducting a recruitment on behalf of The Valley Clean Energy Alliance for the Chief Executive Officer position.

Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
Local Government Commissionn


Government Technology
By Maggie Cabrey

January 5, 2017

The California Natural Resources Agency, in partnership with the California Energy Commission and California Independent System Operator (ISO), hosted a webinar this week to discuss how the state plans to bolster renewable energy.

The webinar presented information to stakeholders on the draft Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (RETI) 2.0 Plenary Report. The RETI 2.0 Plenary Group was created by the Natural Resources Agency, Energy Commission, California ISO and the Bureau of Land Management as a way to support long-range planning related to increasing renewable resources.

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By Diane Stopyra

January 2, 2017

Earlier this year, a video explaining Sweden’s efficient trash burning system made the Facebook rounds, touting a shocking statistic: less than one percent of this country’s household waste ends up in a landfill. Instead, much of it is incinerated and converted into usable electricity and heat via waste-to-energy plants. In the U.S., the clip left the social media community scratching its collective head, and asking: Why aren’t Americans burning more of our own garbage?

Considering we’re in the midst of a trash crisis, it’s a good question. Every year, humans generate more than a billion tons of solid waste, and that number will be closer to 4 billion by 2100. In America, each of us throws away more than seven pounds of garbage a day. In other words: we’re surrounded by rubbish, and because our population is on the rise, the problem is set to get worse.

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Manteca Bulletin
By Dennis Wyatt,

December 28, 2016

Nearly a third of the cost of building a $6 million compressed biogas fueling facility as part of Manteca’s bid to convert food waste into fuel to power municipal garbage trucks won’t be paid by ratepayers.

The City Council has inked a deal that will provide Manteca with a $1.8 million San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District grant to help offset part of the costs once the facility is up and running.

It is one of four capital improvement projects needed to implement the food waste to fuel program. The fueling station is being built at the wastewater treatment plant on West Yosemite Avenue near the Union Pacific tracks.

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