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


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.

Go to full story at CleanTechnica


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.

Go to full story at The Modesto Bee


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.

Go to full story at Government Technology