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  • Visit the About page to learn more about the Coordinator, and the no-cost resources offered to local governments through the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC).
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Featured Resources and Events

buttoaklandrichmondcop21Hear from the Cities of Oakland and Richmond on their experience visiting Paris during the COP21 Climate Conference in December 2015, specific examples on their leadership on energy and climate in their communities, and advice for local governments looking to get started.

TCURRENTS Summerhe Summer edition of CURRENTS is out! Hear from environmental justice leaders on local government planning best practices, get the latest from local governments implementing zero net energy buildings, and hear about an innovative new program to motivate residential energy savings using the promise of college education.

The 2016 Energy Code is out and ready for adoption!

2016 beesVisit the California Energy Commission’s website for the full code, compliance manuals, worksheets, and compliance software available now.  Or, navigate the Code using Energy Code Ace’s helpful Reference Ace tool.

Looking for quick summaries of what’s changed since the 2013 code? Click here for fact sheets from Energy Code Ace.

Looking for motivation? Check out this study showing how increasing compliance saves taxpayer dollars.

Miss this year’s SEEC Forum? Take a look at these plenary session videos: 

SEEC7thAnnualHear from state leaders at the CEC, CPUC and SGC, learn about the state of local climate action, get best practices on addressing equity and environmental justice in energy and climate planning, and more:

LGC SEECplen1Executive Director Kate Meis, CPUC Executive Director Tim Sullivan, SGC Executive Director Randall Winston, and CEC Advisor to Commissioner McAllister Patrick Saxton discuss creating a vision for an advanced energy future.



Statewide SEECplen2Coordinator Jordan Decker, ICLEI’s Brian Holland, ILG’s Steve Sanders and the Governor’s Office of Policy & Research (OPR)’s Michael McCormick discuss findings from local government successes on the state of climate action.


Introduced by SCG’s Dan Rendler: LA SEECplen3County’s Kristen Holdsworth, CalEPA’s Arsenio Mataka, Environmental Health Coalition’s Carolina Martinez and Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice’s Penny Newman discuss best practices in ensuring environmental justice in climate and energy planning.

Stage 2 Meetings of the California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (California EECC): Review and Comment Period

Learn more at, or check out the FAQ in our latest issue of CURRENTS.

  • caeeccimgApril 25th: Residential and Commercial Subcommittee meetings (click for presentations)
  • Monday, May 2nd: Public Sector Subcommittee meeting
  • Tuesday, May 3rd: Workforce Education & Training Subcommittee meeting
  • Screen Shot 2016-06-13 at 6.13.27 PMWednesday, May 4th: Codes & Standards Subcommittee meeting
  • Wednesday, May 4th: Emerging Technologies Subcommittee meeting
  • Thursday, May 5th: Industrial Subcommittee meeting
  • Friday, May 13th: Agricultural Subcommittee meeting

SEEC Webinar: Energy Efficiency Resources at the State Level 101

101webApril 19th, 11:00am. Recorded webinar available. A great of overview who handles what in energy efficiency and sustainability at the state level, why, and what activities and resources are available now. Webinar introduced by the Coordinator and presented by Jody London, Jody London Consulting.

The 2016 Online Award Application for Beacon & Beacon Spotlight Award Consideration is now available!

The online application will be available until July 1st. Abeaconpplicants will be notified of their award designations by September 1st. Cities will be honored at the League of California Cities Conference on October 6th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach. Awards for the winning counties will be given in conjunction with the California State Association of Counties Annual Conference in Palm Springs on December 1st. Learn more on the Institute for Local Government (ILG)’s website.

Interested in what energy efficiency programs and funds will be offered by the investor-owned utilities (IOUs), regional energy networks (RENs), and other Program Administrators in coming years? Sign up to review and influence program development with the EE Coordinating Committee!

Through a new process prioritizing stakeholder engagement, all parties interested are invited in sit in on meetings to review analysis and planning that go into planning ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs overseen by the CPUC. (This is part of the new “rolling portfolio” process through which Program Administrators create 5-year business plans for EE programming and funds.) To learn more, and stay updated on this fast-moving review process, sign up for email alerts with the EE Coordinating Committee.

wrcogimgGet an overview of the BEYOND Program from Alexa Washburn at the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) in this short video. (Or, learn more about WRCOG activities here.)


sb350presimgHear from CEC Commissioners Hochschild and McAllister in this online presentation of the implications of SB 350 and AB 802 for California’s local governments.

Past Events

EE Coordinating Committee Meetings: 3/16 Public Sector Business Plan Meeting

The Energy Efficiency “Coordinating Committee” authorized by CPUC Decision 15-10-028 will be hosting a public sector business plan meeting on March 16th from 9am-5pm in San Francisco, and by WebEx. This meeting will be an unprecedented opportunity for interested parties to review the plans that Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) and other Program Administrators are developing for their public sector energy efficiency programming. If you would like to receive email updates on this directly, contact Lara Ettenson at Click for more information.

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Funding Available – 3/16 Deadline

$320 million is currently available in cap and trade auction proceed funding through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program! Concept papers are due March 16th. Click here for more information.