This report provides a detailed summary of the Codes & Standards activities in 2016, during which the Program provided energy policy and technical support for 52 local Bay Area jurisdictions. (more…)
An article from Alan Kandel, that highlights energy efficiency, green buildings and renewables as part of the larger effort to keep our air clean. The article is full of resources and additional information on each subject. You can find the full article here.
A WebEx to discuss the Voluntary California Quality Light Emitting Diode (LED) Lamp Specification and how to certify products to the California Energy Commission’s Modernized Appliance Efficiency Database System (MAEDBS) will be presented by Commission staff on February 27, 2017. (more…)
Greentech Media will be hosting a conference focused the integration and market for distributed energy resources (DER). Topics will include policy, grid integration, rate design, and emerging technologies. The conference will be held in San Francisco from March 8-9. For non-profits, government, and utilities the discounted cost for the two day (more…)
Assembly Bill 802 (Williams, Chapter 590, Statutes of 2015) revises Public Resources Code Section 25402.10 to require utilities to provide energy usage data for covered buildings to the owners, owner’s agents, or operators of those buildings upon request, and further requires the Energy Commission to establish a benchmarking and public (more…)
When exceeding statewide efficiency standards the California Energy Commission will review the proposed local ordinances. Some cities have already exceeded the 2016 standards that went into effect Jan 1, 2017 with several more pending. You can find approved and pending applications (more…)
The City of Lancaster has passed a Zero Net Energy ordinance. New homes in Lancaster will be required to meet energy standards with rooftop solar. You can read comments from the mayor of Lancaster, Rex Parris, in this article from PV-Tech.
The Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) is pleased to announce the 2017 Charge! Program, an incentive program that offers grant funding to help offset a portion of the cost of purchasing, installing, and operating new publicly available charging stations at qualifying (more…)
The California Energy Commission’s Energy Efficiency Division has a regular newsletter, Blueprint, focused on Title 24 Building Efficiency Standards and Title 20 Appliance Standards. The latest installment of Blueprint, focuses on lighting standards and may be most useful to local government building departments, contractors, or other local government officials. (more…)
The purpose of the SEEC Local Government Roundtable is to provide a streamlined channel for local government peer-to-peer connections. Participation is limited to local government staff and officials in order to provide a safe space for open dialogue, with the exception when a Roundtable decides to extend an invitation to an industry expert. Current topics include…
Rising Sun Energy Center is hiring a mission-driven Policy Associate to work towards our goal of being a catalyst for social and environmental systems change by engaging in a transformative policy platform. The Policy Associate researches, analyzes, and tracks workforce and environmental policy, primarily at the state and local levels; helps to develop and implement…
Behavior programs are based on social science theories of behavior change and excludes those that rely on traditional program strategies such as incentives, rebates, or regulations. This report provides a comprehensive description of behavior based efficiency programs and a review of current progress around the country. You can find the full report from ACEEE here.…
An ACEEE report examining green banks across the country, reporting on progress and best practices for this novel approach to supporting energy efficiency improvements. The review includes California’s version of green banking. Criteria for green banks: (more…)
Proposition 39: California Clean Energy Jobs Act, K-12 Program and Energy Conservation Assistance Act 2015-2016 Progress Report is Now Available
This is the Energy Commission’s second progress report to the Citizens Oversight Board. The report covers the period from December 19, 2013, when the Proposition 39: California Clean Energy Jobs Act – Program Implementation Guidelines were approved, to June 30, 2016. (more…)
Commentary from the FutureBuild Conference highlighting the current and future challenges and opportunities in improving the energy efficiency of buildings and communities. Topics included performance metrics, smart technology, energy tracking/benchmarking ordinances, and disruptive financing. You can read the full article from Urbanland here.