CEC’s Blueprint Newsletter, Nov 2015-Feb 2016 Now Available

Issue 112 of the California Energy Commission’s Blueprint Newsletter is now available. In the issue: A change inHome Energy Rating System (HERS) providers; A new computer compliance software program; Funding for workforce training from the CEC’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program; Guidance on radiant barriers; and more! Click here to read the newsletter.  

Mark Your Calendars: Upcoming Title 24 Energy Code In-Person Trainings

Looking for training resources on California’s current 2013 energy code? Looking ahead to educate yourself on the coming 2016 code? Mark your calendars with the trainings available through Energy Code Ace, listed below. (For reference, the Energy Code Ace Web site is developed and provided by the California Statewide Codes & Standards Program, which offers[…]

AEE Regional Awards Program: Nominations Open Until Feb. 22

Get recognized as an EE leader: Do you know an outstanding energy leader, or want to highlight an outstanding energy or climate action plan or project? You have until February 22nd to submit nominations to AEE’s Regional Awards Program. To read more about the Regional Awards Program and to view categories, visit www.aeecenter.org/regionalawards. To submit your[…]

SDG&E and SCE Electric Vehicle Pilots Approved

In case you missed it: pilots deploying thousands of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations are in the works in Southern California! SDG&E’s Electric Vehicle Grid-Integration pilot project received approval from the CPUC last week. SCE’s Charge Ready Program plans were approved earlier in January.

Webinar Series from State and Local Energy Efficiency Action (SEE) Network Feb. 11th and 18th

The State and Local Energy Efficiency Action (SEE) Network has a two-part webinar series coming up Thursday, Feb. 11th and Thursday, Feb. 18th to help us all make the most of energy efficiency financing programs. California’s own Deana Carrillo from the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority will be presenting case studies in the second part of the series. If you[…]

Maintaining EV Charging Stations Uses Relatively Little Energy

Today, there is roughly one public charger for every 10 EVs. In order to accelerate EV adoption, we need to reduce “range anxiety” by installing more charging stations. The good news is that the cost of EV charging has been found to be so nominal that it’s insignificant when looking at commercial buildings’ peak grid[…]

FHA Reduces Multifamily Housing Insurance Rates to Support Energy Efficiency

The Federal Housing Administration announced a new plan to reduce multifamily insurance rates in order to encourage capital financing of affordable and energy-efficient apartments. The rate reduction will take effect on April 1, 2016, and will directly impact FHA’s Multifamily Housing Programs and properties housing low- and moderate-income families and/or developments installing energy-efficient systems or[…]