Third Draft: Local Government Chapter
Here is the Local Government Chapter draft 3 of the California Long-term Energy Efficiency Strategic plan for your comments. This draft reflects the comments received on the second draft and CPUC Energy Division edits.
Please download this draft and provide your written comments in ‘track changes’ mode no later than Friday, December 13, 2013. Email your suggestions to email@example.com.
On a parallel track, energy savings metrics are being developed for the goals in this chapter. See the Energy Savings Metrics Meetings post for more information.
Energy Savings Metrics Meetings
As part of the 2014 update to the California Long-term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, the California Public Utilities Commission will attach energy savings metrics to each of the goals in each of the chapters. Navigant Consulting has been hired to help develop those metrics for the local government chapter.
There will be three meetings to share the methodology for developing the metrics and gather input on the process and eventual metrics.
Meeting #1 – November 21, 2013, 2 – 4:30pm, PG&E Pacific Energy Center in San Francisco & Webex
- Provide an overview and context for local government chapter revision process
- Review consultant methodology for developing metrics for Goal 1 (reducing city/county energy use), Goal 2 (enhanced savings from energy management) and Goal 3 (code compliance)
- Preliminary metrics results for Goals 1 and 2
- Technical discussion of an existing energy efficiency potential model that will be used in this chapter
- Webex link: https://insidenci.webex.com/insidenci/j.php?J=595734249
- Conference line: (866) 227-0668
- Access Code: 925-930-2711
- A G E N D A – Nov 21 LG SP Workshop
- LG SP Stakeholder Presentation 11-21-2013
- Local Government 11.21 CPUC
Meeting #2 – December 5, 2013, 1:30 – 3:00pm, Webex Only
- Present preliminary results on Goal 3
- Technical discussion of codes and standards (focus on Goals 2 and 3)
- Review comments on Goals 1, 2 and 3
- Webex link: https://insidenci.webex.com/
- Conference line: (866) 227-0668
- Access Code: 925-930-2711
- A G E N D A – Dec 5 LG SP Workshop
- LG SP Stakeholder Presentation 2013-12-05
Meeting #3 – December 16, 2013, 1:30 – 3:00pm, Southern California Gas Company’s Energy Resource Center in Downey, CA and Webex
Drawing from the earlier meetings, participants will coordinate closely with the consultant team to review revisions and receive a technical briefing on the quantitative goals established for Goals 1, 2 and 4.
- Webex: https://insidenci.webex.com/
- Meeting Number: 250 561 751
- Conference Line: 866.227.0668
- Access Code: 720 934 1417
Following this work, these energy savings metrics will be included in the revised local government chapter for action by the California Public Utilities Commissioners.
Please contact the Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions you may have about this process or the meetings.
Second Draft: Local Government Chapter of CA Long-term EE Strategic Plan
Here is the second draft of the revised Local Government Chapter of the revised Local Government Chapter of the California Long-term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. This revision incorporates comments from the September workshops in San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the webcast in Fresno, Palm Desert, San Diego and Santa Barbara.
If you are interested in providing written comments on the chapter, please download it now and provide your suggestions in ‘track changes’ mode. Be specific, write in the language you would like to see included. Don’t say something like “include language about …” That won’t be helpful.
Email your suggestions to email@example.com, and be sure to include your name and contact information. Submissions that do not include this information will not be considered.
The cut off date to provide written comments on this draft will be November 1, 2013.
Energy Metrics Work Plan
Here is the Energy Metrics work plan for developing the energy savings metrics for the goals identified in this chapter (highlighted in yellow in the document). That process will take place over the next three months and include opportunities to comment on each step of the process as it unfolds.
If you want to participate in the energy savings metrics process and have not received announcements about this chapter update in the past, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and state your interest. Anyone who has already received announcements or has participated in meetings and workshops will be notified automatically.
September Workshops Summary Available
A summary of the comments from the 100+ participants at the three workshops on September 23rd, 25th and 26th is now available. The PowerPoint presentations are also now available. Visit the “September 2013 Workshops” page to access them.
First Draft: Revised Local Government Chapter of the CA Long-term EE Strategic Plan
Here you will find the first draft of the revised Local Government Chapter of the California Long-term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. This is just the first draft that you may use as you prepare for the workshops/webcasts the week of September 23rd. There will be a second draft of the chapter that captures comments from the workshops. You will be asked to make your edits (in track change mode) to the second draft.
While the entire chapter is still a draft (nothing has been decided yet), you will notice certain passages highlighted in yellow, in particular, the goals’ outcomes. One goal for this update to the Strategic Plan is to attach energy savings outcomes to all of the chapters’ goals. The Coordinator is working with the CPUC and a consultant to identify reasonable, defendable energy savings outcomes. If you have ideas for such outcomes, please share them at the workshop or when you comment on the second draft.
Local Government Strategic Plan Update Workshops
There will be two workshops and one webcast during the week of September 23rd on the 2013 update to the local government chapter of the California Long-term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. For more information, click here.
Climate and Energy Trainings Available On-Line
ICLEI has developed a new series of short, online trainings that California local governments can watch instantly. They provide training on the Climate Action Planning Assistant tool and the Forecasting Assistant tool; how to follow the Community Protocol; how to set targets, measure progress, and more.
California local governments can select from 24 no-cost trainings through the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC) website.
Cap & Trade and Prop 39: What Local Governments Need to Know
The State of California has seen two emerging sources of funding focused on supporting greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts and energy efficiency. The state agencies, the legislature and numerous stakeholders are now in the process of determining how to utilize the revenues generated from the state’s cap-and-trade auctions (projected at $200M this fiscal year and $400M for the next fiscal year) as well as funding from Proposition 39 (which has the potential to bring $55M a year for energy projects over the next five years).
This free webinar on April 25th will provide current information on cap-and-trade and Proposition 39. For more information and to register for the free event: http://www.lgc.org/events/
Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Forum
The Fourth Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Forum will be held June 19-20, 2013 at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, in Sacramento, CA. The day-long forum on June 20 will feature updates from key state agencies and several topics including energy savings programs, financing, climate action tools, and best practices for reducing energy use and greenhouse gases in your community. An evening Energy Champions Networking Reception will precede the Forum on June 19, and is open to all Forum participants. Registration for this event will open on April 17, 2013. More agenda details will be available in the coming months.
The forum is FREE to all California local governments, publicly owned utilities, the California Energy Commission, the California Air Resources Board and the California Public Utilities Commission. A limited number of scholarships will be available to help local government participants offset travel and lodging costs to attend. In addition, roommate and carpool matching is being offered to offset travel and lodging expenses.
CEC Offers 1% Loans for Efficiency & Generation Projects
NEW LOW INTEREST LOAN RATE (1%) for Energy Efficiency and Energy Generation Projects available to California Cities, Counties, Public Schools and Universities, Special Districts, and Public Care Hospitals/ Institutions.
Over $22 million in loan funds from the California Energy Commission are available for energy cost saving projects. The Energy Commission is accepting loan applications on a first-come, first-served basis. Loan financing is from the Energy Conservation Assistance Account (ECAA) and may be used in conjunction with other funding, rebates and incentives.
- Fixed Rate, simple application, no credit approval, no collateral, no fees.
- $3 million maximum per application, and no minimum
- California Cities, Counties, Public Schools and Universities, Special Districts, and Public Care Hospitals/ Institutions are eligible to apply.
- Loans for energy projects must be repaid from energy cost savings within 15 years, including principal and interest (approximately 13 years simple payback). Simple payback is calculated by dividing the dollar amount of the loan by the anticipated annual energy cost savings.
- Energy efficiency projects must be technically and economically feasible.
Sample of Eligible Projects:
- Lighting systems
- Streetlights and LED traffic signals
- Water and waste water treatment equipment
- Heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment
Application and further info at:
CEC Reopens Energy Partnership Program
Effective November 8, 2012, the Energy Commission is reopening the Energy Partnership Program and is accepting applications from eligible entities (cities, counties, special districts, and public or non-profit colleges, universities, hospitals or public care facilities). The Energy Partnership Program provides a wide range of technical assistance to local governments and public institutions. The program application is available from the Energy Commission’s website.
CPUC Decision on 2013-14 Energy Efficiency Programs
On November 8th the CPUC adopted its decision for 2013-14 energy efficiency programs. Budgets for local government partnership programs were reduced by 1% from what the utilities proposed.
CPUC Draft Decision on 2013-14 Energy Efficiency Programs
On October 9th, 2012 the CPUC released a draft decision for the 2013-14 transition period for energy efficiency programs. The draft decision approves the utilities requests to continue existing local government partnerships and expand the program to include more partners.
Signed: Clean Air Investments
AB 1532 and SB 535: Working together, these bills will create a framework to maximize the return on investments under California’s Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32) and reduce pollution in communities where it’s needed most. AB 1532 authored by Speaker John Pérez (D-Vernon) will establish a public planning process for allocating revenues from AB 32; and SB 535, authored by Senator Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles), ensures that a percentage of the revenues are invested in California’s most disadvantaged communities.
CA Cap on GG Emissions Approved
California’s Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the California Cap on Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Market-Based Compliance Regulation, including Compliance Offset Protocols. The regulation became effective January 1, 2012.
On May 10, 2012, the CPUC issued Decision 12-05-015 providing guidance on 2013-14 energy efficiency portfolios and 2012 Marketing, Education and Outreach. It is available at http://docs.cpuc.ca.gov/
A prehearing conference on the 2013-14 Energy Efficiency Program applications will be held on August 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. in the California Public Utilities Commission Auditorium, State Office Building, 505 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, California 94102. The ALJ decision setting the prehearing conference is available at here.