Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator
The Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator position was created by the California Public Utilities Commission in its decision on 2010-12 public goods charge energy efficiency programs. The position is funded by California investor owned utilities (Pacific Gas & Electric, San Diego Gas & Electric, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas Company). The Coordinator is overseen by ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability, the Institute for Local Government and the Local Government Commission.
The Coordinator is tasked with developing local government energy efficiency best practices case studies (available from the side bar on the right side of this page), sharing resources to promote best practice adoption across California’s local governments, and tracking statewide progress on the local government chapter of the California Long-term Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. The Coordinator also advises the state’s investor-owned utilities on an annual statewide local government energy efficiency forum.
The Coordinator also writes a quarterly newsletter on local government energy issues, CURRENTS, and has an email listserv where events, funding opportunities, peer-to-peer requests, job postings and other items of interest to local governments are shared. The Weekly Updates shared via the listserv can be viewed here. To join the listserv, email email@example.com.
Coordinators, Past and Present
The current Statewide Coordinator as of January 2016 is Jordan Decker, former Director in the Division of Energy Management for the City of New York. As such, she was responsible for developing short and long-term plans, budgets, and goals for the new municipal clean energy program – including roll-out of large-scale solar arrays on 24 schools, and contract development for a solar power purchase agreement (PPA). She also co-developed and oversaw the City’s municipal building cleantech demonstration program, which during her tenure deployed and reviewed building controls technologies, and identified and developed contracts for energy storage demonstrations. Jordan also managed an energy efficiency-focused cross-department competitive capital grants program (called the Accelerated Conservation and Efficiency, or “ACE” program), with over $100 million in active projects – including fire and police stations, schools, hospitals, courthouses, wastewater treatment plants, and street lighting.
You can reach her with questions on best practices, updates on your local governments’ energy efficiency and sustainability activities, or other feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Coordinator from 2014-15 was Joseph Oldham, former Sustainability Program Manager for the City of Fresno, now Director of CalSTART. The Coordinator for 2010-13 was Pat Stoner, who worked on local government energy issues in California for twenty years as an employee of the Local Government Commission.