About the Coordinator

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 three non-government organizations, 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, 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 and the three non-government organizations on an annual statewide local government energy efficiency forum.

The Coordinator also has an email listserv, the wEEkly update, where events, funding opportunities, peer-to-peer requests, job postings, and other items of interest to local governments are shared.

Coordinators, Past and Present

The current Coordinator, as of January 2019, is Leif Christiansen. You can reach him with questions on best practices, updates on your local governments’ energy efficiency and sustainability activities, or other feedback at lchristiansen@lgc.org.

Grace Kaufman with the Local Government Commission served as Interim Statewide Coordinator from June to December 2018.

The Coordinator for 2016-2017 was Cary Garcia Jr., now with the California Energy Commission, focusing on forecasting. The Coordinator for 2016 was Jordan Decker, now with the City of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission focusing on the development of CleanPowerSF. 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.

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