U.S. Dept. of Energy Releases Draft Updated Best Practices for Residential PACE – Comment Period Open Until 8/19

As shared by the U.S. Department of Energy in their 7/19 press release: As part of the Obama Administration’s Clean Energy Savings for All Initiative, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) today released best practice guidelines for Residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs. PACE is an (more…)

Updated State and Local Energy Data Website from USDOE

The U.S. DOE recently updated the State and Local Energy Data (SLED) website. The update allows users to search by zip code to get an energy profile for their respective city, including climate and emissions data, electricity and natural gas usage and/or expenditures by sector, vehicle fuel use, renewable energy economic potential, and more.

Whittier Leverages Incentives and Support for Municipal Retrofits – Including Streetlighting, Lighting, HVAC, and VFD Upgrades

As covered in the Whittier Daily News: the City of Whittier is going green. It’s spending about $2.1 million on ways to make street lights and city buildings more energy efficient, a move that will pay for itself in about four years and save hundreds of thousands of dollars afterward, officials said. (more…)

From RMI: Could Net-Zero Energy Schools Improve Children’s Education?

Are there benefits to expect from zero net energy investments in schools beyond energy, operational and environmental savings? Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) and the New Buildings Institute review educational benefits in a new post: “…Consider that each year K–12 schools spend more than $8 billion on energy—more than they spend on computers and textbooks combined. Too…

New LBNL Paper Studies Best Practices in Energy Efficiency Competitions – and Other Competition Resources

A new paper, “Competition, carbon, and conservation: Assessing the energy savings potential of energy efficiency competitions” is available to download on ResearchGate: https://www.researchgate.net/home.  A short abstract is below. (more…)

Savings Results from Grass Valley Energy Efficiency and Solar Project

The City of Grass Valley’s June 28th City Council meeting celebrated the completion of a number of municipal energy efficiency and solar projects through an energy performance contract with Opterra Energy, including new solar generation, LED (more…)

Video: Oakland and Richmond on Bringing the Message of COP21 Home to California Communities

Hear from the Cities of Oakland and Richmond on their experience visiting Paris during the COP21 Climate Conference in December 2015, specific examples on their leadership on energy and climate in their communities, and advice for local governments looking to (more…)

From RMI: Home Energy Performance Is Key to Avoiding the Next Mortgage Crisis

As shared by the Rocky Mountain Institute: Every day, thousands of Americans make the biggest purchase they’ll make in a lifetime—their home—without knowing the true cost. In spite of stringent post-recession safeguards intended to protect homeowners and hold lenders to a higher level of accountability, there’s more we can do. (more…)

Nest partners with SolarCity on new ‘Time of Savings’ energy service

As reported by Smart Grid News, “A new service from home management product provider Nest Labs, Inc., will help customers automatically use less energy when the prices are highest. “The Nest Thermostat can find the price of energy for customers on Time of Use (TOU) (more…)
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