Webinar: Building Operator Certification – Nov. 9

Join SEEC for an informational webinar to learn more about the Building Operator Certification program. Hear how the training program benefits building personnel, facility departments, building owners, the environment, and bottom lines. This webinar will discuss training content, available credentials, and upcoming training plans across the state. The webinar will also feature success stories from…

UC Berkeley Labor Center finds diversity in renewable energy workforce

UC Berkeley Labor Center’s Green Economy Program found that more than half of entry-level laborers at California renewable energy power plants were people of color. Their report evaluated state-certified apprenticeship programs and focused on the racial, ethnic and gender breakdown for ironworker, electrician and operating engineer unions. Click here to read more from the Daily Californian…

City of Benicia’s Home Energy Program Helps Residents Save Water and Energy

A recent report from the City of Benicia describes the successes of the Benicia Home Energy Program, which trains student interns to provide door-to-door consultations and resources to residents to save water and energy. The report shares that residents have saved an average of 850 gallons of water per month, as well as 8% off their…

ACEEE Fact Sheets: Representing the many values of EE

ACEEE released a series of fact sheets this week that contain stories on how energy efficiency improvements have had positive impacts on family disposable income, economic development, environment, and health. These powerful stories are a great resource to help share the many values of energy efficiency.

3/16 Public Sector Sub-Committee Meeting Recap, Highlights, Resources

Yesterday’s meeting of the Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee’s Public Sector Sub-Committee reviewed the analysis of the Program Administrators that will feed the five-year business plans of energy efficiency program offerings and strategies due from Administrators to the CPUC September 1st. Presentations of public sector needs and potential, challenges and opportunities were made by SDG&E, SCE,…

U.S. DOE Better Buildings Alliance Winter 2016 Progress Update

The U.S. Department of Energy has released the annual Better Buildings Alliance Winter 2016 Progress Update, full of resources for local governments and building professionals alike. Prominently featured are plug load management strategies, demand controlled ventilation (DCV) and use tips for Energy Management Systems (EMS). Plug load in particular is getting a lot of attention…

CEC kicks off AB 865 EmPower California: Workshop 2/26

The CEC will be holding the first Empower California workshop on February 26th at 9am to kick off AB 865, also known as the EmPower California Act, which will boost job creation and business opportunities for minorities, women, LGBT and disabled veteran-owned businesses in the energy industry. Implementation will include establishing an outreach plan to increase participation of diverse…

Riverside’s New Economic Prosperity Action Plan and Climate Action Plan

In 2014 Riverside was one of twelve cities that collaborated with the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) on a Subregional Climate Action Plan (Subregional CAP) that includes 36 measures to guide Riverside’s GHG reduction efforts through 2020. Building off this highly-collaborative subregional CAP, the City of Riverside has put forth a “Riverside Restorative Growthprint”…

SDG&E 2016 Energy Education & Training Catalog (Jan-Mar) Available – Plus, Lending Library

A catalog of trainings offered by SDG&E throughout the first quarter of this year is available on SDG&E’s website, here.  Trainings are offered in the following categories: Lighting Technologies Energy Management Strategies Building Envelope, Standards & Software HVAC Systems & Technologies Commercial & Industrial Technologies Food Service Renewables & Sustainability Home Performance Homeowner Workshops Trade…

City of Sanger Uses Energy Performance Contract to Upgrade Infrastructure, Save on Utility Bills

The City of Sanger formed a partnership with Johnson Controls Inc. to upgrade city infrastructure, reduce energy usage, and employ Sanger residents by reducing utility costs, reducing operation and maintenance costs, and decreasing the outlay of capital dollars through the use of an energy performance contract (EPC). Learn more in this narrative on Sanger from the…
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