One Year Later: San Gabriel Valley EASY Program Successes

A year ago, the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG) launched a new program through the San Gabriel Valley Energy Watch partnership with SCE and SCG to empower residents to take simple energy efficiency measures in (more…)

CEC Investments in Natural Gas Efficiency, Plug Load Efficiency

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved $4.3 million in investments in natural gas efficiency earlier this week. Technologies and measures invested in include waste heat recovery for industrial furnaces and steam boilers, absorption chiller technology developments, and a high-efficiency solar thermal demonstration. Another $8 million was approved for investments in technologies and research to reduce plug load energy consumption. A summary,…

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…

Resources for Plug Load Efficiency

According to California’s Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan, plug-in equipment is expected to account for 69% of the growth in building electricity consumption by 2030. Plug load management and energy efficiency was also a topic of discussion in the recent California’s Clean Economy legislative hearing. Luckily, there are resources that can guide activities local governments…

California’s Clean Economy Legislative Hearing: Recap, Resources

A “California’s Clean Economy” legislative hearing on Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings was held yesterday at 1pm. Speakers discussed how far EE has come in California buildings, but also some opportunities for improvement: which translate to opportunities for energy and financial savings. Key areas were: smart plug load management, LEDs and lighting controls, retro-commissioning, and building EE…

2015 SEEC Forum Plenary Presentation

Below is a recording of the 6th Annual SEEC Forum’s final plenary session. Hear from California Building Industry Association (CBIA)’s Bob Raymer how Title 24’s new code requirements (coming 2017) like high performing attics (more…)

Webinar Recording Available: CEC’s Modernized Appliance Efficiency Database System (MAEDBS)

A recording of the CEC’s webinar presenting the Modernized Appliance Efficiency Database System (MAEDBS) is available on the CEC’s Title 20 website. The Database is a resource for manufacturers of appliances that must comply with Title 20, but also for the public to cross-check the efficiency of appliances considered for purchase. In short, this is a free…

Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Request for Comments on a Draft Solicitation to Fund Plug Load Technologies and Approaches for Buildings

California Energy Commission staff is developing a competitive grant funding opportunity (GFO) to fund the development of next generation plug load devices and the development of plug load integration strategies through the EPIC Program. The Energy Commission staff tentatively plans to release the GFO in the fall of 2015. The focus on the GFO is…

Quarterly Stakeholder EM&V Meeting June 9

The meeting will be held at the CPUC in the Golden Gate Room [directly accessible from Golden Gate Avenue] from 10:00 am. to 4:00 p.m.  Updated call-in and webinar information is provided below. The meeting’s theme will be a special spotlight on Local Government EE program efforts. Included within the program are highlights of recent Energy…
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