Technical Assistance: Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) Eligibility

The Statewide EE Best Practices Coordinator is pleased to share a brief response to a recent Technical Assistance Request on the topic of Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) Eligibility. If you’re interested in knowing whether your public agency facilities qualify for recently expanded incentives for energy storage, these tips and resources may help. Self-Generation Incentive Program…

Climate-Smart Ways to Save and Thrive in Tough Times – Interview with Howard Choy

Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator, Angie Hacker, recently invited local energy expert, Howard Choy for a remote interview on “Climate-Smart Ways to Save and Thrive in Tough Times.” We had a chance to discuss parallels between challenges local governments are facing due to the economic fallout from COVID-19 and our experiences building lasting local…

SoCalGas EE Program Response to COVID-19 Emergency

As a company, SoCalGas prioritizes the health, safety and wellbeing of its customers, employees, and contractors. In this time of the COVID-19 national emergency, SoCalGas is continuing to monitor and implement guidance from local, state and federal health and emergency response agencies. In alignment with SoCalGas company directives, SoCalGas’ EE Programs are announcing the following…

Major Energy Storage Incentives Authorized by CPUC Can Help Safeguard those most Vulnerable to Wildfire and Power Safety Shut-offs

Greetings California Energy Colleagues, I wanted to make sure community-serving energy professionals in CA were aware that the CPUC has recently authorized major modifications to the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) to strengthen resiliency in communities facing the greatest risk of wildfires and Power Safety Shut-offs. Since 2001, the SGIP has played a critical role in…

A message from the new BPC, Angie Hacker

Dear California Energy Colleagues, As the Statewide Energy Efficiency Coordinator Best Practices Coordinator, I’m eager to help deliver valuable modes of knowledge exchange that can help communities sustain and accelerate their energy and climate goals.  Those of you working on solutions on the ground here in California are the most compelling storytellers about local successes and…

Clean Energy Sweeps Across Rural America

Clean energy creates jobs, supports local infrastructure development, and provides new opportunities to build thriving economies. While many rural American communities have faced economic challenges, they have also recently experienced incredible growth in wind energy, solar power, and energy efficiency. We examined case studies and clean energy employment and generation data to explore the exciting…

Snapshot of Energy Efficiency Performance Incentives for Electric Utilities

Performance incentive mechanisms (PIMs) are one of the various policies that incentive enery efficiency. ACEEE’s research finds that PIMs are among the most important factors contributing to higher savings and increasing utility energy savings year to year. They can be structured to provide business opportunities that are competitive with what utilities can earn through investments…

ICEPAG 2019: Microgrid Global Summit – Mar. 26-28

Held at the University of California, Irvine, ICEPAG 2019 supports the annual presentation of the Microgrid Global Summit, an update on the technologies, applications, and roles of microgrids in the smart grid of the future. The 3-day Colloquium is a valued balance of academia, industry, national laboratories, and government agencies actively engaged in the evolution…

Willdan awarded new SoCalGas schools energy efficiency program

“Willdan Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: WLDN) announced today that it has been selected by Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) to implement the utility’s new Schools Energy Efficiency Program (SEEP). This $2.7 million direct install program promotes natural gas savings by delivering no-cost energy-efficiency projects and education to participating public and private schools throughout SoCalGas’ service territory.…

More jobs in renewable energy and energy efficiency

“In 2017, altogether 54 thousand full-time jobs in the Netherlands were associated with renewable energy and energy efficiency. This number was up from 35 thousand in 2008. Employment in these activities has increased continuously since 2008, with only a small dip in 2011. Employment in conventional energy grew steadily from 2008 to 2014 and subsequently…

Republican introduces ‘technology neutral’ tax credit bill to boost energy innovation, efficiency

“Rep. Tom Reed, R-NY, on Thursday, introduced the Energy Sector Innovation Credit Act, which he says will encourage the U.S. energy market to be “technology-diverse” and stop “picking winners and losers.” The bill includes an Emerging Energy Technology Electricity Production Credit and an Emerging Energy Technology Investment Credit.” Click here to read more from Utility DIve.

When hospitals think green, they see green

“The health care sector — one of the nation’s largest industries — is responsible for nearly 10 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions — hundreds of millions of tons worth of carbon each year. Hospitals make up more than one-third of those emissions, according to a paper by researchers at Northeastern University and Yale. Increasingly,…
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