Energy Storage: Meeting California’s Clean and Reliable Energy Goals – Apr 23

The Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC) and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) invite you to register for a one-day networking forum for California local government energy professionals on Monday, April 23rd from 8:15 AM – 5:00 PM. The event will take place at SMUD’s Customer Service Center building at 6301 S Street, Sacramento, CA in the Rubicon Room,…

California regulators propose replacing PG&E natural gas plants with energy storage

“The California Public Utilities Commission will vote Jan. 11 on the proposal that would require PG&E to seek clean alternatives to replace the three fossil-fuel plants. Houston-based Calpine, which owns the plants, and the California Independent System Operator, which runs the state’s electric grid, argue that the gas-fueled plants are needed to ensure reliability in…

Mayors tout the importance of energy efficiency in meeting climate goals

“At the North American Climate Summit this month in Chicago, city officials from several countries recognized energy efficiency as an important emissions reduction strategy. Many described how they are making it part of their climate action plans. The summit brought together mayors and other officials from 50-plus municipalities, including large cities like Austin and Phoenix…

Renewable energy potential in Humboldt includes offshore wind

“Residents of Humboldt County have a long-standing commitment to environmental sustainability—including sustainable energy. In spite of our often foggy weather, Humboldt County has one of the highest per-capita number of photovoltaic (PV) systems in California. This past May, the Humboldt County government, through the Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA), took over control of the electricity…

Transforming the UC’s energy portfolio

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“Solar development has contributed significantly to the UC system’s goal of carbon neutrality by 2025, and UC Davis has played a major role in this progress. However, more challenges still lie ahead to achieve a balance between environmental and economic sustainability. According to its website, the South Campus Large Solar Power Plant, which became active…

California regulators propose replacing PG&E natural gas plants with energy storage

“Houston-based Calpine, which owns the plants, and the California Independent System Operator, which runs the state’s electric grid, argue that the gas-fueled plants are needed to ensure reliability in the local areas they serve. The three Northern California plants — in Feather River, Yuba and Metcalf — don’t have long-term contracts with utilities, but have…

Webinar Recording: The 20% stretch code: a new energy standard for cities and states

“To help local jurisdictions advance on energy and climate action goals, New Buildings Institute (NBI) has developed a new model stretch code that targets 20% better efficiency than the ASHRAE 90.1-2013 national model energy code. The new 20% Stretch Code offers jurisdictions a set of energy-saving building strategies that cover design aspects such as envelope,…

Webinar: Upcoming Title 20 Lighting Standards – Dec 21

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On December 21, 2017, the Appliances and Outreach and Education Office of the Efficiency Division at the California Energy Commission will present a webinar on the energy efficiency regulations for LED’s, small diameter directional lamps and general service lamps that become effective on January 1, 2018.  The lamps affected by these regulations include LED’s, Small Diameter Directional…

California ISO launches expanded online data resource

“The refreshed Today’s Outlook page on the ISO website will allow viewers to quickly see changing patterns of supply and demand, forecasted and actual peaks, energy supplies by resource type, and renewable energy production. The updated net load graph depicts daily system ramps reflecting changes to the power supply system, as it becomes more dominated…

Public Workshop: Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Research and Development – Dec 21

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California Energy Commission staff will conduct a public workshop to discuss the current state of HVAC technologies needed to help meet California’s greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction and low global warming potential (GWP) refrigerant goals. This information will help inform future research needs. Commissioners may attend and participate. The workshop will be held on: THURSDAY, December…

How California’s property assessed clean energy (PACE) model just got stronger

“PACE financing makes it possible for homeowners to upgrade to a more efficient system in these critical moments by allowing them to pay over time through their property taxes, instead of using credit cards to purchase the cheapest model available. More efficient systems are typically more cost-effective in the long run by bringing down utility…

Job Announcement: Student Intern – Environmental Services Division

“DEFINITION: Under the immediate direction of the Environmental Services Manager or his/her designee, assists in a variety of Environmental Programs and related activities within the Environmental Services Division of the Public Works Department. ESSENTIAL / MARGINAL FUNCTIONS: Essential: Provide outreach materials and verbal instruction to customers (residential, multifamily and commercial) regarding waste reduction and mixed…
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