Resource Library

At CCEC, we know communities are at different stages of working on various local climate and energy priorities. Whether you’re building EV charging infrastructure, helping property owners afford energy upgrades, or developing electrification plans and codes, you need a way to find all the best information when you’re ready to use it to inform your work. This resource library is designed to give you multiple ways to access the broad array of resources CCEC continuously compiles immediately. Here are a few examples of how you might use the search box or the filters to query our content:
  • You’ve been directed to initiate a new energy or climate project and hope to advance your knowledge and accelerate the process by accessing relevant best practices, case studies, technical assistance, guides, learning events, reports, and tools;
  • Your organization wants to expand its initiatives but lacks sufficient resources, and you need to identify possible funding sources;
  • You want to get an idea of the kinds of initiatives other communities are doing, especially in your region or for a particular sector;
  • and many more!
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Funding Resources

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities

Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) will support states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.

The BRIC program guiding principles are supporting communities through capability- and capacity-building; encouraging and enabling innovation; promoting partnerships; enabling large projects; maintaining flexibility; and providing consistency.

Organization: FEMA
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Communication, Direct Assistance, Financing/Funding, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments, Tribal Governments
Best Practices

Guiding constituents from education to energy services

It is important for local governments to raise awareness about the current programs available to conduct energy updates. BayREN has identified that interagency collaboration is the key to navigate the complex landscape of programs offered by many organizations. We recommend LG’s should aspire to have successful guidelines that include knowledge sharing, a seamless user experience, and scaling for constituents. BayREN identified that useful tools to share knowledge include meeting people where they are at, partnering with complimentary programs, identifying your target audience and determining the best method of outreach based on their needs. This, followed by partnerships to present various EE programs from varying agencies will make for a seamless user experience. Finally, BayREN recommends combining rebates and financing to achieve savings greater than monthly payments so constituents can implement energy savings and reach renewable goals.

Name: Tonya Veitch
Title: Senior Sustainability Analyst
Organization: County of Santa Clara
Organization Type: City or County
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Businesses, Distributed Energy Resources, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships, Public Agencies, Residential
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Best Practices

Identifying, Prioritizing and Funding Energy Projects for Your Organization

Name: Rochelle Thomas
Title: Energy Manager
Organization: San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Email: rthomas@pesc.com
Phone: 559.490.1810
Region: Inland Empire, Central Coast, Sierra Nevada
Topic Areas: Building Decarbonization, Businesses, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Energy Saving Solutions, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships, Public Agencies, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Disadvantaged Communities, Local Governments
Funding Resources

Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund

The Program specifically seeks to build critical capacity and forward momentum in place-based, community-grounded Landscape Conservation Partnerships. The Program targets Partnerships, where targeted investments can create significant and enduring forward momentum, and is intended to support the collaborative processes and key building block activities that move Partnerships forward. A portion of the Program is reserved specifically to advance Indigenous landscape conservation priorities.

Organization: Network for Landscape Conservation
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Adaptation and Resilience, Climate Change, Communication, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Implementation, Partnerships, Technical Assistance
Best Practices

Local Governments as Innovation Partners

During technology development, Local Governments can serve as excellent partners for pilot or demonstration projects. It is a good best practice for local governments to partner with technology providers when they are applying for EPIC grants through the CEC. There will soon be a call for places section of the Empower Innovation website to help create connections for project partners.

Name: Katrina Leni-Konig
Title: Supervisor Technology Scale-up and Outreach, Assistant Tribal Liaison
Organization: California Energy Commission
Organization Type: State Government/Agency
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Grants Programs, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

Multi-sector Partnership In Souther Bay Area Finance Improvements to Water Treatment Station

A 2015 multi-sector partnership between the City of Sunnyvale, Apple, Cal-Water, California Department of Water Resources, and Santa Clara Valley Water District culminated in a $17.5 million capital project that financed improvements at the water treatment station for recycled and reclaimed water. This 10-year project ensures that the water supply for Cupertino and surrounding areas will continue to meet the freshwater needs of the community.

Organization: Santa Clara Valley Water District
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: San Francisco Bay Area
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Partnerships, Sustainability
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Local Governments
Best Practices

New York Start-up Leverages Partnership to fund Microgrid Network

A New York start-up LO3 Energy leveraged group purchasing to fund the Brooklyn Microgrid network, which allows individuals to buy and sell renewable energy in a peer-to-peer network. This both increased community resilience to frequent power outages and supports local economic development while reducing the community’s carbon footprint.

Organization: LO3
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Out of State
Topic Areas: Financing/Funding, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Commercial, Residential
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: County of Los Angeles Facility Reinvestment Program

In November 2020, Los Angeles County completed several energy efficiency upgrades to their Centro Maravilla and San Gabriel Valley Service Centers. The projects were pursued in an effort to meet the County’s ambitious goals related to sustainability and their Facility Reinvestment Program, which prioritizes improvements to buildings that provide valuable public services to the community. The County collaborated with SoCalREN Public Agency Programs to leverage no-cost services from SoCalREN’s Project Delivery and Metered Savings Programs.

Organization: SoCaREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Resilience, Financing/Funding, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Case Study

SoCalREN Case Study: Ventura Unified School District Interior Lighting Upgrades

In March of 2020, Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) completed an interior lighting upgrade project at 14 of their elementary and middle schools. VUSD secured funding through Proposition 39 and wanted to ensure their funds were used as effectively as possible. The District utilized SoCalREN’s expertise to provide financial analysis, navigate utility energy efficiency programs, and ensure the project met all Proposition 39 requirements. To take advantage of the maximum amount of incentives, VUSD participated in SCE’s Public Sector Performance-Based Retrofit Program, which measures energy savings based on actual metered energy consumption.

Organization: SoCalREN
Organization Type: Other Local Government
Region: Greater Los Angeles
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Energy Resilience, Financing/Funding, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships
Sectors Targeted: Local Governments
Funding Resources

Strategic Partnerships Grants

Strategic Partnerships Grants are available on an annual basis and through a competitive application process. Grants are for transportation planning activities such as planning for freight, corridors, regional, and interregional travel. The annual call-for-applications is posted on the grants website, which is advertised by Caltrans through various grant workshops for interested applicants. Grant applicants receive an award or non-award email notification in late spring/early summer. A list of award and non-awarded grants is posted to the Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant Program website.

Organization: US Department of Transportation
Organization Type: Federal Government/Agency
Region: Statewide, Out of State
Topic Areas: Clean Energy, Communication, Direct Assistance, Electric Vehicles and Clean Mobility, Financing/Funding, Grants Programs, Partnerships, Planning
Tool

The C40 Knowledge Hub

Joining the C40 Knowledge Hub provides registrants access to a wealth of climate-related information and other climate experts. Registered users will be able to: track topics of interest and save content to a personal library for future reference, receive personalized recommendations based on your interests and content that others with similar interests have found useful, gain access to peer-to-peer tools including the community directory and direct messaging, and much more.

Organization: C40 Cities
Organization Type: Nonprofit Organization
Region: Statewide
Topic Areas: Climate Planning, Codes and Standards, Data Requests and Analysis, Financing/Funding, Outreach and Engagement, Partnerships
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