Webinar 3/10: Opower’s new Agile EE

Interested in new technologies to optimize demand side management (DSM)? Opower and SDG&E’s Supervisor of Residential Programs will discuss the latest energy efficiency and demand response opportunities and reporting tools available through Opower’s new Agile EE in a March 10th webinar. Click here to learn more and/or register. For more on the new Agile EE system, click…

Through USDOE’s Better Buildings Program: Cities, Utilities, and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency

Local Government, private sector, and utility actions spur access to energy data and accelerate energy efficiency investment & innovation in buildings and homes (read more of this press release on WhiteHouse.gov) Making businesses and homes more energy efficient is a win for jobs and economic growth, operating costs and bottom lines, and the President’s commitment…

City of Lomita New Energy Efficiency Climate Action Plan Shows GHG Emissions Decrease

The City of Lomita’s new Energy Efficiency Climate Action Plan (EECAP) includes a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory update that reveals a 7% decrease in energy use between 2005 and 2012. In the Plan, the City reviews its energy profile on the municipal and the community level, and proposes a number of strategies to keep energy…

How Smart Meters are Changing Energy Efficiency in California

New advanced metering infrastructure that can measure customer load with increased granularity has created opportunities for variable rate structures, effective demand response and increased customer control over their energy use. And now, with the ability to compare real-time usage to historical baselines, the industry can begin to more accurately value “efficiency as energy,” and PG&E…

Efficiency and Resiliency Case Study: Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe

Learn in this Climate.gov case study how Northern California’s Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe is leading on climate change mitigation, energy efficiency and renewables, and community resiliency – including their work to: conduct strategic climate action planning activities; build an energy-efficient hotel; install an innovative biomass-gasification-fuel cell system that turns biomass into electricity; install solar on…

City of Beaumont Approves Final “Sustainable Beaumont” Climate Action Plan

Last week, Beaumont’s City Council approved the City’s Sustainable Beaumont Climate Action Plan. The Plan, prepared by Atkins and funded through the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), sets a number of goals, including: Provision of resources (education, training, audits, retrofits, and an Environmental Advocate) and working with regional groups and utilities to improve both…

Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs): Success Stories Show 58% Average Energy Savings

Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI)’s new paper, Deep Energy Retrofits Using Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) looks at the model of using long-term performance contracting to avoid upfront capital costs and tie payment to verification of energy and cost savings. The paper covers the following best practices, and then shares case studies of seven federal building…

Energy Storage System, EV Charging System Unveiled at Lancaster Museum

The City of Lancaster, utilizing a grant from the California Energy Commission (CEC) and contracting with Green Charge Networks, has installed an energy storage system and EV fast charging station at its Museum of Art and History (MOAH). The system lowers the Museum’s energy costs to reduce the facility’s peak demand by storing energy from the grid…

Paper: Building Energy Management Systems – Optimization of Comfort and Energy Use

Learn from this 2013 IEEE paper about how building energy optimization not only saves money and energy, but also improves building operations and increases user comfort. The paper’s abstract is below: Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) have been introduced in the built environment as a mechanism to increase the energy efficiency while maintaining the required…

Local Water-Energy Nexus Solutions: San Antonio Case Study

A recent post by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) pushes for more local water-energy solutions leveraging energy efficiency and demand response. Click here to learn how the City of San Antonio, Texas is using these strategies to save.

Proceedings, Decisions, and Legislation

Recent developments, and resources for understanding them, are listed at the top of the page. Scroll down for older, foundational energy efficiency and sustainability legislation, orders, and decisions. CPUC’s Rolling Portfolio AB 802: Building Benchmarking, Data Access/Disclosure, and EE Incentives and Baselines AB 793: Data Access, and Access Adoption Incentives to be Provided by Utilities…

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…
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