Distilling AB 802 and SB 350: Coverage on How Energy Savings Are Counted, and Incentivized

Looking for more information on the significance of the recent passing of SB 350 and AB 802 to local government energy efficiency activities? Efficiency.org writer Matt Golden provides a great summary, “New California Laws are a Needed Paradigm Shift for Energy Efficiency.” Given the changes in how incentives are to be provided for energy efficiency,…

City of South Gate Reduces Energy Use, Applies Best Practices, and wins Beacon Award

The City of South Gate is first city in Southern California to win the Beacon Award, presented through Institute for Local Government and Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC). As shared by the Institute in its press release, “It is an honor to be the first Southern (more…)

New Study: San Francisco’s Benchmarking Ordinance Requiring Commercial Buildings to Disclose Energy Data Shows Major Reduction in Energy Use and an Opportunity to Save Millions in Energy Costs

A report on the City and County of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance (ECBO) reviewed the ordinance compliance, energy use by building, and savings that could be attributed from 2010-2014. The report’s findings, which include a  (more…)

Presentation: Local Policies to Achieve Zero Net Energy Buildings

Presented by the Center for Sustainable Energy, Local Policies to Achieve ZNE Buildings (part 2) is a great resource to hear from cities and experts on programming that can help get local governments ready for zero net energy use in buildings. Speakers and more information listed below: This webinar focused on two strategies at the…

From WaPo: How to get the real estate market to properly value green homes

Read more from the Washington Post here, or review the excerpt below: From installing rooftop solar panels to putting in new triple pane windows and EnergyStar appliances, people today make all kinds of home upgrades that save energy and lower their utility bills. But when they opt to sell their “green” home, it’s often less than clear…

Lead Commissioner Workshop on Strategies Related to Benchmarking and Local Government Challenge in the Draft Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan

The California Energy Commission Lead Commissioner for the 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report (2015IEPR) will conduct a workshop on strategies related to Benchmarking and Local Government Challenge in the draft Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan. Commissioner Andrew McAllister is the Lead Commissioner. Other Commissioners from the Energy Commission and California Public Utilities Commission may…

Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative Receives Efficiency Impact Award

The Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative has won the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s 2014 Inspiring Efficiency Impact Award. The Commercial Buildings Initiative is one of three components of Retrofit Chicago, the City of Chicago’s cross-sector effort to improve energy performance across municipal, commercial, and residential buildings throughout the city. To quote the Initiative’s website: In joining…

ACEEE Toolkit: Residential Energy Use Disclosure Guide For Policymakers

A growing number of local and state governments are adopting policies requiring residential energy rating and/or disclosure, the practice of evaluating the energy efficiency of a home or building and making the information known to consumers. The option helps policymakers to enable energy reduction goals for buildings, and to increase transparency and consumer information around…

Energy Upgrade California Overview: Opportunities for Supporting Municipal and Community Programming

New to Energy Upgrade California (EUC)? Watch the below video to see how local governments can get involved to help promote the program and connect their residents and businesses to financial and technical resources – and also for opportunities to influence and provide feedback on Energy Upgrade California.  
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