CPUC White Paper on Energy Efficiency Baselines for EE Programming, AB 802 Implementation: Comments Due May 10th

CORRECTED PAPER AND UPDATED COMMENTS DEADLINES RELEASED BY THE CPUC 4/28: Please see here. Yesterday afternoon, the CPUC’s Energy Division released its staff proposal on Energy Efficiency Baselines, following the commitments made in October’s rolling portfolio CPUC (more…)

Consumer Impacts of California’s Low Carbon Transportation Policies

A new study prepared for the Consumers Union by ICF International on California’s Low Carbon Transportation policies finds that households will save between $1,210–1,530 annually by 2030 (after accounting for the impacts of California’s transportation (more…)

From Outside the State: Seattle Passes New Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance

The City of Seattle has passed energy efficiency-promoting in the three following areas: • Energy Use Disclosure — The Benchmarking Amendments ordinance updates Seattle’s existing building energy benchmarking law to include public transparency of building performance on energy use. • Retro-commissioning — The Building Tune-Ups ordinance phases in a requirement that commercial buildings 50,000 square feet or larger be “tuned-up” every…

Video: Building and Energy Managers Share Top 5 Reasons for ENERGYSTAR Certification

Hear from building and energy engineers and managers at JC Penney, Nissan, Beacon Capital Partners, Staples, and Des Moines Public Schools on why they have committed to ENERGY STAR labeling: Hint: higher building sales price, higher occupancy rates, lower operating costs – and being a climate change hero as you grow your business – are…

3/16 Public Sector Sub-Committee Meeting Recap, Highlights, Resources

Yesterday’s meeting of the Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee’s Public Sector Sub-Committee reviewed the analysis of the Program Administrators that will feed the five-year business plans of energy efficiency program offerings and strategies due from Administrators to the CPUC September 1st. Presentations of public sector needs and potential, challenges and opportunities were made by SDG&E, SCE,…

Energy Efficiency in California’s Public Power Sector: A 2016 Status Report

The California Municipal Utilities Association (CMUA), the Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), and the Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) have worked collaboratively since October 2005 to measure energy efficiency program effectiveness and report savings in a consistent and comprehensive manner. In December 2006, the first joint report on energy efficiency was submitted to the California…

RFP for CCA Program Potential in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties

The Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) is soliciting firms to conduct a Study to explore the potential for a Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Program in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties. The Study is being jointly coordinated by WRCOG, the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), and the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG). The Study…

Why Benchmarking? NRDC’s Maria Stamas Lays Out Benefits

With the coming implementation of AB 802, building owners will have more access to whole building energy use data to inform actions that can be taken to save energy and money, and contribute to state and local climate and sustainability goals. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)’s Maria Stamas describes these benefits in a recent…

Efficient Gravity-Driven Water Supply Line Receives PG&E Incentives, Removes Surcharge from Customer Bills in Amador County

The Amador Water Agency (AWA)’s new water supply line has been built in a way that allows gravity to deliver the water, rather than electricity-fed pumping. “The Amador Water Agency’s highly-anticipated Gravity Supply Line (GSL) is up and (more…)

CPUC Ruling re: High Opportunity EE Programs

In addition to determining what “high opportunity programs or projects” are, and how to authorize them, this ruling addresses several ancillary issues relating to such programs or projects: 1. Preliminary interpretation of the phrase “estimated energy savings and energy usage reductions, taking into consideration the overall reduction in normalized metered energy consumption as a measure…
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