CEC’s March/April Blueprint Newsletter in Review

The CEC’s Blueprint Newsletter for March and April is out! The Newsletter covers everything from demand responsive controls and commissioning to small duct high-velocity HVAC systems, to upcoming free trainings. This is a great (more…)

Emerging Technology Review: ARPA-E Technology Investments Span Demand Management, Heat Pumps, Battery and Air Storage, and More

For those of you watching the cutting edge of new technologies, an article in Greentech Media covers the U.S. Department of Energy’s research program ARPA-E,’s public investment and the private investment, in technologies on the ARPA-E list. A direct list of the technologies reveals investments to integrate renewables in demand management, ferment methane into natural…

OhmConnect Connects Smart Device/Smart Home Users with Savings

Developments in automated demand response (ADR) technology: Smart home energy automator OhmConnect announces breakthrough methods for enabling smart home devices (including wifi thermostats, smart plugs, home automation systems, and EV chargers) to generate recurring revenue streams by intelligently controlling device charging when electricity is less costly.  To learn more, click here for the press release.

NEEP Report Explores How ICT Enables Deeper EM&V

Carrying out Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) efficiently can be a challenge. A new EM&V report from the Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships (NEEP) explores how information and communications technology developments are enhancing EM&V options. Click here to read more.

RFP: Contra Costa Water District Seeks Demand Response Provider

The Contra Costa Water District is seeking a Demand Response Provider to allow Contra Costa to participate in PG&E’s demand response Capacity Bidding Program (CBP), utilizing operations of four (4) 2,100 horsepower water pumps. Applications must be in by February 19, 2016. For more information, click here.

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…

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…

Energy Commission Funding Supports Efficiency, Alternative Fuel Projects

The CEC approved several grants, contracts and loans yesterday that support projects – for City of Gardena, UC Riverside, San Luis Obispo County, and San Diego Community College District – that will help the state meet its EE and GHG emission reduction goals. Modifications have also been made to the reporting process for publicly owned…

Exploration of Demand Response Implementation on University Campus (UCLA)

A new report reviews the benefits and implications of implementing demand response programming using open automated demand response (“AutoDR”) architecture at the University of California Los Angeles. The report was conducted by the UCLA Smart Grid Research Energy Center and contributes to California Energy Commission (CEC)’s Energy Research and Development Division’s Energy Technology Systems Integration Program.…

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…

City of San Diego Honored for Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, Electric Vehicles, and Renewables

This City of San Diego press release contains a great list of programming that the City has implemented in pursuit of its energy efficiency and sustainability goals – programming that has saved the City energy, money, and led to the City being honored at SDG&E’s recent Energy Showcase Event. Activities undertaken by the City include: Installation…

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…

Rancho Mirage Saves through Demand Response, Lighting and HVAC Retrofits, and More

Learn about the City of Rancho Mirage’s work with Southern California Edison (SCE) to improve its energy efficiency, reduce demand, save money, and lead its community by example. Retrofits undertaken at the City’s library and municipal buildings leveraged SCE’s Express Solutions and Custom Solutions incentives, as well as its Direct Install program. Demand response Rancho…
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