WRCOG, SANBAG and County of LA Win 2016 Climate Leadership Award

Congratulations to the Western Riverside Council of Governments, San Bernardino Associated Governments, and the County of Los Angeles, for receiving the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s 2016 Climate Leadership Award! For more information on their accomplishments and best practices using the Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program, click here.

ACEEE Fact Sheets: Representing the many values of EE

ACEEE released a series of fact sheets this week that contain stories on how energy efficiency improvements have had positive impacts on family disposable income, economic development, environment, and health. These powerful stories are a great resource to help share the many values of energy efficiency.

Webinar: Bringing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to Low-Income Communities: What’s Working

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)’s webinar series, Bringing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to Low-Income Communities: What’s Working, the following webinar will be held April 13th: Solar for All: Making it Happen in Low-Income Communities April 13, 2016 | 2:00–3:30 PM EST To register, visit the webinar’s registration page here.

Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee Website Now Live!

The EE Coordinating Committee‘s website is now live: visit www.caeecc.org for the latest information on how to analysis and progress to date on Program Administrators’ developments of multi-year business plans for energy efficiency programming and funds – and how you can get involved. For information on the public sector sub-committee’s upcoming meeting on March 16th, click here.

Best Practices for Low-Income EE Programs

A new report from ACEEE looks at how EE programming can best reach low-income households. As shared in the ACEEE blog post, and discussed in last month’s California’s Clean Economy legislative hearing, low-income households represent a great remaining opportunity for energy efficiency and savings. Per the report’s abstract: “Of the total spending on residential energy efficiency programs in 2014, 18%…

Public Sector Sub-Committee 3/16 Meeting Basics: What It Is, Why It’s Happening and Why It’s a Significant Opportunity for Local Government Feedback on Utility/PA Offerings

The 5-second answer to the above: The March 16th meeting is a unique opportunity to hear and give feedback on the public sector market/needs analysis conducted by energy efficiency Program Administrators, which will be used to develop their business plans for their energy efficiency programming for the next five years. The meeting is a new opportunity…

Employee engagement and workplace strategies for EE success

An article in Environmental Leader interviews sustainability leadership at General Motors, and uncovers some great tips for generating support for sustainability initiatives in the workplace – support that has allowed GM to make 130 of their sites waste-free, and generate $1 billion from recycling. I have seen all of the major points made work for energy…

California small businesses recognized through CoolCalifornia.org for implementing climate-smart strategies

Earlier this week, the California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced the winners of the 6th CoolCalifornia Small Business Awards, recognizing small businesses that demonstrate leadership and make notable, voluntary achievements toward reducing their carbon footprint. CARB’s press release is shared below: “These businesses illustrate the California story,” said CARB Chair Mary Nichols. “From Eureka to San…

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.

CivicSpark Webinar 3/9: Social Media Marketing for Community Sustainability Efforts

CivicSpark is having a webinar on March 9th from 9:30-10:30AM that may be of interest to local governments developing community-focused energy efficiency programs and targeting energy efficiency in the community. The session is on Social Media Marketing specifically targeted at community-scale energy and environment outreach programs. The presentation by Dr. Kat Donnelly will focus on successful…

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…

ACEEE Study Reviews Energy Efficiency Financing Coverage, Gaps, and Latest Trends

A new study from the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) reviews coverage, gaps, and latest trends in energy efficiency financing. The study looks at: Financing trends in high coverage areas, including efficiency improvements to new and existing buildings, hybrid/electric vehicles and energy-efficient IT; Sectors that still contain gaps in financing option coverage,…

Office of Planning and Research Seeks Feedback on Jurisdictions’ Climate Change Activities

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has completed a draft list of plans and initiatives adopted by California jurisdictions to address climate change. Any changes to the list received by 2/19/16 will be incorporated.

Mayor Calaycay Calls on City of Claremont to Win CoolCalifornia Challenge

Mayor Corey Calaycay urges City of Claremont residents to save energy and help Claremont win this year’s CoolCalifornia Challenge with some… innovative ideas: The 2015-2016 CoolCalifornia Challenge is administered by EnergyUpgrade California. Interested in the CoolCalifornia challenge, and what other cities are doing to participate? Search this site for “CoolCalifornia”, or click here.

City of Martinez Mayor Rob Schroeder Speaks on CoolCalifornia City Competition

City of Martinez Mayor Rob Schroeder discusses why CoolCalifornia is a great opportunity to achieve and showcase energy savings, and also win “cool hard cash” to fund sustainability projects like LED lighting or a new bike path. Scroll down in the Mayor’s “State of the City” address for more. The 2015-2016 CoolCalifornia Challenge is administered by…