Madera County Set to Save Energy, and Nearly $15M in Tax Dollars through Facility Energy Efficiency Upgrades and Solar Install

The Madera County Board of Supervisors announced at its March 1st Board meeting that it has completed the latest chapter in its successful solar and energy efficiency program with OpTerra Energy Services energy performance contracting. OpTerra’s press release is shared below. You can watch a short news clip and hear more from County leadership on efforts…

Corte Madera Adopts Climate Action Plan

Earlier this month, the Town of Corte Madera adopted and published its new Climate Action Plan, making Marin County a county where all cities and towns – and the County itself – have a climate action plan in place. (Click here for links to all of Marin County’s climate action plans.) The Plan reviews the Town’s greenhouse…

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.

San Francisco LED Streetlights Replacement Interactive Map

This year, San Francisco will be replacing 18,500 of its City-owned cobra head streetlights with LEDs, saving the City energy, money, and maintenance – the new bulbs will use approximately half as much energy, and last four times as long. More information is available on the City’s website here, and an interactive map showing planned…

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…

Save the Date! 3/29 BayREN Forum, “Bridging the Gap: From Efficient Policies to Successful, On-the-Ground Implementation”

The Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) will be holding a forum on March 29th, 8:30am-12:00pm to discuss moving from policy and planning to implementation. The forum will be at California State University’s East Bay Oakland Center (1000 Broadway #109, Oakland) and also be accessible via WebEx. This will be the first forum event BayREN…

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.
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