California Releases Draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan (Comments Requested by July 6th)

The state has released a Draft California Sustainable Freight Action Plan in response to Governor Brown’s B-32-15 Executive Order, with comments requested on the Draft Plan by July 6th. (more…)

Palo Alto City Council Council Adopts 80 x 30 Goal, Shares Earth Day Progress Report

Palo Alto’s City Council adopted the general framework of its Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) at its April 18th meeting, committing to a greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal of 80 percent by 2030. (more…)

4/25 CEC Workshop: Lead Commissioner Technology Merit Review Workshop: Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Project Success

As shared on the CEC’s website, Lead Commissioner for Transportation of the California Energy Commission Janea A. Scott will conduct a Technology Merit Review workshop April 25th at 9:00am to highlight key ingredients for successful development of electric (more…)

Managing EV Adoption: Lessons from Sacramento Municipal Utility District

Electric vehicle rollout requires management of a number of different concerns – including new infrastructure, peak electric load and consumption considerations, and customer concerns. In this article from Valley Vision, hear from Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) Manager of the Electric Transportation and Energy & Research Bill Boyce on what SMUD is doing to get the…

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.

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,…

CEC adopts the 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report, and approves $3.5M for smart technologies

On Wednesday Feb. 10th, the CEC adopted the final 2015 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR). This report not only provides a 10-year forecast of electricity consumption and peak demand and natural gas demand throughout California, but also provides energy plant and infrastructure updates, and discusses building efficiency, appliance efficiency and decarbonization toward the 40% GHG…