CEC RFP: Technical Support For Increasing Energy Efficiency In Existing Buildings to Support SB 350, AB 758, and AB 802 Implementation

Per the RFP, the California Energy Commission (CEC) is seeking a “consultant team of qualified staff and subcontractors to provide technical support to the Energy Commission’s existing buildings programs for increasing energy efficiency in existing California buildings, to implement portions of energy efficiency strategies for existing buildings as directed by Assembly Bill 758 (Skinner, 2008),…

CEC Investments in Natural Gas Efficiency, Plug Load Efficiency

The California Energy Commission (CEC) approved $4.3 million in investments in natural gas efficiency earlier this week. Technologies and measures invested in include waste heat recovery for industrial furnaces and steam boilers, absorption chiller technology developments, and a high-efficiency solar thermal demonstration. Another $8 million was approved for investments in technologies and research to reduce plug load energy consumption. A summary,…

March 14th Zero Net Energy (ZNE) Schools Retrofit workshop at the San Mateo County Office of Education

Find out how schools in California and across the country are saving energy, money and more! The New Buildings Institute is holding a no-cost training on March 14th covering zero net energy, in partnership with the California IOUs as part of the Prop 39 ZNE Pilot program. Join them to learn how you can help…

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…

U.S. DOE Better Buildings Alliance Winter 2016 Progress Update

The U.S. Department of Energy has released the annual Better Buildings Alliance Winter 2016 Progress Update, full of resources for local governments and building professionals alike. Prominently featured are plug load management strategies, demand controlled ventilation (DCV) and use tips for Energy Management Systems (EMS). Plug load in particular is getting a lot of attention…

ACEEE Shows Energy Efficiency Leads: Bill Gates Interview Follow Up, and Clean Power Plan Solutions

ACEEE released some interesting stories this week. The first is a response to Bill Gates’s interview in The Atlantic, in which he again shares that we need innovation, not just insulation. While new technology developments are absolutely critical, ACEEE points out that energy efficiency has provided foundational benefits on its own, and will continue to…

Webinar 2/26: Why Upgrade to Intelligent Buildings: Energy Savings Yes, but also Operational Improvements

Rocky Mountain Institute’s recent post provides a great summary of how turning your building into a smart building is a top market trend, and can save energy and money, but also help you fix and control aspects of your building that may surprise you. A webinar on covering intelligent building opportunities and Building Energy Management…

GTM Webinar 2/25: Top Emerging Technology Trends of Large Energy Users

Large energy users are often the early adopters of exciting new energy management technology trends. Learn more about top trends that Greentech Media sees coming through large energy users, in a GTM webinar this Thursday, February 25th, 11:00am PST/2:00pm EST. Click here to register. Interested in more energy events? Check out the EE Events Calendar on…

2/25: Second Light Duty Pilot Project Work Group for FY 2016-17

CalEPA is holding its second work group for its FY 2016-17 Light Duty Pilot Project this Thursday, February 25th, The Light Duty Pilot Project is an initiative funded through ARB and supported by cap and trade proceeds to improve low-carbon transportation and mobility in disadvantaged communities. Interested parties may attend in-person at Cal/EPA Headquarters, Conference Room 350, 1001…

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.

Webinar 3/10: Opower’s new Agile EE

Interested in new technologies to optimize demand side management (DSM)? Opower and SDG&E’s Supervisor of Residential Programs will discuss the latest energy efficiency and demand response opportunities and reporting tools available through Opower’s new Agile EE in a March 10th webinar. Click here to learn more and/or register. For more on the new Agile EE system, click…

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…
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