New Alpine Zero Net Energy Library Groundbreaking Ceremony Held March 6th

A new zero net energy (ZNE) library in Alpine held its Groundbreaking Ceremony on March 6th. The new library is the County of San Diego’s first of multiple ZNE libraries planned for construction, and combines energy efficiency and renewable energy strategies to achieve its net zero energy use. Utilized strategies include architectural design to minimize…

Governor’s 2016-17 Budget Proposes Allocating $3.1B from Cap and Trade Proceeds

The Governor’s proposed 2016-17 budget, released earlier this month, proposes a $3.1 billion allocation of cap and trade program proceeds. This allocation is divided into two categories: continuous appropriation, and one-time appropriation. As summarized by the League of California Cities in a great summary of cap and trade, funding for specific program areas are proposed across…

CEC Request for Information Due February 10th

The purpose of this Request for Information is to determine areas of readiness and planning activities for potential funding. Responses received, as well as staff research and public comments from the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program Investment Plan Advisory Committee workshops, will guide the development of the next solicitation that will utilize…

SDG&E 2016 Energy Education & Training Catalog (Jan-Mar) Available – Plus, Lending Library

A catalog of trainings offered by SDG&E throughout the first quarter of this year is available on SDG&E’s website, here.  Trainings are offered in the following categories: Lighting Technologies Energy Management Strategies Building Envelope, Standards & Software HVAC Systems & Technologies Commercial & Industrial Technologies Food Service Renewables & Sustainability Home Performance Homeowner Workshops Trade…

ZNE Case Studies Available at New Buildings Institute: Features include San Francisco’s Exploratorium, San Diego offices, San Leandro ZNE Training Center

Looking to learn more about zero net energy (ZNE) best practices? The New Buildings Institute has released a number of case studies describing zero net energy retrofits and development from across the continent. California buildings are prominently featured, and include: San Francisco’s Exploratorium, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) building, offices on San Diego’s…

EV Charging Stations Installed and Operational at Cupertino Library

As part of the CEC-funded Bay Area Charge Ahead Project, the City of Cupertino has installed two EV Chargepoint Level 2 charging stations at its library. The Project plans on installing charging stations in 152 Bay Area high-priority, high congestion areas. The Bay Area has a goal of 100,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2020.…

Energy Roadmaps Completed for all SANDAG Cities, Implementation Underway

Through collaboration with the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and support from its local government partnership with SDG&E, the Cities of Solana Beach and Poway recently released their Energy Roadmaps. These Roadmaps serve as management plans that provide the Cities with a framework to identify ways to save energy in government operations and in the…

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…

2015 SEEC Forum Plenary Presentation

Below is a recording of the 6th Annual SEEC Forum’s final plenary session. Hear from California Building Industry Association (CBIA)’s Bob Raymer how Title 24’s new code requirements (coming 2017) like high performing attics (more…)

PG&E Multi-Family Program Variable Refrigerant Flow (VRF) Video Course

Join the PG&E Multi-Family Program for an hour long webinar where they discuss modeling VRF systems: We will discuss the different types of VRF systems and how they are different. We will show how VRF systems are modeled and what to do when a property is looking at VRF systems as an energy efficient upgrade.  
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