DOE Publication: Energy Efficiency in Separate Tenant Spaces – A Feasibility Study

The U.S Department of Energy (DOE)’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a new publication on energy efficiency in tenant spaces. Click here to view Energy Efficiency in Separate Tenant Spaces – A Feasibility Study in full; the Executive Summary is copied below. Commercial buildings account for 20% of energy used…

Resources for Stakeholder Engagement in Energy Efficient TOD Planning

A number of local governments are exploring more efficient housing developments to leverage cap and trade funding through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. Support for local government engagement of the community in this process is available through Enterprise Community Partners. With support from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and in…

Energy efficiency and savings through window films

Window films have been used in various capacities for years, but now are becoming more widespread in their use to lower building HVAC energy load – and are showing great energy savings and co-benefits. Learn more through coverage in an Energy Manager article here. Looking for examples of California implementation? Check out this PG&E fact sheet…

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.

Annual Report is Released Detailing 2015-16 Cap and Trade Auction Proceed Expenditures

California’s Department of Finance has released an Annual Report detailing the outcomes of close to $2.6 billion appropriated from Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) to state agencies in 2015 and 2016. $1.7 billion has been allocated to greenhouse gas (GHG)-reducing programs and projects expected to save 14.3 million tons of GHGs, with investments in high speed rail…

Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans

California’s Natural Resource Agency released a new report earlier this week, Safeguarding California: Implementation Action Plans. The report showcases the state’s activities to reduce carbon consumption and prepare for activities – including droughts, wildfires, and sea level rise – expected with climate change. To read about the role of energy efficiency policies and programs (including the state’s Energy Efficiency…

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%…

CEC’s March/April Blueprint Newsletter in Review

The CEC’s Blueprint Newsletter for March and April is out! The Newsletter covers everything from demand responsive controls and commissioning to small duct high-velocity HVAC systems, to upcoming free trainings. This is a great (more…)

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,…

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.

CEC’s Blueprint Newsletter, Nov 2015-Feb 2016 Now Available

Issue 112 of the California Energy Commission’s Blueprint Newsletter is now available. In the issue: A change in Home Energy Rating System (HERS) providers; A new computer compliance software program; Funding for workforce training from the CEC’s Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program; Guidance on radiant barriers; and more! Click here to read the newsletter.  
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