Sacramento trying not to leave low-income drivers behind in push for 70,000 more electric vehicles

“There are only four sites with two cars each under the program. And, in general, widespread access to electric vehicles is uncommon in Sacramento. For instance, the city runs a charging program in parking structures downtown. It’s mostly utilized by those who earn $75,000 or more annually. That could change under Sacramento’s new electric vehicle…

Webinar: Creating Energy Efficiency Programs that Better Serve Hispanic Households – Jan 30

Hispanics represent 39% of the California population and 18% of the national population, yet have been underserved by some energy efficiency programs. This webinar presents the results of two pioneering California Energy Commission-funded research studies that explore social, cultural and behavioral factors that affect Hispanic household energy use and home improvement decisions — with the…

New Federal Agency Resources: Climate Change Fact Sheets, Funding for Air Sensor Best Practices, Tribal Clean Energy

See below for coverage of new resources and funding opportunities from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)’s September State and Local Climate and Energy Program newsletter. To subscribe to the newsletter directly visit USEPA’s page here. (more…)

Lawmakers Approve Last-Minute Deal to Direct Cap-and-Trade Funding to Low/Zero-Emission Vehicles, Green Spaces, Affordable Housing and More

In the closing hours of the legislative year, lawmakers approved a last-minute deal Wednesday to free up hundreds of millions of dollars from the state’s cap-and-trade program to fund green projects across the state. Under the agreement, (more…)

New Policy Paper Proposes Cutting Poverty through Energy Efficiency, Household Expenses

Addressing income inequality and affordability is a central and growing issue for many local governments. A new policy paper, the “Urban Opportunity Agenda,” from the Center for Neighborhood Technology proposes that poverty can be cut through simply cutting core household expenses – including energy.  (more…)

CEC Workshop 8/12: Barriers to Low-Income Communities Accessing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (To Include in SB 350 Barriers Study)

The California Energy Commission will conduct a workshop to gather input on barriers faced by low-income and disadvantaged communities to investing in energy efficiency and weatherization, installing solar photovoltaic and other renewable (more…)

ARB Public Workshops Beginning 8/9: Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) Policy to Benefit Disadvantaged Communities

The California Air Resources Board (ARB) invites you to participate in a public workshop to discuss updates to ARB’s Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEP) Policy to benefit disadvantaged communities. A SEP is an environmentally beneficial (more…)

USEPA Webinar 7/19: Clean Energy Incentive Program Design Details Proposal for Community and Environmental Justice Groups

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pleased to invite you to participate in a webinar on July 19, 1:00–2:00 PM (EDT), that will provide an overview of the Clean Energy Incentive Program (CEIP) Design Details Proposal for community and (more…)

Looking for Funding? More than $177 Million is Available for State and Local Government Activities on Coastal Resiliency, Health Impacts of Climate Change, HUD Choice Neighborhoods, and More

Shared in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s State and Local Climate and Energy Newsletter below, more than $177 million in funding and technical assistance is available for state, local, and tribal governments from (more…)

Case Studies: Bringing the Benefits of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to Low-Income Communities

EPA’s State and Local Climate and Energy Program is developing a series of case studies and program profiles to help officials in state and local energy, environmental, housing, and social services agencies, non-profits, and utilities understand promising practices and (more…)