EE Funding to Low-Income Increased by $250 Million to Alleviate Blackout Risks

As covered by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the CPUC has approved $250 million in funding in Decision 16-04-040 to augment the budget of the Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) Program in the Los Angeles region. Per NRDC: As a result of the commission’s action, Southern California Gas and Southern California Edison can now use…

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…)

EDF and ACEEE: the Latest Best Practices for Programs to Reach Low-Income Communities and Lower the Energy Burden

There’s been lots of news lately highlighting the opportunity (and the need) for pairing energy efficiency investments with low-income and underserved communities. More was (more…)

Energy Efficiency and Social Justice: How Energy Efficiency Can Serve Underserved Communities

A report came out from ACEEE today finding that energy costs take up a greater percent of income in African-American, Latino, low-income, and low-income multi-family and renter households. The report looks at 48 cities across the United States – including Los Angeles, (more…)

6/6 Training for Resiliency-Focused Local Government Staff: Engaging Communities in Effective Problem Solving, by Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI)

The Resilient Communities Initiative (RCI) is holding a special training for local governments June 6th, in Oakland, CA: read more below. Climate change is a daunting topic, especially for agencies tasked with (more…)

Consumer Impacts of California’s Low Carbon Transportation Policies

A new study prepared for the Consumers Union by ICF International on California’s Low Carbon Transportation policies finds that households will save between $1,210–1,530 annually by 2030 (after accounting for the impacts of California’s transportation (more…)

Report: How Climate Change Affects Health in the United States

A new report by the U.S. Global Change Research Program provides a scientific assessment of how climate change is already affecting human health. The report focuses in on temperature-related death and illness, air quality impacts, extreme events, vector- (more…)

Upcoming Federal Webinars for State and Local Governments

Check out the below federal webinars advertised through EPA’s State and Local Climate newsletter! It’s looking like AB 802’s benchmarking and energy disclosure implementation is going to leverage EPA Portfolio Manager, and the (more…)

Looking for Funding? More than $569 million available to local governments for climate and energy initiatives from federal agencies

Ten different federal funding opportunities, totaling more than $569 million shared through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s State and Local Climate and Energy newsletter are shared below. To sign up for EPA’s newsletter, or learn more, visit the EPA State and Local Climate and Energy Program site.   1) DOE State Energy Program 2016 Competitive Awards – $5 million Applications…

Best Practices and Lessons Learned in Energy Efficient Housing Development

Hundreds of millions of dollars are being made available through cap and trade auction proceed allocation to the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program, which funds land-use, housing, transportation, and land preservation projects that support infill and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. (More background here). These funds represent a huge opportunity for local governments – particularly…

2016 State Policy Landscape: What it Means for the Sierra

The Government Affairs Director of the Sierra Business Council shares a high-level update on state legislative climate policy that are important to the Sierra. Key components include the Governor’s Proposed Budget’s allocation of $3.1 billion in Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) dollars, implications of SB 350, and the Under 2 MOU proposal associated with the December…