3/16 Public Sector Sub-Committee Meeting Recap, Highlights, Resources

Yesterday’s meeting of the Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee’s Public Sector Sub-Committee reviewed the analysis of the Program Administrators that will feed the five-year business plans of energy efficiency program offerings and strategies due from Administrators to the CPUC September 1st. Presentations of public sector needs and potential, challenges and opportunities were made by SDG&E, SCE,…

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…

Webinar: Bringing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to Low-Income Communities: What’s Working

As part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA)’s webinar series, Bringing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to Low-Income Communities: What’s Working, the following webinar will be held April 13th: Solar for All: Making it Happen in Low-Income Communities April 13, 2016 | 2:00–3:30 PM EST To register, visit the webinar’s registration page here.

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%…

Map of Disadvantaged Communities as Designated by CalEPA

Knowing what communities in your jurisdiction have been designated as disadvantaged can be important for understanding what funding streams may be available for energy efficiency and sustainability projects. A map of disadvantaged communities is available on the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) website, here. A list of disadvantaged communities is also available in Excel…

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,…

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…

California’s Clean Economy Legislative Hearing: Recap, Resources

A “California’s Clean Economy” legislative hearing on Energy Efficiency in Existing Buildings was held yesterday at 1pm. Speakers discussed how far EE has come in California buildings, but also some opportunities for improvement: which translate to opportunities for energy and financial savings. Key areas were: smart plug load management, LEDs and lighting controls, retro-commissioning, and building EE…

Cap and Trade Notice of Funding Availability (AHSC Program): Concept Letters Due March 16th

A total of $320 million is available from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) funded by cap and trade auction proceeds, through the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities, or “AHSC” Program. For more information: Review the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) on CA Housing and Community Development (HCD)’s website; Refer to the AHSC Program Guidelines; Visit…

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…

New podcast: Infinite Earth Radio

Skeo, in association with the Local Governments Commission (LGC), has launched a new weekly podcast committed to spreading ideas that lift up and revitalize marginalized neighborhoods and build great 21st century communities. Each week, Infinite Earth Radio features interviews with visionary civic leaders who are transforming the future so that you can hear about the…

Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Second Investment Plan Available from ARB

After months of public comment and review, the Air Resources Board’s Cap-and-Trade Auction Proceeds Second Investment Plan: Fiscal Years 2016-17 through 2018-19 is available. The Plan provides an overview of the State’s responsibilities, requirements and goals when reinvesting using the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF) – or the State’s cap and trade auction proceeds. The Governor’s…

C40 Report: Climate Action in MegaCities 3.0 Report

C40 Cities has released a report detailing city-level climate action. The report covers the following: Transformative Climate Action: Cities are Scaling Up Solutions C40 is Working: A Successful Model for Global Collaboration Financing Climate Action: Cities are investing Cities as Changemakers: Local Action Delivers Global Impact Cities On The Frontline: Mayors Are Creating Future Cities…

U.S. DOE Issues Notice of Intent: Establishment of an Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network

The U.S. Department of Energy has issued a Notice of Intent to create a funding opportunity (through a Funding Opportunity Announcement, or “FOA”) for “Establishment of an Inter-Tribal Technical Assistance Energy Providers Network”. To quote from the federal website: “The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs (Office of Indian Energy) intends…

Efficiency and Resiliency Case Study: Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe

Learn in this Climate.gov case study how Northern California’s Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe is leading on climate change mitigation, energy efficiency and renewables, and community resiliency – including their work to: conduct strategic climate action planning activities; build an energy-efficient hotel; install an innovative biomass-gasification-fuel cell system that turns biomass into electricity; install solar on…
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