PG&E Joins Better Buildings Clean Energy in Low Income Communities Accelerator

The Better Buildings Challenge recently shared an update on the progress of its partners in their achievement of energy savings (including $1.3 billion saved nationally), and also announced several new accelerators. PG&E is jumping on board with the new Clean Energy in Low Income Communities Accelerator. Learn more in the press release, excerpted below: As…

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…

US Department of Energy Announcement of Upcoming Funding Availability: Data-driven Local and Tribal Government Energy and Climate Strategic Planning

The U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE)’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) has released a Notice of Intent for a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications to advance data-driven decision-making by local governments in support of their climate and energy goals. The FOA will be targeted toward local and tribal governments and…

Through USDOE’s Better Buildings Program: Cities, Utilities, and Businesses Commit to Unlocking Access to Energy Data for Building Owners and Improving Energy Efficiency

Local Government, private sector, and utility actions spur access to energy data and accelerate energy efficiency investment & innovation in buildings and homes (read more of this press release on WhiteHouse.gov) Making businesses and homes more energy efficient is a win for jobs and economic growth, operating costs and bottom lines, and the President’s commitment…

Integrating Energy Savings into City Operations: A Look at Chula Vista’s City Operations Sustainability Plan

Some of the most efficient energy efficiency efforts leverage and integrate with existing capital or operational plans. Chula Vista’s City Operations Sustainability Plan is a great document showing how Chula Vista is achieving this. The Energy Use portion of the Plan calls out sources of energy project funding, energy goals to be pursued depending on success…

U.S. DOE Report: How Climate Change Threatens U.S. Energy Infrastructure

A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy covers how climate change threatens energy infrastructure. Click here for discussion between DOE Secretary Ernest Muniz and Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, or to read the report. For a fact sheet on implications for the Southwest (including California), click here.

US Department of Energy Guidance on Zero Energy Buildings

Looking for more information on what to expect in a Zero Net Energy building? The U.S. Department of Energy has used an extensive process of stakeholder engagement to carefully define Zero Energy Buildings in their new document, A Common Definition for Zero Energy Buildings, released today. Per the Definition, such a building is “an energy-efficient building where,…
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