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Featured Resources and Events

buttoaklandrichmondcop21Hear from the Cities of Oakland and Richmond on their experience visiting Paris during the COP21 Climate Conference in December 2015, specific examples on their leadership on energy and climate in their communities, and advice for local governments looking to get started.

TCURRENTS Summerhe Summer edition of CURRENTS is out! Hear from environmental justice leaders on local government planning best practices, get the latest from local governments implementing zero net energy buildings, and hear about an innovative new program to motivate residential energy savings using the promise of college education.

The 2016 Energy Code is out and ready for adoption!

2016 beesVisit the California Energy Commission’s website for the full code, compliance manuals, worksheets, and compliance software available now.  Or, navigate the Code using Energy Code Ace’s helpful Reference Ace tool.

Looking for quick summaries of what’s changed since the 2013 code? Click here for fact sheets from Energy Code Ace.

Looking for motivation? Check out this study showing how increasing compliance saves taxpayer dollars.

Missed this year’s SEEC Forum? Take a look at these plenary session videos: 

SEEC7thAnnualHear from state leaders at the CEC, CPUC and SGC, learn about the state of local climate action, get best practices on addressing equity and environmental justice in energy and climate planning, and more. All session presentations, forum posters, and other resources are posted on

LGC SEECplen1Executive Director Kate Meis, CPUC Executive Director Tim Sullivan, SGC Executive Director Randall Winston, and CEC Advisor to Commissioner McAllister Patrick Saxton discuss creating a vision for an advanced energy future.

Statewide SEECplen2Coordinator Jordan Decker, ICLEI’s Brian Holland, ILG’s Steve Sanders and the Governor’s Office of Policy & Research (OPR)’s Michael McCormick discuss findings from local government successes on the state of climate action.

Introduced by SCG’s Dan Rendler: LA SEECplen3County’s Kristen Holdsworth, CalEPA’s Arsenio Mataka, Environmental Health Coalition’s Carolina Martinez and Center for Community Action & Environmental Justice’s Penny Newman discuss best practices in ensuring environmental justice in climate and energy planning.

SEEC Webinar: Energy Efficiency Resources at the State Level 101

101webApril 19th, 11:00am. Recorded webinar available. A great of overview who handles what in energy efficiency and sustainability at the state level, why, and what activities and resources are available now. Webinar introduced by the Coordinator and presented by Jody London, Jody London Consulting.

Interested in what energy efficiency programs and funds will be offered by the investor-owned utilities (IOUs), regional energy networks (RENs), and other Program Administrators in coming years? Sign up to review and influence program development with the EE Coordinating Committee!

Through a new process prioritizing stakeholder engagement, all parties interested are invited in sit in on meetings to review analysis and planning that go into planning ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs overseen by the CPUC. (This is part of the new “rolling portfolio” process through which Program Administrators create 5-year business plans for EE programming and funds.) To learn more, and stay updated on this fast-moving review process, sign up for email alerts with the EE Coordinating Committee.

wrcogimgGet an overview of the BEYOND Program from Alexa Washburn at the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) in this short video. (Or, learn more about WRCOG activities here.)

sb350presimgHear from CEC Commissioners Hochschild and McAllister in this online presentation of the implications of SB 350 and AB 802 for California’s local governments.