December 21, 2020

wEEkly update
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U.S. News - The Golden State, known for its stringent vehicle emissions standards and net-zero energy building codes, took the top spot in a new report.
Yale Climate Connections - Formerly redlined areas tend to have more pavement and fewer trees than other neighborhoods.
Utility Dive - Gridium announced that its energy efficiency retrofit project, constructed at 550 Montgomery St. on behalf of Downtown Properties, is the first to leverage PG&E’s Commercial Whole Building program, a performance-based program that financially rewards customers for every unit of energy saved.
The Hill - The Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a rule that allows companies to develop their own methods for testing the energy efficiency of their products.

National News 

Between economic stimulus efforts and post-election transitions, there is a great deal of movement at the federal level that can impact local governments. The Best Practices Coodinator will curate this temporary segment to help local government practitioners quickly keep up to date on relevant national news related to clean energy and climate change. 
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SoCalGas - SoCalGas is offering bigger rebates for customers buying energy efficient appliances and other rebate-qualified products—and with many people facing financial hardship during the pandemic, it couldn’t come at a better time,” said Brian Prusnek, SoCalGas director of customer programs and assistance. Qualifying for rebates has never been easier, simply click Here and follow 9-nine easy steps to submit your online application. A Live Support Agent will pop up in the Chat box in case you need help. No extra steps are needed – your increased rebate will be automatically calculated.

Top Resources

  1. COGs as a Key Conduit to Public Sector Efficiency Success (BPC)
  2. Best Practices Database (BPC)
  3. Technical Assistance Directory (BPC)
  4. Better Buildings Financing Navigator (DOE)
  5. BPC Webinar Recording: How Disadvantaged Communities Can Take Advantage of Dedicated Energy and Climate Opportunities  (SEEC)
  6. Sustainability Best Practices During the COVID-19 Crisis  (ILG)
  7. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Guidance (BPC)
  8. Issue Brief: Local Natural Gas Emission Reduction Options (BPC)
  9. Best Practices for Virtual Engagement (LGC)
  10. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  11. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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