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Local Natural Gas Emission Reductions listserv
BPC - This listserv is intended to allow interested local energy and climate practitioners and others to continue the conversation that began on April 23, 2020, at a Virtual Office Hours on the topic of Local Natural Gas Emission Reductions. The purpose of this listserv is to share questions, information, resources, and lessons learned relevant to helping local governments pursue a variety of natural gas emission reduction options.
IRENA - The Global Renewables Outlook shows the path to create a sustainable future energy system. This flagship report highlights climate-safe investment options until 2050, the policy framework needed for the transition and the challenges faced by different regions. As the world seeks durable economic solutions, accelerated uptake of renewables promises to drive sustainable development, boost well-being and create tens of millions of new jobs.
Utility Drive - St. Louis became the first Midwest city to pass a Building Energy Performance Standard (BEPS) to advance the city's goal of eliminating community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050.
Union of Concerned Scientists - CAISO released a report showing reductions in energy demand and energy prices following stay at home orders from some California counties in mid-March and the March 20 statewide stay at home order. California saw more significant reductions in weekday energy use compared to weekend energy use.

SEEC Announcements

SEEC - Due to the CPUC Decisions requiring the Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) to outsource 60% of their customer programs (Decision 16-08-0192) to Third Party contractors, and the minimum cost- effectiveness thresholds for IOU program portfolios, the IOUs have undergone a portfolio balancing process that includes reducing budgets and sunsetting programs, which includes the IOUs’ partnership with SEEC. Click to read more about the upcoming transition. 

Submit a Proposal for the 11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum!
SEEC - There are two priority deadlines to submit proposals: submit by May 29th for the second block (Aug-Sep) or by July 31st for the third block (Oct-Nov). Session tracks this year include: Leading with Equity & Community Engagement; Energy Resilience; Integrated Planning to Action; and Decarbonization Pathways. Check the forum website for the proposal guidance and the submission form!


CPUC - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is continuing to work with the Investor Owned Utilities on future New Residential Construction Programs that will pilot and explore deeper energy efficiency opportunities to help meet California's aggressive greenhouse gas reduction goals. Over the coming year, the CPUC will be engaging stakeholders to discuss and define potential opportunities. This survey will help to inform and guide that effort.

Request For Proposal: Development and Implementation of Residential and Commercial Demand Response Programs
WRCOG - Western Community Energy is seeking Proposals for the design, development, implementation, and management of Demand Response (DR) Programs and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) for Residential and Non-residential customers in its territory. Apply by May 26. View the RFP Guidelines.
CivicSpark - Apply today to receive project support to address emerging environmental and community resilience challenges. In response to the scale and urgency of COVID-19, CivicSpark is prepared to focus Fellow support on recovery activities such as: supporting development of responsive programs or connecting community members with resources. Hosting a Fellow is a cost-effective way to bolster response efforts. Explore potential recovery activities by contacting Kif Scheuer (, or visit our website below to learn more about the application.
Funding Resource - The California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) released the first of two Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announcements for the Permanent Local Housing Allocation Program. The first NOFA is for formula funding - formula amounts by jurisdiction can be found in Appendix A in the NOFA, here. Don't wait to apply - the deadline for formula funding is July 27, 2020! *Keep a lookout for the NOFA for the Permanent Local Housing Allocation Competitive Program, which is anticipated to be released August 2020.* Learn more about the Permanent Local Housing Allocation Program by visiting our website at:

Top Resources

  1. Best Practices for Virtual Engagement (LGC)
  2. 2019 Energy Transition Survey (ICMA)
  3. Community Resilience Planning and Clean Energy Initiatives: A Review of City-Led Efforts for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (ACEEE)
  4. Low-Income Energy Affordability Data (LEAD) Tool (DOE)
  5. Getting to Zero Buildings Database (New Buildings Institute)
  6. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  7. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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