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 September 21, 2020



wEEkly update
ACEEE - The report, arriving as some states end moratoriums on utility shutoffs instituted earlier this year, finds that one-fourth of all U.S. households and two-thirds of low-income ones have high energy burdens, meaning they spend more than 6% of their income on utility bills. Two of every five low-income households have severe burdens, spending more than 10% of their income on energy costs.
CEC - The California Energy Commission is excited to announce the first-ever Hall of Fame Awards to champions who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We’re looking for nominees who are using their superpowers and creative energies to make innovative and exceptional contributions that are helping California lead in the pursuit of a 100 percent clean energy future.
 
ILG - Recently, the Strategic Growth Council awarded the City of Ventura nearly $200,000 to create a Climate Action and Resilience Plan that specifically addresses the city’s risk and recovery from wildfire.
Net zero by 2050 is achievable, affordable, and will improve lives
RMI - A net-zero global economy is technically and economically possible by the middle of this century. The technologies and business solutions needed to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero are already available or close to being brought to market.

SEEC Announcements

 
11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum:
 
 
Sunsetting Updates:
Take the SEEC Sunsetting Participant Survey

Opportunities

TFN  - The Funders Network (TFN), in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, is pleased to announce that Partners for Places is offering it’s second round of Mini Grants to help local governments, local foundations, and frontline community-led group(s) build relationships, align around project ideas, and ideally develop a proposal that centers on racial equity in water, sustainability, and/or climate action work. Mini grant applicants can receive up to $10,000 and are designed to strengthen the relationship between the three partners in order to aid in the development of a full and jointly developed P4P proposal. Applicants can request funding to hire expertise and/or to bring together local government water and/or sustainability department leaders, local funders, and frontline community-led group(s). Frontline community members may be compensated for their participation. Mini Grant applications are due on Sept. 30, 2020.

California Energy Commission’s Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards
CEC - The California Energy Commission’s Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards recognizes leaders advancing California’s clean energy goals. The awards honor individuals and entities making exceptional contributions to help California achieve a 100 percent clean energy future for all. To be considered, nominations must be submitted by the deadline of September 30, 2020.

SoCalGas to Award $150K in Planning Grants to Support Climate Adaptation and Resiliency
SoCalREN  - Weather related natural disasters, from the Napa Valley fires to the mudslides in Montecito, have highlighted the critical importance of community hazard mitigation planning. To assist local governments in planning for these events, SoCalGas® is initiating the Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning Grant Program. In 2020, SoCalGas will award three grants of $50,000 through a competitive process. Local governments that are participating in vulnerability assessments, climate adaptation and resiliency plans, or updating their local hazard mitigation plans to address climate adaptation through their General Plan process are eligible to apply. Apply by September 25, 2020.
 
SoCalREN Public Sector Financing Survey
SoCalREN  - Calling all California public agency representatives! The SoCalREN Public Agency Programs are seeking input on a Public Sector Market Characterization Financing Study. Your unique insights will allow public sector program implementers to design energy efficiency programs that work for you and help you save energy and money. The survey should take less than 15 minutes to complete. Click here to make your voice heardSURVEY LINK
 
Advanced Plug Load and Smart Exterior Lighting Systems
CEC - The purpose of this solicitation is to fund applied research and technology demonstration projects to advance innovative technologies for controlling plug load and exterior lighting energy use. The solicitation will have three funding groups: 1) Analyze and Test Total Energy Consumption of Plug Load Devices to Support California Codes and Standards for Non-covered Products; 2) Demonstrate the Integration of Smart Plug Load Controls and Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) in Commercial Buildings; 3) Demonstrate Smart Exterior Solid-State Lighting in Low-Income or Disadvantaged Communities. Submission Deadline: October 05, 2020, 5:00 pm.

Clean Mobility Options Program accepting Mobility Project Voucher Applications starting October 20, 2020
CMO - The Clean Mobility Options (CMO) Voucher Pilot Program is a statewide initiative that provides zero-emission shared mobility options to underserved communities in California. The CMO Voucher Pilot is available throughout California to eligible disadvantaged communities, as well as eligible low-income tribal and affordable-housing communities, to increase access to safe, reliable, convenient and affordable transportation options. There is now $20 million available for Clean Mobility Projects (up to $1 million per project). Of the total $20 million, $2 million is set-aside specifically for tribes.

Register for a Regional Workshop
ICARP is hosting a series of regionally focused, online workshops to get input on the online integration of the Adaptation Planning Guide into the Adaptation Clearinghouse. The workshops will highlight region-specific resources, lead participants through a virtual tour and interactive exploration of the site, and provide the opportunity to give feedback. Sign up below:
9/22 Central Coast, 1 - 2:30 pm | Register
9/23 North Coast and Inland North, 1 - 2:30 pm | Register
9/24 Inland South, 1 - 2:30 pm | Register
9/25 Los Angeles, 10 - 11:30am | Register
9/29 Sierra Nevada, 1 - 4 pm | Register (Includes Cal-Adapt workshop)

Top Resources

  1. Save Energy To Help Prevent Service Interruption  (FlexAlert)
  2. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Guidance (BPC)
  3. Issue Brief: Local Natural Gas Emission Reduction Options (BPC)
  4. Best Practices for Virtual Engagement (LGC)
  5. Weatherization and Home Improvements: A Promising Path for Improving Health and Reducing Medical Costs for Older Adults (ACEEE)
  6. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  7. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

Job Announcements

Upcoming Virtual Events

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