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 November 02, 2020



wEEkly update
Tuesday, November 17 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Another SEEC forum is in the books and the SEEC program as we’ve known it is sunsetting after a decade of success. Join us to celebrate all we’ve learned together and help us think into a promising new chapter for CA local government energy efficiency collaboration. This event will feature updates from each SEEC NGO, new tools to help you access useful information, and a listening session where you can help drive what we do next.


Moderator: Angie Hacker, Statewide Best Practices Coordinator


Julia Kim, Local Government Commission


Nicole Enright, Institute for Local Government


Calyn Hart
, ICLEI USA
Register for BPC Spotlight Event 2
2020 Zero Energy project locations. (Map courtesy of New Buildings Institute.)
Center for Climate Change Communication - Our latest national poll, released today, finds that American voters strongly support transitioning the U.S. to clean sources of energy, and think that transitioning away from natural gas will benefit Americans and their communities
Grist - Ever since workers strung the wires of the first electrical grid in 1882, buildings have been gobbling up energy. But what if that relationship were upended so that buildings fitted with solar panels produced more electricity than they consumed?
ACEEE - Replacing gas-burning heating systems in commercial buildings with efficient electrified heat-pumps could reduce these buildings’ total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 44%, according to a new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE).
Mercury News - It’s a fuel that produces zero carbon emissions and can be stored for use during surges in electricity demand.

SEEC Announcements

 
11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum:
 

Opportunities

 
Department of Energy - A Connected Community (CC) is a group of grid-interactive efficient buildings GEB with diverse, flexible end use equipment and other distributed energy resources (DERs) that collectively work to maximize building, community, and grid efficiency. Under this FOA, DOE will select a portfolio of “Connected Community” projects totaling up to $65 million in varying climates, geographies, building types, building vintages, DERs utility/grid/regulatory structures and resource bases. Through funding these projects, DOE hopes to find and share technical and market solutions that will increase demand flexibility and energy efficiency. Learn more. There will be a FOA informational webinar held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 2:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Central Coast Leaders in Energy Action Program
The Energy Coalition - There’s a new partnership in town, helping communities along the Central Coast to save energy, save money, and build energy resilience: the Central Coast Leaders in Energy Action Program! The Central Coast Leaders in Energy Action Program, or CC-LEAP for short, offers no-cost support to public agencies in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties to help them complete energy efficiency projects. Their services include facility benchmarking, energy efficiency audits, and support identifying incentive and financing opportunities. Learn more about how CC-LEAP is making it easier for public agencies to upgrade facilities, conserve energy, manage resources, and lead toward a more sustainable future at ccleap.org.

SoCalGas has increased rebates by an additional 50% on all qualifying energy efficient equipment offered through their rebate programs for purchases between Sept. 1 through Dec. 31, 2020.
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.
SoCalREN  - Calling all California public agencies! The Southern California Regional Energy Network is seeking input on a statewide Public Sector Financing Study. Complete our <15 minute survey to share insights that help ensure future energy programs meet the needs of your agency, and we’ll donate $15 on your behalf to the California Wildfire Relief Fund. Join us in helping California recover now with a donation to wildfire relief, and become more resilient in the future with energy efficiency programs that help your agency conserve energy and save money. Make your voice heard and ensure a wildfire relief donation in your nameSURVEY LINK

Top Resources

  1. BPC Webinar Recording: How Disadvantaged Communities Can Take Advantage of Dedicated Energy and Climate Opportunities  (SEEC)
  2. Sustainability Best Practices During the COVID-19 Crisis  (ILG)
  3. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Guidance (BPC)
  4. Issue Brief: Local Natural Gas Emission Reduction Options (BPC)
  5. Best Practices for Virtual Engagement (LGC)
  6. Programs to Promote Zero-Energy New Homes and Buildings (ACEEE)
  7. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  8. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

Job Announcements

Upcoming Virtual Events

If you are a local government practitioner that could use help rounding up answers, resources, and examples to help you make progress on energy or climate issues within your community, please request technical assistance at https://bit.ly/seebcpTA.
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