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 February 03, 2020






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Wide gap seen in energy efficiency costs between public utility customer classes, but overall spending rising
Wide gap seen in energy efficiency costs between public utility customer classes, but overall spending rising. |  Eflon, Flickr
Clean Technica - The subject of energy efficient buildings continues to emerge. I spent time this week talking with the CEO of an urban modeling company about the potential ways in which their product could be linked to this goal both at the residential and commercial level.
Utility Dive - Across all types of electric utilities in the United States, researchers found efficiency spending levels rising. The national laboratory expects 3% annual growth in efficiency program spending through 2025, then slowing to less than 1% annually until 2030.
New York Times - Some school districts are replacing diesel buses with electric models to benefit students and the environment. But the change is expensive so utilities like Dominion Energy are helping offset the cost.
ACEEE - As US cities take an active role in advancing clean energy, they will need a ready and capable workforce to achieve their goals. The good news: Half (37) of the 75 cities in our 2019 City Clean Energy Scorecard have clean energy workforce development programs, and in a new topic brief, we highlight innovative examples nationwide.

Opportunities

CEC - The California Energy Commission recently launched Empower Innovation.net, a collaborative online platform built for anyone with an interest in cleantech innovation. If your community is interested in piloting new technology, reducing energy costs, or improving air and water quality, Empower Innovation is a good place to learn about solutions that can meet your needs. On Empower Innovation, local governments can connect with potential cleantech partners, explore hundreds of funding opportunities, and peruse curated resources and tools. Click here to sign up, create an organization profile, and join the growing cleantech network today.
CivicSpark - CivicSpark, LGC's Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local public agencies to address emerging environmental and social equity resilience challenges, is now accepting partner applications. Visit our website, download a flyer or sign up for a 1-hour informational webinar to learn about CivicSpark’s 5-year track record of helping California communities tackle their biggest challenges while fostering the next generation of leaders and also about what it takes to become a partner.

Top Resources

  1. Getting to Zero Buildings Database (New Buildings Institute)
  2. Twelve Strategies To Step Up Global Energy Efficiency (ACEEE)
  3. World Energy Outlook 2019 (IEA)
  4. Peak Demand Impacts From Electricity Efficiency Programs (LBNL)
  5. Extending the Benefits of Nonresidential Energy Efficiency to Low-Income Communities (ACEEE)
  6. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  7. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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