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 November 30, 2020



wEEkly update
California is in a race against time to prevent rotating blackouts if another heat wave hits next summer.
Greentech Media - Regulators are looking at demand- and supply-side fixes, but the turnaround will be extremely tight for grid infrastructure.
Yale Climate Connections - Even during a winter blackout, you can expect a high-efficiency home to stay warm for several days.
Utility Dive - None of the six key sectors expected to lead climate change mitigation — power, buildings, industry, transportation, forests and agriculture — are making fast enough progress to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, according to a joint report from the World Resources Institute (WRI) and ClimateWorks.
E&E News - The plan doesn't require every driver to be behind the wheel of an electric vehicle, but it makes up for their tailpipe waste by nudging the ride-hailing giants to take other measures like investing in bike lanes or meshing with bus networks.

Opportunities


Complete the "What Do We 'SEEC' Next" Survey by December 16th
Good news! As we announced last week at the "What Do We 'SEEC' Next" SEEC Forum closing, the SEEC program is transitioning in 2021, but not going away! Please watch the recorded webinar to hear updates from SEEC partner agencies and hear what fellow local energy practitioners had to say about their future needs. To help us think into a promising new chapter of local energy and climate collaboration and support services, we invite California local government professionals to complete a brief survey by December 16th.

Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards
In celebration of its 45th anniversary, the California Energy Commission is launching the Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards on December 10, 2020 to recognize leaders advancing California’s clean energy goals. Awards will be announced December 10, 2020.

Partners Advancing Climate Equity (PACE)
Partners Advancing Climate Equity (PACE) is a new capacity-building program for frontline community leaders from across California to connect with peers and take their skills and projects to the next level. Ultimately, PACE aims to help community leaders create equitable climate solutions at the pace and scale demanded by climate change and ongoing injustices. PACE will bring together a cohort of 20 community leaders for a yearlong program centered around a train-the-facilitator approach. The program will be offered in both English and Spanish and cohort participants will receive a stipend of up to $8,000. The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 PM PST.
 
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. Best Practices Database (BPC)
  2. Technical Assistance Directory (BPC)
  3. Better Buildings Financing Navigator (DOE)
  4. Wastewater Energy Management Toolkit (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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