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 April 20, 2020

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NRDC - Can the grid handle all the new demand for clean electricity? The answer is yes. California’s grid is primed to support the transition of buildings from using gas to employing clean electricity. In fact, these new electric loads can put downward pressure on utility bills for all Californians.
Utility Dive - The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and several other conservation and consumer advocacy groups sued the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) over the agency's revised process for setting appliance efficiency standards.
California allows startup Nuro to test driverless delivery vehicles
Reuters - California’s Department of Motor Vehicles authorized autonomous technology startup Nuro to test two driverless electric delivery vehicles in nine cities, a decision that comes as coronavirus concerns lock down many in the state.
Experts offer energy efficiency home tips
Cleburne Times Review - As school districts and many businesses remain closed to stop the spread of COVID-19, energy officials want residents to keep an eye on how much electricity they are using while they are spending extra time at home.


BPC - Local energy and climate practitioners interested in learning about reach code and other approaches to lowering natural gas emissions are invited to participate in a discussion-driven learning opportunity hosted by Statewide Best Practices Coordinator, Angie Hacker, and featuring local leaders and topical experts. The event is tentatively scheduled for April 23, 2020 @10am-noon. Please Register or contact for more information.

Beacon Program Request for Award Consideration 2020
ILG - The Beacon Program recognizes the measurable achievements of cities and counties working to address climate change. These awards, called Beacon Spotlight Awards, are given in five distinct award categories. Within each award area, a participant can earn silver, gold or platinum – based on the level of achievement. To win the highest honor, a full Beacon Award, participating agencies are required to demonstrate achievements in all five areas. If you would like to apply for award consideration in any of the five categories or for the full Beacon Award, please complete this form by July 1, 2020.

Top Resources

  1. 2019 Energy Transition Survey (ICMA)
  2. Community Resilience Planning and Clean Energy Initiatives: A Review of City-Led Efforts for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (ACEEE)
  3. The Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership Efficiency Toolkit (IMT)
  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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