October 19, 2020

wEEkly update
Wednesday, October 21 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM
The State of California has dedicated significant investment in energy and climate opportunities for "disadvantaged communities" (DACs), which suffer from economic, health, and environmental burdens. However, local governments representing DACs may lack the internal capacity to track and pursue these opportunities. This session will provide an overview of guiding DAC policies, definitions, and funding and technical assistance opportunities. If you're a local government practitioner working in a community with DAC census tracts, please join a conversation with State and local speakers, facilitated by the Statewide Best Practices Coordinator, aimed at helping you better navigate the big dollar world of DACs to meet your energy and climate goals.

Moderator: Angie Hacker, Statewide Best Practices Coordinator

Noemí Gallardo, California Energy Commission

Ena Lupine, Strategic Growth Council

Walker Wieland
, California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment

Peter Pallesen
, City of Ontario
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Gonzales' project could serve as a model for California municipalities. (Photo: City of Gonzalez)
CAISO - This report reflects the findings that no single factor caused the outages, rather it was a series of factors related to planning processes, weather conditions and market constructs. Additional data analysis is required to complete a final in-depth root cause analysis, which is expected to be completed by the end of the year.
LGC - As all of California suffers from climate-exacerbated wildfires, Governor Gavin Newsom took an ambitious step in the state’s efforts to address climate change with an executive order that phases out the sales of new gas-powered passenger cars by 2035.
Greentech Media - New $70 million microgrid will provide reliable, round-the-clock power at competitive rates and overcome a grid-upgrade bottleneck.
BMJ Opinion - Climate change’s rise to become an important electoral issue in the US shows why health professionals should continue to advocate for planetary health.

SEEC Announcements

11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum:
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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

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 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
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.

Top Resources

  1. Sustainability Best Practices During the COVID-19 Crisis  (ILG)
  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. Programs to Promote Zero-Energy New Homes and Buildings (ACEEE)
  6. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  7. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

Job Announcements

Upcoming Virtual Events

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