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 September 29, 2020



wEEkly update
 
New MIT research shows that, unless steady, continuous carbon-free sources of electricity are included in the mix, costs of decarbonizing the electrical system could be prohibitive and end up derailing attempts to mitigate the most severe effects of global climate change.
 
APEN - As California faces devastating wildfires, extreme heat, power outages, and an ongoing pandemic, the need to proactively advance climate adaptation and resilience is more clear than ever. However, these efforts typically focus on improving hard infrastructure–roads, bridges, and other physical infrastructure–to the detriment of social infrastructure, the people, services, and facilities that secure the economic, health, cultural, and social well-being of the community.
IREC - The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued sweeping changes to Rule 21, the rules under which distributed energy resources, like solar power and energy storage, may interconnect to California’s electric grid. The changes represent a radical shift in how states handle interconnection policy, with a number of unprecedented changes that will provide a model regulators in other states can look to as they work to enable more renewable energy on the grid through modern interconnection policies.
 
MIT -To curb greenhouse gas emissions, nations, states, and cities should aim for a mix of fuel-saving, flexible, and highly reliable sources.
Contra Costa County - Endorsing the declaration of a climate emergency in Contra Costa County that demands accelerated actions on the climate crisis and calls on local and regional partners to join together to address climate change.

SEEC Announcements

 
11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum:
 
 
Sunsetting Updates:
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Opportunities

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.
 
TFN  - The Funders Network (TFN), in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, is pleased to announce that Partners for Places is offering it’s second round of Mini Grants to help local governments, local foundations, and frontline community-led group(s) build relationships, align around project ideas, and ideally develop a proposal that centers on racial equity in water, sustainability, and/or climate action work. Mini grant applicants can receive up to $10,000 and are designed to strengthen the relationship between the three partners in order to aid in the development of a full and jointly developed P4P proposal. Applicants can request funding to hire expertise and/or to bring together local government water and/or sustainability department leaders, local funders, and frontline community-led group(s). Frontline community members may be compensated for their participation. Mini Grant applications are due on Sept. 30, 2020.

California Energy Commission’s Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards
CEC - The California Energy Commission’s Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards recognizes leaders advancing California’s clean energy goals. The awards honor individuals and entities making exceptional contributions to help California achieve a 100 percent clean energy future for all. To be considered, nominations must be submitted by the deadline of September 30, 2020.
 
SoCalREN Public Sector Financing Survey
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
 
Advanced Plug Load and Smart Exterior Lighting Systems
CEC - The purpose of this solicitation is to fund applied research and technology demonstration projects to advance innovative technologies for controlling plug load and exterior lighting energy use. The solicitation will have three funding groups: 1) Analyze and Test Total Energy Consumption of Plug Load Devices to Support California Codes and Standards for Non-covered Products; 2) Demonstrate the Integration of Smart Plug Load Controls and Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) in Commercial Buildings; 3) Demonstrate Smart Exterior Solid-State Lighting in Low-Income or Disadvantaged Communities. Submission Deadline: October 05, 2020, 5:00 pm.

Clean Mobility Options Program accepting Mobility Project Voucher Applications starting October 20, 2020
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. Save Energy To Help Prevent Service Interruption  (FlexAlert)
  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. Weatherization and Home Improvements: A Promising Path for Improving Health and Reducing Medical Costs for Older Adults (ACEEE)
  6. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  7. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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