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 November 23, 2020



wEEkly update
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BPC - We invite California local energy practitioners to view the links on the EE Coordinator website for 1) a Best Practices Database to make it easier to find relevant case studies and other resources (initially populated with best practices shared during the 2020 SEEC Forum), and 2) a Technical Assistance Directory that makes it easier to find knowledgeable experts that can provide free support. Both tools allow users to explore databases by topic, region, or other keyword. Find out more about how to contribute information on each webpage.
CALSSA - The California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA) released a new report “Shovel Ready for Recovery: A Blueprint for Jobs and Economic Recovery Through Local Solar and Storage Investments,” highlighting the job creation, clean energy, and energy resiliency benefits from local solar and storage investments as outlined in CALSSA’s ten-point plan of action. The report is available for download here.
NBI - There is an opportunity to address both the economic and climate challenges we face with stimulus plans that jumpstart the post-COVID economy. These investments would transition the built environment to a clean energy, low-carbon future and promote healthier work and living spaces.
UCLA - Unless the state’s electric grid is fully converted to use energy from renewable sources, electrifying appliances would have only a minimal effect in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, according to a UCLA report.

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. Register for the webinar on November 16 to learn more about the PACE Pilot Program's goals and structure, cohort criteria and prioritization factors, and the program application process.
 
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 ccleap.org.

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. Better Buildings Financing Navigator (U.S. DOE)
  2. Wastewater Energy Management Toolkit (DOE)
  3. BPC Webinar Recording: How Disadvantaged Communities Can Take Advantage of Dedicated Energy and Climate Opportunities  (SEEC)
  4. Sustainability Best Practices During the COVID-19 Crisis  (ILG)
  5. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Guidance (BPC)
  6. Issue Brief: Local Natural Gas Emission Reduction Options (BPC)
  7. Best Practices for Virtual Engagement (LGC)
  8. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  9. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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