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 September 14, 2020

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BPC - Statewide Best Practices Coordinator, Angie Hacker, invites California local energy professionals to take advantage of free technical assistance (TA) to support your energy and climate initiatives. Take a look at our new webpage to submit a technical assistance request, review previous technical assistance responses, and connect with other TA support. On a related note, if your organization is offering relevant, free technical assistance to local governments or you are a local energy professional willing to be contacted by your peers on a particular topic of expertise (e.g. you've administered a successful local energy initiative), please complete this simple form and Angie will add you to her growing directory.
BPC - Concerned about Costs? An Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) can be a cost-neutral way to implement building improvements that reduce energy and water use and increase operational efficiency. In response to a recent technical assistance request, the Statewide Best Practices Coordinator has compiled a few key resources that can guide local governments that are considering an ESPC.
World Resources Institute - Many cities have made or intensified commitments to addressing longstanding structural racism. The movements for racial justice and for environmental sustainability are inextricably linked, since communities of color are disproportionately impacted by climate change and have not always benefited from climate and clean energy programs.
California is broiling and burning. Here are ideas for dealing with climate despair
LA Times - It’s hard to describe in newspaper-appropriate words how surreal life in California feels right now. Wildfires are raging across the state, destroying Joshua trees and forcing Bay Area residents to breathe absolutely horrendous air.

SEEC Announcements

11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum:
Sunsetting Updates:
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SoCalREN  - Weather related natural disasters, from the Napa Valley fires to the mudslides in Montecito, have highlighted the critical importance of community hazard mitigation planning. To assist local governments in planning for these events, SoCalGas® is initiating the Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Planning Grant Program. In 2020, SoCalGas will award three grants of $50,000 through a competitive process. Local governments that are participating in vulnerability assessments, climate adaptation and resiliency plans, or updating their local hazard mitigation plans to address climate adaptation through their General Plan process are eligible to apply. Apply by September 25, 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.

Register for a Regional Workshop
ICARP is hosting a series of regionally focused, online workshops to get input on the online integration of the Adaptation Planning Guide into the Adaptation Clearinghouse. The workshops will highlight region-specific resources, lead participants through a virtual tour and interactive exploration of the site, and provide the opportunity to give feedback. Sign up below:
9/15 Bay Area, 1 - 2:30 pm | Register
9/16 San Diego, 1 - 2:30 pm | Register
9/17 San Joaquin Valley, 1 - 2:30 pm | Register
9/22 Central Coast, 1 - 2:30 pm | Register
9/23 North Coast and Inland North, 1 - 2:30 pm | Register
9/24 Inland South, 1 - 2:30 pm | Register
9/25 Los Angeles, 10 - 11:30am | Register
9/29 Sierra Nevada, 1 - 4 pm | Register (Includes Cal-Adapt workshop)

Top Resources

  1. Save Energy To Help Prevent Service Interruption  (FlexAlert)
  2. Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) Eligibility (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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