wEEkly update
 September 08, 2020

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Grist - Last month, as a record heat wave roasted California, statewide energy consumption skyrocketed, forcing grid operators to issue rolling blackouts for the first time in nearly 20 years. The reason the grid was under so much strain? Millions upon millions of air conditioners were running full tilt. It was a stark illustration of the challenge humanity will face trying to keep everybody cool as the planet overheats.
CDPH - These are unprecedented times, with three inter-related and converging public health crises: the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic fall-out, severe racial and economic inequity, and climate change. All three expose systemic injustices across the spectrum of the economy and society.
Greentech Media - Realtors say such scores are useful for buyers and can open the door to broader conversations about home energy use.
Could the U.S. End energy poverty?
Union of Concerned Scientists - Could we end energy poverty? Based on some cursory calculations, it doesn’t look like it would cost that much.

SEEC Announcements

11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum:
Sunsetting Updates:
Take the SEEC Sunsetting Participant 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:
9/11 Sacramento Valley, 1 - 2:30 pm | Register
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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