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wEEkly update
 July 06, 2020






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Energy News Network - As urgency grows to simultaneously address climate change and racial justice through proposals like the Green New Deal, low-income energy efficiency programs provide a potential example of how to merge the priorities. The time is right to bolster such programs since the pandemic’s economic effects mean more households will likely need assistance with energy bills, advocates say.
DOE - As part of a $53 million fund for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) research and development projects, the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) announced selection of 106 new projects across 26 states, totaling nearly $21.3 million in funding.
Utility Dive - Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) supports efforts to promote all-electric new construction, when feasible and cost-effective, as part of a 2022 update to California's energy code, the utility said in a letter filed with the California Energy Commission (CEC).
Power Mag - A California company that produces renewable hydrogen has joined with a Louisiana construction group on a project to build a modular waste-to-hydrogen production facility.

SEEC Announcements

 
As the SEEC program sunsets, this survey is designed to capture the perspective and experiences of local government practitioners that have participated in SEEC programs and resources, as well as to gain insight into ongoing local energy and climate needs. While there will not be dedicated funding to support ongoing activities of SEEC after 2020, the organizations that have administered SEEC continue to remain committed to pursuing resources to provide the most valuable ongoing or new services in energy efficiency, climate action planning, and sustainable solutions. Take the survey.

11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum:

Opportunities

 
CARB - STEP’s overarching purpose is to increase transportation equity in disadvantaged and low-income communities throughout California via two types of grants: Planning and Capacity Building Grants and Implementation Grants. Within these two grant types, CARB currently has up to $22 million available. For more information, take a look at the STEP Handout in English or Spanish. Solicitation deadline August 31.

Beacon Program Request for Award Consideration 2020
ILG - The Beacon Program recognizes the measurable achievements of cities and counties working to address climate change. These awards, called Beacon Spotlight Awards, are given in five distinct award categories. Within each award area, a participant can earn silver, gold or platinum – based on the level of achievement. To win the highest honor, a full Beacon Award, participating agencies are required to demonstrate achievements in all five areas. If you would like to apply for award consideration in any of the five categories or for the full Beacon Award, please complete this form by July 31, 2020.


Funding: Urban Greening
California Natural Resources Agency - The California Natural Resources Agency has updated deadline for proposal submission for the Urban Greening Grant Program. Proposals must be submitted by July 15, 2020 at 5:00 pm. The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting proposals for the Urban Greening Grant Program via the System for Online Application Review (SOAR). $28.5 million in awards will be funded by this program. Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process. View the final guidelines. 

CivicSpark - Apply today to receive project support to address emerging environmental and community resilience challenges. In response to the scale and urgency of COVID-19, CivicSpark is prepared to focus Fellow support on recovery activities such as: supporting development of responsive programs or connecting community members with resources. Hosting a Fellow is a cost-effective way to bolster response efforts. Explore potential recovery activities by contacting Kif Scheuer (kscheuer@lgc.org), or visit our website below to learn more about the application. https://civicspark.lgc.org/join-civicspark/project/

Top Resources

  1. Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) Eligibility (BPC)
  2. Issue Brief: Local Natural Gas Emission Reduction Options (BPC)
  3. Best Practices for Virtual Engagement (LGC)
  4. State and Local Planning for Energy (SLOPE) Tool (DOE)
  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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