December 14, 2020

wEEkly update
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BPC - Angie Hacker, the Statewide Best Practices Coordinator sits down with Management Analysts Alex Fung and Samantha of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments (SGVCOG), which serves 30 member cities and other governmental agencies in the eastern Los Angeles region. Join us to hear how the COGs like the SGVCOG are serving as a key conduit for public sector energy efficiency success. Even amid the turmoil and EE funding changes of 2020, SGVCOG has grown its engagement with regional agencies through its awards program and other effective outreach efforts.
EDF - A new report by Environmental Defense Fund using emission projections data from Rhodium Group’s U.S. Climate Service shows that, collectively, states that have made climate commitments are not on track to bring their emissions down consistent with science-based trajectories for 2030. They are also off track for achieving the original U.S. commitment under the Paris Agreement for 2025.
Science-Based Targets Network - This new guide supports cities worldwide to develop science-based climate targets and provides guidance on updating existing targets.
NREL - This guide was developed with partners throughout the United States to demonstrate how implementing district-scale high-performance strategies can be successful and scalable approaches to achieving deep energy savings that increase affordability, improve resilience, reduce emissions, and foster economic development.

National News 

Between economic stimulus efforts and post-election transitions, there is a great deal of movement at the federal level that can impact local governments. The Best Practices Coodinator will curate this temporary segment to help local government practitioners quickly keep up to date on relevant national news related to clean energy and climate change. 
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Implementation of 3rd Party Energy & Water Efficiency and Electrification Programs for Commercial Customers Project
City of Palo Alto - City of Palo Alto Utilities has issued an RFP for 3rd party energy & water efficiency and electrification programs targeting commercial customers within Palo Alto. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held on 12/14/20 at 11am. Deadline for submitting proposals to the RFP is 1/18/21. The City of Palo Alto has consolidated all procurement solicitations to post on PlanetBids. All solicitation information related to this Request for Proposal (RFP) is within the posting on PlanetBids. In order to submit proposals to the City of Palo Alto and to download some of the attachments for this solicitation you must first register on-line with PlanetBids. When you register, it is very important to fill in all information requested and to select all of the commodity codes for the products and/or services that your company provides. Please register under commodity code 91800 Consulting Services, 92500 Engineering Services and 92600 Environmental And Ecological Services. There is no cost to register and participate in City of Palo Alto solicitations. Once you are registered you will be able to view and download the RFP.

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

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