December 28, 2020

wEEkly update
The town that online shopping built — and women are trying to save (Photo Credit: Grist / Amelia Bates)
SEEC - Read SEEC's annual legislative update to learn about major energy laws throughout 2020.
Fast Company - In 2009, building a new solar farm was 223% more expensive than building a new coal plant. Now, it’s flipped.
Grist - The women of San Bernardino are protecting the health of their community’s children by demanding more of the growing on-demand delivery business that’s set up shop in — and attracted tons of pollution to — their corner of Southern California.
ACEEE - The state’s enduring leadership on building energy codes, vehicle emissions, and appliance standards continues to set the pace in advancing energy efficiency on a variety of fronts at the national level and among other states who model their own policies after California’s example. See all 50 states.

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. 
Read week of 12/21 National News


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.

Top Resources

  1. SEEC 2020 California Energy Laws (SEEC)
  2. COGs as a Key Conduit to Public Sector Efficiency Success (BPC)
  3. Best Practices Database (BPC)
  4. Technical Assistance Directory (BPC)
  5. Better Buildings Financing Navigator (DOE)
  6. BPC Webinar Recording: How Disadvantaged Communities Can Take Advantage of Dedicated Energy and Climate Opportunities  (SEEC)
  7. Sustainability Best Practices During the COVID-19 Crisis  (ILG)
  8. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Guidance (BPC)
  9. Issue Brief: Local Natural Gas Emission Reduction Options (BPC)
  10. Best Practices for Virtual Engagement (LGC)
  11. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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