December 07, 2020

wEEkly update
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East Bay Times - Oakland joined dozens of California cities in passing an ordinance to ban gas stoves and heaters in new buildings yet to be constructed throughout the city. The City Council unanimously decided to prohibit newly constructed buildings — both residential and commercial — from connecting to natural gas or propane.
NRDC - The San José City Council voted on Tuesday, December 1, to pass an expansion of its all-electric new construction ordinance. Once passed through a second City Council reading, the all-electric requirement for the 10th-largest city in the nation will cover virtually all building types and sizes.
Smart Energy International - There are still plenty of economic, climate, and energy benefits to pursue as long as utilities and their regulators adhere to a few simple guidelines: Prioritize improving the efficiency of building “envelopes,” addressing the pressing needs of under-resourced (low-income) communities and communities of color; and eliminating incentives for building new homes that use gas.
CapRadio - California has a data issue and it's a big deal as fire seasons and climate change worsens, according to a new report around the cost of wildfires. The report highlights the need for governments, both large and small, across California to create a uniform system to share information.


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.

Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards
In celebration of its 45th anniversary, the California Energy Commission is launching the Clean Energy Hall of Fame Awards on December 10, 2020 to recognize leaders advancing California’s clean energy goals. Awards will be announced December 10, 2020. 

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. Wastewater Energy Management Toolkit (DOE)
  5. BPC Webinar Recording: How Disadvantaged Communities Can Take Advantage of Dedicated Energy and Climate Opportunities  (SEEC)
  6. Sustainability Best Practices During the COVID-19 Crisis  (ILG)
  7. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Guidance (BPC)
  8. Issue Brief: Local Natural Gas Emission Reduction Options (BPC)
  9. Best Practices for Virtual Engagement (LGC)
  10. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  11. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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