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wEEkly update
 May 11, 2020






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CPUC - In its 2020 Padilla Report to the Governor and the Legislature regarding the costs of all electricity procurement contracts for eligible renewable energy resources, the CPUC reported that RPS contract prices reached a historic low of 2.82 ¢/ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) in 2019 for RPS-eligible energy across all technology types and dropped an average of 12.7 percent per year between 2007 and 2019.
SoCalGas takes next step toward offering renewable natural gas
SCG - The proposed program would allow millions of Californians the option to purchase a portion of their natural gas from renewable sources, just as many today can opt to purchase renewable electricity. The program is expected to create increased demand for renewable natural gas, which can help increase supply and lower its cost over time, similar to what has happened with renewable electricity created from wind and solar power. Click to learn more.
Utility Dive - Power-to-gas technologies, which soak up excess renewables that would otherwise have been curtailed to produce methane or hydrogen, are an option that can be seriously considered for California's path to carbon neutrality.
CALSSA - The California solar and storage industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic forcing hundreds of local businesses to shed or furlough an estimated 15,000 clean energy jobs along with other measures to stay afloat. A new survey by the California Solar and Storage Association (CALSSA) details statewide impacts.

Opportunities

 
WRCOG - Western Community Energy is seeking Proposals for the design, development, implementation, and management of Demand Response (DR) Programs and Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) for Residential and Non-residential customers in its territory. Apply by May 26. View the RFP Guidelines.

Submit a Proposal for the 11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum!
SEEC - There are two priority deadlines to submit proposals: submit by May 29th for the second block (Aug-Sep) or by July 31st for the third block (Oct-Nov). Session tracks this year include: Leading with Equity & Community Engagement; Energy Resilience; Integrated Planning to Action; and Decarbonization Pathways. Check the forum website for the proposal guidance and the submission form!
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 on Fellow support on recovery activities such as: supporting the development of responsive programs or connecting community members with resources. Hosting a Fellow is a cost-effective way to bolster response efforts. Visit our website to find out more about the application process, or to explore potential recovery activities contact Kif Scheuer (kscheuer@lgc.org).
 
Funding Resource - The California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) released the first of two Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) announcements for the Permanent Local Housing Allocation Program. The first NOFA is for formula funding - formula amounts by jurisdiction can be found in Appendix A in the NOFA, here. Don't wait to apply - the deadline for formula funding is July 27, 2020! *Keep a lookout for the NOFA for the Permanent Local Housing Allocation Competitive Program, which is anticipated to be released August 2020.* Learn more about the Permanent Local Housing Allocation Program by visiting our website at: https://www.fundingresource.org/affordable-housing/
 
FEMA - FEMA noticed a proposed policy earlier this month regarding pre-disaster mitigation funding. The new policy, Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities Policy, describes the mechanics of a new program authorized by recent legislation that requires FEMA to set aside 6 percent of estimated disaster expenses for each major disaster to fund a mitigation grant program to assist State, territories, Tribes and local governments. The new program supersedes the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation grant program. The eligibility of this program and its predecessor has historically been limited because of the requirement that the locality had a major disaster declaration in the past 7 years. With COVID-19, most of the U.S. will now be eligible to apply, which significantly elevates the profile of this program and could make it a critical funding instrument in recovery and beyond.

Top Resources

  1. 2019 Energy Transition Survey (ICMA)
  2. Community Resilience Planning and Clean Energy Initiatives: A Review of City-Led Efforts for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (ACEEE)
  3. The Landlord-Tenant Energy Partnership Efficiency Toolkit (IMT)
  4. Low-income energy affordability data (LEAD) tool (DOE)
  5. Getting to Zero Buildings Database (New Buildings Institute)
  6. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  7. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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