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 January 27, 2020

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Under sunny blue skies, University of Michigan students and other community volunteers worked alongside a city-hired contractor Harvest Solar LLC to finish installing 142 solar panels atop Ann Arbor Fire Station 6 on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. Ryan Stanton | The Ann Arbor News
LGC - The Local Government Commission (LGC) - in partnership with the Institute for Local Government (ILG) and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) through the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative - is recruiting to fill the Statewide Local Government Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator position.
ACEEE - ACEEE is giving us a sneak peak into their Rural Energy Conference next month in Chicago. Read about Sarah Mill's research on the impacts of renewable energy development in rural communities.
M Live - The number of local governments in Michigan that are making efforts to improve their energy efficiency has doubled over the last decade, according to a study from the University of Michigan.
Utility Dive - The U.S. Department of Energy announced changes to the process for updating federal energy efficiency standards for 60 different categories of appliances that significantly raise the bar for the amount of energy efficiency improvements a standard must achieve before the agency will even consider implementing it.


CEC - The California Energy Commission recently launched Empower, a collaborative online platform built for anyone with an interest in cleantech innovation. If your community is interested in piloting new technology, reducing energy costs, or improving air and water quality, Empower Innovation is a good place to learn about solutions that can meet your needs. On Empower Innovation, local governments can connect with potential cleantech partners, explore hundreds of funding opportunities, and peruse curated resources and tools. Click here to sign up, create an organization profile, and join the growing cleantech network today.
CivicSpark - CivicSpark, LGC's Governor’s Initiative AmeriCorps program dedicated to building capacity for local public agencies to address emerging environmental and social equity resilience challenges, is now accepting partner applications. Visit our website, download a flyer or sign up for a 1-hour informational webinar to learn about CivicSpark’s 5-year track record of helping California communities tackle their biggest challenges while fostering the next generation of leaders and also about what it takes to become a partner.

Top Resources

  1. Getting to Zero Buildings Database (New Buildings Institute)
  2. Twelve Strategies To Step Up Global Energy Efficiency (ACEEE)
  3. World Energy Outlook 2019 (IEA)
  4. Peak Demand Impacts From Electricity Efficiency Programs (LBNL)
  5. Extending the Benefits of Nonresidential Energy Efficiency to Low-Income Communities (ACEEE)
  6. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  7. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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