May 28, 2019
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Credit: New York Times
America’s utilities unite to support lighting standards
NRDC - Thirty-seven energy utilities from across the US, including Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas & Electric, sign letter urging the U.S. Dept. of Energy to abandon its proposed rollback of federal lighting efficiency standards.
Visalia will not keep ‘PACE’ for finance program options
Sun Gazette - Visalia City Council voted to rescind permission for home owners in the City to participate in the Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) program that enabled property owners to finance the installation of energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy improvements.
New York Times - Developers and landlords have for decades sought green certification to help them attain a level of sustainability that can make their buildings more efficient, and cheaper, to maintain in the long run. The crowded field of third-party certifications has left some wondering which are necessary and which are just marketing gimmicks.
EFI - Sponsored by the gas industry and various business and labor organizations, the Energy Futures Initiative report analyzes ways California can meet its aggressive 2030 low-carbon energy goals and outlines an agenda for midcentury deep decarbonization.


Beacon Award Applications Due This Week
If you would like to apply for award consideration in any of the five Beacon Spotlight Award categories or for the full Beacon Award, please submit your application on-line by June 1st.

Sessions approved for 2019 SEEC Forum
Sessions for the 10th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum were recently approved by the Forum Advisory Committee. Make sure to register for the Forum, take a look at the first ever mentorship program, and book your stay before the deadline on June 4th
2019 SEEC Forum Seeking Sponsors
In an effort to diversify funding, the SEEC Forum is seeking event sponsors for the first time. Sponsoring the SEEC Forum highlights your organization's commitment to energy efficiency, and increases the impact of this important event attended by over 300 California local government representatives and other energy efficiency champions. 

Cal-OP ACE Program Buyer Survey
You are invited to participate in a research survey to better understand how government and other organizations are purchasing cost-effective energy related products. This research, funded by the CEC, is part of the California Opportunities for Accelerating Clean Energy (Cal-OP ACE) Program, an effort seeking to increase the uptake of distributed energy resources technologies among California institutions.

Top Resources

  1. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)
  2. Solar PV and Energy Efficiency in Residential Building Codes (ACEEE)
  3. 2018 California Legislative Update: Energy (SEEC)
  4. CAISO Today's Outlook (CAISO)
  5. Reducing Energy Waste through Municipally Led Behavior Change Programs (ACEEE)
  6. Energy Efficiency 2018: Analysis and outlooks to 2040 (IEA)
  7. How Big is the Energy Efficiency Resource? (IOP Science)

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