November 09, 2020

wEEkly update
Tuesday, November 17 | 10:30 - 11:30 AM
Another SEEC forum is in the books and the SEEC program as we’ve known it is sunsetting after a decade of success. Join us to celebrate all we’ve learned together and help us think into a promising new chapter for CA local government energy efficiency collaboration. This event will feature updates from each SEEC NGO, new tools to help you access useful information, and a listening session where you can help drive what we do next.

Moderator: Angie Hacker, Statewide Best Practices Coordinator

Julia Kim, Local Government Commission

Nicole Enright, Institute for Local Government

Calyn Hart

Jenny Berg, Association of Bay Area Governments
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Photo by Denys Nevozhai via Unsplash
Greenlining Institute - You may or may not have heard the phrase “congestion pricing,” but you will likely hear it more as society sorts through how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted commuting and mobility, as well as the equity issues these changes raise.
Phys - Water systems have lost pressure, potentially sucking in pollutants, and several utilities are warning of possible and confirmed chemical contamination.
Washington Post - After a tornado demolished Greensburg, Kan., it rebuilt without carbon emissions. Can its lessons help communities and economies rebound from fires, hurricanes and covid-19?
GTM - Utilities and regulators need to shift from energy efficiency to “smart energy programs” to meet the grid’s evolving needs.

SEEC Announcements

11th Annual SEEC Virtual Forum:

Join the Peer-to-Peer Network or take the Post-Webinar Survey to enter a raffle and win a $50 gift card to a local business of your choice!


Partners Advancing Climate Equity (PACE) is a new capacity-building program for frontline community leaders from across California to connect with peers and take their skills and projects to the next level. Ultimately, PACE aims to help community leaders create equitable climate solutions at the pace and scale demanded by climate change and ongoing injustices. PACE will bring together a cohort of 20 community leaders for a yearlong program centered around a train-the-facilitator approach. The program will be offered in both English and Spanish and cohort participants will receive a stipend of up to $8,000. The deadline to apply is Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 PM PST. Register for the webinar on November 16 to learn more about the PACE Pilot Program's goals and structure, cohort criteria and prioritization factors, and the program application process.

U.S. Department of Energy Provides $65 Million for ‘Connected Communities’ of Buildings Powered to Transform Electric System
Department of Energy - A Connected Community (CC) is a group of grid-interactive efficient buildings GEB with diverse, flexible end use equipment and other distributed energy resources (DERs) that collectively work to maximize building, community, and grid efficiency. Under this FOA, DOE will select a portfolio of “Connected Community” projects totaling up to $65 million in varying climates, geographies, building types, building vintages, DERs utility/grid/regulatory structures and resource bases. Through funding these projects, DOE hopes to find and share technical and market solutions that will increase demand flexibility and energy efficiency. Learn more. There will be a FOA informational webinar held on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 2:00pm Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Central Coast Leaders in Energy Action Program
The Energy Coalition - There’s a new partnership in town, helping communities along the Central Coast to save energy, save money, and build energy resilience: the Central Coast Leaders in Energy Action Program! The Central Coast Leaders in Energy Action Program, or CC-LEAP for short, offers no-cost support to public agencies in San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara Counties to help them complete energy efficiency projects. Their services include facility benchmarking, energy efficiency audits, and support identifying incentive and financing opportunities. Learn more about how CC-LEAP is making it easier for public agencies to upgrade facilities, conserve energy, manage resources, and lead toward a more sustainable future at

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. Climate Change in the San Joaquin Valley: A Household and Community Guide to Taking Action (Union of Concerned Scientists)
  2. Wastewater Energy Management Toolkit (DOE)
  3. BPC Webinar Recording: How Disadvantaged Communities Can Take Advantage of Dedicated Energy and Climate Opportunities  (SEEC)
  4. Sustainability Best Practices During the COVID-19 Crisis  (ILG)
  5. Energy Savings Performance Contracting (ESPC) Guidance (BPC)
  6. Issue Brief: Local Natural Gas Emission Reduction Options (BPC)
  7. Best Practices for Virtual Engagement (LGC)
  8. SEEC 2019 Legislative Update (SEEC)
  9. Energy Efficiency Funding Opportunities (SEEC)

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