Friday, June 5, 2015

Statewide LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

For those of you who know who Joseph Oldham is you likely are on his email distribution list and receive this update each week.  We are grateful that Joseph has agreed to allow our little blog to re-post his weekly update.  If you have an interest in the happenings of energy efficiency and local government throughout California this is the update for you! If you love the information here, but want more in depth features be sure to check out Joseph's quarterly newsletter, CURRENTS.

1.  Do Sustainable Building Design Certifications Provide ROI?

This article contains a report from Underwriters Labs that provides a frank evaluation of the value of sustainable building certifications.  It provides a good reality check.  To read the full article, go here:

2.  Quarterly Stakeholder EM&V Meeting June 9

The meeting will be held at the CPUC in the Golden Gate Room [directly accessible from Golden Gate Avenue] from 10:00 am. to 4:00 p.m.  Updated call-in and webinar information is provided below.

The meeting’s theme will be a special spotlight on Local Government EE program efforts. Included within the program are highlights of recent Energy Division staff efforts to improve EM&V accommodations for and recognition of the Local Government sector along with a sneak preview of the results of recent opinion surveys that gauged satisfaction among customers and stakeholders of the local government partnerships, the Regional Energy Networks, the investor-owned utilities, and the Energy Division.

Rounding out the program will be presentations on code compliance efforts, impact studies, a SDG&E Agriculture Sector Market Study, a joint PG&E– SCE LED Midstream Trial Evaluations, and a PG&E Retail Plug Load Evaluation. As is customary, any study plans or reports presented at the workshop will be made available on the CPUC Public Comment due date for submitting comments.

Energy Efficiency Quarterly Stakeholder EM&V Meeting 

June 9, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness, San Francisco, CA
Courtyard Room
To invite others to join, copy and paste everything below into your invitation.
Meeting information
Topic: EE Quarterly Stakeholder EM&V Meeting
Date: Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Time: 10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Meeting Number: 273 088 144
Meeting Password: !Energy1
To start or join the online meeting
Teleconference information
Call-in: 866-630-5989
Participant passcode: 336 2110#

Please direct any responses or questions to

3.  Lighting Reigns as Top Energy Efficiency Upgrade

Good article with interesting statistics on ROI for various EE upgrades in commercial buildings.  To read the full article, go here:

4.   Public Comment + Webinar: Draft Research Plan for PY 2013-2015 California Statewide Codes and Standards Program Impact Evaluation: Phase One

The draft research plan for PY 2013-2015 California Statewide Codes and Standards Program Impact Evaluation: Phase One is available for public comments. This is the Phase 1 of the evaluation, covering appliance standards (Title 20 and Federal) effective during the program cycle and building codes (Title 24) for nonresidential alterations.

Commission staff and independent consultants Cadmus and DNV-GL will host a webinar on June 10, 2015 10-11:30 am to present the draft research plan. Details of the webinar will follow.

Alternatively, the draft research plan may be downloaded from . Select the search tab and then select Portfolio Cycle 2013-2014 and search text ‘C&S1’ (no quotes). Click the search button and you will see the file for downloading.

Comments should be uploaded to the website by clicking “comment” on the draft research plan by 5pm on June 19, 2015. In order to post comments, you will need to register on the site with an address and password.

Any questions please contact Paula Gruendling ( or Dan Groshans (

And that is all for this week! 

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