Friday, July 31, 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! 

1.  Request for Comments on Draft Solicitation, The EPIC Challenge: Accelerating the Deployment of Advanced Energy Communities

The California Energy Commission is developing a competitive grant solicitation for the development and deployment of Advanced Energy Communities. The Energy Commission is seeking input from interested stakeholders on aspects of the draft solicitation.

Please submit comments by August 14, 2015 to Marija Krapcevich at notice requesting public comment is available on our web site at;
For more information:
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Two reports, prepared under contracts with PG&E, have been posted to the CPUC’s EE Public Document’s Area for public comment:

1)  A report entitled “To-Code Savings Project”, which was prepared by EnerNOC
a.  PG&E will accept comments on the EnerNOC document until Monday, August 10, 2015

2)  A report entitled “PG&E Analytics Enabled Code Baseline Study”, which was prepared by FirstFuel
a.  PG&E will accept comments on the FirstFuel document until Tuesday, August 18, 2015. 

To locate the document and to comment, please:

1. Visit the CPUC's EE Public Documents area:
2. Select the "Search" tab on the upper left and use the “Search Text” option to locate this document by key title words;
3. Locate the document on the resulting list;
4. Click "view" to download the document or "comment" to post your public comment[s]. The authors will consider all posted comments.

A joint webinar will be hosted to present the key findings from the EnerNOC and FirstFuel studies via webinar on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. PDT.

The agenda is:

·      PG&E will provide a very brief overview of the two study approaches (10 min)
·      EnerNOC will present its study (30 minutes for presentation and up to 25 minutes for questions)
·      FirstFuel will present its study (30 minutes for presentation and up to 25 minutes for questions)

Webinar and conference line details are below:

Webinar and Conference Line:

1.  Please join my meeting, August 4, 2015 at 2 PM PDT.

2.  Join the conference call:Call-in toll-free number: 1-866-6527690  (US)
Call-in number: 1-216-4047281  (US)
Conference Code: 140 234 7176
Meeting ID: 747 435 474

Can't join the meeting? Contact support here:
Please contact Luke Nickerman ( or David Sawaya ( at PG&E if you have any questions.

3.  Request for Sample Ordinances

Delia Bense-Kang is an energy intern working for the City of Arcata.  Arcata is working on adopting an energy benchmarking and/or time of sale ordinance for commercial properties that goes beyond AB1103.  Delia is looking for sample ordinances.  If you have such an ordinance and can share it, please contact Delia directly at .

4.  Direct Current Powers Building

It always interests me how sometimes what was thought to be “old school” and outdated can come back into vogue.  Case in point is Direct Current, or DC power.  Over 100 years ago, at the beginning of building electrification, DC power was lighting the earliest buildings to be electrified.  It was replaced by AC power as the main form of electricity for buildings because AC current could be transmitted easier over long distances and remote central power plants were determined to be the future of electrification.  Go to the link and read how that is now changing in Colorado:

And that is all for this week

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