Tuesday, May 23, 2017

The Newest CURRENTS is out!

Issue 96 | Spring 2017




An Energy Newsletter for Local Governments

CURRENTS is the Local Government Commission’s free quarterly newsletter providing local elected officials and staff with current information on energy issues affecting California local governments.


On the Path to an Advanced Energy Community
Santa Monica has received funding for their Advanced Energy Communities project, focused on turning the “City Yards,” into a microgrid.



The Signs Are Clear: Data is the New Tool for the Energy Efficiency Field
Access to granular data can help California achieve its energy reduction goals and save consumers and business time, energy, and money.

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Moving Forward with Electric Vehicles
By 2016 nearly 230,000 Zero Emission Vehicles including fully electric, plug-in hybrid, and fuel cell electric vehicles were registered in California.

Link to Article


Climate Investments Payoff for the San Joaquin Valley
Climate investments benefit the San Joaquin Valley rather than being a detriment to the Valley economy. We review a report released by Next 10.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Happy METU Monday!

Happy METU Monday!

What are your barriers to completing energy efficiency projects?
There is no question the barriers exist and they can be very different for each of our municipal partners:

-          How to decide where to begin
-          There is not enough staff support
-          There’s too many details to keep track of
-          There is no budget for these projects
-          How to make sure the project gets completed

If you can relate to any, or all the above, we can help!  METU was designed, specifically, to remove barriers to help you save money on energy.  Let us be a resource to help you reach your energy and money saving goals.

Remove barriers, save money, repeat.  It’s that simple!

Look out for METU near you!
METU continues moving along with projects around the valley.  We are excited to be able to help so many of our local government partners and we can’t wait to expand further.  METU is currently in Avenal, Corcoran, Arvin and Taft.  We also continue to provide benchmarking support to the County of Kern.





Connect with us:
T (877) 748-0841
E METU@SJVCEO.ORG

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MUNICIPALTUNEUP.ORG

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy METU Monday!

Let’s be honest, even with PG&E rebates, energy efficiency can seem costly and overwhelming.  

METU has some ideas about that:
1.       On Bill Financing (OBF)
a.       Minimum financing for projects is $5,000 however, governments can combine sites to meet this threshold.
b.       Terms for up to $4,000,000/120 months
c.       0% interest rates with no penalties for early repayment

2.       Prioritize energy projects
a.       You don’t have to do everything at once!
b.       Let the METU team help you find the biggest return for your investment so that you can prioritize projects
c.       The METU Municipal Readiness Report (MRR) will help you put all the pieces together

3.       Energy Saving Tips you can do for free!
a.       Make use of natural lighting where possible
b.       Keep control of your heating and cooling by programming your thermostat
c.       Use hibernation feature of computers and laptops
d.       Turn off extra lights in corridors, stairs, break rooms, and meeting rooms
e.       Calling us is free too!

Remember, you’ve got resources!
Let us “herd the cats” for you!

Look out for METU near you!
As always, we are excited to be working with so many of our local government partners!  We are steam rolling along with projects in the cities of Avenal, Corcoran, and Arvin.  Also, the city of Taft is back on board and ready to get started on energy efficiency projects.  We have completed benchmarking and delivered their Municipal Readiness Reports (MRRs).  Stay tuned for more updates!



Connect with us:

T (877) 748-0841
E METU@SJVCEO.ORG


Check out our NEW website!
MUNICIPALTUNEUP.ORG



Source: http://www.conserve-energy-future.com/20-energy-saving-tips-reduce-business-energy-costs.php

Friday, May 12, 2017

LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

wEEkly update

05/12/2017


Funding Wizard | Energy Standards Online Resource Center | Energy Code Ace
CAISO Today's Outlook



News and Opportunities

New Date for CPUC ZNE Action Plan Workshops
The workshops will be held on June 5th. In-person attendance is recommended.

ICLEI to Launch Online Training Platform for ClearPath in July
The new training platform, or Learning Managment System, will provide an attractive, intuitive structure for local governments to learn the ClearPath online.

Fremont to require solar panels, EV chargers in new homes
The City of Fremont and Rachel DiFranco, the city's Sustainability Coordinator, are leading the way to prepare their communities for the ZNE and EV future.

Energy Commission Awards More Than $36 Million for Clean Transportation
The California Energy Commission awarded more than $24 million in grants for clean energy freight transportation projects in Los Angeles and Long Beach and more than $12 million for other clean transportation projects.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

UPCOMING WORKSHOP: ZNE for Local Governments





Join a no-cost workshop to learn how to prepare for California's ambitious goals for zero net energy (ZNE) buildings.* 

On behalf of the California Public Utilities Commission, New Buildings Institute will be hosting four no-cost workshops in California in 2017 covering ZNE topics for both local government audiences and those working to retrofit existing buildings to ZNE. 

*A ZNE building generates as much energy as it consumes annually through clean, renewable sources. 



ZNE for Local Governments 

June 13, 2017 | 1:00-5:00 pm
Fresno, CA

This four-hour workshop is designed to give local government staff the information, tools, and confidence to create and drive progress toward zero net energy goals. Case studies show how cities can be leaders within their own public building portfolios by creating a clear code and policy roadmap, and by transforming the market through public awareness. We will review how to achieve climate goals through ZNE pilot projects, deep energy retrofits starting with municipal building benchmarking and portfolio analysis, ZNE codes, financial incentives, ZNE recognition, and other tactics. In addition to sharing examples of successful plans and ZNE-ready policies, small working groups will develop their own ideas utilizing training materials. This workshop will be held in conjunction with the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative Forumlgc.org/caseec/seec-forum/.

Who should attend: Local and state government staff including planning, facilities, and building staff, as well as architects, engineers, contractors, consultants, and others interested in ZNE are encouraged to attend. Space is limited, so please register and reserve your spot today. For more information: newbuildings.org/municipal-workshops/.


Meeting location: 
Doubletree by Hilton Fresno Convention Center
2233 Ventura Street
Fresno, CA 93721
(559) 268-1000

The published group rate in the DoubleTree Hotel booking system is $132/night- however, to make this event more affordable to attendees, the forum organizers are buying down the rate to $107/room night (+ taxes and fees). lgc.org/caseec/seec-forum/



4 AIA LU|HSW CEUs are available



ZNE for Existing Buildings

August 23 | 1:00-5:00 pm 
Commerce, CA

This four-hour workshop will outline best practice steps and approaches to comprehensively enhance the energy performance of existing buildings to ZNE. The workshop will investigate retrofit opportunities in individual buildings as well as how advanced benchmarking can help prioritize opportunities across a portfolio. We will review technologies, approaches, processes as well as portfolio project prioritization methods. Case studies of building strategies and technologies will be presented including advanced strategies a design team can take to achieve ZNE on an existing building. The training will address operation and maintenance considerations, including energy monitoring for ongoing building performance. This event will be held in partnership with the Net Zero 2017 Energy + Water + Waste Conferenceverdicalgroup.com/net-zero-2017/.

Who should attend: Local and state government staff including planning, facilities, and building staff, as well as architects, engineers, contractors, private sector owners, commercial real estate professionals, consultants, and others interested in ZNE are encouraged to attend. Find out more: newbuildings.org/existing-building-workshops/

Meeting location:
Net Zero Plus Electrical Training Institute
6023 S. Garfield Avenue
Commerce, CA 90040
(323) 221-5881 



4 AIA LU|HSW CEUs are available





These events will be facilitated by New Buildings Institute in partnership with the California Public Utilities Commission.


Additional 2017 workshop dates to be announced soon.


Monday, May 8, 2017

Happy METU Monday!

We would like to start your week with a very common question:

The answer to all your energy efficiency needs is to install solar, right?
Wrong!

Solar is a great way to save on your energy costs.  However, implementing solar without first implementing energy efficiency measures will cause short-fall of your energy and money saving potential.

Food for thought:
  1. If energy efficiency is not implemented first, you will likely spend more money on a solar system that is much bigger than what your needs are.
  2. When solar and energy efficiency are combined, an additional 3-6 cents per kWh is saved which, on a large scale, can mean big $$$!
When considering solar, remember it always goes hand-in-hand with energy efficiency.

Look out for METU near you!
As always, we are excited to be working with so many of our local government partners!  We are steam rolling along with projects in the cities of Avenal, Corcoran, and Arvin.  Also, the city of Taft is back on board and ready to get started on energy efficiency projects.  We have completed benchmarking and delivered their Municipal Readiness Reports (MRRs).  Stay tuned for more updates!

Connect with us:
T (877) 748-0841

Check out our NEW website!

Friday, May 5, 2017

LG EE Best Practices: Weekly Update

wEEkly Update

05/05/2017


Funding Wizard | Energy Standards Online Resource Center | Energy Code Ace
CAISO Today's Outlook




The ZNE Residential and Commercial Action Plan meetings inlcuded in last week's update were postponed due to a major building maintenance issue at the CPUC. The meetings will be rescheduled soon.

News and Opportunities

NatGas Squeezed in California Climate Change Push, Say Edison Execs
Pedro Pizarro, CEO of Edison International said the importance of upgrading Southern California Edison's transmission system to create a smarter, more efficient grid is critical for reducing GHG emissions.

CPUC Requires Additional 500 MW of Energy Storage from California IOUs
AB 2868, passed in 2016, requires PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E to propose programs and investments for a combined 500MW of behind-the-meter energy storage.

SGIP Step 1 (mostly) sells out in 24 hours
On Monday SGIP, the Self-Generation Incentive Program, re-opened with more than $50 million in available subsidies for residential and commercial energy storage systems.

WISE Forums
The forums are part of a statewide program from the California Homebuilding Foundation (CHF) called Workforce Instruction for Standards and Efficiency (WISE).  The WISE program engages builders, manufacturers, and contractors in a variety of events throughout California covering best practices in high-performance wall and attic construction.