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    • Energy Code Ace was created by four statewide IOU’s and approved by the CEC.
    • The program offers tools, trainings, and resources to help support energy code compliance and address gaps in compliance.
      • Trainings: role specific, activity-based trainings in multiple formats
      • Reference: assistance with navigating standards using keyword search
      • Tools: Dynamic Forms
      • Resources: include trigger sheets, fact sheets, dynamic checklist, application guides, useful links and note blocks.
    • Reach code assistance will be available by the end of January
    • To book a training at your city, contact Ruby Yepez at - lunch included!


    • 2019 kWh goal: 7,401,852 kWh
    • Project Pipeline:
      • Q1: Beverly Hills streetlighting & Culver City parking structure lighting
      • Q2: Santa Monica various lighting projects
      • Q4: Santa Clarita streetlighting & West Hollywood Streetlighting
      • Awaiting timeline: Santa Monica Parking Structure WB,
    • Audits: West Hollywood City Hall & Culver City Veterans Memorial
    • 2019 Therms target: 7,500 therms


    • All West Side Partnership cities are in compliance with CA Energy Benchmarking Program AB 802 - Municipal facilities data over 50K sqft has been submitted to the CEC as of Dec. 2018
    • Energy Star Portfolio Manager is currently unavailable due to the government shutdown. TEC is working on preparing data to be uploaded once it is back up.


    • To promote education sharing for West Side and other partnership cities, we would like to host workshops in the coming year.
    • Please forward along any ideas you may have for an educational workshop/project tour combo to TEC. Some initial ideas include:
      • SC Transit Maintenance Facility Building - Leed Gold & Lessons learned
      • LMU new Server
      • DER research on smart grid technology at SCE in Westminster
      • IBEW building in commerce


    • Notice was received for CPP rate changes in March
    • TOU A has demand changes, TOU B does not
    • GS and high E-using facilities on TOU8 are affected, no TOU changes for AL accounts
    • New Peak Hours from 4pm-9pm M-F
    • Summer Discount Program is reducing component of incentives by 15%
    • Login to myaccountaccess to see your accounts and accept or change rates
      • Contact your Account Rep for questions



    • The annual SEEC Forum will take place on June 26-27 in Long Beach. More details to follow.
    • Tentatively scheduled for March 27th. More details to follow.
    • Call with SCE & SCG on 1/28 for 2020 energy program feedback



Business Plans: Approved by the CPUC in May 2018, these plans outline energy efficiency strategies for Program Administrators over the next 10 years.

    • This is the first time Public Sector has been outlined in plans. Metrics do not exist and study underway to determine barriers to implementing EE in the Public Sector.

Annual Budget Advice Letters (ABALS): Business Plans require all Program Administrators submit ABALS each year to determine budgets. ABALS must include forecasted TRC, energy savings, sector-level measures. (Links: SCE / SCG)

Total Resource Cost (TRC): An evaluation used by the CPUC to determine cost-effectiveness. Business plans outline that 2018-2022 ABALs must have a TRC of over 1.0. For 2022 and beyond, ABALs must have a TRC over 1.25.

Third Party Solicitation: IOU’s are going to third-party implementation for 60% of their energy program portfolio. An RFA for Public Sector energy programs will be released in Q1 2019. The implementation RFP will be released once a program is selected and will launch in 2020. Updates on this process can be found on the PEPMA website.

Standard Terms & Conditions: The CPUC directed IOU’s file a joint motion of standard conditions and terms for Local Government Partnerships. This document determines who can participate in the solicitation process and how.

Pay for Performance: A pay for performance structure will be the preferred model for future energy programs. This model may include a form of payment for key performance metrics like energy savings.

Future of Partnerships: The West Side Partnership will continue with business as usual in 2019. Evaluation metrics & verification study i underway to identify barriers to Public Sector EE implementation to be addressed by a new energy program. An RFA and RFP released in 2019 for new program design and implementation. Selected program will kick off in 2020.

SoCalREN Program: SoCalREN ABALs have been approved for 2019. The Energy Coalition will continue to implement the program for public agencies in the coming year. LA County is introducing three new programs under the SoCalREN in 2019:

    • Revolving Loan Fund:SoCalREN is working on the design of a brand new financing option. The SoCalREN Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program will serve small to midsize projects through short-term construction financing at a zero percent interest rate. With an emphasis on projects that serve disadvantaged communities, the RLF program is designed to be a catalyst for accelerating project implementation. Loans will cover 100% of the project’s costs and serve as bridge financing for approved On-Bill Financing (OBF) provided by the utility or for other sources of funds not immediately available. An agency can also use an RLF loan for approved but un-budgeted agency projects that would otherwise have to wait for budget allocation. More details to come on this new development!
    • Distributed Energy Resources for Disadvantaged Communities: SoCalREN will be offering DER+ concierge services in 2019, with an emphasis on facilities in disadvantaged communities. Through this new concierge service, we will provide resources for: Demand Response Programs, Permanent Load Shifting, Electric Vehicles, Photovoltaic and Battery Storage, Green Rate Tariff, Solar Water Heating, and Water Efficiency.
    • Normalized Metered Energy Consumption (NMEC): The term NMEC comes from AB 802 and refers to a simplified way to count energy efficiency savings based on an overall reduction in weather normalized metered energy consumption. The SoCalREN will be supporting NMEC projects in 2019, opening the door to new project opportunities, not constrained by utility eligible incentivized measures, for enrolled agencies.

Staying Involved

    • All Partners Meeting: Hosted annually by the IOUs, will be held in March. All Local Government Partnership cities & implementers are invited to discuss current partnership and public sector topics.
    • PEPMA: Website providing updates on third-party solicitation process.
    • GPAC Call:
      • Short for Government Partnership Advisory Committee, this group convenes monthly via conference call led by Nils Strindberg (Energy Division, PUC) as a forum for the LGPs, RENs and current and potential CCAs who administer EE programs.
      • If interested in joining, email
    • CAEECC: California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee website. Venue to discuss EE matters while ensuring transparent access to information and opportunities to get involved. 2018 Meeting notes can be found here. 2019 calendar to come.


  • 39 municipal West Side facilities are ready for AB 802 compliance! Look out for an email requesting verification of facility info so that data can be submitted to the CEC.
  • As an additional next step to your city’s energy performance benchmarking, please see instructions for creating your Energy Star Portfolio Manager account here.


  • The Partnership would like to recognize Heather and Christine for their outstanding efforts a mentor-mentee team in the Energy Exchange. The pair met off-site on multiple occasions, participated in facility tours, and scheduled ongoing check-in calls to discuss energy efficiency and overall municipal sustainability efforts.

2018 SURVEY:

  • Stay tuned for a 2018 Partner Survey. We will be using this survey to rate partnership satisfaction and collect feedback for future years.



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SB 1383 establishes targets to achieve reductions from 2014 level of statewide disposal of organic waste by 50% in 2020 and 75% in 2025

    • CalRecycle requires jurisdictions to impose organic waste diversion requirements on relevant entities (e.g. – waste haulers) in their jurisdiction

Biogas Conditioning/Upgrading Services (BCS) Tariff: Allows SCG to design, install, own, operate & maintain biogas conditioning/upgrading equipment on or adjacent to the customers premises

Compression Services Tariff (CST): Allows SCG to install, own, operate & maintain compression facilities on customer premises to meet on-site pressure requirements

Distributed Energy Resources Services (DERS) Tariff: Allows SCG to design, install, own, operate & maintain combined heat and power assets on or adjacent to a customer premises

2018 SoCalGas RNG Workshop – October 2, 2018 in Downey CA.


Annual Budget Advice Letters (ABALs): IOU’s filed their annual budget advice letter on 9/4; Determines budgets for future year, and direction the IOUs are headed in the future; Comment period open now but then be approved by the SCE/SCG

3rd Party Solicitation Process: All program administrators will be going out to bid for IOU portfolio of energy efficiency programs.

Standard Contracts & Terms: CPUC final business plan decision required all CA IOUs to create standard contracts for all partnerships (3 year terms and pay-for-performance based); Affect who can participate in solicitation process and how.

Communication Plans: May have received emails from SCE and SCG about methods of communication with partners; Direction for utilities on methods of communication through calls, emails, meetings, and webinars.