Statewide energy efficiency Best Practices forum
Date: June 19-20, 2013, Sacramento, CA
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Over 200 leaders from across California came together on June 20 for the 4th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Forum in Sacramento, CA. This premier energy event hosted by the Local Government Commission focuses on highlighting the most innovative local energy and climate change programs in the state.
Attendees had an opportunity to hear from high-level utility representatives, Elisabeth Brinton, Chief Customer Officer of SMUD, and Steve Malnight, Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions at PG&E, who discussed the important role of local governments in addressing energy efficiency and climate change. Elisabeth Brinton encouraged local governments to help make energy efficiency cool again!
CEC Commissioner Andrew McAllister and CPUC Commissioner Mark Ferron provided updates about key state policies and programs that affect local governments and their perspective on the role of local governments in helping the state meet key energy and climate goals. Additionally, local government representatives had an opportunity to share their top energy and climate change priorities, and what the state could do to support their priorities, with Commissioner McAllister and Commissioner Ferron.
Ken Alex, Director of the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and Senior Advisor to Governor Jerry Brown, provided information about OPR’s current efforts and their resources to support local governments during the afternoon keynote address. Ken Alex noted, “A lot of what we need to do, lies with you (local governments).” He also highlighted the importance of a two-way relationship between the state and local governments.
The major focus of the conference was sharing local government best practices and resources to support local government energy efficiency and climate change efforts. Success stories included:
PowerPoints and audio and video files of the plenary and breakout sessions will be available on LGC’s SEEC Forum Website (www.lgc.org/events/seec/forum2013_agenda.html), in approximately 3-4 weeks.
LGC organized the forum through the Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Forum, a partnership between LGC, ICLEI, the Institute for Local Government and California’s four investor owned utilities. The annual forum is offered free of charge to California local governments.
More information on SEEC
The program is funded by California utility ratepayers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and Southern California Gas Company under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.