8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum

Wednesday, June 14th – Thursday, June15th • Fresno, CA

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Overview
Logistics
Program
Travel Support
Past Forums
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Overview

The SEEC Forum heads to Fresno in June!

The Local Government Commission, in partnership with the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, is hosting the 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum in Fresno from June 14th to June 15th, with pre-forum activities taking place June 13th. This forum is offered at no-cost to California local governments and features updates from key state agencies, highlights innovative local energy and sustainability projects, offers capacity-building trainings, and provides multiple networking opportunities. We hope that you can join us!

While our formal call for session proposals is closed, we are still accepting poster proposals! If you have an innovative project, approach, or best practice that you would like to share during the poster session, taking place at the networking reception, we encourage you to submit a proposal!

Submit a Poster Proposal

2017 Theme: Bridging the Gap

This year’s forum will focus on Bridging the Gap. Organizers will aim to feature topics that highlight approaches and strategies that catalyze local energy and sustainability action to close gaps in planning to implementation, data and technology, policy to practice, urban and rural, and more! For the first time, we are opening a call for session proposals to encourage participants to share innovative strategies and lessons learned that demonstrate how their agency is working to close gaps to save energy and achieve local sustainability goals.

Forum Features

In addition to a robust two-day program, this year’s forum will also feature:

  • Two pre-forum workshops on June 13
    • 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Energy Efficiency 101, hosted by SEEC
      This workshop aims to provide key background information to help new energy practitioners get the most out of the forum. Participants will learn about State goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and key funding opportunities (e.g. the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund/cap-and-trade program); important regulatory proceedings and how local governments can get involved; State goals and best practices for zero net energy and electric vehicles, additional common best practices for municipal retrofits, business and community outreach, and more; how to get started in ClearPath to complete greenhouse gas inventories, forecasts, and climate action plans; and resources available to local governments as they relate to energy efficiency.
    • 1:00 – 5:00 PM – Zero Net Energy for Local Governments, hosted by New Buildings Institute
      This 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. Learn more here.
  • A networking reception with poster displays
  • A tour and documentary screening at BitWise (pending)
  • Beer night at Tioga-Sequoia Craft Brewing Co. (pending)
  • Morning runs led by Fleet Feet Fresno

More information about these opportunities will be posted online as they are finalized. Please note that registration is required for the pre-forum workshops and will be included in the forum registration form.

Forum Organizer

The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a nationally recognized non-profit organization with a rich history of connecting leaders, advancing policies and implementing solutions for sustainable communities. For the last 35 years, the LGC has been at the forefront – identifying promising approaches and fostering persuasive models that can be replicated and used to inform public policy.

Forum Sponsor

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The Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum is sponsored by the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative (SEEC). SEEC provides support to cities and counties to help them reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and save energy. SEEC is an alliance between three statewide non-profit organizations (The Local Government Commission, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, USA, and the Institute for Local Government) and California’s four Investor-Owned Utilities.

Logistics

Registration is NOW OPEN

Register for the 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum at https://2017seecforum.eventbrite.com!

In order to continue making the SEEC Forum available to local governments at no cost, registration costs for nonprofit/academia and private sector have been updated to $245 and $395, respectively. Tickets include full access to the 2-day forum including pre-forum workshops, the networking reception, and additional forum activities such as the documentary screening at BitWise.

Please note that nonprofit local government partnership implementers must register as a nonprofit rather than as a local government. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Khrystyna Platte at kplatte@lgc.org.

We encourage you to register at your earliest convenience or by COB Friday, June 2nd. If you are no longer able to attend, please reach out to Khrystyna Platte at kplatte@lgc.org.

Lodging

The 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum will be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Downtown Fresno.

DoubleTree by Hilton
2233 Ventura Street
Fresno, CA 93721

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).

Participants must select rooms at the rate of $132/night but will only be charged the $107/night room rate upon checkout.

http://doubletree.hilton.com/en/dt/groups/personalized/F/FATCCDT-SSE-20170613/index.jhtml

 

Program

Draft Program

Pre-Forum Workshops | June 13th
9:30 AM -12:30 PM Energy Efficiency 101 Workshop

This workshop aims to provide key background information to help new energy practitioners get the most out of the forum. Participants will learn about State goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and key funding opportunities (e.g. the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund/cap-and-trade program); important regulatory proceedings and how local governments can get involved; State goals and best practices for zero net energy and electric vehicles, additional common best practices for municipal retrofits, business and community outreach, and more; how to get started in ClearPath to complete greenhouse gas inventories, forecasts, and climate action plans; and resources available to local governments as they relate to energy efficiency.

1:00 PM -5:00 PM Zero Net Energy for Local Governments Workshop

This 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. Learn more here.

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM BitWise Tour and Documentary Screening

 

Forum Day 1 | June 14th
8:00 AM – 9:15 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:15 AM – 9:45 AM Welcoming Remarks

Kim Rodriguez | Portfolio Manager, Public Sector DSM Programs, Southern California Edison
Kate Meis | Executive Director, Local Government Commission

9:45 AM – 11:15 AM Opening Plenary Session: Bridging the Gap

Councilmember Oliver L. Baines III | District 3, City of Fresno
Randall Winston | Executive Director, Strategic Growth Council
Michael Swords | Vice President of Government Relations, Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator
Mindy Romero | Founder & Director, California Civic Engagement Project, UC Davis Center for Regional Change

11:15 AM – 11:45 AM Networking Coffee Break
11:45 AM – 12:30 PM Spotlight Sessions
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM Networking Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:00 PM Keynote: What’s Next in Energy?
Dian M. Grueneich | Senior Research Scholar, Stanford University
Participants will hear about what’s next in energy and how they can accelerate their efforts toward a resilient and carbon-neutral future. Dian Grueneich is a nationally and internationally recognized energy expert. Her expertise covers energy efficiency, demand response, smart grid, renewable energy resources, transmission, and climate change. She has extensive experience in energy policy and regulation, utilities, market development and innovation, and key factors driving U.S. and global energy investments. Dian served as a Commissioner on the California Public Utilities Commission from 2005-2010 and led its efforts on energy efficiency, demand response, transmission planning and permitting, and Western energy issues.
2:00 PM – 3:15 PM Breakout Sessions
3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Networking Coffee Break
3:30 PM – 4:45 PM Breakout Sessions
4:45 PM – 5:30 PM Break
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Energy Champions Networking Reception & Poster Displays
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM BitWise Tour and Documentary Screening
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Beer Night at Tioga-Sequoia Beer Garden

 

Forum Day 2 | June 15th
7:30 AM – 8:30 AM Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:00 AM Plenary Session: Grid 2.0

Garrett Wong | Senior Sustainability Analyst, City of Santa Monica
Timothy Burroughs | Chief Resilience Officer, City of Berkeley – invited
Lorenzo Kristov | Principal, Market & Infrastructure Policy, California Independent System Operator – invited

10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Networking Coffee Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Working Sessions
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Networking Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:15 PM Breakout Sessions
2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Break
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Closing Keynote: Bridging the Mitigation-Adaptation Gap
Christopher Benjamin | Director, Corporate Sustainability, Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Participants will hear about strategies that simultaneously reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build community resilience. At Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Chris Benjamin is the Director of Corporate Sustainability and leads a team that works collaboratively to measure, communicate, and elevate PG&E’s sustainability commitment across the environmental, economic, and social dimensions of the business. This includes leading a variety of sustainability reporting, benchmarking, and strategic policy initiatives, including working to build climate resilience. It also includes active engagement with a broad range of stakeholders, including PG&E’s external Sustainability Advisory Council, to guide and strengthen PG&E’s sustainability strategy.
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Closing Remarks

 

Travel Support

Travel Scholarships

Thank you for your interest in attending the 8th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum in Fresno! Due to the generosity of several organizations we have the necessary support to provide scholarships of up to $500 to cover lodging and travel expenses. Since we have limited funding available, scholarships are limited to one recipient per organization. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, with need and background taken into consideration.

Scholarships are open to local government staff and elected officials, non-profit organizations, universities, and research institutions working to advance energy efficiency and climate action efforts. Priority will be given to local governments, speakers, first-time forum attendees, individuals working in rural, hard-to-reach, and/or underserved communities, and Beacon program participants.

The application deadline is Friday, April 28, 2017 or until all available funds are awarded.

Applicants must apply for a scholarship using the online scholarship application form.

 

Application Form

Questions?

Contact Alicia Brown at:
abrown@lgc.org
916-448-1198 x327

Past Forums

About the 2016 Forum

The 7th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum was held June 15-16, 2016 in Riverside, CA. For the first time, the forum was expanded to two full days and featured 20 sessions along the theme of Taking a Holistic Approach Toward a Sustainable Future. 96% of forum survey respondents stated that the 2016 forum met or exceeded their expectations!

“Really well organized conference and interesting topics. Thanks for the opportunity to attend!”
“As always, LGC did an amazing job pulling together the SEEC Forum. I always want to go to sessions but typically wind up in the hall networking due to the great connection points the Forum affords.”
“Being new to the industry, the conference provided lots of learning and networking opportunities.”
2016 Forum Participants

2010-2015 Forums

Contact

For questions regarding conference logistics, please contact:

Khrystyna Platte
Phone: 916-448-1198 x306
Email: kplatte@lgc.org

For questions regarding the conference program, please contact:

Julia Kim
Phone: 916-448-1198 x304
Email: jkim@lgc.org