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Summer Issue of the
California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan eNewsletter

Brought to you by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Summer 2011

Action Plan to Help Transform HVAC Industry

HVAC Equipment

The California heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) sector is taking a major step forward with the release of a HVAC Action Plan that identifies key actions to achieve the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan HVAC goals as measured by changes in related permits, installation and maintenance standards, design and construction standards, and increasing use of HVAC equipment optimized for California's climate.

Advances in HVAC to date, including new, streamlined permit forms, permit requirements for incentives, and a national agreement that creates opportunities for the development of climate zone-optimized HVAC products, are due in no small part to the Western HVAC Performance Alliance (WHPA). Originally established in CPUC decision D.07-10-032 as an investor-owned utility task force, the WHPA has grown into an essential partner in the Action Plan, driving private and public sector cooperation in achieving the Plan's goals.

The HVAC Action Plan has been finalized and will be launched during a webinar in the coming months. Interested parties are welcome to participate and can find additional information on the webinar by contacting Simon Baker at or 415-703-5649.

California to Switch on Energy Savings with Lighting Action Plan

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The CPUC unveiled its California Lighting Action Plan during a webinar on June 30, 2011. The Action Plan, developed through a collaborative effort with stakeholders in lighting and various state agencies, lays out a path to implement the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan in the lighting sector. This action plan will help California proceed step-by-step toward achieving the Plan's vision for a 60-80 percent reduction in lighting electrical energy use.

The Lighting Action Plan is designed to identify the key actions required to achieve milestones, secure leaders for the steps to achieve these actions, and track and report on progress against the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan.

Lighting is responsible for almost 25 percent of California's electricity use. Four goals of the Action Plan are: policy for market transformation; best practices; end user demand; and research, development, and demonstration.

Energy Upgrade California One-Stop Shop Website for Consumers

Energy Upgrade California is a new one-stop-shop website that helps property owners adopt energy and water efficiency improvements and renewable energy installations. The program is expected to upgrade thousands of homes throughout California and create thousands of construction, manufacturing, and sales jobs, while reducing energy and water use and greenhouse gas emissions. Initially for single-family residences, the program will be expanded over the next year to include multi-family and commercial properties.

Energy Upgrade California consists of Basic and Advanced Packages. Basic Upgrade focuses on sealing a home to eliminate leaks that waste energy and money; there is a rebate of up to $1,000 for completing all seven basic measures. The Advanced Upgrade is a customized energy efficiency solution for the whole house; confirmed energy savings of 15 to 40 percent qualify for a rebate of $1,500 to $4,000, depending on the county and utility provider.

Property Owners: Energy Upgrade California is a great opportunity to save money on your energy bills, increase the comfort of your home, help the environment, and create jobs. To upgrade your home, visit Energy Upgrade California and enter your county for local rebates and contractors.

Contractors: Energy Upgrade California offers training in the latest home performance standards, listing in an online contractor directory, connection with property owners, marketing support, and outreach materials. Visit the Energy Upgrade California website for more information on how to become an Energy Upgrade California Participating Contractor.

Development of a Research & Technology Action Plan Continues with Recent Workshop


Teams from the CPUC and the California Energy Commission are leading the effort to develop an action plan for the Research and Technology (R&T) Chapter of California's Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. At a joint workshop on the development of the R&T Action Plan, held on July 11, 2011, at the California Energy Commission in Sacramento, stakeholders had the opportunity to provide valuable insight to the process.

The workshop was well-attended by a full-range of research, development and deployment (RD&D) stakeholders from across California, including private entities, national labs, clean energy and environmental groups, green venture capitalists, federal, state, and local governments, utilities, and consumers. A morning panel discussion on establishing priorities was followed in the afternoon by five breakout sessions focused on identifying key actions of the R&T Action Plan.

The Action Plan will help California's RD&D community achieve the zero net energy and hot-dry climate HVAC technologies goals described in the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan. A draft of the Action Plan is expected by the end of the year.

U.S. Army Picks Three California Installations to Pilot Zero Net Energy Program

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The U.S. Army continued its commitment to building a bright energy future by unveiling its six installations that will go zero net energy, (ZNE), three of which are in California: the Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin, Fort Hunter Liggett in Monterey County, and the Sierra Army Depot in Lassen County.

The Army said its ZNE installation pilot program drew more than 100 applications for zero net energy, water, and waste bids. The Army is looking to begin site-specific work this winter. Two bases – Fort Bliss in Texas and Fort Carson in Colorado – will pilot an integrated ZNE installation program that combines all three components of the program (energy, water, and waste).

In This Issue
HVAC Action Plan
Lighting Action Plan
Energy Upgrade California
R&T Action Plan Workshop
U.S. Army Pilots Zero Net Energy Program
Stakeholder Spotlight
Upcoming Events
Stakeholder Spotlight:
Bob Wiseman
Bob Wiseman Portrait
Bob Wiseman is a past President of the Institute of Heating and Air Conditioning Industries and the president of Canoga Park Heating and Air Conditioning. As a contractor, he’s on the front lines of energy efficiency at the consumer level. As an advocate for energy efficiency and a partner in the Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan, he feels it’s important to maintain focus on quality installation and maintenance to ensure promised energy savings are achieved. By defining standards at the strategic plan level, contractors and evangelists can more easily have successful conversations with consumers. “One of our challenges is to inform consumers exactly how quality installation and quality maintenance helps them,” he said.
Research Focus:
Market Effects of Residential New Construction Programs
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The Residential New Construction for single-family homes market effects study was conducted to clarify whether energy savings from non-participant spillover can be treated as a resource and, potentially, afforded shareholder incentive. Results indicate that there were significant gains in energy savings for new residential construction outside of the program, and that these can be attributed in large part to the investor-owned utility (IOU) programs. In particular, training programs under the IOU programs – which offered 840 unique courses reaching 5,000 builders and 7,000 HVAC contractors – played a key role in creating the “rising tide” of energy efficiency outside of the program. The study includes recommendations that new residential construction programs be designed to focus on market transformation and include substantial training elements.
Upcoming Events

* July 27-28, 2011: Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative Best Practices Forum

* Aug. 23-24, 2011: EUCI's Technical Integration of Photovoltaic Distributed Generation

* Sept. 25-27, 2011: ACEEE National Conference on Energy Efficiency as a Resource

* November 2011: HVAC Action Plan Launch


Information on the above events and additional events are at