Skip to content

Are we overlooking the first step towards electrification? As we deploy more renewable generation, the electrical distribution grid is quickly becoming the cleanest source of power in the state. A few years ago, most policy folks thought it would be a stretch to have 50 percent of the electric supply from renewables by 2025. In…

Read More

Is Energy Efficiency Dead In A Decarbonization Future?   Over the past 50 years, energy efficiency has played a critical role in California. The state’s aggressive efforts to reduce energy consumption, triggered by the oil crisis in the 1970s, has paid off. The results speak for themselves. Appliance standards, building codes, and efficiency rebate programs…

Read More
Advocacy Update May 2020

Advocacy Update, May 2020 California Energy Commission On May 8th, the California Energy Commission held its first decarbonization workshop. Usually, this would be an in-person meeting at the CEC. Due to the pandemic, however, the CEC held the meeting online. The goal of this and the upcoming decarbonization workshops is to gather information from stakeholders on the…

Read More

Is There A Silver Lining To The Stay At Home Order? These are difficult times. While we all might hope that things can get back to “normal” soon, it’s likely that some things will change for good. Like a lot of businesses, contractors are suffering, as customers put off renovations and upgrades. If there’s a…

Read More
WorkFromHome

6 Tips For Working From Home A little over five years ago, I took on the position of executive director at Efficiency First California. It was a challenging time. I was taking over an organization that had been shrinking in size and was basically in a holding pattern, fighting for survival. My predecessor, our interim…

Read More
BuildingScience

It’s All About BS: Building Science If you ask tradespeople or contractors about how and why they perform a specific task they do regularly in a certain way–like hanging HVAC ducts up high on the rafters in the attic–you usually get one of two responses. Lots of people will fall back on their training or early experience: “I…

Read More