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Southern California Regional Energy Network

SoCalREN 2019 Focus Group Results

SoCalREN hosted a focus group this May to gather input from public agency representatives and discuss how SoCalREN offerings are currently serving agency needs. The focus group gave us the opportunity to hear from a sample of our Network about their needs and to collect recommendations on how we can best provide resources to help achieve energy savings goals.

Below are our top five takeaways from the conversations:

  1. Agencies are challenged by funding. The biggest challenges/barriers to implementing energy projects include funding, city contracting requirements, and loan-weariness. Our new Revolving Loan Fund is designed to help!

  2. Agencies are concerned about upcoming changes with LGPs. Agencies are concerned about losing offerings and momentum with energy projects as elements of Local Government Partnerships (LGPs) are coming to a close. Based on this feedback, we’re hard at work identifying opportunities for SoCalREN to fill gaps left by the changing LGPs.

  3. SoCalREN’s no-cost services are valuable. Agencies view no-cost services, incentive support, and financing support as the top three SoCalREN service offerings.

  4. SoCalREN fills gaps to complete projects. Although agencies recognize that completing energy efficiency projects always require a time investment, it is still worth leveraging SoCalREN for high-benefit services that fill gaps left by other energy programs.

  5. Agencies value SoCalREN’s quality service. Agencies appreciate SoCalREN’s track record of producing results and our energy industry expertise, which allows them to stay up-to-date on the changing energy landscape.

SoCalREN is committed to serving agency needs and offering solutions that bring energy efficiency projects to completion, even as other energy programs change or come to a close. We value conversations like these as we are continually improving our offerings so that agencies can rely on unwavering support from start-to-finish. 

Did these key takeaways ring true for you? Did we miss something? The SoCalREN Public Agency Programs listen to agency feedback and tailor services based on agency input. You can join the conversation by taking our 
2019 Agency Satisfaction Survey. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Calling All School District Facilities Managers and Representatives!

The 2019 Green California Schools & Community Colleges Summit and Exposition is coming to Pasadena on October 16 - 17 and SoCalREN is excited to play a part in the conversation with school leaders to share tried-and-true practices that result in sustainable change at schools across the state. 

We are inviting school district representatives to join us at no cost! SoCalREN is offering multiple scholarship opportunities that include the following:

  • Registration for a full day of the summit (October 17)
  • Attendance to an exclusive SoCalREN Lunch & Learn: Bond, School Bonds: Leveraging Bond Funding to Achieve Your District’s Energy Goals. Learn guaranteed best practices and peer-backed resources proven to drive successful energy efficiency projects.

  • Travel reimbursement 

Apply today! All K-12 school district staff are eligible to apply. Please see the scholarship application for more details, or contact awhitehouse@energycoalition.org if you have any questions.

SoCalREN Can Help With Your Next Council Presentation!

City of Yorba Linda receiving their incentive check from Southern California Edison 

Celebrate your completed energy efficiency projects at your next council or board meeting! SoCalREN can help coordinate presentations to recognize your agency’s leadership in energy efficiency actions. Support from SoCalREN includes:

  • Preparing council and board meeting presentations on your behalf

  • Coordination with the utilities to receive a “giant” check, if applicable

  • Showcasing your leadership via SoCalREN newsletters and social media channels

Interested in celebrating a project’s success at an upcoming council or board meeting? Contact your SoCalREN Project Manager today or email info@socalren.org to get started on planning.

Upcoming Happenings

Celebrate Energy Efficiency Day! (October 2nd)

Join us in celebrating Energy Efficiency Day! Every year a growing network of advocates, companies, government agencies, utilities, and others showcase the benefits of energy efficiency during this annual event. Energy efficiency saves money, reduces pollution and creates jobs - what’s not to love? Take the pledge to join the thousands of people who have already pledged to save energy and money for #EEDay2019 on October 2nd.

Recent Happenings

SoCalREN and Westside Energy Resiliency Workshop (August 29th)

SoCalREN and Westside Energy Partnership hosted an Energy Resiliency Workshop last month at the Aquarium of the Pacific. Thought leaders from utilities and green businesses shared resources and strategies related to resiliency during natural disasters and energy emergencies to a packed house of public agency representatives. We’d like to give a huge shoutout to all the public agency representatives that attended and for taking the steps to build resiliency in their regions.

 

La Puente, Yorba Linda and Chino Hills Check Presentations (August 27th, 20th, 13th)

On August 27th, 20th and 13th, the Cities of La Puente, Yorba Linda, and Chino Hills (pictured) were recognized at check presentations for their energy leadership and the completion of energy efficiency projects!

  • La Puente completed its streetlight energy efficiency project, which received over $144,730 in utility rebates

  • Yorba Linda was celebrated for reaching Energy Leader Partnership Silver Tier, receiving over $31,000 in utility incentives

  • Chino Hills completed Phase 1 of the LS-1 streetlight project and received over $300,000 in utility incentives

All efforts were completed using SoCalREN’s Project Delivery Program and Local Government Partnership services. SoCalREN celebrates La Puente’s and Chino Hill’s energy savings to date and their continued dedication to a sustainable energy future!

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