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February 2019


SEEC Accelerator Program provides targeted technical assistance to local governments to develop climate action plans, track and measure progress on reducing GHG emissions, implement energy efficiency and sustainability projects, leverage additional funding resources, and achieve statewide recognition for energy efficiency and climate achievements. The program pays particular attention to local governments that serve disadvantaged/low-income communities and rural-hard-to-reach communities. There is no deadline to apply to this ongoing program. Learn more HERE

MCE Invites the Remaining Six Contra Costa County Mayors
to join the other 14 cities in our county who are already offering their residents a choice in energy providers! Attached is the letter with information about the new open enrollment period!  It opened January 15th and your city has until June 30th to finish all hearings and join MCE contact:;  415.464.6019 and MCE will work directly with you to answer any questions, help with sample staff reports, and draft final resolutions!

Local Governments Replace CA's Biggest Utilities by forming community choice aggregators (CCA's) to reduce rates and increase climate friendly alternatives like wind and solar. While Many cities in Contra Costa adopted MCE as their CCA of choice, a new CCA has formed in Alameda County; and more recently it has spread to Southern California, where efforts are also underway to establish community choice programs in San Diego, Riverside County and other areas. Learn more about this new CCA HERE

Local City News

Contra Costa County Sustainability Commission do you know that our county has set up this group to To advise the Board of Supervisors and staff on successful implementation of the Climate Action Plan, including suggestions on how that work can be performed more efficiently and effectively; opportunities to realize equity and fairness across the diverse communities of Contra Costa County in sustainability programs that support the Climate Action Plan; how to better engage Contra Costa County residents and businesses on sustainability issues and implementation of the Climate Action Plan. Applications are due Friday, February 22, 2019, at 5 p.m. Incumbents may re-apply. Learn more and apply for a position HERE


Assembly Bill No. 40 Introduced by CA Assembly members Ting and Karla directing the California Air Resources Board to develop a comprehensive state strategy to achieve complete electrification of new passenger vehicles and light duty trucks by year 2040.  The bill is pending in the California legislature, and is strongly supported by the Yes Clean Cars coalition, Coltura, and many other organizations. Read the bill HERE

Electric Cars Cheaper than Gas Cars in 5 years! The global consulting firm Deloitte just issued a report stating that EVs will be cheaper to own and operate than gas cars after 2022.  The report expects that 10% of new cars sold will be EVs by 2024, and 20% by 2030.  The report cited policy and regulation, particularly including city bans on the use of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles, as major drivers of the change.

GM and Ford Announce Plan to Introduce electric pickups! Both stated that they will sell fully-electrified versions of their best-selling Sierra and F-150 pickups! Learn more HERE

Other City News

City of Sydney to Host the 3 day Global Women4Climate Conference
, in April 2020. The event is expected to include a diverse range of conversations with global mayors of major cities, business leaders and visionaries about how women can and already are leading the way as climate leaders. It’s organized by C40, a network of the world’s mega cities committed to addressing climate change that supports collaboration between global cities and aims to drive measurable action on climate change. Learn more HERE

City of Puerto Vallarta Joins the Global Covenant of Mayors, a group of committed mayors and local governments – in alliance with partners – who are working to accelerate ambitious, measurable climate and energy initiatives that lead to an inclusive, just, low-emission and climate  resilient future, helping to meet and exceed the Paris agreement objectives. Learn more HERE

Gasoline Phaseout: Denmark, Sweden and British Columbia all recently announced plans to phaseout sales of new gasoline cars, following a trend of countries who have done that already: including Netherlands, Ireland, Germany, Norway, Israel, UK, Scotland, Spain, Egypt, Taiwan and France! While on a local level two bills were introduced in Washington state. One requires all new cars sold to be electric starting in 2035, and the other requires new government fleet vehicles to be electric by 2027. Learn more HERE


The State of California Fourth Climate Change Assessment, provides the scientific foundation for understanding climate-related vulnerability at the local scale and informing resilience actions. We encourage you to take the  Cal OES Adaptation Planning Guide User Needs Assessment Survey !

The 4th National Climate Assessment (NCA4) lays out a detailed picture of how communities across the country are already feeling the effects of climate change—from intensified risk of wildfires in California, to droughts slowing agricultural production in Iowa and much more. Read MORE

Drawdown Marin is a Bold, Community-Driven Campaign working to reduce GHG emissions and prepare for climate change impacts. The county, with the support and input from the entire community, will work to eliminate fossil fuel use and “drawdown” carbon emissions by designing and implementing solutions in 6 Focus Areas. Learn about and attend an upcoming event HERE or click HERE for more info on Drawdown Marin. Contact // 415.473.2540


The Yosemite Leadership and Policy Conference will feature a cross-section of CA city and county elected officials, regional leaders and executives, and senior policymakers taking a comprehensive deep dive into best practices and current policy issues that impact the future of our communities and state, set in breathtaking Yosemite National Park, Mark 14-17, 2019. Learn more HERE

10th Annual Statewide Energy Efficiency Forum (SEEC) in partnership with the Statewide Energy Efficiency Collaborative, will provide learning, sharing, and networking opportunities to help local governments save energy, reduce GHG emissions, and catalyze climate action. June 26-27 in Long Beach, CA. Learn more HERE

CA Shared Mobility Policy and Modeling Workshop, hosted by the UC Berkeley's Transportation Research Center will feature an interactive workshop on discussing how public agencies are incorporating shared mobility into public policy and modeling, how they are sharing data with the public sector, and challenges they would like to solve. March 22, 9AM-4:30PM, UC Berkeley Alumni House. Learn more HERE


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