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Industry Debuts Market-Based Solution to Meet State Energy Goals

What is it going to take to meet State energy goals for California’s 13 million homes? 

A scalable energy efficiency market that rewards actual energy savings and leverages traditional market structures that already allow other comparable markets to grow and thrive.  

EUC 2.0: A Market-Based Solution for Meeting Our State Energy Goals presents industry’s roadmap for building a scalable, sustainable energy efficiency market that can serve California’s 13 million homes and handle the estimated $100 billion of economic activity that effort will generate.

To succeed we need: (1) verified actual energy savings — and an effective means to reward customers and contractors for energy savings results, (2) profitable business models (until Participating Contractors start making money, nothing will turn EUC around), and (3) competition and innovation to ensure the full range of homeowner needs are met.

In the building sector, there is precedence for such a market-based solution: California Solar Initiative.  We can build an energy efficiency market by using a new program that will provide options for calibrated-to-actual-energy-savings energy modeling tools that support a variety of business models, and setting in place traditional market structures, such as open third-party implementers, to harvest the full value of the State’s preferred “least-cost” energy source: The kWhs and therms we don’t use.

To learn more: view the 03-18-14 Webinar video and download the presentation slides

For more information contact Chris Cone at chris@efficiencyfirstca.org.

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Efficiency First California is your advocate in the Home Performance Industry

Bringing the Voice of Home Performance to Policy Decisions

Home performance contractors are on the frontlines of a paradigm shift in California energy policy called market transformation. This transformation is driven by State energy goals and incentive programs run by government and utility partners across the state. As the marketplace evolves to deliver deeper and longer-lasting energy reductions, home performance contractors play an increasingly vital role in shaping the future of energy efficiency in California.  

Now more than ever, the voice of home performance professionals is needed to inform decision makers and shape policies to ensure success. We do that through advocacy.

Exactly what is advocacy?  Advocacy is the political process by which we influence public policy and resource allocation decisions within political, economic, social, and institutional systems. Through our advocacy activities, Efficiency First California (EF California) serves as the “voice” of the home performance industry with state regulatory agencies such as the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and California Energy Commission (CEC), the state’s four Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs), two Regional Energy Networks (RENs), and many local and regional governments. 

How does EF California fulfill its role as California’s home performance industry advocate? We work closely with you, our members, to identify issues and challenges important to home performance success and to bring those concerns and recommendations to regulatory, government, and utility partners. We monitor marketplace developments to ensure the contractor’s voice is consulted early and often as programs and policies are designed. We monitor legislation and provide industry comment as bills are developed. And we seek alliances with industry partners in HVAC, insulation, and efficiency related industries to build strong partnerships. To be truly effective these advocacy activities, we work hard to keep you informed, to solicit your input, and to listen to what you have to say.  Only then can we be prepared to speak on your behalf in these various forums.

What is your role in an effective advocacy process? When talking with home performance contractors we often hear: “We need to get together, make a plan, and get these people to listen to us before they make decisions that affect the way we do business.” That is exactly what EF California is doing with your help. We encourage you to get involved. As an individual, it is difficult to make your voice heard in the policy making process. As a community of home performance professionals, however, we have the power to inform and influence decisions that affect our businesses and our customers. We want to know what you think. Therefore as we publish information and industry news in our newsletter or on our Website, we will always provide a way for you to give us feedback.

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