November 20, 2017

Second Trade Pro - November 30th

The Fresno Energy Watch, Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), and the Better Business Bureau of Fresno are pleased to announce an opportunity for local contractors to learn about the advantages of enrolling in Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) Trade Professional Alliance Program.

Enrollment in the Trade Professional Alliance program serves as an expansion opportunity if you sell, install, or service products in the following categories:

  • Refrigeration
  • Lighting
  • Food-service equipment
  • Agricultural equipment
  • Boilers
  • HVAC
  • Similar products

This one-hour workshop will provide you an overview of the program advantages and benefits, meet PG&E staff to ask questions, and begin the process of enrolling in the Trade Professional Alliance Program. Through program education, online processing, and member support, the Trade Professional Alliance Program may allow you to increase business and expand your customer base.

 

Trade Professional Alliance Members receive:

  • Inclusion in PG&E’s Trade Professional online directory as a direct install contractor or distributor;
  • Referrals from PG&E to customers looking for contractors and sales professionals;
  • Education and updates about PG&E’s latest rebates;
  • Interest-free financing for your customers; and
  • Streamlined online rebate application processing and technical support.

This no-cost workshop will take place on Thursday, November 30th at:

 

 

Better Business Bureau Fresno Office

2600 W. Shaw Lane

Fresno, CA 93711

9:00am – 10:00am

 

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Juan Carranza at 559-476-2503 or jcarranza@fresnoedc.com

To learn more about Trade Pro visit: www.pge.com/tradepro

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October 19, 2017

 

EM-POWER DUNLAP | Small Community Event

Fresno Energy Watch 2017

 

In celebration of Energy Awareness Month Fresno Energy Watch (FEW) partnered with Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig and Dunlap Elementary School to facilitate the EM – POWER DUNLAP Small Community Event. The event was held on September 28th at Dunlap Elementary School during its Back to School Night celebration.

The event brought a  variety of public service  agencies  and energy efficiency resources to the underserved community. 500 people attended the event where residents received valuable information about energy efficiency and savings programs, law enforcement and health care resources including immunizations at  no-cost from the Fresno County Public Health Department.

The celebration included the participation of Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig, Fresno County EDC President/CEO Lee Ann Eager (all the way from Spain), EDC Chief Operating Officer Nikki Newsome, PG&E Senior Manager Public Affairs Anna Brooks and Dunlap Elementary School Principal Keith Merrihew who received event attendees with welcoming remarks. More than 20 organizations participated including Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission (EOC), Fresno County Sheriff’s Department, County of Fresno

Community Development,  Clean  Energy Tune Up (CETU), Richard  Heath  and Associates (RHA), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Fresno  County Public Library, Fresno County Public Health Department, California State University, Fresno – Mobile Health Unit, Dunlap Elementary School, Cal Fire, Fresno Community Food Bank and Fresno Economic Development Corporation (EDC), among others.

 

            

 

The event concluded with a food distribution to event attendees and donated by the Fresno Community Food Bank.

 

             

 

 

 

 

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August 8, 2017

EM-POWER DUNLAP Community Event will be held at Dunlap Elementary School on Thursday, September 28th, 2017 beginning at 5:30pm.

In partnership with PG&E and Fresno County Supervisor Nathan Magsig, the EM-POWER DUNLAP is a free event bringing together public and community service agencies in honor of Energy Awareness Month. Program staff will be available to provide information on energy savings opportunities, including free energy assessments and assistance with zero-interest financing for energy upgrades.

The event will be joining Back to School Night at Dunlap Elementary and will be open to the public.

The event will include:

  • A food distribution from the Community Food Bank
  • A K9 show from the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department
  • Health Education and Screening Services from California State University, Fresno Mobile Health Unit Program
  • Fresno County Public Library: The Without Walls (WOW) Mobile Outreach Program
  • Education on Fire Prevention from Cal Fire – Squaw Valley Station
  • Business resources and incentives for expansion, hiring, equipment
  • Fresno County Health Department Resources
  • And much more!

 

For additional information contact:
Juan Carranza
FEW Program Implementer
559.476.2503
jcarranza@fresnoedc.com

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July 10, 2017

Trade Pro Flyer

The Fresno Energy Watch, Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (EDC), and the City of Fowler are pleased to announce an opportunity for local contractors to learn about the advantages of enrolling in Pacific Gas & Electric Company’s (PG&E) Trade Professional Alliance Program.

Enrollment in the Trade Professional Alliance program serves as an expansion opportunity if you sell, install, or service products in the following categories:

  • Refrigeration
  • Lighting
  • Food-service equipment
  • Agricultural equipment
  • Boilers
  • HVAC
  • Similar products

This one-hour workshop will provide you an overview of the program advantages and benefits, meet PG&E staff to ask questions, and begin the process of enrolling in the Trade Professional Alliance Program. Through program education, online processing, and member support, the Trade Professional Alliance Program may allow you to increase business and expand your customer base.

Trade Professional Alliance Members receive:

  • Inclusion in PG&E’s Trade Professional online directory as a direct install contractor or distributor;
  • Referrals from PG&E to customers looking for contractors and sales professionals;
  • Education and updates about PG&E’s latest rebates;
  • Interest-free financing for your customers; and
  • Streamlined online rebate application processing and technical support.

This no-cost workshop will take place on Thursday, July 27th at 10:00AM.

Location:

Fowler City Hall

128 S. 5th Street.

Fowler, CA 93625

 

Space is limited, so please RSVP to Juan Carranza at 559-476-2503 or jcarranza@fresnoedc.com

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March 3, 2017

The Fresno Energy Watch Program and The Fresno County EDC were pleased to recognize Michael Automotive of Fresno with the 2016 Energy Champion Award. Michael Automotive is a proven leader in energy efficiency, generating over 196,079 kWh annually in savings!

The Recognition took place on January 18th, 2017 at Bitwise Industries where the Inaugural Energy Summit Event was held. The event served as an educational platform with two panels focused on renewable energy, gas and oil. New York Times Best Selling Author - Alex Epstein provided the keynote speech reflecting the theme of his book, "The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels".

 

 

Energy Summit Event 2017 - Gary Turgeon, Sales Manager at Michael Automotive receiving the award from PG&E Program Manager, Steve Newvine

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November 1, 2016

Fresno Energy Watch, the Fresno County EDC, and the City of Fresno are pleased to announce an opportunity for local trade professionals to learn about the advantages of enrolling in the Trade Professional Alliance from Pacific Gas & Electric Company.

If you sell, install, or service products in the following categories, this is your opportunity:

  • Refrigeration
  • Lighting
  • Food-Service Equipment
  • Agricultural Equipment
  • Boilers
  • Motors
  • HVAC
  • Or Similar ProductsTrade professionals enrolled in the program receive:
  • This one-hour workshop gives you the opportunity to hear from the Trade Professional Manager for the program in our region, ask questions, and start the process of enrolling in the Trade Professional Alliance Program. Program education, online rebate processing, and program support make your products and services easier to present and sell to your customers.
  • Referrals from PG&E to customers looking for contractors and sales contacts,
  • Inclusion in PG&E's Trade Professional online directory and contacts for becoming a direct install contractor,
  • Education and updates about PG&E's latest rebates and zero-interest financing options for your customers,
  • Streamlined online rebate application processing and tech support.

 

The no-cost workshop will take place at the Fresno City Hall, Room #3054 (3rd Floor) at 2600 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93721 on Thursday November 3rd, 2016 at 10:00am. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Juan Carranza of the Fresno County EDC at (559) 476-2503 or EDCanalyst@fresnoedc.com

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September 26, 2016

Fresno Energy Watch, the Fresno County EDC, and the City of Clovis are pleased to announce an opportunity for local trade professionals to learn about the advantages of enrolling in the Trade Professional Alliance from Pacific Gas & Electric Company (EDC).

If you sell, install, or service products in the following categories, this is your opportunity:

  • Refrigeration
  • Lighting
  • Food-Service Equipment
  • Agricultural Equipment
  • Boilers
  • Motors
  • HVAC
  • Or Similar Products

This one-hour workshop gives you the opportunity to hear from the Trade Professional Manager for the program in our region, ask questions, and start the process of enrolling in the Trade Professional Alliance Program. Program education, online rebate processing, and program support make your products and services easier to present and sell to your customers.

Trade professionals enrolled in the program receive:

  • Referrals from PG&E to customers looking for contractors and sales contacts,
  • Inclusion in PG&E's Trade Professional online directory and contacts for becoming a direct install contractor,
  • Education and updates about PG&E's latest rebates and zero-interest financing options for your customers,
  • Streamlined online rebate application processing and tech support.

The no-cost workshop will take place at the Clovis City Council Chamber at 1033 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA 93612 on Thursday October 27, 2016 at 2:00PM. Space is limited, so please RSVP to Margo Lerwill of the Fresno County EDC at (559) 476-2503 or mlerwill@fresnoedc.com.

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August 3, 2016

The first in a new pilot program of energy benchmarking workshops for Fresno County businesses will be held at no cost in the cities of Kerman, Sanger, and Clovis, CA. These workshops will enable local businesses to receive a benchmarking report specific to their own business comparing their energy use to their industry averages. Find out how your business measures up in energy efficiency, ask questions specific to your business and your concerns, find out about free on-site assessments, qualify for incentives to help pay for upgrades and for no-interest financing to cover what incentives do not. Businesses must RSVP to the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation 559-476-2503 and provide a signed release allowing the organizers one-time access to one year's worth of PG&E data for use in the report or 13 consecutive months of paper utility bills. All information provided will be held in strictest confidence and used one time only for this specific purpose. Call Margo Lerwill at the Fresno County EDC at 559-476-2503 to RSVP and receive the release forms to process the report.

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July 19, 2016

The first in a new pilot program of energy benchmarking workshops for Fresno County businesses will be held at no cost in Kerman on the afternoon of August 3 and Sanger on the morning of August 10, 2016. These workshops will enable local businesses to receive a benchmarking report specific to their own business comparing their energy use to competitors of similar size. Find out how your business measures up in energy efficiency, ask questions specific to your business and your concerns, find out about free on-site assessments, qualify for incentives to help pay for upgrades and for no-interest financing to cover what incentives do not. Businesses must RSVP to the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation 559-476-2503 and provide a signed release allowing the organizers one-time access to one year's worth of PG&E data for use in the report. All information provided will be held in strictest confidence and used one time only for this specific purpose. Call Margo Lerwill at the Fresno County EDC at 559-476-2503 to RSVP and receive the release forms to process the report.

For professionals in sales, installation, and service of equipment related to refrigeration, lighting, food-service goods, ag equipment, boilers, motors, HVAC, and related items, the City of Sanger is also sponsoring a workshop on the business advantages of joining PG&E's Trade Pro Alliance. Do you know all the incentives you could be offering your clients when you quote a project? Are you missing out on closing deals because you don't know the programs or how to easily file incentive paperwork online as a registered Trade Pro? The Sanger event takes place on the morning of September 14, 2016. Again, please RSVP to Margo Lerwill at the Fresno County EDC at 559-476-2503 or mlerwill@fresnoedc.com.

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June 7, 2016

Pacific Gas & Electric Company has announced a change to On Bill Financing (OBF) limits for Cities undertaking larger energy efficiency upgrade projects for public facilities. The financing option, allowing Cities to roll their co-pay for projects into their monthly utility bill over a 30-year payoff period, had raised its cap from $1,000,000 to $4,000,000.

For businesses in Fresno County, companies have a new incentive available to them to further help defray the cost of energy efficiency upgrades. The Hard-To-Reach incentive structure provides assistance above the amount of existing incentives if a business meets two of the five criteria. Any business anywhere  in Fresno County, by virtue of location, already meets one of the five criteria. An estimated 80% of all business in Fresno County will meet another criteria by:

  • Renting rather than owning their business space;
  • Having fewer than 10 employees;
  • Speaking a language other than English;
  • Having a peak kW demand of less than 20kW.

A business is not disqualified for failing to meet any one of these added qualifications. Again, a business need only meet two of the criteria, and being located in Fresno County satisfies one.

Think you qualify but not sure? Have questions? Please feel free to call (559) 476-2503 to speak to a program specialist about your business and learn how to obtain a free on-site energy assessment or to attend an upcoming benchmarking workshop providing energy comparisons specifically for your business.

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April 7, 2016

In 2016, businesses in Fresno County have a new incentive available to them to further help defray the cost of energy efficiency upgrades. The Hard-To-Reach incentive structure provides assistance above the amount of existing incentives if a business meets two of the five criteria. Any business anywhere  in Fresno County, by virtue of location, already meets one of the five criteria. An estimated 80% of all business in Fresno County will meet another criteria by:

  • Renting rather than owning their business space;
  • Having fewer than 10 employees;
  • Speaking a language other than English;
  • Having a peak kW demand of less than 20kW.

A business is not disqualified for failing to meet any one of these added qualifications. Again, a business need only meet two of the criteria, and being located in Fresno County satisfies one.

Think you qualify but not sure? Have questions? Please feel free to call (559) 476-2503 to speak to a program specialist about your business and learn how to obtain a free on-site energy assessment or to attend an upcoming benchmarking workshop providing energy comparisons specifically for your business.

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December 18, 2015

The FEW Incentives Workshop for businesses in western Fresno County was originally scheduled to be held in Mendota on Friday, December 18, 2015. The workshop has been postponed and will be rescheduled for early 2016 at a time and place to be determined. Please check here for posted updates or call Margo Lerwill of the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation at (559) 476-2503.

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December 4, 2015

Please join Fresno Energy Watch and Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) for this free business incentives workshop to bring energy savings and efficiency resources to businesses in the Fresno Clovis Area. Learn how to receive no-cost or low-cost energy assessments and assistance with financing energy upgrades. Topics will include:

  • Energy assessments
  • Direct Install and Trade Pro services
  • The POWER Loan for expedited financing of project up to $10,000
  • Business resources and incentives for expansion, equipment, hiring & training
  • And more!

When: Wednesday, December 9, 2015 from 1:00PM - 3:00PM

Where: Clovis Veterans Memorial District, 808 4th Street, Clovis CA 93612, Room 1

The workshop for businesses in Fresno County's eastside cities will take place on Friday, December 11, 2015, from 10:00AM - 12NOON at the Reedley Community Center, 100 N. East, Reedley CA 93654, Redwood Room.

And finally, the workshop for businesses in Fresno County's westside cities will take place on Friday, December 18, 2015, from 1:00PM - 3:00PM at the Mendota Community Center, 195 Smoot, Mendota CA 93640.

Please contact Margo Lerwill of the Fresno County Economic Development Corporation at (559) 476-2503 or mlerwill@fresnoedc.com if you have questions.

 

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November 30, 2015

Fresno Energy Watch (FEW) will be presenting free energy incentive workshops for businesses and municipalities interested in learning how the Energy Tune-Up, POWER Loan, Trade Pro, and other efficiency assistance programs can help them receive energy assessments and financing for small and large efficiency upgrade projects. The Fresno County Economic Development Corporation (Fresno County EDC) will be on hand to answer questions about a variety of business incentives to assist local companies with concerns about expansion and retention and the energy, logistics, equipment, and staffing costs associated with these activities in the Valley.

The Fresno Clovis Metropolitan Area (FCMA) Workshop will take place on Wednesday December 9, 2015 from 1:00-3:00pm, location TBA.

The Fresno County East Side Cities Workshop will take place on Friday December 11, 2015 from 10:00am-12:00noon, location TBA.

The Fresno County West Side Cities Workshop will Take place in Mendota on Friday December 18, 2015 from 1:00-3:00pm, location TBA.

Please check back for location updates, to be added shortly. For questions, please contact Margo Lerwill, Economic Development Analyst, Fresno County EDC, at (559) 476-2503 or mlerwill@fresnoedc.com.

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April 28, 2014

The Energy Commission approved an updated version of California Building Energy Code Compliance for Commercial (CBECC-Com) at its April 22, 2014 Business Meeting. The new version will be available May 1. CBECC-Com improvements include a 2D simplified geometric input method, and for additions and alterations to existing buildings (also known as Existing+Additions+Alterations projects, or E+A+A).

CBECC-Com is a public domain software program developed by the Energy Commission to determine compliance with the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards.  CBECC-Com uses Energy Plus v8.0 to perform simulations and Sketchup (v8.0/Pro) with OpenStudio-SketchUp plug-in for geometry input. Instructions and links for downloading the compliance software and the associated supporting software are located at http://bees.archenergy.com/software.html.

This is the only program currently approved for the performance approach (energy budget) method of demonstrating compliance with the 2013 Standards for non-residential buildings. Up-to-date information about all Energy Commission-approved software is located at http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/2013standards/2013_computer_prog_list.html.

Quick and Easy Access

CBECC-Com software is linked on the Energy Commission’s Building Energy Efficiency Standards training webpage at http://www.energy.ca.gov/title24/training/. To get started with CBECC-Com, a series of short tutorial videos helps users understand the software workflow, and specific features.

Visit the FAQs for more information on CBECC-Com. If you experience any issues with the software, please use the Submit an Issue feature to help improve the user experience.

Utility Sponsored CBECC-Com Nonresidential Trainings

To assist California building design and code compliance professionals make the transition to the 2013 Standards, California utilities have developed a two-day training on CBECC-Com. The training is “hands-on” with a goal of ensuring that attendees become comfortable developing Title 24 compliance models from start to finish.

CBECC‑Com training will be held at utility energy education centers in Irwindale, San Francisco, and San Diego on the dates below. See the individual utility training center web sites to register for an individual session and for information on other 2013 Title 24 related educational programs.  For more information on CBECC-Com see http://bees.archenergy.com/.

Southern California Edison – Irwindale, CA
May 21-22 (Wednesday-Thursday)
June 25-26 (Wednesday-Thursday)
Register at: www.sce.com/workshops

PG&E – San Francisco, CA
June 4-5 (Wednesday - Thursday)
June 18-19 (Wednesday - Thursday)
Register at: www.pge.com/energyclasses

San Diego Gas & Electric – San Diego, CA
June 16-17 (Monday-Tuesday)
Register at: http://www.sdge.com/eic/seminars

Help with the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards

For assistance with the 2013 Building Energy Efficiency Standards, contact the Energy Standards Hotline toll-free in California at 800-772-3300 and outside California at 916-654-5106, or via email at title24@energy.ca.gov.

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