SEEC is celebrating 11 years of success in bringing Energy Efficiency (EE) to the forefront of local government sustainability solutions. In total, we have assisted 156 cities and counties through participation in the Beacon Awards program, helped complete over 660 Greenhouse Gas inventories, hosted and participated in 11 SEEC Forums, and shared numerous best practices amongst local governments.
Due to the CPUC Decisions requiring the Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) to outsource 60% of their customer programs (Decision 16-08-0192) to Third Party contractors, and the minimum cost- effectiveness thresholds for IOU program portfolios, the IOUs have undergone a portfolio balancing process that includes reducing budgets and sunsetting programs, which includes the IOUs’ partnership with SEEC. While 2020 will be the final year of SEEC, the NGO partners (ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, Institute for Local Government, and Local Government Commission) remain committed to continuing to support local governments in building capacity and sustaining progress towards energy efficiency and climate action goals.
Over the last 11 years, the IOUs have helped fund the development of a variety of tools for local governments, which are expected to remain available through the respective NGOs who have been instrumental partners in SEEC. EE programs will continue to be available, whether they are implemented by the IOUs or a Third Party contractor.