What's New on the Site
James Morante, Statewide Director for the ECU Sector, participated in the 20th Annual North State Economic Forecast Conference on January 9 in Redding to share our Sector's rewarding collaboration with the California Construction & Industrial Materials Association (CalCIMA) and Butte College to train the state's future construction workforce. Bridging the demand gap will require innovative solutions and intentional engagement with non-traditional populations.
- The National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference is being held at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, NV from March 23-25, 2020. Also a Daikin Ductless Installation Class will be held on March 26, 2020 (limited seating). Contact Bruce Noble for details.
- Green Technology Training hosted a day-long workshop to review the updates to CALGreen (Title 24, Part 11) and the California Energy Code (Title 24, Part 6) for residential and non-residential buildings. May 15 at the Sacramento Convention Center.
- On May 16 at the Sacramento Convention Center, the Sustainable Facilities Forum – the evolution of the Green California Summit - addressed strategies and resources for ZNE construction and retrofits, organic waste management, EV charging infrastructure, and more.
ECU In The News
- Sacramento is spending $30 million on Tiny Houses, and Sacramento's mayor is advocating similar policies across the state of California. Read more here.
- Power cuts in California are driving interest in battery storage technologies, creating career opportunities. Read this blog post from the Center for a Competitive Workforce.
- Microgrids are a viable solution to the power cuts being experienced in California due to fire danger, according to this Los Angeles Times article.
- The Shark Tank's Kevin O'Leary says "Be a plumber: Get rich!" Watch here.
- Building Automation Systems are forecasted to grow 11.1% annually through 2026 to a total market of $141 billion, according to this research report by Persistence Market Research as reported in Digital Daily News.
- Builder Online conducted a study of building materials and practices that afford the greatest protection and resistance to wildfire damage. See the full article here.
- Microgrids are impacting time-of-use metering in California. Read this white paper from Enel X, brought to you by MicrogridKnowledge.com.
- Getting to 100% Zero Emissions: California's Investor-Owned Utilities are on track to reach 50% renewable energy sources by 2020, but UtilityDive.com reports that the path to 100% zero emissions across all sectors by 2045 isn't as clear. Read the article.
- Half of America's jobs require more than a High School diploma, but less than a 4-year degree. Why are these jobs under so many students' radars? Find out in this The74Million.org analysis.
- Automation may be threatening some jobs, but education is creating new ones according to this PBS News Hour story.
- More than half of US organizations plan to increase their energy efficiency spending over the next 12 months, according to a recent survey conducted by Johnson Controls. Download the full report here.
- PG&E has received approval to procure 567.5 MegaWatts of storage yielding 2,720 MWh of capacity, more than 4 times the capacity of any existing installation. Read the press release from Energy Storage North America (ESNA).
- Navigant Research forecasts revenue for the commercial, energy efficient HVAC technologies market to grow from $29.4 billion in 2018 to $61.2 billion in 2027, owing to current regulation supporting commercial building owners to adopt smart controls, enabling intelligent management and building operations.
- The Honda Distribution Center in Torrance has commissioned North America's largest microgrid installation, with a 2 MW solar array backed up by 546 kWh in storage - read more here.
- Educators around the state met at the California Independent System Operator in Folsom, CA for a 2-day symposium on Integrated Distributed Energy Resources and the impact they're having on the grid, the climate, and the workforce. Read this article from CAEconomy.org.
- The Construction sector is hot! High paying jobs abound, and the Community Colleges are poised to get you the training you need for a great career. Read this article from NPREd.
- California is helping low income women train for construction jobs - read the CNN Money article.
- Check out this article on High Performance Building Operators at AutomatedBuildings.com.
- The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) has partnered with the California Community Colleges to provide LCA's Education Express online training programs - read the announcement.
- Over 1.9 million jobs in America are focused on Energy Efficiency, with 13% job growth. California is the biggest market for Energy Efficiency Workers, at over 320,000 jobs. Read E2.ORG's study.
- Read the CEC's study exploring barriers to and opportunities for expanding low-income customers’ access to energy efficiency, weatherization, and renewable energy investments.
- NPR reports that San Francisco began requiring rooftop solar on new commercial buildings beginning January, 2017.
- Why energy for industry matters: Read this release from Siemens.
- This report says that California has the 4th lowest per capita energy consumption in the country.
- The CA Economic Summit has taken notice of our HVAC Employers Collaborative.