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Building an Equitable Future

Building Codes can be a powerful tool to deliver an equitable energy future and achieve statewide climate goals. Improving energy efficiency through building codes can provide low-to-moderate income communities with higher health and safety standards, such as thermal control and improved air quality, as well as better resilience against extreme weather…


How Forward-Looking Product Specifications, Strategic Engagement and Competition Drive Adoption of Best-in-Class Technologies

In 2010, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company sponsored the launch of the LED Accelerator Program (LEDA), a market development program that promotes the highest performing and best quality LED lighting products…


Automated Demand Response: How the California ADR Program Can Address Changing Grid Needs

The California Joint Investor Owned Utilities commissioned a study to recommend a new approach for ADR incentives. The study explored four research categories: market, historic, technical, and exploratory. Read more to see the results of the studies in each category and an updated ADR incentive structure…


NYSERDA Transformative Wave Catalyst Deployment

Transformative Wave’s CATALYST retrofit kit has been proven to reduce commercial and industrial customers’ HVAC energy use by 25% to 50% on its own. In addition, CATALYST also significantly improves indoor comfort, especially in buildings such as fast-food restaurants that have space pressure and air quality concerns…

New Kitchens Feed a Community

A project to upgrade the school kitchens in Springfield, MA served up more than nutritious food for hungry students. Through the 2021 American Rescue Plan, the Springfield School District received funding to invest in their facilities. With 67 schools serving nearly 26,000 students, many of whom live below the poverty level, the school administrators decided to update school kitchens…

Energy Efficiency and Automated Demand Response Program Integration

Integrated Demand Side Management (IDSM) refers to the concept of integrating demand side (DSM) resources such as energy efficiency (EE), energy conservation, demand response (DR), advanced metering, and distributed energy resources such as renewables, distributed generation (DG), and storage…

TECH Clean California receives AESP Groundbreaking Program Design and Implementation Award

In recognition of its efforts to advance zero-emissions, heat pump deployment and help achieve California’s climate goals

Oakland, California (February 28, 2023) – Energy Solutions is proud to announce that TECH Clean California has received the Groundbreaking Program Design and Implementation Award at the AESP (Association of Energy Services Professionals) Annual conference in New Orleans. This award is in recognition of TECH’s innovative and comprehensive approach to market transformation in clean heating. TECH Clean California, launched in June 2021, is a statewide initiative to drive market adoption of heat pump space and water heating technologies for existing homes across California to help advance the state’s goal to install six million heat pumps by 2030 and to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. The program was created as part of California Senate Bill 1477 and is funded by revenues collected through California’s Cap-and-Trade program.

TECH Clean California receives $145 million to expand decarbonization efforts

California Energy Trailer Bill continues the state’s commitment to heat pump installations. 

Oakland, CA (September 27, 2022) – In late August, the state of California passed the California Energy Trailer Bill that will direct an additional $145 million to TECH Clean California over the next two years. The funding will be used to continue the statewide initiative aimed at accelerating the adoption of clean space and water heating technology in California homes to help California meet its goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2045.

Illinois Shines Opens for 2022-2023 Program Year, Re-Opens for Applications

Newest phase of Program greatly expands availability of renewable energy incentives, implements Climate and Equitable Jobs Act targets  

Chicago, IL, September 1, 2022 – Illinois Shines (also known as the Adjustable Block Program) opened today for the 2022-2023 Program Year to expand statewide solar access by resuming acceptance of both new solar project applications and Approved Vendor registrations. The Program, a state-administered incentive program implemented by the Illinois Power Agency (IPA), supports the development of new distributed generation and community solar projects across Illinois.

CalNEXT Offers Resources and Expertise to Energize Emission Reduction Programs

A statewide initiative will provide resources and support projects and ideas to help achieve California’s climate goals. CalNEXT presents a great opportunity to energize ideas and create big results. 

Oakland, CA (July 7, 2022) – Building off previous successes, a new statewide initiative to help identify, resource, test, and grow emerging electric energy technologies is looking for new ideas and projects that will help advance California’s mission to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. The initiative, called CalNEXT, is a six-year program that will support and implement 170 projects. The program will focus on technologies and delivery mechanisms that have the potential to make major impacts to the investor-owned utility (IOU) energy efficiency portfolios while supporting California’s decarbonized future…

Energy Solutions welcomes Angela Rodriguez as Chief Financial Officer

Oakland, CA (July 11, 2022) – Energy Solutions, an Oakland-based clean energy consulting firm, announced today the appointment of Angela Rodriguez as Chief Financial Officer. 

Angela joins Energy Solutions as a seasoned finance professional who has influenced $10B in revenue for national and international high-growth firms such as Eco-Energy, UGI Corporation, Superior Group, Certainteed Corporation, and Yuasa-Exide. As CFO at Eco-Energy, a low-carbon energy solutions company, she positioned the business to thrive during aggressive growth and doubled net earnings in two years. At UGI Energy Services, a midstream service provider of natural gas, liquid fuels, electricity, and renewable energy where she also served as CFO, Angela oversaw the growth of the company from $650 million in revenue to over $1.3 billion. Angela has led teams in finance, corporate accounting, treasury, tax, risk management, safety, information systems, human resources, and administrative operations…