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EDDear friends and colleagues, 

We are thrilled to announce that the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will provide its largest award in the 2015 State Energy Program Competitive Award cycle to lead state Tennessee and its project partners -- Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, TCR, and National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) -- to develop a roadmap for a national energy efficiency registry (NEER).  More information on the award is available HERE.

A NEER is infrastructure that will allow states to track energy efficiency initiatives within their own programs as well as demonstrate compliance with U.S. EPA's Clean Power Plan (CPP).

The CPP emphasizes energy efficiency as a pathway to compliance, and there are many benefits associated with this approach to reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: (1) energy efficiency is the easiest and cheapest way for states to reduce GHGs, (2) energy efficiency offers states maximum flexibility to take advantage of their own natural resources, and (3) energy efficiency saves consumers and businesses money, creates jobs, and benefits the economy.

With regard to the CPP, the NEER would:
  • Provide a consistent, robust framework for energy efficiency to be included as "eligible resources" in federal and/or state plans;
  • Demonstrate the eligibility and verification of energy efficiency projects according to eligibility standards proposed by individual states, a group of states or U.S. EPA; and,
  • Facilitate inter- and intrastate trading under individual state plans, multi- state plans or the federal plan.
The NEER would also minimize the costs and administration associated with state energy efficiency programs, address concerns about potential double counting of energy savings, and make energy efficiency programs and impacts more transparent. 

With funding from the U.S. DOE award, we and our partners will facilitate a two-year, state-driven stakeholder process to develop the NEER's principles and operating rules, as well as an implementation roadmap. In parallel, software provider APX will develop a demonstration of NEER functionality, informed by TCR's research.

This is a critical moment in the history of addressing climate change. As we close in on a potentially seminal UN climate conference in Paris, we are delighted to be playing a role in supporting the growth of energy efficiency initiatives in the U.S. Not only will the NEER help states achieve GHG reductions cost effectively, but it will help us fulfill our vision of a world that is on a measurable path to sustainability.

If you would like more information on TCR's involvement in this important project, please contact Peggy Kellen, Director of Policy - pkellen@theclimateregistry.org.


My very best,
 
David Rosenheim
Executive Director 
COPCOP - What's it all about?
The international political response to climate change began at the Rio Earth Summit in 1992, where the 'Rio Convention' included the adoption of the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCCC). This convention set out a framework for action aimed at stabilizing atmospheric concentrations of GHGs to avoid "dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system." The main objective of the annual Conference of Parties (COP) is to review the Convention's implementation.  

In December 2015, COP21, also known as the 2015 Paris Climate Conference is aiming to achieve a legally binding and universal agreement on climate, with the aim of keeping global warming below 2C. The conference is expected to attract close to 50,000 participants including 25,000 official delegates from government, intergovernmental organizations, UN agencies, NGOs and civil society. 
 
The Climate Registry is preparing its delegation to attend COP 21 and will be hosting or co-hosting a number of events that do not require an official UNFCCC credential to attend including:
Less Talk, More Action: North American Sub-National Climate Collaboration & Progress
Monday, December 7
9:30 - 11:00am 
Climate Generations Area (hosted by France)

This is an opportunity to interact directly with high-ranking officials from a politically diverse set of U.S. states and Canadian provinces and territories as they address the opportunities and challenges associated with shifting to a lower-carbon energy future. The panel will explore state initiatives associated with the Clean Power Plan along with regional collaborations such as WCI, RGGI and the Pacific Coast Collaborative.
US States: Action on Energy and Climate
Thursday, December 10
11:15am - 12:15pm 
United States Center
 
The implementation of US INDCs rest largely on the states, but are states prepared and willing to take meaningful action on energy and climate?  Panelists will discuss state initiatives associated with the Clean Power Plan and other complementary measures spanning energy efficiency, transportation and renewable energy.
Implementing the U.S. Clean Power Plan: State and Business Perspectives
Thursday December 10
4:30pm 
European Union Pavilion with C2ES      
 
The Clean Power Plan is a federal regulation but will be implemented primarily at the state level.  Senior representatives of state governments and power companies in the United States will discuss the challenges and opportunities in implementing the Clean Power Plan, the centerpiece of the U.S. strategy for achieving its intended nationally determined contribution to the Paris agreement. This event will provide UNFCCC delegates and observers firsthand information on efforts to implement the Clean Power Plan, allowing them to better assess the ability of the United States to fulfill its internationally determined contribution (INDC). 
 If you are a TCR member and sending representation to COP21,
let us know!
 

Please email or call Amy Holm
(213) 891-6922
CLC

Register Now for Best Rates at 
2016 Climate Leadership Conference
March 8-10 in Seattle

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JOIN US March 8-10 in Seattle to collaborate with the nation's leaders on climate at the fifth annual Climate Leadership Conference. The CLC provides THE platform for powerful collaboration on climate - to build strategic business connections with sustainability thought leaders and decision makers addressing climate in their operations.

Convening around U.S. EPA's prestigious Climate Leadership Awards, the CLC is co-hosted by The Climate Registry and the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES). View the 2016 Agenda to learn more about conference content, and see Who Attends to learn about the CLC's global audience of climate, energy, and sustainability professionals.

AND, you may take advantage of our special travel discount from 2016 CLC sponsor, Alaska Airlines: 10% off Alaska Airlines airfare to and from the event (good for travel March 5 - 13, 2016). When booking online [www.alaskaair.com], go to 'Advance Search' to add the following Discount Code: ECMW647

We look forward to seeing you in March!

CoolPlanet 

CPAward
2015 Cool Planet Award Recipients
Aquarium of the Pacific 
Bentley Mills, Inc. 
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
City of Thousand Oaks
County of Riverside
Digital Realty
East Valley Water District
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Linde
The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Rey

Honorable Mention
City of Camarillo

The Cool Planet Award recognizes the valuable contribution of Southern California Edison business customers who demonstrate exemplary leadership in energy and carbon management within their business size and industry.

Together the 2015 Cool Planet Award recipients have saved nearly 44 million kilowatt-hours since January 2010 through the implementation of various SCE energy efficiency projects, which is equivalent to removing the carbon dioxide emissions from the electricity use of 4,500 homes in one year.  

This integrated demand side energy management approach provides both environmental and economic benefits to businesses and local governments in Southern California and moves California closer to meeting the greenhouse gas reduction target of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030 as laid out in Executive Order B-30-15 issued by Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. in April 2015.

"The State of California has shown tremendous political leadership and conviction on climate change over the years, and the need to take action is as urgent as ever," said David Rosenheim, Executive Director of The Climate Registry. "We commend the 2015 Cool Planet recipients for their outstanding achievements in energy efficiency and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and for demonstrating to other organizations that doing the right thing also makes good business sense."

"This gives us a chance to say thank you to an outstanding group of customers for implementing projects that save energy, money and our environment," said Lisa Cagnolatti, SCE vice president of the Business Customer Division.

Thank you to all SCE business customers who submitted applications for the 2015 Cool Planet Award.


County of Riverside                                   Digital Realty
VideoVideo Premiere featuring 
California Governor Jerry Brown
Leading By Example: California Agencies Help Cool the Planet


"Leading by Example - California Agencies Help Cool the Planet" highlights the progress of  three California state agencies (Departments of Transportation, Corrections and Rehabilitation, and General Services) to meet Governor Jerry Brown's Executive Order B-18-12, issued in April of 2012, which requires all state agencies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 10 percent by 2015 and 20 percent by 2020, as measured against a 2010 baseline.  They are "walking the walk" and setting an example for what can be accomplished in California in a big way.  This video was premiered at the Cool Planet Award Ceremony on Friday, October 16th.
CPmembersCongratulations new & renewing 
Cool Planet members!

City of Rancho Mirage, CA

City of Ventura, CA

County of Ventura, CA

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

Orange County Transportation Authority

Victor Valley Wastewater Reclamation Authority

 


CPSuccessStoriesHot Off the Press: 



The Aquarium of the Pacific is a 2015 Cool Planet Award recipient in the education sector and a founding member of TCR.  Since 2007, they have reduced their carbon footprint by 25% since 2007.
Bentley Mills, Inc. manufactures carpet products that consistently exceed state and industry standards while embracing environmental sustainability.  READ MORE
NewMembersWelcome New Members!

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance

Redhorse Corporation

Copper Mountain Solar 3, LLC

Ameresco, Inc.

Adelante Consulting, Inc.


TCR members enjoy the benefits of GHG reporting software, technical expertise, a network of climate change professionals, and so much more. 


What's New in TCR's Webinar Library?


February 24-26
Chicago, IL

Once a year, MEEA invites all energy stakeholders to gather at their annual Midwest Energy Solutions (MES) Conference to raise awareness and reinforce the importance of energy efficiency in the Midwest. MES is about celebrating accomplishments in energy efficiency, as well as laying out the efficiency program and policy landscape for the coming year.

Street lighting is an essential service for most local governments, yet it can be a major energy expense. During this webinar, you'll learn about an innovative solution one local government is taking to lower its electric bills and its carbon footprint. You'll hear from the City of Long Beach and The Energy Network on how the teamed up to convert 25,000 streetlights to more energy-efficient fixtures--the fourth largest project of its kind on the West Coast.
TCR Travels to Minneapolis for the AASHE Conference

TCR attended the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Conference in Minneapolis, MN. The four-day conference brought together faculty, students, staff, exhibitors, and other practitioners dedicated to sustainability on college and university campuses.
 
TCR's Ryan Cassutt presented on the panel discussion, "Standardizing Greenhouse Gas Protocols in the 14-member Ivy+ Sustainability Consortium." This group of 14 colleges and universities, including TCR members Yale University and Stanford University is devoted to sharing sustainability solutions across campuses. The lively discussion highlighted the opportunities and challenges for academic institutions to measure and manage their carbon footprint, such as renewable energy purchases, carbon offsets, and Scope 3 accounting. This discussion showcases TCR's ongoing efforts to support colleges and universities in reaching their GHG reduction goals.

Upcoming Verification Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 15

If you missed our Prepare for Verification webinar in August, you can view it on our Verification Resources webpage. If have any questions about the verification process please reach out to us at verification@theclimateregistry.org.

CongratsCRCongratulations, Climate Registered™ Members! 

Our Climate Registered™ Members have demonstrated a commitment to accurate and transparent carbon data by reporting and verifying their annual greenhouse gas emissions to The Climate Registry's high standards. To 
help celebrate their accomplishments, TCR awards its Climate Registered™ Members with certificates of achievement each spring. 

Climate Registered™ members, your certificates have been mailed to you! We encourage you to post a photo with your #ClimateRegistered Certificate to Facebook or Twitter to share your accomplishment. Be sure to tag @theclimatereg on Twitter or The Climate Registry on Facebook, and stop by our pages to check out our #ClimateRegistered photo album

TCR's David Rosenheim presented Virgin America with their Climate Registered certificate at their headquarters in Burlingame in September. 
Pictured from left to right: Jennifer Thomas, David Rosenheim, Abby Lunardini, and Dave Arnold.
Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has been Climate Registered for five years running. Keep up the great work! MWD's Michael Rojas (pictured in the middle) stopped by the TCR office in August to pick up their certificate from TCR's David Rosenheim and Annie Hoeksma.

Not only has Sonoma County Water Agency achieved Climate Registered status and the Climate Registered Platinum award, they've also committed to carbon free water. They set a great example for other water agencies and businesses.
Amy Holm delivered the certificate to Carolyn Glanton, Cordel Stillman, Rebecca Simonson, and Dale Roberts in August.

Stanford University has reported and verified their emissions since 2006.  Congratulations on achieving Climate Registered status 9 years in a row!  TCR's David Rosenheim delivered Stanford's certificate to Rashmi Sahai (left) and Moira Hafer (right).


TCR's David Rosenheim presented a Climate Registered certificate to Elysa Hammond, Director of Environmental Stewardship at the Clif Bar headquarters in Berkeley. 
Water Conservation Coordinator Tammie Myers proudly displays their Climate Registered certificate in front of Park Water Company's drought tolerant garden.

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