2023 Mid-year Impact Update

Our quarterly update on TEC projects, events, and impact

Welcome to the debut issue of TEC’s quarterly impact update, where we’ll share news on the events and innovative projects that we’re excited about. Let’s dive in! 

Energy Project Milestones

  The Inland Regional Energy Network’s (I-REN) public sector programs are ramping up! TEC staff have been touring across Riverside and San Bernardino Counties to introduce I-REN’s services to local government staff.
     
  We’ve launched a new education project in San Diego County focused on career technical education in energy, environment, and utilities for Borrego Springs Middle and High Schools. Through this project, we’ll educate young people about water issues in the local basin and introduce vital skills and job opportunities.
     
  SoCalREN Public Agency Programs cut the first incentive checks this quarter for public agencies who completed energy projects with Streamlined Savings Pathway! Congratulations to the Cities of Walnut, Palmdale, and Irvine for their energy accomplishments.
     
  We’ve completed our first residential battery storage installation at our pilot home for the Bassett Avocado Heights Advanced Energy Community!
     
  TEC was selected by San Diego Community Power to support local and regulatory engagement efforts and to help draft a business plan for them to launch a new regional energy network. Read more here!

 

TEC Around Town

  TEC’s Director of Policy and Planning Marc Costa represented TEC at a recent United Nations forum. He discussed high-performance buildings and the Buildings Action Coalition, which promotes energy efficiency, passive building design, grid-interactive buildings, and grid reliability.
     
  Program Manager Ivana Dorin and Acting Assistant Director Rachel Pennington led a panel at this year’s CCEC Forum on building inclusive energy action across California’s Central Coast. The session focused on how CC-LEAP has adapted to meet the needs of small businesses and local governments with limited resources.
     
  Several TEC team members met with representatives from Distro Energy and TSI Group at the Port of Rotterdam in the Netherlands to discuss grid reliability, electrification, and a transactive energy marketplace software. The port is looking at how behavior change and energy trading can free up grid capacity as they decarbonize. TEC is in discussions on how to expand the software to the US.

With TEC’s multiyear projects and our long-term vision as a nonprofit organization, it can be hard to reflect on the present. But, it’s important that we take a moment to celebrate successes and acknowledge our incremental progress towards a clean energy future. Thanks for joining in! To keep up-to-date on all the latest TEC updates, follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, or Instagram!

Taylor Rosetti

August 7, 2023

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