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2013 Efficiency Council Annual Meeting

2013 Annual Meeting and Celebration

Member Meeting Guest Speakers:

Assemblymember Richard Bloom, California State Assembly

Commissioner Mike Florio, California Public Utilities Commission

Commissioner Andrew McAllister, California Energy Commission

Steve Berberich, CEO of California ISO

And many more…

Dinner Celebration Featuring Guest Speaker:

Dave Olsen, Former CEO of Patagonia, Inc. and current CAISO Board Member


Special Award Presentation for:

Dr. Arthur H. Rosenfeld

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Sir Francis Drake Hotel at 450 Powell Street, San Francisco

Member Meeting: 8:30AM - 5:30PM (Members only)
We look forward to your attendance at the all-day annual member meeting. Come gather with fellow members, hear about the latest Council activity and plans for the coming year, discuss policy trends and other items of interest to the efficiency industry in California, participate in thought-provoking break-out sessions and hear from leading speakers on topics relevant to your business in the upcoming year.

Reception and Dinner Celebration: 5:30PM - 10:00PM (Open to all)
The Efficiency Council is excited to bring together our state's energy efficiency community in celebration of the Council's successes over the past year and future endeavors. Continuing on at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, the evening will begin with a cocktail reception followed by a dinner featuring a keynote speech. All are welcome at the evening Reception and Dinner Celebration. Representatives of non-member companies and other individuals interested in supporting energy efficiency are encouraged to attend. Also, please feel free to invite spouses/guests.

The agenda for both the daytime Member Meeting and the evening Reception and Dinner Celebration can be viewed here.


Member Meeting 
Members are allowed 2 free admission tickets to the daytime Member Meeting; any additional tickets are $50 per person. Only Efficiency Council members may attend.

Reception and Dinner Celebration 
All are welcome at the evening dinner celebration, including spouses and other guests. Representatives of companies that are prospective members, as well as any individuals interested in supporting energy efficiency, are encouraged to attend. Registration is $125 per attendee ($100 for government/non-profit/student).

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Cancellation, Refunds and Transferability
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The Sir Francis Drake Hotel is centrally located in the Union Square area of San Francisco. The hotel is a easily reached by a four-block walk from the Powell BART Station. For those members who will be traveling from out-of-town or who may wish to book an overnight stay, the Efficiency Council has negotiated a significantly discounted rate of $349 per night for our members at the event venue, the Sir Francis Drake Hotel.

To make a reservation, contact the Sir Francis Drake Hotel's Albert Sabado at 415-395-8546 or via email at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . When speaking with Albert, please request the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council rate in order to ensure that you are charged properly. The rate is guaranteed for either (or both) Tuesday, October 29th and Wednesday, October 30th.

Alternative accommodations near Union Square include:

Prescott Hotel, 545 Post Street, SF

Hotel Triton, 342 Grant Avenue, SF

Larkspur Hotel, 524 Sutter Street, SF

Efficiency Council Co-Authors Rebuttal to Flawed OC Register Op-Ed

The Efficiency Council had our response, “California Energy Prices” to a particularly inaccurate editorial in the Orange County Register, published on June 22 in the same paper. Our reader rebuttal, co-authored by Efficiency Council Board Director Steve Schiller and the Executive Director of Consumer Action Ken McEldowney, focused on the California’s comparatively low electricity bill as compared to other states when assessed as a fraction of GDP. In addition, the rebuttal made the case for investments in energy efficiency and other clean energy in order to save consumers money, decrease emissions, spur innovation, and boost economic growth. The Register’s June 7 editorial, “California: Also the Land of Pricey Energy” ignored California’s significant advances in energy efficiency, overall low per capita energy consumption, and the myriad of other benefits of investments in the clean energy economy for the state’s small businesses. The June 7 editorial was in part based upon a flawed study by a right-wing, Virginia-based think tank, on the cost of energy in California.

Welcome to Our Newest Members!

The Efficiency Council continues to grow and was proud to welcome the following companies as Full Members of the Efficiency Council during the first half of 2012:

  • Arup
  • Chevron Energy Solutions
  • Davis Energy Group
  • Embertec USA
  • Franklin Energy Services
  • Kuhn & Kuhn FirstFuel Software, Inc.
  • Matrix Energy Services, Inc.
  • National Strategies


The full list of seventy Efficiency Council members can be found here.

Recent Efficiency Council Policy Activity

The Efficiency Council represents the perspectives and experiences of the California energy efficiency industry in policy forums throughout California and at the national level. The Efficiency Council regularly submits formal testimony, comment letters and regulatory filings on matters important to our industry.

For up-to-date information on the public comment letters, filings, and testimony by the Efficiency Council in various policy forums, click on the links below:

Workforce Education and Training Needs Assessment Report

The Efficiency Council has released a report, “Summary Findings of Workforce Education and Training Needs Assessment for the California Energy Efficiency Industry” based upon the results of a survey of CEEIC members on the energy efficiency workforce conducted in March and April of 2011.  The needs assessment sought to identify the types of jobs that member companies are looking to fill as well as to identify knowledge and skill gaps that exist in the workforce.

This report summarizes the major findings from the survey regarding the efficiency industry’s projected workforce needs and the education and training levels of prospective employees and recent hires. The survey results and the subsequent summary report were intended to help inform the Efficiency Council of member needs and provide a starting point for our input on related issues as the voice for the energy efficiency industry in California.

CEEIC Study: "Energy Efficiency Industry Organizations in the United States"

The California Energy Efficiency Industry Council has issued a new study, a market assessment that maps existing state, regional and national end-use energy efficiency organizations throughout the United States that address policy issues and legislation. The report’s objectives are to identify possible gaps in coverage and business representation by these organizations and to be available as a tool for identifying potential strategies for improving the effectiveness of organizing and supporting energy efficiency businesses in the United States.  The report, “Energy Efficiency Industry Organizations in the United States: Overview and Analysis," drew on a review of over 200 organizations and scores of expert interviews.

Report Cover Letter

Energy Efficiency Industry Organizations in the United States: Overview and Analysis (Main report)

Energy Efficiency Industry Organizations in the United States: Organization Profiles (Report supplement)

The report was prepared with financial support from the Energy Foundation and authored by Brandon Smithwood and Efficiency Council Board Chair Steven Schiller.

Industry Survey Shows that Energy Efficiency in California is Creating “Real People, Real Jobs” at a Record Rate

For Immediate Release

OAKLAND, September 9, 2010 – Despite stagnant job growth in California and a 12.3% unemployment rate, the state’s energy efficiency businesses are adding jobs at a rapid pace, according to a recent West coast industry survey commissioned by the California Energy Efficiency Industry Council (Efficiency Council). The energy efficiency industry continues to expand in California, creating jobs and saving energy and dollars for residents and businesses feeling the economic pinch.

“The businesses that make up the energy efficiency industry across the state are hiring at a rate unseen in the rest of the economy,” reports Steve Schiller, Board Chair of the Efficiency Council.  “Even as other industries struggle, we are seeing real people get these real, well-paying, green jobs. These people are retrofitting buildings, manufacturing and installing efficient equipment, providing services to low-income consumers and otherwise helping Californians save money and energy. Continuing the state’s existing energy and climate policies, such as AB 32, will allow this employment to continue growing.”

The survey of a subset of energy efficiency businesses was conducted by the independent MBL Group, LLC (http://www.mblgroup.com). The survey results demonstrate that the energy efficiency industry is a hub of job growth in California. The efficiency workforce in the state at the businesses surveyed increased by 20% in 2009 compared to 2008, and by another 17% in the first four months of 2010 alone. In addition, the surveyed companies anticipate increasing employment by an additional 49% by the end of 2010. These efficiency businesses expect to hire 20% more employees in California in 2011, indicating that the industry’s remarkable growth is a lasting trend.

“There is no shortage of jobs in the energy efficiency industry or of interest in those jobs,” said Audrey Chang, Executive Director of the Efficiency Council. “Many talented individuals who were laid off from other industries and some of the state’s brightest recent graduates are being snapped up by California’s energy efficiency businesses. The efficiency industry offers high-paying, long-term, stable jobs, and is  central to the state’s new clean energy economy.”

Several member companies of the Efficiency Council have experienced a doubling or tripling (or more) in size over the past few years as demand for their efficiency services and products continuously increases. Profiles of some of the Efficiency Council member companies who are employing Californians and creating jobs – the “Real People, Real Jobs” of the state’s efficiency industry – can be found at: http://efficiencycouncil.org/realpeoplerealjobs.



Audrey Chang, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
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Click here to download the press release in its entirety.

Welcome to Our Newest Members in the Second Half of 2010

The Efficiency Council continues to grow and is proud to welcome the following companies into our organization:

Full Members
Commissioning Agents, Inc.

Enovity, Inc.

Joint Committee on Energy and Environmental Policy

Lincus, Inc.

Livingston Energy Innovations, LLC

Staples & Associates

SunPower Corporation

Willdan Energy Services (formally Intergy Corporation)

The full list of Efficiency Council members can always be found here.  

The Council continues to grow along with California's energy efficiency industry. View the stories of the workers and companies that make up the industry by visiting our Real People, Real Jobs profiles.

Welcome to Our New Members in the First Half of 2010

The Efficiency Council continues to expand, and new members who joined our organization in the first half of 2010 include:

Sustaining Member
Opinion Dynamics

Full Members
Electric and Gas Industries Association
Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc.
EnerNOC, Inc.
HDR Engineering, Inc.
Jai J. Mitchell Analytics
Lennox International, Inc.
MCR Performance Solutions, LLC
Metrus Energy, Inc.
Richard Heath and Associates
TecMarket Works

The full list of Efficiency Council members can always be found here. Our growing organization of California's energy efficiency businesses is also supported by many leading voices in California; see what California leaders are saying about the Efficiency Council.

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