Over the past decade, the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) has provided a strong foundation for regional energy efficiency and resiliency across the public, residential, and workforce education and training (WE&T) sectors.
What would become SoCalREN began as an initiative to accelerate regional energy efficiency, initially funded in 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) via the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and later authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in 2012. The County of Los Angeles Internal Services Department (ISD) and Energy & Environmental Service (EES) are proud to be a part of the progress toward achieving state and local clean energy goals through its ongoing administration of SoCalREN.
SoCalREN’s accomplishments over the last 10 years
On September 6th, we gathered at The California Endowment’s Center for Healthy Communities to celebrate SoCalREN’s dedicated enrolled agencies and valued partners that helped accelerate regional energy efficiency throughout Southern California.
Attendees heard from several speakers in the energy industry, notably Assistant Secretary Gene Rodrigues from the U.S. Department of Energy and Commissioner Andrew McAllister from the California Energy Commission. Participants also heard about how new Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) program funds will help advance Los Angeles County and SoCalREN’s ambitious climate and energy goals from Dr. Tony G. Reames and Adam Guzzo from the U.S. Department of Energy.
This event also served as a perfect opportunity to acknowledge six exceptional public agencies for their outstanding energy achievements made working alongside SoCalREN. Check out this video to learn more about the projects accomplished with SoCalREN support!
This celebratory event highlighted the successes, challenges, lessons learned, and milestones over the last 10 years and how what we’ve learned since the beginning of SoCalREN will propel the network to achieve even greater impacts in the next decade.
Access the full SoCalREN 10-Year Anniversary Leadership Luncheon Event Program to learn more!
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