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For immediate release: December 5, 2002
Media Contact: Percy Della - 916-654-4989

Live Webcast to Offer Training
on Home Energy Efficiency

Sacramento - An all-day live webcast on how to make homes more energy efficient will be hosted January 15, 2003, by the California Energy Commission.

The webcast, a real-time interactive training session for members of the building trades and the general public, will originate before a live audience at the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) headquarters in Sacramento. Energy guru Steve Easley, formerly co-host of “Your New House” on the Discovery Channel, will moderate.

The webcast can be viewed anywhere on any personal computer with a high-speed connection, as well as on special wide screens provided by the major utilities in the California cities of Downey, Irwindale, San Diego, San Francisco and Stockton. The Webcast may also be seen at the California Energy Commission's headquarters in Sacramento, in Hearing Room A.

The Internet audience will be able to ask questions via e-mail during the session.

SMUD, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, San Diego Gas and Electric and Pacific Gas and Electric are event co-hosts, in the first-ever training on Energy Efficiency Standards through the World Wide Web.

To access the webcast, and to pre-register, click on: www.energyvideos.com

Pre-registration is required because Internet “pipelines” must be rented in advance. At least 1,000 persons are expected to tune in to all or part of the live webcast, in addition to those viewing at the utilities' hosting sites.

The webcast from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., will carry a mix of online, real-time interactive training with expert instructors; pre-recorded videos; Power Point presentations; e-mailed questions from participants; and a test for continuing education credit for California Building Department personnel.

The session will present an overview of California's 2001 Energy Efficiency Standards for Residential buildings, and will explain the major changes from the State's 1998 code. Other topics will include heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC), including duct testing, refrigerant charge and air flow; fenestration (glass windows); radiant barriers; CHEERS (California Home Energy Efficiency Rating System) and third party inspection; and an Update on the 2005 Standards.

Instructors in the live segments include energy experts John Proctor (Proctor Engineering), Doug Beaman (Trainer for PG&E and SoCal Gas), Rick Chitwood (Chitwood Energy Management), Scott Johnson (Action Now and Home Energy Rating System rater), Rob Hammon (ConSol) and Tom Hamilton (CHEERS Executive Director).

The entire webcast will be recorded and placed on the Commission's Consumer Energy Center site for viewing (via streaming-video or by download) at a later date. This site currently links to more than 100 energy related, training streaming-videos produced by the Energy Commission.

Questions received during the webcast, along with their answers, will be posted on the Commission's web site no later than February 1, 2003.

Additional information may be obtained by e-mailing John Eash at: jeash@energy.state.ca.us

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