For Immediate Release: May 3, 2011
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989


Energy Upgrade California Program to Hold Local Outreach Event to Help Small Businesses Create Jobs

What: The Energy Upgrade California Program Team, utility leaders, and other experts will provide information regarding how businesses, households and communities can benefit from the new Energy Upgrade California program. Keynote speakers will address why energy efficiency and workforce development are important, additional benefits of renewable energy generation, and California's long-term vision and short-term actions including incentives, energy upgrade rebates and workforce support.

Energy Upgrade California, made possible by funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is an unprecedented collaboration between the California Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission, utilities, local governments, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to promote and finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects for homes and businesses, reduce energy use and help train contractors and building professionals. These efforts will support construction-related jobs that lead to increased sales for local building suppliers and retailers.

John Laird, California Secretary for Natural Resources
Anthony Eggert, Deputy Secretary, California Environmental Protection Agency
Karen Douglas, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

Attendees: Local and regional government representatives, elected officials, utility leaders, homeowners, retailers, contractors, realtors, energy efficiency related non-profit organizations

When: Friday, May 6 - 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: SMUD Customer Service Center, 6301 S Street, Sacramento

9:30 a.m. Registration and Networking
10:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:30 a.m. Morning General Session
Keynote Address: John Laird, Secretary for Natural Resources
Panel Discussion: CalEPA Deputy Secretary Anthony Eggert and Energy Commissioner Karen Douglas, moderated by Julia Burrows, Managing Partner, Valley Vision
12:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:00 p.m. Breakouts Sessions
Session A: Contractors
Session B: Local government officials, homeowners, business owners, realtors

This is a free event open to all, but RSVP is required for admission. Space is limited. RSVP by emailing or calling (831) 515-1372.

The Energy Upgrade California Program Team consists of California Energy Commission, Local Government Commission, Renewable Funding, MIG, Ecology Action, Valley Vision, California Center for Sustainable Energy, Renewable Energy Development Institute and Redwood Coast Energy Authority. For more information about the program, please visit

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