What's New on the Site
- Friday June 1, the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Program at Mt. San Antonio College conducted its 10th Annual Student Exhibition and Open House. Program graduates met with potential employers to demonstrate practical projects in Mt. SAC's mechanical, electrical, and building automation labs.
- The 2018 HVAC Educators and Trainers Conference was held March 28 & 29 at the South Point Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.
ECU In The News
- Microgrids are impacting time-of-use metering in California. Read this white paper from Enel X, brought to you by MicrogridKnowledge.com.
- Getting to 100% Zero Emissions: California's Investor-Owned Utilities are on track to reach 50% renewable energy sources by 2020, but UtilityDive.com reports that the path to 100% zero emissions across all sectors by 2045 isn't as clear. Read the article.
- Half of America's jobs require more than a High School diploma, but less than a 4-year degree. Why are these jobs under so many students' radars? Find out in this The74Million.org analysis.
- Automation may be threatening some jobs, but education is creating new ones according to this PBS News Hour story.
- More than half of US organizations plan to increase their energy efficiency spending over the next 12 months, according to a recent survey conducted by Johnson Controls. Download the full report here.
- PG&E has received approval to procure 567.5 MegaWatts of storage yielding 2,720 MWh of capacity, more than 4 times the capacity of any existing installation. Read the press release from Energy Storage North America (ESNA).
- Navigant Research forecasts revenue for the commercial, energy efficient HVAC technologies market to grow from $29.4 billion in 2018 to $61.2 billion in 2027, owing to current regulation supporting commercial building owners to adopt smart controls, enabling intelligent management and building operations.
- The Honda Distribution Center in Torrance has commissioned North America's largest microgrid installation, with a 2 MW solar array backed up by 546 kWh in storage - read more here.
- This McKinsey report has a wealth of information on the impact that technology will have on work, including automation, energy efficiency, renewable energy, predicting the creation of 10 million jobs globally from new energy technologies. Read the full report.
- Educators around the state met at the California Independent System Operator in Folsom, CA for a 2-day symposium on Integrated Distributed Energy Resources and the impact they're having on the grid, the climate, and the workforce. Read this article from CAEconomy.org.
- The Construction sector is hot! High paying jobs abound, and the Community Colleges are poised to get you the training you need for a great career. Read this article from NPREd.
- California is helping low income women train for construction jobs - read the CNN Money article.
- Check out this article on High Performance Building Operators at AutomatedBuildings.com.
- The Lighting Controls Association (LCA) has partnered with the California Community Colleges to provide LCA's Education Express online training programs - read the announcement.
- Over 1.9 million jobs in America are focused on Energy Efficiency, with 13% job growth. California is the biggest market for Energy Efficiency Workers, at over 320,000 jobs. Read E2.ORG's study.
- Read the CEC's study exploring barriers to and opportunities for expanding low-income customers’ access to energy efficiency, weatherization, and renewable energy investments.
- NPR reports that San Francisco has begun requiring rooftop solar on new commercial buildings beginning January, 2017.
- Why energy for industry matters: Read this release from Siemens.
- This report says that California has the 4th lowest per capita energy consumption in the country.
- The CA Economic Summit has taken notice of our HVAC Employers Collaborative.