Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
City Hall, Room 421
One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Jr. Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

APPROVED MINUTES 

1.   Call Meeting to Order and Welcome.  The Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee meeting was convened at 3:02 p.m. (Present: Members Avni Jamdar (President), Holly Kaufman (Vice-President), James Bryant, Antonio Diaz, Sam Moss, Miriam Zouzounis; Absent: Member Renae Steichen)

2.   Opening Remarks

Supervisor Eric Mar welcomed Committee members and gave a history of the City’s effort to establish the Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee.

San Francisco Department of the Environment Director Debbie Raphael discussed the City’s current efforts on energy efficiency and what the Board of Supervisors, Department of the Environment and the Public Utilities Commission are expecting from the Committee.  Director Raphael discussed the challenge of using accessible language when discussing the environment, the Department’s 0-50-100 Roots campaign, the importance of the City increasing efficiency particularly among existing building to meet the Department’s 100 percent renewable energy goal, addressing affordability, addressing the energy grid of the 21st Century and supporting jobs.

3.   Member Introductions

Member Kaufman represents multi-family housing since her family owns and manages an apartment building in the Richmond District and discussed her background in the Environmental field.

Member Diaz represents a community based organization and is Director of Poder SF – a San Francisco grassroots environmental justice organization.

Member Zouzounis represents small business since her family owns a corner store in the City and she is currently a member of the San Francisco Small Business Commission.

Member Moss represents a community based organization and currently serves as Director of the Mission Housing Development Corporation a non-profit community housing developer.

Member Bryant represents the Labor community and is currently Chief Executive Officer of JBR Partners, Inc.

Lori Mitchell, is the Manager of Renewable Energy Generation and a member of the Energy Infrastructure Group at the Public Utilities Commission.

Member Jamdar comes recommended by a community based organization that works in underserved communities and is the Director of Emerald Cities of the San Francisco – Bay Area.

Cal Broomhead has managed climate and energy programs at the Department of the Environment since 2000 and will help staff the Committee.

Jessie Denver is the Energy Program Manager for the Department of the Environment and will help staff the Committee. 

4.   Election of Chair and Vice Chair (Discussion and Action)

Commission Affairs Manager Anthony Valdez explained the process for electing a President and Vice President.

Member Moss nominated Member Jamdar for President and Member Jamdar accepted.

Member Kaufman asked about the role of the President and the term of the Committee.

Member Diaz discussed the qualification of Member Jamdar to be President since they are both members of the Emerald Cities Steering Committee which Member Jamdar chairs.

Member Bryant discussed Member Jamdar’s role in ensuring that the Committee was established and the importance of having a President that understands the cap and trade program.

Member Jamdar was elected President without objection (Ayes: Members Moss, Diaz, Jamdar, Kaufman, Bryant, Zouzounis; Absent: Member Steichen)

Member Kaufman was nominated for Vice President by Member Moss seconded by Member Bryant.  Member Kaufman accepted the nomination.

Member Kaufman was elected Vice President without objection (Ayes: Members Moss, Diaz, Jamdar, Kaufman, Bryant, Zouzounis; Absent: Member Steichen)

5.   Vote to Approve Draft Bylaws for the Committee (Discussion and Action)

Upon motion by Member Bryant and second by member Moss, the Draft Bylaws were adopted without objection (Ayes: Members Moss, Diaz, Jamdar, Kaufman, Bryant, Zouzounis; Absent: Member Steichen)

6.   Vote to Adopt Meeting Schedule (Discussion and Action)

Upon motion by Member Kaufman and second by member Bryant, the Meeting Schedule was adopted without objection (Ayes: Members Moss, Diaz, Jamdar, Kaufman, Bryant, Zouzounis; Absent: Member Steichen)

7.   Discussion by San Francisco Ethics Commission on Good Government.

Lee Ann Pelham, Executive Director, San Francisco Ethics Commission discussed her background working in municipal ethics.  Director Pelham discussed the Good Government Guide published by the Office of the City Attorney, that people serving in an advisory role must refrain from conflicts of interest, maintaining the public trust and refraining from using the position on the Committee for personal gain.

Committee members requested a training by the Office of the City Attorney.

8.   Discussion on San Francisco Department of the Environment Energy Efficiency Programs and Services

Cal Broomhead, Climate and Energy Innovation Manager, San Francisco Department of the Environment gave a presentation about the history of energy efficiency in San Francisco and the programs of the Department of the Environment.  Cal discussed challenges caused by the fact that only 1 percent of the housing stock is replaced each year and the challenge is around making the existing stock more efficient, the large number of single family homes, funding sources, services that can be provided to residents, contracts and labor.  Cal discussed the progression of environmental programming from starting with the people that are interested in new trends followed by policies that capture the people that are behind the curve. The Department of the Environment gets participation by providing technical and market information which can include training, door to door outreach, incentives and financing through programs such as PACE and laws that require participation through policies such as a residential conservation ordinance and the better roofs ordinance.  Cal said that the single largest funding source for energy efficiency is the California Public Utilities Commission which is about 1 billion dollars a year.  Cap and trade funds are also available and more flexible.  There are federal and state funds for low income weatherization through various programs.

Jessie Denver, Energy Program Manager, San Francisco Department of the Environment discussed the two energy efficiency programs administered by the Department. 

The San Francisco Energy Watch program is a partnership with PG&E and San Francisco is unique in that it has a team of 15 that provides the direct installation and auditing services. BayRen is a residential energy conservation program of the Association of Bay Area Governments and works in association with Energy Watch.  Both programs work with commercial and residences to install energy conservation measures.  The net goal in California will be a zero net energy for commercial buildings by 2020.  The programs have been successfully in a large part because of the incentives reimbursement process which is streamlined by the Department.

Member Jamdar asked about the reimbursement process.

Member Diaz asked about the incentive for a small business owner who rents to pay for energy upgrades.

Member Jamdar asked about the relationship between PG&E incentives and others.

Last year the Department surpassed its goals for Energy Watch and BayRen.  The Department has been trying to reach out to get more people involved in the PACE program and is currently working to support SFPUC with CleanPowerSF.

Moving forward energy efficiency looks at the energy grid of the future and modernization.

Public Comment:

Eddie Ahn, Executive Director, Brightline Defense expressed appreciation to the Committee and encouraged the Committee to explore topics of workforce development.

9.   Discussion on Future Presentations and Agenda Items

Cal Broomhead, Climate and Energy Innovation Manager, San Francisco Department of the Environment provided the Committee with a document describing the goals, scope and agenda for the Committee.

Member Jamdar said that Phase 1 of the scope would be to determine what programs already exist for energy efficiency and ask them to come present to the Committee.  Following that the Committee would provide policy, program and funding recommendations.

Member Zouzounis asked if the Committee can discuss recycling programs and their effect on small business.

Member Jamdar asked Committee to take a look at the document so that there can be a discussion about it at the next Committee meeting.

Guillermo Rodriguez, Policy and Communications Director, Department of the Environment said that the scope is not exhaustive but a possible framework for the Committee.

Member Jamdar said that at the next meeting there should be a discussion about what to achieve, how to achieve it and what to document.

10.Public Comment

There was no public comment.

11.Adjournment.  The meeting was adjourned at 5:09 p.m.