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1/6/2017    Solicitation Release    

1/25/2017  Deadline for Written Questions   

1/12/2017  Pre-Application Workshop

2/8/2017    Distribute Questions/Answers and

                  Addenda (if any) to solicitation

3/6/2017    Deadline to Submit Applications by 5:00pm

4/11/2017  Anticipated Notice of Proposed Award 

6/14/2017 Anticipated Energy Commission

                 Business Meeting Date

7/10/2017 Anticipated agreement Start Date

3/31/2021  Agreement Termination Date

Jerry Hight
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Office of the President
California State University, Chico

Mr. Alfred R. Berkeley 
Former Acting Chairman of the President's National Infrastructure Advisory Council

Former Chairman of XBRL US

Former Director of XBRL International

Member Board of Directors
World Economic Forum (USA)
Mar 2004 – Dec 2015

City of Chico
Helping to bring solar energy to neighborhoods where the economic impact from energy savings will benefit the local communities by exploring how data interoperability can support innovative financing structures like On Bill Finance

Help develop Smart Buildings, Smart Infrastructure and the Smart Grid for sustainable development, energy efficiency and compliance with regulatory requirements by leveraging data interoperability though collaboration.

 California Energy Commission Local Government Challenge 

Invitation to the City of Tracy
Helping to make construction of the western business parks, including Lammers Road, a national model for Smart Buildings, Smart Infrastructure and the Smart Grid for sustainable development, energy efficiency and compliance with regulatory requirements by leveraging data interoperability though collaboration.

 California Energy Commission Local Government Challenge

(Option subject to City Council Review and Consent)


One Voice Trip for Western Tracy Business Parks​​

Mark Frankel
Technical Director
New Buildings Institute, Inc.



Supporting Data Standards for

Construction Energy Transportation

Promoting Data Standards for Construction

Building Energy Efficient Neighborhoods
Building Energy Efficient Business Parks
Building the Smart Grid Energy Infrastructure
Building the Transportation Infrastructure

Multi-Industry - Multi-Stakeholder Data Interoperability

Local or International

B2B, Exchange or Repository

Your Data - Your Choice - Open Data Standards

​Extract From RFP


The Energy Commission’s Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan (Action Plan) provides a roadmap to activate market forces and transform California’s existing residential, commercial, and public buildings to become high-performing and energy-efficient. The Action Plan serves as an important tool in the implementation of components of Senate Bill 350 (De León, Chapter 547, Statutes 2015), which requires the Energy Commission to establish targets and meet goals to double energy efficiency in buildings, and Assembly Bill 802 (Williams, Chapter 590, Statutes 2015), which requires the Energy Commission to implement a statewide benchmarking program for nonresidential buildings. Strategy 1.7 of the Action Plan, Local Government Leadership, sets the framework for the Local Government Challenge (Challenge) program.

Local governments play a critical role in helping California meet its energy and climate goals. They have a unique connection with their constituents and jurisdictions over building and land use decisions. Many local governments have developed long term plans to address energy and climate issues. In fact, 42% of local governments in California have a climate, energy, or sustainability plan to address greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The climate action plans propose individual solutions to match the community’s values, and engage and mobilize the public.

This is a competitive grant solicitation. The Energy Commission’s Challenge program announces the availability to local governments of up to $10.2 million in grant funds for projects that stimulate innovation in building energy efficiency and developing or implementing climate action plans.

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Applicants responding to this solicitation may want to familiarize themselves with the following documents:

Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan:

Senate Bill 350:

Assembly Bill 802:

CalEnviroScreen web-based mapping application and information on the definition of disadvantaged communities can be viewed at:

Leaders in strategic energy management and  sustainability program planning.  


Local Government Challenge

Objectives of XBR-CET / SGIP PAP25

Leverage the DATA Act and XBRL/FIBO, along with the DOE Orange Button, to promote efficient building and maintenance of the nation’s energy infrastructure by enabling data interoperability to streamline the procurement/development process and improve the operational phase through predictive analytics to improve project bankability regardless of the size of each individual project.

Encourage public agencies to adopt XBRL/FIBO data strategies that will enable compliance with the DATA Act while providing a foundation for innovation in data analytics and risk management

Incentivize private entities and financial markets to adopt strategies to exploit the functionality enabled by DATA Act, XBRL/FIBO and the resulting data interoperability.

Demonstrate how multi industry data interoperability synergized around XBRL/FIBO will have a positive impact on the largest energy and transportation projects undertaken by the biggest contractors, but more importantly create a significant and material impact on small and local businesses where the efficiencies generate the greatest impact.

Demonstrate how improving project bankability improves access to capital and credit, bank or surety, which promotes more construction, which promotes more jobs. 

Demonstrate how data interoperability will enable small local small business to participate in the all the new opportunities, with an emphasis for veteran owned companies.

John Teeter
Chief Innovation Officer


XBRL-CET/SGIP PAP25 - Orange Button Working Group

The objective of the XBRL-CET/SGIP PAP25 working groups, and my role as Co-Chair - SGIP/SEIA DOE Orange Button - Finance Subcommittee, is to encourage collaboration and facilitate the development of multi-industry data standards for establishing data interoperability to implement greater efficiencies in the construction/operation of energy and transportation projects, and to enable data analytics for improved risk management to promote innovative ways to provide financial, surety and insurance products and services more streamlined and price competitive as an intended byproduct of regulatory compliance.

The main premise is that too many standards are developed in a silo and dedicated to a specific industry that creates barriers to wider adoption, and prevents financial markets from developing data interoperability.

We challenge the silo approach by demonstrating through Zero Cost Proposals how just two data sets, the Chico Common App for the company profile data set and the IEC data set for solar/energy storage performance, can have multi-industry, multi-stakeholder applicability and provide a foundation of data interoperability that can be replicated for the many data sets that will follow.

What makes the project compelling is the various data generated from the proposed methodology will utilize the two data sets, demonstrate data interoperability and more importantly demonstrate adoption from multiple stakeholders in multiple industries resulting in improved bank, insurance and surety products that make clean energy projects more bankable.

What their respective systems do with the data is subject to the stakeholder needs.  Getting the required information easily and securely is the first step.

K. Dixon Wright

Chief Cat Herder



Volenteer Cat Herd

Building codes and performance experts.  .

Rimas Gulbinas

Chief Executive Officer



Attn: CEC Local Government Challenge 
        Climate Action Plan Opportunity 
        (GFO-16-404 - Local Government Challenge)

Host:  Community Building Renewal (CBR) Team

In response to the January 6th California Energy Commission announcement the CBR team would like to invite you to an initial webinar to meet our team and discuss how we can work together to prepare your city to meet its energy benchmarking requirements and develop a strategic climate action plan.

The Goals: The “Local Government Challenge” provides financial support so that your city can work with our world-class team to jumpstart your climate action and energy benchmarking programs at no direct cost to you. The proposal deadline is March 6, 2017, and our team is seeking a group of 3-5 city partners to apply a framework that we’ve developed side-by-side with city teams and successfully deployed across the United States. Through this collaboration, we will help you to automate your building energy data collection, validation, analysis, and reporting efforts (for AB802) and leverage that data to create and manage your customized climate action plan.

Our team: For over 3 years, our team has worked together to incorporate best practices from cities around the country into the CBR framework, which enables your city to get the most impact from its sustainability program at minimum cost and time based on a strategic approach to energy management. The CBR staff consists of highly experienced professionals with the range of skills required to launch (or fine tune) your city benchmarking and climate action programs.

Momentum for Data Standards

September 26, 2006

Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006 (FFATA) into law. The DATA Act will later amend FFATA.

December 5, 2008

National Institute of Building Sciences

Building Smart Alliance

agcXML Development Project

June 13, 2011

Rep. Darrell Issa introduces the DATA Act in the House of Representatives.

June 16, 2011

Sen. Mark Warner introduces the DATA Act in the Senate.

January 12, 2012

XBRL Challenge Contest - Improve access to surety credit for small and emerging companies

April 10, 2014

The Senate passes the DATA Act.

April 28, 2014

The House passes the DATA Act.

August 2014

DOE Data By Design Contest - Construction Performance Measurement Dashboard using XBRL-CET

September 16, 2014

Smart Grid Interoperabilty Panel establishes Priority Action Plan 25 (SGIP PAP25) - Harmonized Financial Data

October of 2014

Associated General Contractors of America selected Construction Open Standards Alliance (COSA) to officially take over stewardship of agcXML 

May 22, 2015

DOE Announces Solar Bankability Data to Advance Transactions and access (SB-DATA) Funding Opportunity.

October 15, 2015

BEDES: Creating A Common Data Language for Building Energy Performance

November 5, 2015

SGIP PAP25 re-tasked to align with SB-DATA.

April 15, 2016

DOE announces $4 Million for Projects Launching the Orange Button Solar Energy Data Initiative

May 6, 2016

The surety industry incorporates a key construction data report, the Work on Hand data set, into XBRL.

The XBRL Work on Hand Report incorporated into FIBO

May 31, 2016

World Economic Forum

Shaping the Future of Construction -A Breakthrough in Mindset and Technology 

June 27, 2016

Mark Sands - Moneyball For Construction

First in a series of articles on the value of data for the construction industry.  ​Link to all articles

January 19, 2017

Solar Power Asset Management and Performance Conference - Big Data: Little Orange Button

February 2, 2017

Orange Button Year One Program Recap

February 14, 2017

DOE Grants Orange Button a Green Status for Solar Data Projects

February 23, 2017

Baseline to Build On

Initiative to develop a data standard for construction

March 6, 2017  

California Energy Commission Local Government Challenge

March 29, 2017

XBRL US is hosting a surety webinar - Standards to Automate Processing for Contractors, Agents & Sureties

March 30, 2017

Solar industry presentation - Scaling Up Solar Finance: Standards To Reduce Soft Costs and Expand The Market

April 5, 2017

Enterprise Data World Conference  FIBO presentation - Smart Grid Data Interoperability in Support of Surety Based Risk Management

April 24, 2017

National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP) Annual Meeting will showcase XBRL/FIBO at the Surety Innovation Center

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Working Together to Make California Healthy and Sustainable   
Friday February 10, 2017 

​Webinar Presentation

XRRL-CET / SGIP PAP25 / Orange Button
Supporting Data Standards for 
Construction Energy Transportation

Creators of custom open-source software solutions for automating data-driven energy benchmarking and efficiency programs. 

Our submission was disqualified due to many of our collaborators being from out of state.

The process of preparing the submission was very productive, and created the conceptual foundation for the On Bill Finance project and other concepts.

The submission is in, and the review process by the California Energy Commission will go through mid April.  

The City of Chico, and other invited cities, will have the nations top energy data experts (scroll down) supporting the city as it works to comply with AB802 and SB350 while promoting energy efficiency and solar development in their city

The supporting role of the AGC Surety Connection Project and the Data Interoperability Center at California State University Chico provides a platform for broad multi industry engagement to cost effectively implement data standards with guaranteed compatibility.

The resulting prototype Salesforce apps will not only be an excellent educational opportunity for students interested in STEM, combating climate change and promoting solar, the freely distributed shareware apps will be a catalyst for innovation in the energy and transportation sectors and the financial markets that are active in those industries.

During this review process we are reaching out to all those that are interested in the project and invite their participation.

We are looking for:

Public entities that want to learn about administering projects using XBRL/FIBO for compliance with the DATA Act while helping small business.

Entities that help small business.

Energy related entities that want to learn about implementing the IEC data standards

Contractor trade associations that want to educate their membership on emerging use of data standards.

Contractors, and construction industry software vendors that want to incorporate data interoperability into their applications.

Bank, surety and insurance systems that want to incorporate data interoperability into their systems for enabling data analytics.

Standards bodies for synergizing industry specific data standards with XBRL/FIBO

Clay Teeter
Chief Technology Officer


Ken Baker


Sharon Grant

Managing Member



Randy Coleman
Principal Partner
Wizdom Systems, Inc.

Enterprise Data Management Council

Financial Industry Business Ontology (FIBO)