Rebuilding better homes for Northern California wildfire survivors

“There are options for homeowners. Under the first option, homeowners receive a $7,500 incentive to exceed current energy efficiency standards by 20%, to install an electric vehicle charging station (equipment is provided free of charge) and design the roof for additional loads associated with solar panels. If they want to add solar combined with energy…

Report: The Economics of Electrifying Buildings

In this paper, we analyze the economics and carbon impacts of the electrification of residential space and water heating both with and without demand flexibility— the ability to shift energy consumption in time to support grid needs. We compare electric space and water heating to fossil fuels for both new construction and home retrofits under…

The Cost of Residential Appliance Electrification – Phase 1 Report: Existing Single Family Homes

The analysis, conducted by Navigant Consulting found that in homes with natural gas appliances, swapping those appliances for all electric alternatives would cost the average household in Southern California more than $7,200 to upgrade wiring and electrical panels and purchase new appliances. This, along with higher electricity bills, could increase energy costs up to $877…

A Three-Step Plan for Carbon Neutrality

“Universities across the United States have set ambitious goals to shrink their carbon footprints, including the University of California, which launched its Carbon Neutrality Initiative in 2013, aiming for carbon neutrality by 2025. But amid broad support for climate action within the UC system, a big question looms: how to actually hit that target.” Click…

Why utilities and environmentalists can find common (green) ground

“More Americans have installed rooftop solar panels, which further reduces demand. Many in the power industry worry about the sustainability of their traditional business model. Environmentalists fear losing ground during an Administration that has repudiated the Paris climate accord and the EPA’s Clean Power Plan. Here’s the deal: the power industry commits to an even cleaner grid…

Webinar: The Next Step in The Clean Energy Transition – Decarbonizing Heating Energy in Buildings – Feb. 12

“NRDC, the Sierra Club, and a coalition of partners, are launching a new policy initiative to shift from natural gas to clean and renewable energy for space and water heating in residential and commercial buildings. Energy efficiency remains the most effective way to reduce emissions and our top priority, but to reduce greenhouse gas emissions…

CA bill would require state contractors to use low-carbon construction materials

“If passed, the measure has the potential to change the way the vast majority of construction materials for state projects are sourced — by cost. It also would likely translate to fewer purchases of materials made in China, a country known for its cut-rate prices but also for its lower-efficiency manufacturing.” Click here to read…

Communities rise up to draw down on carbon

“In early October, county residents overflowed the Marin Showcase Theatre in Northern California for Drawdown: Marin. Their purpose: to launch a campaign to put Marin County at the forefront of California’s efforts to reverse global warming by creating a carbon-free community. County Supervisor Damon Connolly greeted those gathered with the core question, ‘What part will you…

Two Great Workshops for Local Governments – Sept. 19-20

Exploring Building Decarbonization through Renewable Heating and Cooling in California Tuesday, September 19 | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM Sierra Club 2101 Webster Street, #1300 Oakland, CA 94612 This meeting is co-hosted by Green Cities California and the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition with support from StopWaste and the Sierra Club. The focus of this meeting is on…
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