Hayward’s New Municipal Building Zero Net Energy Policy

As shared by the City of Hayward in their recent press release: 2016—Hayward leads again! The Hayward City Council recently directed staff to assure that all new municipal buildings, as well as significant retrofits of existing municipal (more…)

Palo Alto Leads on Energy Efficiency Codes, Proposes City Council Adoption of 2016 Reach Code

Earlier this month, the City of Palo Alto shared its findings on adoption of reach code to require building energy efficiencies 10% above the 2016 Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24, Part 6). Excerpts from the City’s report to City Council are available below – these excerpts provide a great overview of how reach codes…

UCLA Blueprint: Los Angeles Energy Atlas and the New Proposed LA Existing Buildings Ordinance

The launch of the Los Angeles Energy Atlas was covered in the Fall 2015 edition of our CURRENTS newsletter. Get an update and learn from UCLA in Power Users: Learning to Waste Less how the Atlas has been used for the development of Los Angeles’s new (more…)

CPUC Conference Call for Clarification on Baselines White Paper May 2nd

CORRECTED PAPER AND UPDATED COMMENTS DEADLINES RELEASED BY THE CPUC 4/28: Please see here. The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has shared to R.13-11-005/rolling portfolio stakeholders that Commission Staff will hold a conference call to answer (more…)

CPUC White Paper on Energy Efficiency Baselines for EE Programming, AB 802 Implementation: Comments Due May 10th

CORRECTED PAPER AND UPDATED COMMENTS DEADLINES RELEASED BY THE CPUC 4/28: Please see here. Yesterday afternoon, the CPUC’s Energy Division released its staff proposal on Energy Efficiency Baselines, following the commitments made in October’s rolling portfolio CPUC (more…)

SDG&E High Opportunity Projects and Program (HOPPs) Proposals Stakeholder Meeting Follow Up: Submit All Comments by 4/13

San Diego Gas & Electric Company held a stakeholder meeting on April 12, 2016, to review and discuss its High Opportunity Projects and Program proposals.  Stakeholders are (more…)

Zero Net Energy Retrofit Tour in Sunnyvale

Check out the below opportunity to tour a zero net energy (ZNE) retrofitted structure in Sunnyvale – if interested in attending, click to register before 4/11 to avoid a price increase: Previewing The Next NZE Retrofit in Sunnyvale Have you asked yourself how Silicon Valley will meet the challenge of ever-higher energy efficiency standards with its…

From Outside the State: Seattle Passes New Building Energy Efficiency Ordinance

The City of Seattle has passed energy efficiency-promoting in the three following areas: • Energy Use Disclosure — The Benchmarking Amendments ordinance updates Seattle’s existing building energy benchmarking law to include public transparency of building performance on energy use. • Retro-commissioning — The Building Tune-Ups ordinance phases in a requirement that commercial buildings 50,000 square feet or larger be “tuned-up” every…

CEC Energy Code Trainings to be Made Available through ICC Chapters

The California Energy Commission (CEC) has developed a list of Energy Code Trainings that will be made available at multiple locations throughout the state through International Code Council (ICC) Chapters. Highlights from the list are (more…)

Using Disclosure for Market Transformation: Berkeley’s new Building Energy Savings Ordinance (BESO) and the U.S. DOE Home Energy Score

In today’s Regional Forum held by the Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN), StopWaste presented on how the City of Berkeley’s Residential Energy Conservation Ordinance (RECO) was updated to the new Building Energy Savings Ordinance, or “BESO,” why it was updated, and how the new BESO, or a version thereof, could be a gentle but…
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