Efficient homes + renewable energy = a better Bakersfield

“The California Energy Commission is considering updates to building energy codes which would make living in Bakersfield better. These updates will ensure that the cost of housing and energy costs stays reasonable by using one of our greatest local assets: abundant sunshine. The proposed building energy efficiency standards, to take effect in 2020, would make…

Energy Efficiency Has a Leading Role to Play in Our Distributed Energy Future

“The increased prevalence of distributed energy resources is driving changes to utility planning. Our new report, The Role of Energy Efficiency in a Distributed Energy Future, found that most utilities are not currently using energy efficiency in distribution system planning, but several states are pursuing new approaches to using efficiency to displace traditional distribution infrastructure…

Building sector must transition to clean energy

“For years, California has set the pace on climate action by promoting electric vehicles, energy efficient appliances, and renewable energy via performance standards that are faster, higher, and stronger than nearly every other jurisdiction. But in one marquee event, transitioning the building sector from polluting fossil fuels to clean energy, California is still a far…

Report: Global LED Lighting Market Growing But Slowed by Key Limitations

“Analyzing the LED lighting market by product type, installation type, end-use application, and geography, the report looks at growth drivers, trends, and restraints. Noting that LEDs are being used for a number of indoor, outdoor, architectural, automotive, and horticultural applications, P&S Market Research says that the increasing adoption of energy-efficient lighting solutions worldwide is a…

Prefab Finds a Home in Fire-Ravaged Neighborhoods of California

“Which is a pity, Ms. Dameron added, because, compared with traditional methods, modern prefab construction saves time, limits waste and often incorporates environmentally sensitive materials and energy-saving technologies. If ever there was a time and place for prefab to flaunt its virtues, it is now, in Northern California. Even before the fires, stringent statewide building…

My Life In the Elusive Green Economy

“The earth is excellent. It’s the only planet with Netflix, Coca-Cola and my kids. I worry about how we’re broiling it with greenhouse gases, how its ice caps are melting and its coral reefs are dying. I’m freaked out that we’re damaging its ability to sustain us, and that this might be the only thing future…

Webinar: Innovative approaches to energy efficiency retrofits

Please join us for a free Peninsula Advanced Energy Community (PAEC) webinar on March 28, 2018 from 12pm – 1pm PT. Register here. California has 9 million single-family homes, 3.1 million multi-family dwellings, and 600,000 commercial buildings. Most of them could be much more energy efficient. How do we accelerate implementation of deep energy efficiency retrofits that…

Report: The Role of Energy Efficiency in a Distributed Energy Future

“This report found that most utilities are not currently using energy efficiency in distribution system planning, but several states are pursuing new approaches to using efficiency to displace traditional distribution infrastructure upgrades and integrate more renewables into the grid. These states provide clear examples of how energy efficiency can be used as a resource on the…

Better Together: Linking and Leveraging Energy Programs for Low-Income Households

“EPA is committed to helping communities benefit from energy efficiency and renewable energy. To facilitate this effort, EPA is developing a series of case studies and webinars to highlight effective efforts by state and local agencies, non-profits, and utilities to bring EE/RE to low-income households. This webinar series explored the topic of linking and leveraging…
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