Case Study: Santa Barbara County’s ZNE Facilities Resolution

The County of Santa Barbara’s Zero Net Energy Facilities Resolution sets an interim target for 50% of new county-owned facilities beginning design after 2020 to be ZNE and requires that all new facilities and major renovations beginning design after 2025 will be ZNE. Learn more in this case study from the Center for Sustainable Energy,…

ZNE Roadmap: Zero Net Energy Buildings: How California’s Local Jurisdictions Can Lead the Way

Get guidance on the steps to zero net energy that your jurisdiction can utilize to find energy and cost savings and comply with coming state regulations in this Zero Net Energy Roadmap for Local Governments from the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE), prepared for the San Diego Regional Energy Partnership, last updated May 2015.

Zero Net Energy New Residential Action Plan Launch Workshop, June 9, Courtyard Room CPUC (and via webex)

Energy Division staff are hosting a workshop to launch the New Residential Zero Net Energy Action Plan on June 9, 2015 (9:30 am – 5 pm), in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Courtyard Room.  The agenda is attached, along with webex and call-in information, repeated below.  We will post the final plan to the CPUC Energy Efficiency…

ZNE Workshops in Bay Area

Zero Energy Regional Workshops –  May 28 & 29 May 28 is for local government staff. The following jurisdictions have already RSVP’d: Alameda County, Angels Camp, Atherton, Burlingame, Daly City, Fremont, Los Altos, Menlo Park, Mountain View, Oakland, Palo Alto, Redwood City, Pleasanton, Portola Valley, Sacramento (State of California), San Mateo, San Jose, Santa Cruz, and…

Sharing Best Practices: ZNE Best Practices Connect Lancaster and Hermosa Beach

The City of Hermosa Beach and the City of Lancaster met over Earth Day to review best practices in going carbon neutral. The City of Lancaster is aiming for carbon neutrality by (more…)

City of Woodland’s New Housing for Agricultural Workers First Multi-Family to Receive DOE Zero Energy Ready Certification

After housing, energy costs in utility bills are often farmworkers’ biggest expense. A new 62-unit multi-family housing project in the City of Woodland has succeeded in cutting its residents’ bills – while also achieving the first multi-family Zero Energy Ready Home certification from the U.S. Department of Energy. Click here to learn more about the…

Palo Alto Named as 2015 Acterra Business Environmental Award Winner

The City of Palo Alto has been named a 2015 Business Environmental Award winner and recipient of the Acterra Award for Sustainability in recognition of the City’s overall approach, commitment and leadership in sustainability. Per the City’s press release: Specifically, Palo Alto was one of the first cities in the nation to adopt a Climate Action…

City of Lancaster’s New Better Built Home Program Provides Incentives to Builders for High Efficiency

As released in a City of Lancaster press release: “The City of Lancaster’s recently launched Better Built Home program provides a unique opportunity for residential homebuilders to receive thousands of dollars in incentives for building environmentally conscious homes. The innovative program is aiding the City in reaching its goal of being a Net-Zero city, while…

California’s First Zero Net Energy Library Completes First Year of Operation, Generates More Energy than it Uses

In its first year of operation Berkeley Public Library’s West Branch produced more energy than it used– leading to official certification as the first “net zero” library in the state and only the third municipal building of its kind in the nation. The International (more…)

UC Berkeley Study Reviews Implications of Zero Net Energy in Southern California: Costs and Jobs Created

A new study completed by UC Berkeley and requested by the Southern California Regional Energy Network (SoCalREN) and its workforce development partner, Emerald Cities Collaborative, reviews the expected costs, and jobs created, in achieving zero-net-energy across SoCalREN territory’s buildings in the municipal, university, schools, and hospitals (or “MUSH”) sectors. To quote from the study’s Executive…
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