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Biden's Climate Plan in a Nutshell (Opinions, Editorials & Asides)
Climate Change
Date: 2019-08-26
US Democratic former V.P. and 2020 presidental hopeful Joe Biden, like every candidate, has released his plan to address the climate change crisis.

Biden's $1.7 trillion plan calls for a $400 billion over ten years investment in R&D targeted at: grid-scale storage; small modular nuclear reactors; zero net energy buildings; using renewables to produce carbon-free hydrogen; decarbonizing industrial heat needed to make steel, concrete, and chemicals; leveraging agriculture to remove carbon dioxide from the air; and sequestering carbon dioxide from power plants deep underground. A climate adaptation agenda.

Biden's plan has all the usual "shoutouts to climate justice and protection for fossil-fuel workers who lose their jobs" and a program to "rally the world" to address climate change and reach zero-emissions by 2050. See the former Vice-President's website for details. (Source: Mother Jones, 24 Aug., 2019) Contact: Joe Biden, www.joebiden.com/climate

More Low-Carbon Energy News Climate Change,  


CA Vehicle Emissions Test Center Touted (Ind. Report)
California Department of General Services
Date: 2018-03-05
In Sacramento, the California Department of General Services (DGS) reports it has awarded the California Air Resources Board's (CARB) new Southern California Consolidation vehicle emissions testing and research facility to the design-build team of Hensel Phelps, ZGF, and Affiliated Engineers, Inc.

The $368 million, 19-acre project in Riverside near the University of California, Riverside campus, will be one of the largest and most advanced vehicle emissions testing and research facilities in the world. It will also be the world's largest true zero net energy facilities and is being built to US Green Building Council LEED Platinum specifications.

The facility will include test cells for analysis of heavy-duty vehicles, an advanced chemistry laboratory, workspace for accommodating new test methods for future generations of vehicles, space for developing enhanced onboard diagnostics and portable emissions measurement systems, education areas, a media center, flexible conference areas, and a large public auditorium. The facility and campus will be designed and built to reach the highest possible levels of measured sustainability, with the intention to achieve LEED Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council and will also meet the state's CALGreen Tier 2 threshold for overall sustainability and energy efficiency. (Source: California Department of General Services, Automotive Testing Technology, March 1, 2018) Contact: California Department of General Services, (916) 376-5000, www.dgs.ca.gov/dgs/home.aspx; USGBC, Mahesh Ramanujam, Pres., CEO, (202) 552-1500, www.usgbc.org; CARB, (800) 242-4450, helpline@arb.ca.gov, www.arb.ca.gov

More Low-Carbon Energy News US Green Building Council,  Vehicle Emissions,  California Air Resources Board,  


Promise Delivers First L.A. Zero-Net Energy Multifamily Development (Ind. Report)
Promise Energy
Date: 2017-12-01
In the Golden State, Promise Energy reports that , Silver Star Apartments is the first Zero Net Energy multifamily affordable housing development in Los Angeles. The 49-unit LEED and ENERGY STAR certified building was developed by A Community of Friends (ACOF), a local nonprofit that provides homes and supportive services for formerly homeless veterans.

For the all electric apartment complex, Promise Energy designed and installed a vertical rooftop solar PV system , a battery storage and advanced Energy monitoring system; a solar water heating system to offset 70 pct of the energy needed for water heating; quality air sealing and insulation to reduce envelope leakage and HVAC loads; phase-change material in the walls to reduce heat gain; and a proposed grey-water system to reduce potable water demand for the project by 40 pct. (Source: Promise Energy, PR, 28 Nov., 2017) Contact: Promise Energy, Jonas Villalba, VP Business Development , (888) 444-7911, www.promiseenergy.com: Community of Friends , www.acog.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Net Zeron Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Promise Energy,  


Biodico Touts Community Design Technology (New Prod & Tech)
Biodico
Date: 2017-11-10
Ventura, California-based renewable energy company Biodico is touting its internet-based Master Community Design technology that enables farms and communities in California's Central Valley identify on-site renewable sources of clean energy and then create a plan to convert those resources into electricity and liquid biofuels.

Biodico's Zero Net Energy Farm (ZNEF) is partially funded by the California Energy Commission and is the world's first fully sustainable liquid biofuel facility to help address energy needs and climate goals in California's Central Valley.

Privately held Biodico builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and renewable energy facilities; conducts R&D with the U.S. Navy; and collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to patent and commercialize proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next-generation biofuels. (Source: Biodico, Inc., PR, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: Biodico, Trey Teall, VP Operations, (805) 683-8103, www.biodico.com

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Lancaster Legislates Zero Net Energy Solar Homes (Reg & Leg)
Solar
Date: 2017-02-24
The City of Lancaster, California (pop. 160,000) reports it has amended its 2014 ordinance requiring that all new homes be equipped with rooftop solar panels. The amended ordinance now requires that the solar panels supply electric power adequate to meet all of the homes power needs. Not every house will be able to support that much solar capacity, so the ordinance gives builders the option paying an in-lieu fee of $1.40 per square feet of constructed home, or a combination of solar panels and fee. The fee option unlocks a 50 pct discount on the generation component of the homeowners' electricity bill for 20 years.

In effect, the City of Lancaster has legislated a "Net Zero Energy" policy for all new construction. Other California communities, including Sebastopol, Santa Monica and San Francisco, have introduced similar standards. California is slated to enforce similar measures statewide in 2020. (Source: City of Lancaster, gtm, Others, 20 Feb., 2017) Contact: City of Lancaster, Buillding and Safety Dept., (661) 723-6144, www.cityoflancasterca.org

More Low-Carbon Energy News Solar,  Zero Net Energy,  


Net Zero Energy Buildings -- Navigant Report Available (Ind. Report)
Navigant Research
Date: 2017-01-06
Net Zero Energy Buildings, a new report from Boulder, Colorado-based Navigant Research analyzes the global market for net zero energy buildings (ZEBs) in the residential and commercial sectors. The report examines major market changes, as well as drivers and barriers, key technology and design trends, and related regulations and outreach programs.

As local and global energy issues continue to intensify, a greater emphasis is being placed on energy efficiency, renewable energy, and building energy use. Changes in technology, regulation, and education have allowed ZEBs to penetrate different markets across various building types outside of the single-family residences and one-story office buildings that were first able to achieve zero net energy (ZNE). According to the report, the technology to achieve ZNE is available for almost any building type, yet cost and education remain a challenge.

Net Zero Energy Buildings report details are HERE (Source: Navigant, PR, 4 Jan., 2017) Contact: Navigant Research, Lindsay Funicello-Paul, (781) 270-8456, lindsay.funicello.paul@navigant.com, www.navigantresearch.com, www.navigant.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Navigant Research,  Navigant,  Net Zero Energy,  NZE,  Energy Efficiency,  


Zero Net Energy Buildings Market - Global Industry Analysis 2016 - 2024 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Zero Net Energy Building
Date: 2016-12-17
According to Transparency Market Research's recently released report, the global market for zero net energy buildings (ZEBs) is likely to expand considerably between 2016 and 2024, exhibiting a high rate of growth. Numerous ZEB pilots have been developed around the world and construction of ZEBs is encouraged as nations seek ways of minimizing their carbon footprint. Even so, the market will witness a slow start, according to the report.

The report provides a granular analysis of the growth trajectory exhibited by the ZEB market. It covers the various ZEB pilots and studies their success rates. The report also analyses ZEB market trends and opportunities on a regional basis. (Source: Transparency Market Research, OpenPR, Dec., 2016) Contact: Transparency Market Research, (518) 618-1030 sales@transparencymarketresearch.com, www.transparencymarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Net Energy Building,  

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Zero Net Energy Buildings Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2016 - 2024 -- Report Available (Ind. Report)

Date: 2016-12-16
The global market for zero net energy buildings (ZEBs) is likely to expand considerably between 2016 and 2024, exhibiting a high rate of growth, according to a recently released report from Transparency Market Research.

Numerous ZEB pilots have been developed around the world to demonstrate ZEB technology solutions and the construction of ZEBs is encouraged as nations seek ways of minimizing their carbon footprint. The outlook of the ZEB market is strong although the market will witness a slow start, according to the report.

This research report analyzes this market on the basis of its market segments, major geographies, and current market trends. (Source: Transparency Market Research, July, 2016) Contact: Transparency Market Research, (518) 618-1030, sales@transparencymarketresearch.com, www.transparencymarketresearch.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Net Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  


Biodico Begins UC Santa Barbara Biodiesel Deliveries (Ind. Report)
Biodico Inc.,California Energy Commission
Date: 2016-12-02
In the Golden State, Ventura-based Biodico Inc. is reporting its first delivery of used cooking oil-based biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara where it will fuel tractors and other diesel-powered equipment. he biodiesel was produced at Biodico's Zero Net Energy Farm (ZNEF) which is partially funded by the California Energy Commission.

Biodico builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and bioenergy facilities, conducts R&D with the U.S. Navy, and collaborates with joint venture partners to commercialize new technology and initiatives. The company has pioneered advanced, patented and proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next generation biofuels and bioenergy. (Source: Biodico, 29 Nov., 2016) Contact: Bodico Inc., Russ Teal, Pres., (805) 683-8103, info@biodico.com, http://biodico.com; California Energy Commission Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodico Inc,  Biodiesel,  Renewable Energy,  California Energy Commission,  



Date: 2016-12-01
Biodico’s ‘ZNEF’ Begins Producing and Delivering Biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara Biodico Inc. today said that it has made its first delivery of biodiesel to the University of California, Santa Barbara. The biodiesel, which was produced from used cooking oil collected at the university, will fuel tractors and other diesel-powered equipment at UCSB. Biodico produced the biodiesel at its “Zero Net Energy Farm” located in the San Joaquin Valley. The ZNEF facility is funded in part by a grant from the California Energy Commission to create an energy solution that generates all electrical and heating power needs from on-site renewable resources, including solar, wind and biomass.

Biodico is a privately held company headquartered in Ventura, Calif. that (1) builds, owns and operates sustainable biofuel and bioenergy facilities, (2) conducts research and development with the U.S. Navy, and (3) collaborates with strategic joint venture partners to commercialize new technology and initiatives. The company and its management have been pioneers in the industry for the past 23 years, with an emphasis on using advanced, patented and proprietary technologies for the sustainable multi-feedstock modular production of next generation biofuels and bioenergy. (Source: Biodico, 29 Nov., 2016) Contact: Biodico, http://www.biodico.com


Biodico's Zero Net Energy Farm Assessment Completed (Ind. Report)
Biodico Inc.,California Energy Commission
Date: 2016-11-21
Ventura, California-headquartered biodiesel producer Biodico Inc. reports it has completed its resource assessment to support the next stage of development for its "Zero Net Energy Farm" project.

Depending on the assessment outcome, Biodico will construct a first-of-its-kind Zero Net Energy Farm to generate sufficient power from onsite biomass and other renewables to meet a farm operations requirements. The project will also provide a template for introducing Biodico's ZNEF technology. The Zero Net Energy Farm project is being partially funded by the California Energy Commission. (Source: Biodico Inc., November 16, 2016) Contact: Bodico Inc., Russ Teal, Pres., (805) 683-8103, info@biodico.com, http://biodico.com; California Energy Commission Alternative Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program, www.energy.ca.gov/altfuels

More Low-Carbon Energy News Biodico Inc,  Biomass,  Renewable Energy,  California Energy Commission,  


Santa Monica Mandates ZNE Home Construction (Reg & Leg)
City of Santa Monica
Date: 2016-11-02
In the Golden State, the Santa Monica City Council reports the passage of legislation requiring all new single-family homes built in the city of 92,500 be rated at "zero net energy" (ZNE) use. The ordinance also requires non-residential construction be designed to use 10 pct less energy than required by the 2016 California Energy Code, beginning Jan.1, 2017. The ordinance is subject to California Energy Commission approval.

Santa Monica's ordinance is based on the 2016 California Green Building Standards Code which defines a ZNE building as one where the value of energy produced on-site by renewable energy resources is equal to the value of the energy consumed annually by the building. (Source: CVBT, City of Santa Monica, 28 Oct., 2016) Santa Monica City Council, (310) 393-9975, www.smgov.net

More Low-Carbon Energy News Zero Net Energy,  Green Building,  

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