Built off RESNET's nationally recognized Home Energy Rating System (HERS) Index, which is the gold standard for rating the energy efficiency of a home, HERSH2O was developed as a system for rating whole-house water efficiency including both indoor and outdoor uses through a consensus development process with input from more than 75 organizations.
The approval of two of California's accredited rating providers comes as water resources are becoming increasingly strained in many parts of the country and the cost to upgrade aging water infrastructure is taking a toll. With water prices increasing faster than energy prices, there is the potential for water efficiency measures to impact cost savings throughout the US.
The International Code Council is the leading global source of model codes and standards and building safety solutions. Code Council codes, standards and solutions are used to ensure safe, affordable and sustainable communities and buildings worldwide.
The Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) is a not-for-profit, membership corporation recognized national standards-making body for building energy efficiency rating and certification systems in the United States . (Source: California Energy Commission, International Code Council, PR, July, 2021)
Contact: International Code Council, Mark Johnson, Exec. VP, www.iccsafe.org; California Energy Commission, www.energy.ca.gov
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The Carbon Zero biorefinery is supported by $17 million of grant funding from the California Energy Commission and the California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) and is slated to begin operations in 2023, then double production capacity by year 2025. (Source: Aemetis, Inc. , PR, 29 Apr., 2021)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO, (408) 213-0940, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com
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The Southern California Gas funding is in addition to $10.4 million R&D funding from the California Energy Commissions (CEC) Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstrations in Rail and Marine Applications at Ports grant program. bringing the total funding to $11.7 million.
Maritime fuel cell maker Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine Inc., research organization Gas Technology Institute (GTI) and the nonprofit CALSTART are among the funding recipients.
According to SoCalGas, the goal is to bring to market innovative clean hydrogen technologies, including fuel-cell marine vessels, hydrogen refueling stations at ports, and fuel cell locomotives.
(Source: SoCalGas, PR, My News LA, Feb., 2021)
Contact: SoCalGas, Neil Navin, VP Clean Energy Innovations, www.socalgas.com; CALSTART, www.calstart.org; GTI, 847-768-0500 847-768-0501 -- fax, email@example.com, www.gti.energy
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The four R&D projects were selected for $10.4 million funding from the California Energy Commission's (CEC) Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstrations in Rail and Marine Applications at Ports grant program. Project partners include maritime fuel cell maker Golden Gate Zero Emission Marine Inc., research organization Gas Technology Institute (GTI)and the Pasadena-based nonprofit CALSTART.
According to SoCalGas, the goal is to bring to market innovative clean hydrogen technologies, including fuel-cell marine vessels, hydrogen refueling stations at ports, and fuel cell locomotives.
(Source: SoCalGas, PR, My News LA, Feb., 2021)
Contact: SoCalGas, Neil Navin, VP Clean Energy Innovations, www.socalgas.com; CALSTART, www.calstart.org; California Energy Commission, www.energy.ca.gov
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To date, the CEC has funded 45 open retail hydrogen stations with another 16 under construction. With the new $115 million dunding, there could be up to 179 stations in the state, including seven privately funded stations.
The CEC Clean Transportation Program -- aka Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program -- invests up to $100 million annually in a broad portfolio of transportation and fuel transportation projects statewide. The CEC leverages public and private investments to support adoption of cleaner transportation powered by alternative and renewable fuels, according to its website. (Source: California Energy Commission , 21 Dec., 2020) Contact: California Energy Commission
www.energy.ca.gov, CEC Clean Transportation Program, www.energy.ca.gov/programs-and-topics/programs/clean-transportation-program
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The 2020-2023 Investment Plan Update for the CEC's Clean Transportation Program -- fka the Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Program -- prioritizes funding for zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure, related workforce development and manufacturing.
The plan approved the following: $132.9 million for light-duty EV charging infrastructure; $129.8 mn for medium- and heavy-duty ZEVs and infrastructure; $70 mn for hydrogen refueling infrastructure; $25 mn for zero-and near-zero-carbon fuel production and supply; $10 mn for COVID-19 recovery and reinvestment; $9 mn for ZEV manufacturing and $7.5 mn for workforce development.
The Clean Transportation Program has provided nearly $900 million in funding to California alternative fuels and related projects since 2008. (Source: California Energy Commission,15 Oct., 2020) Contact: California Energy Commission, www.energy.ca.gov
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Utilizing the grant funds, Indian Energy, along with strategic partners Webcor and KE Storage Corporation (KESC), will develop an energy storage Integration and Certification Unit (VICU) to demonstrate the long duration energy storage capabilities of (KESC) NextGen™ flywheel technology. The project will also incorporate 150kW of Solar PV.
Indian Energy, LLC presently has 4GW of Solar PV and wind, and 6GWh of energy storage under development. (Source: Indian Energy LLC, PR, 12 Oct., 2020)
Contact: Indian Energy LLC, Allen G. Cadreau, CEO , (714) 686-9792, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.indianenergyllc.com
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California's publicly owned utilities (POUs) provide approximately 25 pct of statewide retail electricity consumption. Since 2006, POUs have spent $2.1 billion on energy efficiency and demand reduction programs resulting in 7,545 gigawatt hours (GWh) of reported first year electricity savings and 1,390 MW in peak demand reduction.
Download the CEC Energy Efficiency in the Public Power Sector report HERE. (Source: California Energy Commission, Website, Aug., 2020) Contact: California Energy Commission, www.energy.ca.gov
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If accepted, these California LED requirements would mean every indoor operation that uses high-intensity discharge (HID) bulbs would be required to switch to an LED lighting system by 2023.
Simply put, lighting is the largest single energy expense for many cultivators, CASE wants to set higher energy efficiency standards for California and
establishing state-wide LED requirements would be in line with the Energy Commission's commitment to energy innovation. (Source: California Lightworks, Aug., 2020) Contact: California LightWorks, (747) 444-3380, www.californialightworks.com
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California's solar mandate, which went into effect on Jan. 1, this year, required most new single-family homes or low-rise apartments to install rooftop solar panels owned by the homeowner or leased from a solar company, that would sell the generated electricity back to the homeowner at a discounted rate.
(Source: California Energy Commission, Builder Mag., May,2020) Contact: California Energy Commission, www.energy.ca.gov
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For the CEC funded project the digesters are being fed at variable rates to verify and document the level of biogas generation from the food waste collected and provide "real-world information that other wastewater and solid waste professionals can use to determine how best to manage SSO and food waste material."
In the coming months, Lystek will submit the results from the first phase of the project to the CEC. The next steps will include investigating the use of the company's patented low-temperature thermal hydrolysis process, LystekTHP, and the LysteMize refeed process for AD optimisation. According to the company, this allows for post-digestion processing of biosolids and the recirculation of the processed material, providing an improved biogas yield and increased energy generation.
(Source: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov;
Lystek International Limited, May, 2020)
Contact: Lystek International Ltd., James Dunbar, Bus. Dev, GM, (226) 444-0186, (888) 501-6508, (707) 430-5500 -- Calif., email@example.com,
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The Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award recognizes outstanding work in support of the dramatic transformation taking place in today's electric power markets.
(Source: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc., PR, Mar., 2020) Contact: Smarter Building Technologies Alliance, Inc., Kevin Martin, 800-832-2943 Ext. 704, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.sbt-allaince.com; New Buildings Institute, www.newbuildings.org
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The new solar rules were approved by the legislature and former California Governor Jerry Brown in 2018, making California the first state to mandate solar. The California Energy Commission (CEC) estimates the new mandates will add about $9,500 to the price of an average house while saving roughly $19,000 in reduced energy bills over 30 years.
(Source: California Energy Commission, CalMatters, 23 Feb., 2020) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The Aemetis Central Dairy Digester and Pipeline Project is designed to capture methane gas currently emitted from dairy manure lagoons, pre-treat the biogas at each dairy to remove harmful components, then transport the methane via pipeline from each dairy to a biogas upgrading facility at the Aemetis Keyes ethanol plant. After the biogas is upgraded to utility pipeline quality RNG, the RNG will be utilized at the Keyes ethanol plant to replace carbon-intensive petroleum natural gas currently used to generate steam and power at the plant, or will be injected into PG&E's gas pipeline to be utilized as transportation fuel.
Aemetis expects to complete construction and begin operation of its first two dairy digesters, the onsite dairy biogas pre-treatment units, a 4-mile Aemetis pipeline and a new biogas boiler at the Keyes plant in Q2 2020.
Aemetis has received approximately $18 million in CEC grants to support its Aemetis Central Dairy Digester and Pipeline Project, and for carbon reduction energy efficiency upgrades to the Keyes Plant.(Source: Aemetis Inc., PR, 29 Jan., 2020) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, email@example.com, www.aemetis.com
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The upgrades will include installation of a 1.56-MW photovoltaic micro grid solar array with integrated battery energy storage and an AI-driven power distribution control system, which is expected to significantly reduce the natural gas consumption improve operational efficiency. (Source: Aemetis, PR, NewsWire, 28 Jan., 2020)Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.aemetis.com
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Group 2 will be open to Applied Research applications of green electrolytic hydrogen as a stationary energy storage system that is comparable in performance to other stationary energy storage systems (such as advanced batteries, flywheels, thermal storage, and compressed air systems). The hydrogen systems must demonstrate an electricity-in and electricity-out solution in customer side of the meter applications (not just generate electrolytic hydrogen). Additional services (such as heat, oxygen, compressed air or other non-electricity products) can be proposed as long as they have value to the customer and the primary input and output is electricity and the overall system is projected to be cost effective when it reaches the scale necessary for future commercialization.
Download the solicitation HERE.
(Source: California Energy Commission, Jan., 2019) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The new solar rules were approved by the legislature and former California Governor Jerry Brown in 2018, making California the first state to mandate solar.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) estimates the new mandates will add about $9,500 to the price of an average house while saving roughly $19,000 in reduced energy bills over 30 years.
(Source: CEC, CBS SF Bay, 16 Dec., 2019)
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The CEC also approved the 2019 California Energy Efficiency Action Plan, which addresses building energy efficiency, efficiency in the industrial and agricultural sectors, barriers to energy efficiency for low-income and disadvantaged communities, and using efficiency to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in buildings. The 2019 standards take effect 1 January 2020.
Statewide standards focus on smart residential photovoltaic systems, updated and cost effective insulation standards, residential and nonresidential ventilation requirements, and nonresidential lighting updates to take advantage of the rapid improvement in LED lighting technology.
(Source: California Energy Commission, Green Car Congress, 12 Dec. 2019) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The California Public Utilities Commission reported that during 2017 storm outages, "Almost one million customers could not make 9-1-1 calls, more than 790,000 customers experienced loss of communication service, and more than 52,000 businesses experienced service interruptions." Even more recent wildfire-related power outages highlight California's immediate need to accelerate the adoption of energy storage platforms for critical infrastructure.
Grid-independent solutions like those offered by Caban can help both state and telecommunication operators provide reliable communications at all times. Caban System's Burlingame manufacturing line will produce a purpose-built, modular battery storage system that will provide reliable, redundant power sources for critical infrastructure systems across California.
(Source: Caban Systems, PR, CISION, Yahoo, 13 Aug., 2019) Contact: Caban Systems, Alexandra Rasch, Founder & CEO , Jacqueline Castillo, (305) 989-2861, email@example.com, www.cabansystems.com
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Sierra Energy's FastOx technology, developed by Sierra Energy and supported by grant funding from the U.S. Department of Defense and the California Energy Commission, uses oxygen and steam to heat waste to 4,000 degrees F at which it breaks down into an energy-dense syngas allowing the recovery of inorganic material as either a non-leaching stone or molten metal, according to the company. Sierra Energy's modular FastOx technology can be scaled to large size, does not produce process emissions and all outputs are saleable, according to the company.
(Source: Sierra Energy Corp. , 31 July, 2019) Contact: Sierra Energy Corp., Mike Hart, CEO, (530) 759-9827www.sierraenergy.com
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Ordinances slated for review include two options for builders of new construction to reduce natural gas consumption within their developments. By either building an all-electric structure at the minimum efficiency required by the state's energy code or designing a mixed-fuel building using natural gas and electricity at a higher efficiency level, developers can meet the proposed reach code for electrification, according to a staff report.
For single-family and duplex projects, builders can either construct all-electric buildings or design a mixed-fuel building 15 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which officials estimate could save builders $5,300 in construction costs as compared to a mixed-fuel home. An all-electric design for homes is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 50 pct in most cases as compared to a mixed-fuel design, according to the report.
The proposed ordinance for office buildings would require builders to design an all-electric building or a mixed-fuel development 10 pct above the state code's energy efficiency requirement, which could involve using windows less prone to heat, natural sunlight and occupancy sensors. An all-electric office building designed to meet the 2019 state code is estimated to cost $57,300 less to construct compared to a comparable mixed-fuel building, according to the city council's report.
If adopted by the San Mateo city council and the California Energy Commission, the new codes will come into force Jan. 1, 2020. (Source: City of San Mateo, Daily Journal, July, 2019)
Contact: City of San Mateo, Andrea Chow, Sustainability Analyst, www.cityofsanmateo.org/477/Building
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The data collected will provide insight into best practices for manufacturers and installers and to educate consumers on how upgrades can reduce utility bills.
In the commercial sector there is opportunity for three businesses to receive upgraded lighting; 10 businesses to receive new insulation; and two food service businesses to receive induction cooktops. SCP also has a loan program for residents to try out induction cooktops which the company believes are more energy efficient than standard appliances.
For residential customers the company will accept 10 homes to receive cooling and ventilation; 10 homes for air sealing; and 10 homes for grid-integrated water heaters.
(Source: Sonoma Clean Power, Index Tribune, 8 July, 2019)Contact: Sonoma Clean Power, (855) 202-2139, www.SonomaCleanPower.org
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Oberon plans to upgrade its existing DME pilot facility to demonstration scale to facilitate the first production of this renewable fuel. The company will test modified diesel trucks fueled with rDME, assess the feasibility of converting renewable methanol into rDME and developing associated fueling infrastructure, alongside commercial partners.
(Source: Oberon Fuels, Bioenergy Insight, 1 July, 2019) Contact: Oberon Fuels,
Rebecca Boudreaux, Pres., (619) 255-9361,
Fax - (619)756-6470,
California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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Students will receive workplace "on the job" training for jobs focusing on reducing carbon emissions from vehicles.
The program will be additional to the college's existing automotive technology program. (Source: Miramar College, City News Service, 14 June, 2019) Contact: Miramar College, www.sdmiramar.edu
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Under the agreement, QBI will purchase Quantum's newest ten Virtual Pipeline trailers for use in the biogas facility funded by the California Energy Commission.
The project is being developed by QBI and Fiscalini Cheese Company, and will result in the construction of a biofuels production facility to purify and compress biomethane from anaerobic digesters into transportation fuel.
When fully operational, the he project is expected to produce 450 diesel gallon equivalent of CNG per day, According the Quantum,
(Source; Quantum Fuel Systems, BioiEnergy Insights, 25 April, 2019) Contact: Quantum Fuel Systems,
Mark Arnold, Pres., 805-308-6067, www.qtww.com; Quantitative BioSciences Inc., Natalie Cookson, CEO, https://ca.linkedin.com/company/quantitative-biosciences-inc
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The plant, which is slated to launch in mid-2020, will produce the equivalent of 13 MW of clean energy per year. The net CO2 emissions reduction will be approximately 220,000 metric tpy -- equivalent to removing 47,500 cars off the road. The project is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, U.S. DOE, CalRecycle, the state of California and significant private investment.
Anaergia's proprietary technology separates organics from mixed solid waste of any contamination level to recover energy and make fertilizer. The process involves anaerobic digestion (AD). (Source: Anaergia, Waste 360, Mar., 2019) Contact: Anaergia
Andrew Benedek, CEO, (905) 766-3333 firstname.lastname@example.org, www.anaergia.com,
City of Rialto, Tom Crowley, Utilities Mgr., (909) 820-2608, www.yourrialto.com
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The Riverbank biorefinery project recently won a $12 million California state tax waiver and a $5 million California Energy Commission Notice of Proposed Award. Preliminary engineering for the project has been completed and construction is expected to get underway in mid-2019.
(Source: Aemetis, PR, 12 Feb., 2019) Contact: Aemetis, Eric McAfee, CEO , Todd Waltz, (408) 213-0940, email@example.com, www.aemetis.com
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The Rialto projectis being developed in collaboration with Waste Management, Republic Services, Southern California Edison, Anaheim Public Utility, Southwest Gas Utility, City of Rialto, the Sanitation Bureau of the City of Los Angeles, and the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, and of Orange County. The project is co-funded by the California Energy Commission, U.S. DOE, CalRecycle, State of California and significant private investment.
(Source: Anaergia Inc., PR, 12 Dec., 2018) Contact: Anaergia Inc., Andrew Benedek, CEO, (905) 766-3333 -- Burlington Ontario,
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The codes also incentivize "demand responsive technologies" including battery storage and heat pump water heaters. Combined with a host of other energy efficiency upgrades, the revised building codes are expected to slash energy use in new homes by more than 50 pct.
(Source: Calif. Energy Commission, 5 Dec., 2018) Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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Itron's IntelliSOURCE Enterprise Distributed Energy Resource Management System
allows both consumer and utilities to communicate with and control solar panels, thermostats, load control switches, water heaters and others DERs.
(Source: Itron, PR, Smart Energy, 19 Nov., 2018) Contact: Itron, Steve Hambric, VP Distributed Energy, www.itron.com;
Alternative Energy Systems Consulting, (760)931-2641, www.aesc-inc.com; California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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The facility would service
and promote the expansion of zero-emission fuel cell electric Class 8 drayage trucks used at the port facility.
The station will source its hydrogen "from 100 percent renewable biogas," the Commission release notes. (Source: California Energy Commission, Nov., 2018)Contact: California Energy Commission, (916) 465-4500, www.energy.ca.gov
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