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Santa Monica Soon Requiring Zero-Net Energy New Constructions

Santa Monica Soon Requiring Zero-Net Energy New Constructions

Santa Monica City Council Votes in the World’s First Zero-Net Energy Building Requirement; Implementation Begins in 2017 City of Santa Monica Newsroom, October 27, 2016 The Santa Monica City Council voted this week to approve an ordinance requiring all new single-family construction in the City of Santa Monica to be zero-net energy (ZNE), the first

Federal Appliance Standards – Consumer Friend or Foe?

Gita Subramony, ERS, for Zondits The Heritage Foundation recently posted an opinion piece on why the federal government should not be mandating energy efficiency standards. The authors suggest that the standards reduce consumer choices, have little impact on reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or increasing energy savings, and hinder innovation. The authors argue that high


The State of Technology: Outcome-Based Energy Codes and zEPI

Two emerging code developments to targeting improved building performance Matt Lockwood, ERS, for Zondits This month, our State of Technology series focuses on energy codes. Let’s talk about two innovations in development over the last decade in energy codes: outcome-based energy codes and zEPI. Both started as dreams of energy code wonks to address the

light bulb industry

The Need for Transparency in the Lighting Industry

Lightbulbs excluded in EU regulations on energy efficiency claims The Guardian, April 12, 2016. Image credit: jacquess27 The EU has voted to close loopholes that allow home appliance manufacturers to make misleading claims about their products’ energy performance, but environmentalists are incandescent that lightbulbs have been excluded from the new rules. Companies will no longer be

computer standards

California Proposes Energy Efficiency Computer Standards

California Energy Commission Considers Bill to Mandate Energy-Efficient Computers Government Technology, April 11, 2016. Image credit: Simon All computers sold in California could be required to adopt stricter state energy standards by 2018, cutting computer energy consumption by as much as half, according to new regulations being proposed by the California Energy Commission. The commission’s latest

natural gas

Natural Gas and the Power Generation Mix

U.S. Natural Gas Electricity Efficiency is Always Improving Forbes, April 10, 2016. Image credit: anita_starzycka For electricity, the lifeblood of our modern world, efficiency has been installed as the 1st choice to reduce energy usage and related GHG emissions. Although renewables are ranked 2nd in this critical “loading order,” 3rd ranked natural gas often gets deployed 1st because

benefits of decoupling

Five Utilities Confirm the Benefits of Decoupling

The Evidence Is In: Decoupling Spurs Energy Efficiency Investment NRDC, April 5, 2016. Image credit: fdecomite The current research was prompted by questions raised about decoupling during our work in Minnesota last year when the state’s largest electric utility, Xcel Energy, with the support of NRDC and Fresh Energy, implemented Minnesota’s first electric decoupling mechanism. To


NRCan and the U.S. DOE Aim to Align Efficiency Standards

Canadian energy efficiency standards to follow U.S. lead ECEEE, March 4, 2016. Image credit: Photoshot Updated energy performance targets for a range of commercial and residential equipment and lighting products will be the first regulatory amendments since Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) signed an agreement aimed at harmonizing the two counties’ energy