RMI’s Healthy, Zero Emission, Affordable Housing for All program: Scale Zero

Scale Zero: Healthy, Zero-Emission, Affordable Housing for All RMI / Boulder, Colorado To meet 1.5°C climate targets and ensure equal access to healthy, affordable buildings, we must dramatically accelerate the pace of building retrofits. Scale Zero will establish a coordinated policy and retrofit implementation approach that will advance supportive policies and reduce the cost associated with zero-emission retrofits in five …

All Electric buildings going up in Basalt CO

Performing arts center, Skico housing project lead Basalt’s green revolution: Both buildings will be all-electric, reducing their carbon footprint as Holy Creek Energy heads to 100% renewable News NEWS | March 20, 2021 scondon@aspentimes.com There is a quiet revolution underway in Basalt that is transforming the town into a model of energy-efficient building. Rocky Mountain Institute started the revolution back in 2014 when …

LA Times: New homes need to be fossil fuel-free

By THE LA TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD MARCH 2, 2021  In September, while touring the charred wreckage left by yet another devastating wildfire, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared: “This a climate damn emergency.” The state’s ambitious strategies to curtail greenhouse gas emissions were not enough to counter the effects of a warming planet, Newsom warned, and he pledged to “accelerate all of them, across …

Solar thermal

March 2021 CO: Laurent Meillon has been working on a 2021 law that would grow utility incentive programs for all sorts of positive alternatives to fracked gas heating, and, at long last, possibly include solar thermal in one of our sunny state’s clean energy programs. We’ll discuss the forthcoming legislation and ways you can support.  Why solar heating? Solar thermal collectors capture …

Batteries double CO2 savings of households with PV systems: PV reduces electricity CO2 emissions by 45% and by up to 85% with batteries

FEBRUARY 26, 2021 PETRA HANNEN from pv magazine Germany Photovoltaic systems for single-family homes reduce electricity-related CO2 emissions of the households by 45%, according to EUPD Research. When a battery is added the CO2 emissions can be reduced by up to 85%. RESIDENTIAL PV GERMANY https://www.pv-magazine.com/2021/02/26/batteries-double-co2-savings-of-households-with-pv-systems/ Good for the climate: a photovoltaic system. Even better for the climate: a photovoltaic system linked …

Pragmatists for Clean Air and Building without Gas

CASE STUDY: DIAMOND RAIL – ALL-ELECTRIC VS. TYPICAL Diamond Rail (v.4)  Diamond Rail is Giv Group’s fourth (v.4) all-electric multifamily design. Site: 535 West 300 North, Salt Lake City, UT 84116 Status: Ground broke February 2020 Units: 80 (Studio – Three Bedroom) Affordability:  68% Affordable (25-50% AMI), 32% Market HVAC System: Cold-weather mini-split Water Heating: Centralized hybrid electric tank w/ unit meters  Project Savings (before rebates): $133,434.32 …

Natural gas utilities lobby for pre-emption against gas bans and building decarbonization

Across the country, natural gas utilities and their lobby, the American Gas Association, are lobbying state legislatures to adopt laws preempting cities and municipalities from banning new natural gas infrastructure in order to combat climate change. Preemption laws are an anti-majoritarian tool increasingly used by business lobbying groups and conservative lawmakers to stem grassroots progressive momentum. Gas Industry Lobbies In …

Grid map requirements to ease solar integration

California regulators modify grid map requirements to ease solar integration By David Wagman on Feb 1 2021 The California Public Utilities Commission ordered several key improvements to the Integration Capacity Analysis, a grid transparency tool. The motion requesting the changes that the CPUC responded to was filed last October by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council, the California Solar & Storage …

Seattle’s city council approves a proposal to ban natural gas in new large multifamily and commercial buildings. Denver sets path to get to all-electric building construction by 2030. Plan to electrify existing buildings due by end of 2021.

Seattle’s city council approves a proposal to ban natural gas in new large multifamily and commercial buildings. (Seattle Times) below – bans natural gas for space heating in new construction of these buildings, or for use in replacement heating systems in older buildings. It also would prohibit the use of natural gas to heat water in new hotels and large …

Nevada climate strategy outlines framework to phase out natural gas, electrify transportation

17 core policies analyzed in the report, the state established a framework that looked at each recommendation using four metrics: a policy’s potential for decreasing emissions, climate justice considerations, economic implications and the legal feasibility of implementing a policy. For the first time, it points policymakers beyond electricity, calling on them to phase out natural gas in buildings.  The climate strategy …