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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Energy Efficiency

One of the primary benefits of the smart grid is to provide the data necessary to drive energy efficiency improvements.

 Energy efficiency is the cheapest method of providing Americans with electricity. Energy efficiency programs aimed at reducing energy waste cost utilities only about three cents per kilowatt hour, while generating the same amount of electricity from sources such as fossil fuels can cost two to three times more.

Source: American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy   

Our existing housing stock is an underutilized energy efficiency resource. We’ve only scratched the surface of its potential to save energy. Decades of research and thousands of retrofits show that even the most basic home retrofits can cut energy use by 15-20% while more comprehensive retrofit projects can double or even triple the energy savings. Residents benefit not only from lower energy bills, but also from improved comfort, better health, and safer, more durable homes. Despite the widely-documented benefits of whole home retrofits, demand for retrofits lags.

Approximately 518,000 retrofit projects were completed through the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program from 2002-2015, according to DOE. Add to that the roughly 75,000 homes retrofit through the Better Buildings Neighborhood Program and the total number of home performance retrofits completed through the leading program efforts approaches 700,000—less than 1% of US single-family homes. While this number doesn’t include retrofits completed outside of programs or those conducted through weatherization efforts targeted to low- and moderate-income households, it does illustrate the need to scale up retrofit activity to capture the energy savings available.

Specific challenges include:
  • Calculating accurate project-level savings estimates, 
  • Ensuring that upgrades are installed and perform as expected, and
  • Encouraging public buy-in and participation in programs.



wednesday, october 12, 2016
Efficiency can be the most cost effective utility investment, but it can be hard to measure. Smart Grid technology can ensure that efficiency investment is optimized and meet the need for accurate evaluation of program benefits.


F.  Energy Codes and Smart Energy
MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014
Building energy codes are one of the easiest and most cost efficient ways for states and local jurisdictions to implement energy management policies.


E. Building Energy Performance
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2014
Nine cities and two states in the U.S. have passed laws requiring the benchmarking & disclosure of energy use in buildings. More governments look to follow their lead, expecting these policies to drive investment in efficiency.



D. Title 24 2016 - Non Residential
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014
California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated on an approximately three-year cycle. The 2013 Standards continue to improve upon the 2008 Standards for new construction of, and additions and alterations to, residential and nonresidential buildings and went into effect on July 1, 2014.  2016 revisions are under discussion now and are scheduled to take effect Jan 1, 2017



C. Title 24 2016 - Residential
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2014
California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated on an approximately three-year cycle. The 2013 Standards continue to improve upon the 2008 Standards for new construction of, and additions and alterations to, residential and nonresidential buildings and went into effect on July 1, 2014.  2016 revisions are under discussion now and are scheduled to take effect Jan 1, 2017


B. Title 24 2013
wednesday, october 22, 2014
California's Building Energy Efficiency Standards are updated on an approximately three-year cycle with the most recent revision going into effect July 1, 2014



thursday, july 7, 2016
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy investments pay back steady returns over many years, but often it is difficult for businesses and households to pay the upfront costs.




Energy Upgrade California
SEPTEMBER, 2015
In Progress
Energy Upgrade California is a statewide energy management initiative designed to help residents and small businesses learn the best ways to take action on energy to save money and be more comfortable at home and at work. This new initiative will help our communities meet our energy efficiency and clean energy goals.



 Energy Efficiency & Property Value
SEPTEMBER, 2015
In Progress














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