From the Director's Desk
PACE financing programs on hold nationwide
PRESS CONFERENCE – California Attorney General Jerry Brown announced a law suit against Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage companies for blocking PACE programs during a press conference held at CCSE on July 14.
We’ re disappointed by the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s decision this month to recommend Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Federal Home Loan Banks take steps that effectively prevent the spread of property assessed clean energy ( PACE) programs. It means the City of San Diego’s Clean Generation Program is on hold, as well as similar programs throughout California and across the nation. We continue to believe that PACE programs will make the clean energy transition easier, and while this is a setback we certainly are not discouraged. There are lots of good indicators that sustainable energy is strong and growing in San Diego. Click here to continue reading.
Gear Up for Sustainable Energy Week
Sept. 12-16 events provide perspective on solutions
SPECIAL NOTE: Register Today – Early Bird Discounts End July 15
For the past five years, CCSE has presented a series of successful Solar Energy Week celebrations saluting clean energy from the sun. But we now see an urgent need to broaden our scope to include energy efficiency and conservation, high-performance energy retrofitting and other renewable energy solutions. We’ve also incorporated our popular San Diego Street Smart event to highlight electric vehicles and alternative transportation. Click here to continue reading.
Prius Plug-in Hybrids Come to CCSE
Vehicles part of worldwide demonstration program
Three shiny, new Prius plug-in hybrid vehicles arrived at CCSE in late June as part of a worldwide demonstration program to assess the vehicles performance in real-world driving conditions. A total of 600 cars will be deployed globally, with only 150 vehicles across the nation. For the next 12 months, two of the cars will be driven daily by CCSE staff members as both personal and work vehicles, and the third will be test driven by San Diego Gas & Electric employees.Click here to continue reading.
Building More Sustainable Homes
Green framing offers eclectic construction options
Most of us live in traditionally constructed houses and buildings, but for those who want to build custom homes made with more sustainable materials, the choices are rather diverse – many more than the straw, wood and brick of Three Little Pigs fame. Click here to continue reading.
IR Cameras for Home Energy Audits
Envelope leaks may be keeping your energy costs high
Look as hard as you like, but you can’t readily see if inadequacies hidden in and around your home’s walls, ceilings, windows, doors and air ducts are wasting energy and keeping your energy costs high. The good news is that you can either hire a professional to find leaks or borrow equipment to do it yourself at CCSE’s Energy Resource Center. Click here to continue reading.
Community Energy Action Hero
Solar Beetle Owner Kicks Gas
Sometimes it’s hard to wait for corporate America to catch up to consumer desires, so people take things into their own hands by converting what’s available into something they really want. Such was the case for Vickie Randle, who just couldn’t get by without the electric vehicle (EV) of her dreams, so she decided to build her own “solar Beetle,” a 2000 Volkswagen converted from gas to all electric. And it deserves the name solar, because Vickie charges up at home with 20 photovoltaic panels that power her home. Click here to continue reading.
California Legislative Update
Efforts to Repeal California’s Global Warming Solutions Act
The landmark Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32) that put California forward as the nation’s leader in reducing greenhouse gas ( GHG) emissions with the goal to achieve 1990 levels by 2020 is in jeopardy of being postponed indefinitely. Proposition 23, the California Jobs Initiative, seeks to suspend AB 32, claiming that unemployment in California and the undertaking of GHG emission reduction laws are inextricably linked. Supporters, sponsored by oil companies Tesoro and Valero, state that California has lost manufacturing jobs and that industrial growth in California lags compared to other states, a situation they say will worsen unless AB 32 is stopped. Click here to continue reading.
San Diego 3rd District Councilmember Todd Gloria tries out CCSE’s human-energy bike that demonstrates how much electricity it takes to run lighting and other household items at the Kensington Clean Energy Festival held June 26. CCSE Green Learning Adventure coordinator Andrea Cook continues to add more electrical devices, making Gloria work harder to keep the lights on.
Inside the ERC
CCSE’s Energy Resource Library now has its complete catalog of books, DVDs and tools online with advanced hold for items you want to check out. Simply search by subject, author, title, manufacturer, name or type, and if what you want is available, you can put a hold on it until you come by CCSE to complete the check-out process. Go to the library website.
Schüco Single Tank with Gas Backup
This is an ideal tank solution for homes that do not have enough space to accommodate a dual-tank system. The tank system, which has a capacity of 70 gallons, takes up the same amount of space as the old water heater and works for most installations. The tank is easy to install and can save the customer money, as gas is less expensive than electricity in many areas.
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Testo Thermal Imager (Model 875)
With a thermal imager, heat-related problems can be found quickly and easily. Insulation voids are found, as well as faulty air seals around doors, windows and framing joints and hidden wet areas from leaky plumbing or roofing. In industrial settings, thermal imagers can reveal worn bearings, hot electrical switchgear components and connections and malfunctioning steam traps
To borrow the thermal imager from the Energy Resource Library, contact the librarian at
Owning an Electric Car
Read interviews with electric car owners and their opinions and experiences. Also included are interviews with vehicle manufacturers, car designers and electric vehicle infrastructure specialists from around the world to discover the technology that makes an electric car.
Also covered is the environmental impact of electric cars, research documents, meetings with electricity producers, key people in the nuclear industry, environmental pressure groups, car manufacturers and petrochemical companies to ascertain the benefits and detriments of different technologies.
To borrow Owning an Electric Car from the Energy Resource Library contact the librarian at sarah.volpe@energy center.org.
“FUEL” is the journey of filmmaker and eco-evangelist Josh Tickell (also author of Biodiesel America: How to Achieve Energy Security, Free America from Middle-east Oil Dependence and Make Money Growing Fuel) into America’s dependence on foreign oil. Included are interviews with a wide range of policy makers, educators and activists. FUEL looks into the future offering hope in renewable energy and bio-fuels. Winner of a Sundance Audience Award. For more information on the movie go to http://thefuelfilm.com/
To borrow the DVD from the Energy Resource Library contact the librarian at
Policy and Planning
This rulemaking continues the work of R.06-04-010 and serves as the forum for the CPUC’s continued implementation of the California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan as well as the forum for initiating the next planning cycle for 2013-2015 energy efficiency program plans, funding levels and related issues. Read updates.
||Energy Efficiency Risk/Reward Incentive Mechanism (RRIM)
This rulemaking will address the CPUC’s policies related to an energy efficiency risk/reward incentive mechanism (RRIM), which offers the four major California energy utilities, i.e., Pacific Gas and Electric Company ( PG&E), Southern California Edison Company ( SCE), San Diego Gas & Electric Company ( SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), incentives to achieve or surpass CPUC-adopted energy efficiency goals and to extend California's commitment to making energy efficiency the highest energy resource priority. Read updates.
||California Solar Initiative,
Self-Generation Incentive Program and Other Distributed Generation Issues
This rulemaking continues the work of R.08-03-008, developing and refining policies, rules and programs for the California Solar Initiative ( CSI) and the Self-Generation Incentive Program ( SGIP) and considering policies for the development of cost-effective, clean and reliable distributed generation ( DG). Read updates.
||Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap
Initiated out of Assembly Bill ( AB) 32, this will design and implement a greenhouse gas ( GHG) cap for the regulated electric utilities, including consideration of a GHG performance standard. Read updates.
||Alternative-fueled Vehicle Tariffs, Infrastructure and Policies
This rulemaking will consider tariffs, infrastructure and policies needed for California investor-owned electric utilities to ready the electricity system in a consistent, near-term manner for the projected statewide market growth of light-duty passenger plug-in hybrid electric vehicles ( PHEV) and battery electric vehicles (BEV) throughout California. Read updates.
Did you know CCSE offers free, ongoing workshops on energy efficiency, solar energy, green building, transportation and climate change? Register now! Click on the links below or call (866) SDENERGY.
Designing High Performance Sustainable Homes
Date: Saturday, July 17, 2010
Eco-Friendly Benefits of Cargo Container-Based Projects
Date: Thursday, July 22, 2010
Solar Water Heating Basics for Homeowners
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2010
Solar for Homeowners
Date: Saturday, July 24, 2010
Rebates and Incentives for Energy Efficiency & Distributed Generation Part 2
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Solar Technology Series - Microinverters and Maximizers
Date: Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Power Purchase Agreement Case Studies
Date: Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2010
Solar for Homeowners
Date: Thursday, July 29, 2010
CSI Program Forum
Date: Friday, July 30, 2010
CSI Public Forum – July 30
The California Solar Initiative ( CSI) program hosts quarterly meetings as opportunities for the public to identify and discuss top-priority issues related to the administration and implementation of CSI and revisions to the CSI Program Handbook. This quarter the meeting will be held from 10 .m. to 4 p.m. at CCSE. Register online for the CSI Public Forum workshop.
Join the CCSE Elite Volunteer Corp – August 3
Help Green Your World by becoming a CCSE volunteer today! Join us for a volunteer information event at CCSE's San Diego Energy Resource Center.
Home Solar Survey
Have you bought, sold or currently live in a house with a PV system? If so, Sun Marketing would like you to take a brief online survey focusing on solar resale value. Visit www,solarinstalldata.com.
California Solar Initiative
Jeffrey Wheeland is a member of CCSE’s California Solar Initiative nonresidential program and plays a vital role in maintaining databases, tracking solar projects, processing applications and interacting with solar installers and customers.
Jeffrey has experience working in Central America. He was a rural development coordinator for Futuro Forestal in Panama City, Panama, a private reforestation firm. He conducted surveys of low-level rural employees to assess methods of improving working conditions and retention. He also worked at the Foundation for Self-Sufficiency in Bajo Lempa, El Salvador, where he coordinated projects for community-based nonprofits to improve basic infrastructure and health standards.
Jeffrey is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. degree in psychology and an M.A. degree in international affairs.
Greening Your World® Monthly Tip
Gas Saving Realities
It’s summer and time to consider how to keep cool without jacking up your electricity costs. It starts at your HVAC system. If equipment is more than 15 years old or not properly maintained, get a mechanical tune-up to reduce energy loss. Next, add ceiling fans. With fans, you can turn up your thermostat by 4 degrees and retain a good comfort level. In drier East County areas, consider an evaporative cooler that generally uses about a quarter of the energy of conventional air conditioners. Be energy wise about keeping cool.
“Ever since we've lived in caves, every time we've wanted energy, we light something on fire. We're still doing that. I think it's time for us to get out of our caves and use the clean, eternal, renewable energy that actually does run the planet, and harness that for our use. ”
- Carl Safina, president and co-founder Blue Ocean Institute
June 7, 2010
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