Did you know CCSE offers free, ongoing workshops on energy efficiency, solar energy, green building, transportation and climate change? To register, click on the links below, or call 858.244.1177.
Solar for Homeowners, Lunchtime Workshop
Solar Energy Conference
Solar Home Tour
Understanding How to Build Straw Bale Buildings
Ashley Watkins, Program Manager
Ashley Watkins is a Program Manager for the California Center for Sustainable Energy ( CCSE). She is responsible for the day-to-day operational management of all activities and functions, including the development, implementation and evaluation of program policies, procedures and standards. She also ensures that the program meets cost, schedule, and performance requirements.
Also serving as CCSE's education and events manager, Ashley develops, implements and manages CCSE's external energy education and training efforts. She is responsible for promoting and coordinating internal and external workshops, seminars and e-learning courses for CCSE. She assists in providing a broad range of energy education services and materials to consumers, advocates and professionals.
Ashley received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from San Francisco State University.
Notable & Quotable
How do retreating glaciers in Antarctica or melting sea-ice in the Arctic affect San Diego? Join Andy Revkin from The New York Times and six of the world's leading climate scientists working at the ends of the Earth to discover what's really happening at the poles, and how the consequences of retreating glaciers will affect San Diego and the rest of the world. Celebrate International Polar Year by attending the nation-wide tour kick-off events at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, four Balboa Park museums, and the Birch Aquarium at Scripps. For a complete schedule of events, please visit www.rhfleet.org.
We are at the crossroads of the most significant crisis of modern times. Two profound, life-changing events are converging to create this crisis – the warming of the earth's atmosphere by burning fossil fuels, and the rapid depletion of global petroleum and natural gas reserves. A serious consequence of this crisis is sea level rise.
In this special presentation, Architecture 2030 founder Edward Mazria AIA, will share cutting edge research and 3D flyover mapping images of the coastal impacts of just a one meter rise in sea level that will render our nation under physical siege with calamitous and destabilizing social and economic consequences.
Location: UC San Diego Price Center Ballroom
“It truly is a planetary emergency and we have to respond quickly.”
"Energy and persistence conquer all things."
"Action is necessary now, before climate change moves beyond man's control."
"America's number one energy crisis is Monday morning."
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From the Director's Desk:
The California Center for Sustainable Energy ( CCSE), in partnership with Pardee Homes and SunPower, will host one of the largest solar homes tours in the United States. As part of CCSE’s Solar Energy Week, this self guided tour will take place on October 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The owners of 44 homes across San Diego County are welcoming visitors to view their solar systems, making this the biggest year yet! The Solar Homes will showcase solar electric (photovoltaics), solar water heating, solar pool heating, and even a solar hot tub. Many of the homes have additional energy efficiency measures including energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulbs and grey water systems.
Admission is FREE and registration is not required. The first 15 visitors to each site will receive a free energy-saving compact fluorescent light bulb courtesy of CCSE. Visitors will have the opportunity to speak with technical solar representatives at each site to learn about the logistics and cost of installing solar. Attendees will also get to talk with homeowners to learn about their experiences with going solar.
Among the tour sites is the home of Chula Vista Council Member John McCann. Pardee Homes and SunPower will also offer new construction homes sites with building integrated photovoltaics ( BIPV). Tour sites are spread out at a variety of locations across San Diego County including South Bay, Central San Diego, North County Inland, North County Coastal and East County. You can view all the site locations here and select from the list of communities. Solar Homes sites can easily be identified by the Solar Homes Tour lawn signs. Please do not disturb residents outside of tour hours.
To learn more about the exciting opportunities during Solar Energy Week, visit www.solarweek.energycenter.org.
14th Border Energy Forum to be Held in San Diego
Government and private sector leaders from the U.S.-Mexico border region will gather in San Diego, California at the Doubletree Hotel in Mission Valley for the Annual Border Energy Forum on October 18th and 19th, 2007. The annual forum alternates between U.S. and Mexican border states and this year will focus on renewable energy potential in the Southwest United States and Northern Mexico.
The Border Energy Forum brings together U.S. and Mexican leaders from industry, government, educational institutions and environmental organizations to develop cutting edge strategies grounded in economic reality. Keynote speakers include Irene M. Stillings of the California Center for Sustainable Energy, James D. Boyd of the California Energy Commission, and CP José Guadalupe Zamorano, of the Comisión de Servicios Públicos de Tijuana. The forum has gained a strong reputation as a neutral ground to discuss energy-related challenges common to both sides of the border.
The forum will begin with an opening reception on the evening of October 17th. A special energy tour of San Diego will be provided at the conclusion of the conference on October 19th. For more information or to register, visit www.borderenergyforum.org.
CSI Releases Inaugural Monthly Newsletter
The inaugural issue of the California Solar Initiative ( CSI) Monthly Newsletter was released on October 9, 2007. The newsletter is intended to ensure CSI stakeholders are well informed about the administrative advances in the CSI program with the guiding principal of supporting the administration of the program. The newsletter distribution will cycle every three months between each of the program administrators – California Center for Sustainable Energy ( CCSE), Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), and Southern California Edison ( SCE).
CCSE’s Solar Water Heating Program Awards 1st Incentive
Richard Tenbroek is the first customer to be awarded an incentive from the California Center for Sustainable Energy Solar Water Heating Pilot Program ( SWHPP). The incentive, in the amount of $1,078, will go toward the new Solahart Thermosyphon system that replaced Tenbroek’s former solar water heating system, which was used for over 20 years. Tenbroek commented, “Our older solar water heating system always had economic value in terms of saving money on our gas bill; updating the system just made sense. There is also environmental value in using less energy.”
The new system was installed by Solar Services of San Diego on August 3, 2007. Tenbroek added, “Another great reason for upgrading the system was because of the positive history we’ve had with Solar Services and Solahart. Solar Services has been very helpful, and the existing Solahart system required very little maintenance.” This system will save Tenbroek an estimated 115 therms of natural gas each year. Customers like Tenbroek who install qualifying SWH systems can take advantage of a federal tax credit for 30% of the final system cost, capped at $2,000. In addition to the SWHPP incentive amount of $1,078, Tenbroek is eligible for a $1,146 federal tax credit.
By installing clean, renewable SWH systems, customers can reduce their use of natural gas or electricity, protecting them from potential shortages and price increases, as well as promote environmental preservation.
Inside the San Diego Energy Resource Center Lending Library
The Energy Resource Center ( ERC) has a vast array of books, periodicals, DVDs and tools to assist businesses and home owners with energy efficiency products, services and practices. Books, periodicals and DVDs can be checked out free of charge. Please call toll-free: 1-866-SDENERGY for more information. For a look at tools and resources available in the lending library, click here.
ERC Featured Display
Name: Humidification Display
ERC Featured Instrument
Name: Alnor Electronic Balometer
Availability: Loaned free of charge for up to 10 business days.
ERC Featured Book
The Solar Living Sourcebook is a product guide and also contains articles on virtually all aspects of appropriate technology. The chapters cover independent living, land, shelter, harvesting solar, wind and hydro energy, managing energy systems, heating and cooling, water conservation, heating, and purification, energy conservation, alternatives to toxic materials in the home, home and marketing gardening, transportation and electric vehicles, livelihood and learning.
ERC Featured Periodical
Renewable Energy World magazine is the leading international publication for renewable energy professionals. Published bi-monthly, and distributed to over 120 countries around the world, each edition contains the latest news and features on all aspects of renewable energy, including in-depth policy and market updates, project profiles, technology reports, company listings, information on renewable energy conventions and exhibitions, and much more.
ERC Featured Video/DVD
Name: Building with Awareness: The Construction of a Hybrid Home
NOTE: Books, Periodicals and Videos can also be checked out free of charge. Please call Toll Free: 1-866-SDENERGY for more information.
To find prior editions of "Inside the San Diego Energy Resource Center Lending Library" information, including DVD reviews, click here.
Energy Policies, Regulations & Legislative Updates
A Summary of Recent California Public Utilities Commission regulatory activity, and what it mean to to the average consumer, business and/or public agency:
Energy Efficiency (R.06-04-010) [link to proceeding]
What’s this? This is the forum for initiating the next planning cycle for 2009-2011 energy efficiency program plans, funding levels, and related issues.
What’s this? This will develop rules and procedures for the California Solar Initiative ( CSI), designed to give $2.16 billion in incentives over 10 years to install solar PV to help offset peak demand.
Sunrise Powerlink Transmission Project (A.06-08-010) [link to proceeding]
What’s this? San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) seeks authority from the CPUC to construct a 500 kV transmission line in conjunction with several 230 kV transmission lines, expected to run 150 miles between the Imperial Valley to San Diego.
In related events, the California Renewable Energy Transmission Initiative (CRETI) (http://www.energy.ca.gov/reti/index.html) has been created, providing a statewide planning process that will identify transmission projects needed to meet California’s renewable energy goals. The CRETI will facilitate transmission corridor designation and transmission as well as generation siting and permitting. A Coordinating Committee will oversee the CRETI made up of representatives from the CPUC, California Energy Commission ( CEC), California Independent System Operator (California ISO), Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA), Northern California Power Agency (NCPA), and Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD).
Greenhouse Gas Emissions Cap (R.06-04-009) [link to proceeding]
What’s this? Initiated out of Assembly Bill 32, this will design and implement a greenhouse gas ( GHG) cap for the regulated electric utilities, including consideration of a GHG performance standard.
Legislative activity includes:
2007 was a busy legislative year for California. In 2007, the California Legislature introduced almost 80 bills relating to energy issues. Of the initial 80 bills, 22 were passed by the Legislature before the September 14th deadline and are now awaiting action by the Governor. The Governor has until October 14th to sign or veto these bills. CCSE has arranged these bills according to CCSE’s five service planks: Climate Change, Energy Efficiency, Green Buildings, Renewables (including Nuclear), and Transportation, with an additional Miscellaneous section. In order to bring you more comprehensive information regarding all of these important issues, please visit our website for information on all introduced bills, as well as these recently passed bills.
For a complete list of energy-related State and Federal legislation, please visit our website at www.energycenter.org.
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