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Lunch & Learn: Huntair Fan Wall Technology for Efficiency
San Diego Region Transmission Workshop
Metal Halide vs. Fluorescent: 10 Rounds in HIBAY Arena*
Intermediate Skylighting Design
For those rebuilding from the October Wildfires:
Renewable Energy/Self-Generation Systems
Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: El Cajon Community Center
Lighting & Appliances
*Not an SDREO event.
Level 1 Self-Gen No Longer Accepting Applications
The 2005 SDREO wait list includes 63 PV projects, requesting $57.1M in incentive funding for a total of 16.4 MW of generation. The total number of active self-generation projects in SDREO's program is 87, which includes 75 PV and 12 cogen projects. To date, the program has paid $16.2M of incentives on 49 projects, which includes 27 PV and 22 cogen. Visit SDREO's available incentive funds page for more information.
Funding for PV commercial projects may be available through the CEC Pilot Performance Based Incentive Program ( PBI). For more information please refer to the CEC Emerging Renewable Program Handbook, Section VIII, page 25.
KUDOS to Susan Freedman, SDREO’s senior policy analyst, on her recently published article “Output-Based Emissions Policy: Recognizing CHP, Rewarding Efficiency” in the first quarter issue of District Energy, the journal of the International District Energy Association.
Testing, Adjusting & Balancing (TAB) is a process of making sure that HVAC systems perform according to the design intent and contract document requirements. This is applied at the end of the construction cycle or retroactively. A TAB contractor’s tasks span both quality control and commissioning. After TAB is completed, the commissioning process moves into functional performance testing as a final demonstration that the systems meet design intent.
The three major TAB steps are:
• Testing - use of specialized instruments to measure temperature, pressure, rotational speed, electrical characteristics velocity, and air and water quantities.
HVAC and hydronic balancing insures proper operation of the system, occupant safety (particularly when combustion equipment is installed), and reduced energy costs.
“As energy costs continue to rise, intelligent use of available daylight and increased monitoring of lighting system usage will be key to avoid wasting energy. The DALI protocol provides the basis for smarter, more cost-effective lighting systems.”
-- Paul Ratliff, Product Marketing Manager, OSRAM SYLVANIA’s Electronic Control Systems Division
Energy Connection is a monthly publication of the San Diego Regional Energy Office.
Let There Be Energy-Efficient Light!
New upgrades 40% more efficient than 2005 Title 24
Continued increases in electricity prices have businesses searching for cost-effective ways to reduce energy bills. One way is to simply replace or retrofit standard light fixtures with the latest energy-efficient commercial lighting technologies, which are 40 percent more efficient than the upcoming 2005 California Building Energy Efficiency Standards (Title 24). Payback on some of the fixtures can be as little as six months.
Getting Ready for the 2006-2008 Energy Efficiency Programs
Local Program Advisory Group meets
In line with the Public Utilities Commission ( CPUC) decision to return energy efficiency program administration to investor-owned utilities, an energy efficiency Program Advisory Group (PAG) has been created in each service territory.
|Inside the San Diego Energy Resource Center|
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Designing Sustainable Communities: Learning from Village Homes is published by Island Press and written by Judy and Michael Corbett and offers an inside look at Village Homes, a successful sustainable community in Davis, CA. This book looks at the development of the project from start to finish, how it came about, design approaches they took, and changes that have occurred over the years. It’s a guide for professionals and students involved in planning, architecture, development, and landscape architecture.
Government Technology is published monthly by Government Technology and targets state and local government. It has a host of resources about government technology and practices and features articles and stories homeland security, internet trends, and emerging technologies.
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NOTE: Books, periodicals and videos can also be checked out free of charge. Please call toll-free: 1-866-SDENERGY for more information.
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|Energy Policies, Regulations & Legislative Updates|
CPUC regulatory activity includes:
Energy-efficiency policies, administration, and programs (R.01-08-028): SDG&E Program Advisory Group (PAG) is meeting to determine the portfolio of energy-efficiency programs for the region. SDG&E will submit its proposed portfolio of 2006-2008 programs and a request for 3rd party programs with CPUC by 6/1/05.
Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) (R.04-03-017): Level 1 reservation requests closed 3/4/05 due to funding. Level 2 and 3 funding is available (fuel cells-nonrenewable and cogeneration) The SGIP Working Group is processing comments from a February public workshop and developing a data release format, a program exit strategy, and a declining rebate schedule for all eligible technologies.
State legislative activity includes bills regarding electricity resource adequacy and core/noncore structures for customers, renewable energy bills and and solar resources in particular. Here are a couple.
SB1 (Murray) - The governor's solar initiative was released 2/28/05 as an amended SB1. This bill would establish the Million Solar Roofs Initiative with goals of placing 1 million solar energy systems on new and existing residential and commercial customer sites (or 3,000 MW equivalent), establish a self-sufficient solar industry in 10 years, and place solar energy systems on 50% of new home developments in 13 years.
SB 107 (Simitian) - Renewables bill requiring each retail seller of electricity to procure 20% of its energy from renewable resources by 2010. It would also establish a renewable energy credits trading program.
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To showcase these new technologies, SDREO hosted a “Grand Re-opening” of its commercial lighting exhibits and held a workshop on March 3. Participants included business owners, government employees, architects, engineers, lighting designers, and commercial lighting contractors and installers. They saw actual working examples of the latest energy-efficient technologies in commercial lighting, which included:
- Finelite’s Integrated Classroom Lighting System, 30-50% more efficient than standard practice
- Philips 5000 K 25W T-8 lamps, 17% more efficient than standard practice
- Lithonia RT5 fixtures, 33% more efficient than standard practice
- T-8 hibay lighting fixture, 52% more efficient than standard practice
- Induction street lighting, 53% more efficient than standard practice
In addition to the exhibits, lighting expert Stan Walerczyk, LC and SDREO’s Senior Energy Engineer Ben Erpelding, P.E., C.E.M. led a workshop with real-world case studies and comparisons of standard lighting and more energy-efficient options. They provided an objective view on new and upcoming technologies. Topics covered included retrofit kits versus fixture replacement, payback periods and Title 24 compliance. Representatives from lighting manufacturing companies were also on hand to answer product-specific questions.
The displays are open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday at SDREO’s Energy Resource Center. So come on by!
*Standard practice is defined as 700 Series T8 lamps and generic electronic ballasts.
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Each "PAG" advises the utility on how the state’s energy efficiency portfolio can meet and exceed CPUC goals, provides input on customer and stakeholder wants and needs, and offers innovative programs and measures to improve energy efficiency services to customers. SDREO is a member of PAG for the SDG&E service territory.
The group’s first round of public meetings started mid-February and will continue through April. SDG&E will submit its proposed portfolio of energy efficiency programs to the CPUC by June 1. The filing must include measures to meet at least 80 percent of the CPUC’s energy efficiency goals. The June 1 filing will also include a request for proposals for third parties to later submit programs for the 2006-2008 cycle. A minimum of 20 percent of funding must be put out to competitive bid. After June 1, the PAG will meet on a quarterly basis to re-evaluate programs and make modifications as needed.
More information is available on the official PAG web site: California Energy Efficiency.
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The program aims to reduce a community’s demand for energy by using trees to shade and cool homes. Cooler homes require less air conditioning, resulting in lower energy usage and bills. Additionally, shade trees reduce air pollution and fight global warming, conserve water and reduce water pollution, and enhance the community.
Depending on property size, residents can receive up to five, full-size, 10-15 gallon nursery-quality specimens in their choice of over 20 varieties. People interested in receiving free trees can download the program booklet with application, available in English and Spanish, by visiting the Cool Communities Shade Tree Program web site. People can also call toll-free at 1-888-831-8620 (English) or 1-800-805-2294 (Spanish) to request the booklet and application.
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