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America’s Largest Net Zero Plus Building

By Roy L Hales

The first zero net energy building in the United States was erected at the beginning of this century. In California this standard has penetrated the residential market and every new home will have to produce as much energy as it consumes by 2020. The Net Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI),  in Greater Los Angeles, goes further. America’s largest net zero plus building is expected to generate an additional 185,000 KWh of electricity by the end of year one.

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Los Angeles’ New EV Police Fleet

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1After a year long test of two Model S P85D loaner cars, and the all-electric BMW i3, an important announcement was made this morning. Green lots, the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), and BMW of North America are partnering to launch Los Angeles’ new EV police fleet.

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Do The Pacific Coast’s Climate Leaders Mean Business?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1On June 1, 2016, the Governors of Washington, Oregon and California joined British Columbia’s Environment Minister and representatives from six West Coast cities, in the Borgia Room of San Francisco’s Westin St. Francis Hotel, to sign what history may show was a key milestone in the struggle to mount a concerted defence against the ravages of global temperature rise. The 2016 Pacific Coast Climate Leadership Action Plan has a strong emphasis on issues like ocean acidification; the integration of clean energy into the power grid; “support for efforts by the insurance industry and regulatory system to highlight the economic costs of climate change; and so-called “super pollutants” (also known as short-lived climate pollutants).” This sounds good, but do the Pacific Coast’s “Climate Leaders” mean business?

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How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMIt has been nine months since the Governments of California, Oregon, Washington and British Columbia embarked upon a shared initiative. In their joint press release, group spokesperson Governor Kate Brown explained “The West Coast Electric Fleets initiative leads the way in helping fleets scale up zero-emission vehicles to reach our goal that, by 2016, 10 percent of all new purchases are electric vehicles.” How is the West Coast Electric Fleets Initiative Doing?

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Shining Cities Leading America To 100%

The ECOreport looks at Environment California’s new report, which shows Shining Cities leading America to 100%

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMCities are a driving force behind the U.S. adoption of solar energy.  According to Environment California, the United States currently has 27 GW of installed solar capacity and much of that comes from more than 780,000 rooftops around the nations. Cities are not just centers of demand, are potentially major providers of electricity. Those are a few of the facts found in the 2016 report of Shining Cities leading America to 100%.

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HERO PACE’s Fastest Growing Market Is LA

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMEric Garcetti has long been an advocate of clean energy. During his many years as a city counsellor, he wrote Los Angeles’ green building ordinance.  As mayor, Garcetti promised to create 20,000 clean energy and clean water sector jobs during his first term (2013-2017). In April 2015, he launched the city’s new sustainability plan (the “pLAn”) to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions by 45% by 2025, and become the first major US city to achieve zero-waste. Thus it is not surprising to find that LA is HERO PACE’s fastest growing market.

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Financing America’s Home Energy Revolution

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMRenovate America has financed more than $950 million worth of solar power, energy-efficient HVAC/windows/roofing, water capture systems, and artificial turf projects since 2011. Their HERO PACE program has already been been used by 38,000 homeowners adopted by 347 Californian communities. Rumour has it that HERO will expand into other states next year. Homeowners who use this program do not have to put any money down, and can take up to 20 years to pay for improvements through their property taxes, but the trades must be paid immediately. This takes a lot of money. Renovate America raised another $90 million in Equity Investment. Financing America’s Home Energy Revolution takes a lot of money.

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Transmission Grid Loss

By Roy L Hales

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The world’s transmission lines are believed to have dropped approximately 1.4 trillion kilowatt-hours of electricity last year. That’s around 1.2 trillion metric tons of CO2 dumped into the atmosphere. Though it is unlikely these loses can be eliminated in the near future, there are ways to reduce them.
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Los Angeles’ Solar Promise

Los Angeles’ Solar Promise: A new Report Shows how to Harness LA’s FIT to Create Jobs and Build Social Equity

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMLos Angeles has the potential to become the largest per capita provider of rooftop solar in California. Over 40% of the areas where solar could be installed are also in need of significant socioeconomic and environmental investment. A new report from the LABC Institute discusses how this can be done.
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BYD Electric Transit Bus Approved in Canada

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMForget all the hassle in the United States, the BYD Electric Transit Bus has just earned Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) Certification. It has been placed on the “Vehicle Manufacturers Registry” with Transport Canada. According to their news release, this is supposed to include “several standards” that are “beyond the U.S. Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards.”
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