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.
“We will respond to the threat of climate change, knowing that the failure to do so would betray our children and future generations. Some may still deny the overwhelming judgment of science, but none can avoid the devastating impact of raging fires and crippling drought and more powerful storms. The path towards sustainable energy sources will be long and sometimes difficult. But America cannot resist this transition, we must lead it.” – President Barack Obama’s inaugural address
By Roy L Hales
The seemingly renewed dedication to sustainable energy, that the President expressed in his inaugural address, inspired many environmentalists. A little over a month ago, somewhere between 20,000 and 50,000 converged on Washington to voice their opposition to the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. San Diego has its own event in Mission Bay Park, where Mayor Filner and others addressed a crowd of +500. President Obama, meanwhile, played golf. If President Obama was for sustainable energy, that must mean he is against fossil fuels right? – Only he has never said that.