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2020: Energy independent housing in California?

Posted by ecoshift on September 18, 2007

Given the price of oil this proposal could actually pencil out over say, the life of a 30 year fixed rate mortgage…. though it’s probably not what builders want to hear this quarter as most are just trying to figure out how to stay solvent till 2010.


State regulators propose developing energy self-sufficiency by 2020
David R. Baker, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 18, 2007

All new housing developments in California should be so energy-efficient by the year 2020 that they could produce all the power they need on their own, state regulators proposed Monday.

The California Public Utilities Commission suggested sweeping changes to the way the state deals with efficiency, the effort to squeeze the most use possible out of every electron and drop of fuel. The commission wants California’s electric utilities to collaborate on creating one grand plan for improving energy efficiency throughout the state, rather than pursuing their own separate programs the way they do today.

The commission’s most eye-catching proposal calls for radically increasing the efficiency of new buildings, even though the commission doesn’t regulate the housing industry.

New housing developments would need to be “zero net energy” by 2020. They would require far less power to run than existing homes, so little that each development could generate all the power it needed, either with solar panels, windmills or small generators.

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One Response to “2020: Energy independent housing in California?”

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