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Ask the Expert: What’s the Difference Between Net-Zero and Carbon-Neutral?

Ask the Expert: What’s the difference between “net-zero” and “carbon-neutral” in relation to buildings and efficiency? Ryan Pollin, ERS, for Zondits There are many different but nearly synonymous terms for buildings, campuses, and communities going in the general direction of net zero. Per the Department of Energy, the best term is a zero energy building (ZEB). This is […]

California’s Road to a Carbon Neutral Economy

Dreamers of the Golden Dream: Does California Have a Blueprint to Fix Global Warming? Mother Jones, March/April. Image credit: werner22brigitte Today, California can claim first place in just about every renewable-energy category: It is home to the nation’s largest wind farm and the world’s largest solar thermal plant. It has the largest operating photovoltaic solar installation […]

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Palo Alto Officially Declares Its Electric Portfolio “Carbon Neutral”

Palo Alto looks to get people to switch off natural gas Palo Alto Online, July 30, 2015. Image credit: PublicDomainPictures Now comes the next challenge: How to get residents to switch off natural gas and plug into clean electricity? The effort, commonly known as “fuel switching,” was sparked by both the city’s switch to a “carbon-neutral” […]

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White House Categorically Rejects Biomass Fuels as Carbon Neutral

White House rejects biomass as carbon neutral Utility Dive, July 2, 2015. Image credit: markusspiske Dive Brief: The White House has issued a policy statement declaring its strong opposition to a House measure it believes would undermine President Obama’s ability to put environmental reforms in place, and specifically rejecting calls to declare biomass fuels as “carbon […]