Concerns Over California’s Prospects to Reach Its Zero Net Energy Goal

Valerie Eacret, ERS, for Zondits

A number of leaders of industry associations and the NRDC together penned a letter to the Commissioners of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) to voice their concerns over California’s prospects of meeting its Zero Net Energy (ZNE) goal for new homes by 2020. This letter cites the historical support of the California Advanced Home Program (CAHP), which trains home builders and encourages them to include elements which exceed code standards into their projects. This program is facing reduced support in the future. In Southern California Edison’s (SCE) 2017 Energy Efficiency Program proposed budget, the CAHP is not included and there is not an obvious replacement suggested in its place. Without education of feasible energy efficiency measures and products, the territory SCE serves will have fewer workers available with up-to-date knowledge of residential energy efficient equipment and measures to help the state reach this important goal.

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