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California moves to tackle another big emissions source: fossil fuel use in buildings

by Justin Gerdes, Greentech Media


Highlights:

The California Public Utilities Commission has dedicated $45 million to heat pump water heater incentives. Around $4 million will be exclusively for low-income residents.

  • Since 90% of heat pump water heaters and furnaces in California are powered by natural gas or propane, the heat pump water heater incentives will cut down GHG emissions from buildings and help utilize overproduced renewable energy
  • A workshop will be held on March 31st to determine the details of the incentive program such as extending the funding over time and determining who receives the rebate
  • Electric heat pump water heaters are up to five times more energy-efficient than conventional gas models

The Climate Center has launched the ACE initiative for clean and smart community microgrids to build energy resilience in the building sector as natural gas use is phased out.


Read More: https://www.greentechmedia.com/articles/read/california-moves-to-tackle-another-big-emissions-source-fossil-fuel-use-in-buildings

Gov. Philip D. Murphy, a Democrat from New Jersey, (New Jersey National Guard photo by Mark C. Olsen) found on https://www.flickr.com/photos/njnationalguard/44910726671

New Jersey executive order leverages land use rules to control where and what developers can build

by Tracey Tully, The New York Times


Highlights:

  • A New Jersey democrat has introduced legislation that requires new building projects to account for climate resiliency and mitigating environmental impacts such as GHG emissions in order to receive government approval
  • The state is currently experiencing sinking, accelerated sea-level rise, and flooding along its 130-mile coastline
  • The introduction of this legislation is the first of its kind within the US and hopes to keep New Jersey’s emissions goals on target

The Climate Center aims to enact by 2025 the bold policies required by science to put California on track for decarbonization by 2030.


Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/27/nyregion/climate-change-nj-environmental-rules.html