California is Home to Over 519,000 Clean Energy Jobs
“In every corner of the state, California’s climate action has proven to be a job creator and a big economic boon,”
- Bob Keefe, Executive Director at E2
According to a recent study of every legislative district in the State of California by E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs), more than 519,000 Californians now work in clean energy industries, and more than $45 billion in public and private investments have been injected into the state’s economy by California’s climate policies, including its landmark cap-and-trade legislation that reduces pollution while increasing clean energy and energy efficiency.
The analysis is derived from data by both the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and the U.S. Department of Energy, as well as a comprehensive survey of thousands of businesses across California. It includes jobs in industries like energy efficiency, wind and solar. The analysis also details expenditures from the state’s cap-and-trade program, as well as other investments stemming from other California climate policies.
“With $45.5 billion being invested into California, we’ve shown that climate policies strengthen our communities – both environmentally and economically.”
- Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia, District 56
The E2 analysis provides an excellent snapshot of California’s thriving clean energy economy, which includes the top counties for clean energy jobs. The top . . .
Energy-saving tips for a more efficient summer
Summer is finally here! While the long days, abundant sunshine and warm evenings make this many people's favorite time of the year, it can also be one of the most challenging periods in terms of energy efficiency. In the summer heat, homes lose cool air faster, air conditioners have to work harder and pool pumps and sprinklers are active more often, causing energy loads - and bills - to skyrocket.
Luckily, there are a number of simple habits homeowners can adopt to manage their summertime energy usage. Here are a few to get you started:
Keep your kitchen cool
For many people, the stove is a staple for home cooking. However, even turning on the element for a few minutes can radiate heat throughout your kitchen, forcing your air conditioner to fight even harder. Instead of firing up the stove, try using you microwave whenever possible. Not only does it contain heat much better than a stove-top element, but it can cook food using two-thirds less energy, according to the California Energy Commission's Consumer Energy Center.
Not only is it important to keep excess heat out of your kitchen, but you should also take steps to keep cool air where it belongs. Every time . . .
Prepare for 2017’s new Title 24 regulations
Approximately, every three years, the California Energy Commission (CEC) revisits its energy efficiency standards, augmenting the building code to align with recent technological advancements and the state's new efficiency goals. The commission underwent this process again this year, identifying areas for improvement in both new construction and retrofits for residential and nonresidential properties.
With this most recent set of revisions, the commission is striving toward a pair of new state efficiency targets: achieving net zero energy for new residential construction by 2020 and for new commercial construction by 2030. Referred to as the 2016 version, these standards will go into effect January 1, 2017, which gives contractors just a few months with which to become familiar with the new building requirements.
Before we dive into what's new for the 2016 Standards, let's take a step back and review the overall goal of these standards.
What is Title 24, Part 6?
Title 24, Part 6, is the California Building Energy Efficiency Standards which exists to conserve electricity and natural gas consumption throughout the state. Among the many benefits of reduced consumption, Title 24, Part 6 specifically seeks to prevent the state from having to build additional power plants to supply unchecked demand, according to the CEC. To manage consumption, Title 24, Part . . .