The Power of Smart Regulation at BAAQMD

A Clean Air Regulatory Advocate For Millions in the S.F. Bay Area  The Mission Statement for BAAQMD reads as follows: The Air District aims to create a healthy breathing environment for every Bay Area resident while protecting and improving public health, air quality, and the global climate. That seems like a straightforward determination to improve […]

In Love With My Underground Heat Exchanger

 A Geo Heat Pump Advocate Expresses Love For His Underground Heat Exchanger  Our carbonless ZNE Home (in Perpetuity) CaliforniaGeo 10-16-16 Yes, I know it’s halfway toward crazy to love inanimate objects.  But I’ve got to explain that when my underground heat exchanger can provide perpetual carbonless free energy for our zero net energy house—my love […]

A Kigali new climate deal will curb refrigerant gas

  Recently, in a faraway land few think of, a powerful new agreement was forged to fight climate change.         CaliforniaGeo Reflections on an NYT article: Climate deal to curb gases used as refrigerants BY CORAL DAVENPORT The New York Times Reprinted in the Sacramento Bee, 10-16-16 It took a few years […]

Fossil Fuels into an economic Downward Spiral

The study showed coal potentially reaching its peak before 2020.  (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File) Fossil fuels in for a downward spiral, report says Posted in the Washington Examiner By JOHN SICILIANO • 10/10/16 2:31 PM Coal and oil are headed for a downward spiral in the next 20 years, when energy demand is projected to […]

Obama’s Clean Energy Plan Is The Right Course

The Opinion Pages | OP-ED CONTRIBUTORS The New York Times Why Obama Is Right on Clean Energy By WILLIAM D. RUCKELSHAUS and WILLIAM K. REILLY SEPT. 25, 2016 Graphic Credit:  Harry Campbell Last year, President Obama took aim at the nation’s largest source of carbon dioxide pollution, announcing a plan that would reduce these climate-changing […]

Military Bases and Government Go Geo Heat Pumps

 Military bases to install ground-source heat pumps Air Conditioning and Refrigeration News July 12, 2000 U.S. military bases soon will add ground source heat pumps to an arsenal of energy savers, according to Oklahoma State University professor Jim Bose. The federal Energy Department recently selected five companies, all affiliated with the International Ground Source Heat […]

De-Regulated Electricity Ghosts: Enron, and California Blackouts

Don’t let ghosts of Enron haunt us again Sacramento Bee 9-25-16 BY BILL JULIAN Special to The Bee     Remember Enron, rolling blackouts and double-digit electricity rate increases? How could we forget so soon. California embarked on a momentous and catastrophic experiment to deregulate its electrical system 20 years ago this month. We are […]

Climate Credits to California Consumers

 Climate Credits Announced by California Public Utilities Commission [sent in a Pacific Gas & Electric Customer’s Billing] This month* your utility bill will include a credit identified as the “California Climate Credit.” Your household and millions of others throughout the state will receive this credit on your utility bills. This payment comes from a California […]

Sustainability of geothermal heat pumps

Call the graphic at left “The Blossom of Sustainability.”  There’s nothing but benefits with the deployment of millions more geothermal heat pumps (GHPs).  They separate society from the use of fossil fuels for occupied buildings.  GHPs connect with thermal energy underground like a battery.  That’s access to a sustainable renewable resource. Sustainability GHPs are long-lived.  Some in residential use […]

Geo heat pumps better than air-source heat pumps

The image at left may cause you to think this is an inactive air conditioning condenser in winter months.  It is not.  This is an air-source heat pump (ASHP) struggling in the heating mode.  It’s a vertical discharge unit that normally pulls air in from the sides and discharges it vertically. RESTRICTED BY SNOW As […]