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CPUC’s “CA Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan” Includes Geothermal Heat Pump Implementation

“BIG BOLD” ENERGY EFFICIENCY STRATEGIESCAEnergyEfficiencyStrategicPlan

In order to guide market transformation in a number of key sectors, this Plan embraces four specific programmatic goals, known as the “Big Bold Energy Efficiency Strategies” (BBEES), established by the CPUC in D.07-10-032 and D.07-12-051. These goals were selected not only for their potential impact, but also for their easy comprehension and their ability to galvanize market players.

1. All new residential construction in California will be zero net energy by 2020;
2. All new commercial construction in California will be zero net energy by 2030;
3. Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) will be transformed to ensure that its energy performance is    optimal for California‘s climate; and
4. All eligible low-income customers will be given the opportunity to participate in the low income energy efficiency program by 2020.

 HVAC IMPLEMENTATION PLAN

Goal 3: Building industry design and construction practices that fully integrate building performance to reduce cooling and heating loads.

Specific design and building changes addressing HVAC performance include:

  • Placing more emphasis on the whole building as a complete interactive system and improving the thermal integrity of the building shell to reduce heating and cooling loads.
  • Moving ducts and equipment off the roof and out of hot attics.
  • Incorporating ductless systems, radiant heating and cooling, ground source heat pumps and thermal energy storage technologies with overall higher efficiencies.

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